Archive for the 'Accommodation' Category

Oct 29 2012

Saigon’s best hostels

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Looks like people actually stay here.

A relatively new craze sweeping Saigon’s accommodation scene, particularly in the backpacker area of Pham Ngu Lao, is the hostel –  it seems that every month a new one opens its doors. With similar prices, amenities and general location it may be difficult to pick one hostel from another. Here are our nominees for the … read the full post

Oct 27 2012

Review: Koniko Backpackers Hostel, Ho Chi Minh City

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I'm still in shock over the hardwood floors.

Packed onto the busy street of Bui Vien in Saigon’s backpacker area of Pham Ngu Lao, Koniko Backpacker Hostel, also known as Binh An Hostel, is one of the only hostels in town not located down a narrow alley. With its low prices and overall cleanliness, you may not want to hunt the others down. … read the full post

Sep 15 2012

Review: Phan Anh Backpackers Hostel, Saigon

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With six beds expect it to get cozy.

Down a narrow alley, hidden behind a market in Saigon’s backpacker area of Pham Ngu Lao, Phan Anh Hostel is a top example of a new wave of HCMC budget lodgings and is worth considering if you’re after a cheap bed but aren’t too fussed about socialising with other travellers. A little hard to find … read the full post

Sep 10 2012

Review: Saigon Youth Hostel, Ho Chi Minh City

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Probably a good sign if its full of people.

Packed into a tight alley filled mostly with guesthouses and hotels in the middle of Saigon’s backpacker area of Pham Ngu Lao, the Saigon Youth Hostel is one of the few spots in the city that offer dorm-styled rooms. Although it says ‘youth hostel’ on the can, the Saigon Youth Hostel doesn’t actually have any … read the full post

Aug 22 2012

Review: Elios Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City

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Who needs a window when you have lighting like this?

Sitting tall — very tall — on Pham Ngu Lao, the namesake street of Saigon’s backpacker district, Elios Hotel is one of the area’s few options for those seeking a more traditional, midrange hotel experience. The building is massive compared to the majority of guesthouses and hotels in the area and with a uniformed doorman … read the full post

Aug 18 2012

Review: Vy Khanh Guesthouse, Ho Chi Minh City

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Not sure why it says hostel.

Down a busy, narrow alley, filled with dozens of other hotels and guesthouses in Saigon’s backpacker district of Pham Ngu Lao, Vy Khanh Guesthouse has quietly become one of the area’s standout places to stay with their reputation for stellar service. At Vy Khanh you will find two types of rooms: 350,000 VND standards and … read the full post

Aug 08 2012

Review: New Pearl Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City

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You won't even have to top.

Practically next door to the famous Sinh Tourist on De Tham in Saigon’s backpacker district of Pham Ngu Lao, the New Pearl Hotel is a welcome midrange alternative to an area dominated by low-end, and occasionally dodgy, hotels and guesthouses. The hotel offers three types of rooms: standard, a superior and a suite. The difference … read the full post

Jul 24 2012

Review: Thien Hong Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City

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Crafty use of the Windows logo.

In the middle of a tight Pham Ngu Lao alley in the centre of Saigon’s backpacker district, the Thien Hong Hotel has found one of the few quiet spots in the area and offers great family-style service, with better rooms the higher up the hotel you trek. About 50 metres off the main road, the … read the full post

Jul 21 2012

Review: Ngoc Phan Guesthouse, Ho Chi Minh City

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The room is a little empty.

A short walk down an alley off of Bui Vien, in the middle of Saigon’s Pham Ngu Lao backpacker area, few spots in the city could offer a more convenient location than what you’ll find at Ngoc Phan Guesthouse, a six-room flashpacker operation with great friendly service. Saying a guesthouse is down an alley in … read the full post

Jul 05 2012

Review: Long Hostel, Ho Chi Minh City

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Don't judge a book by its cover.

Formerly known as the Long Guesthouse, Long Hostel has moved into a new, larger building in Saigon’s Pham Ngu Lao backpacker area. While the location has changed, walking into the Long Hostel is still like walking into someone’s house. Long Hostel doesn’t actually look much like a hostel and in fact there is only a … read the full post

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