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Accommodation



Pham Ngu Lao

Once strictly a backpacker hub, Pham Ngu Lao’s range of accommodation is expanding and now caters to a wider range of budgets and tastes. Narrow alleys running off Pham Ngu Lao, Bui Vien and Do Quang Dau—for example, alleys 373, 283 and 241 Pham Ngu Lao—are chock full of budget accommodation ranging from longstanding family guesthouses to modern flashpacker hostels that have both dorm and private rooms. For those just looking for a dorm bed, it’s easy enough to walk and do a (hot, sweaty) search in these alleys though most are similarly priced (US$6-8), all including air-con and WiFi. Private rooms within the hostels are extremely popular—book ahead to snag one.

Hostels usually require guests to remove shoes before entering. We suggest storing shoes in your room as they can mysteriously wander off. The narrow alleys are prime spots for thieves who motorbike past pedestrians and snatch bags since it’s hard for a victim to manoeuvre away. Thieves also like to catch travellers off guard as they leave the building with phone and purse in hand. Keep your wits about you and secure your belongings before exiting.


216 De Tham, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1
US$50 to 100
C-Central De Tham
Toprange - US$50 to 100
216 De Tham, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1
T: (28) 3838 5665

If you want to get a glimpse of the future of Pham Ngu Lao, look no further than C-Central Hotel De Tham, a chic boutique hotel right on the corner of Pham Ngu Lao’s iconic intersection anchored by Crazy Buffalo Bar. Like Khao San Road in Bangkok, the traditional backpacker hub is gentrifying and opening up to other markets. C-Central is clearly leading the way, taking over and renovating... Read our full review of C-Central De Tham.

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48 Co Bac, Cau Ong Lanh Ward, District 1
Under US$10
Chy Chy Saigon Hostel
Backpacker - Under US$10
48 Co Bac, Cau Ong Lanh Ward, District 1
T: (090) 302 9102

Chy Chy Saigon Hostel takes a page out of the flash capsule hostels that are popular in Singapore, where design and comfort make the capsule a most refined affair. Formerly known as Sleep Box Hostel, Chy Chy renovated and reopened in April 2017, is located on a completely local street, and yet is just 350m from the iconic Crazy Buffalo Bar on Bui Vien. ###12490 There are eight beds to a... Read our full review of Chy Chy Saigon Hostel.

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160/7 Cong Quynh St, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1
Under US$10
Cozy House 160
Backpacker - Under US$10
160/7 Cong Quynh St, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1
T: (28) 6291 3383

Opened in early 2017, Cozy House 160 is the latest addition to the hostel alley at 373 Pham Ngu Lao and it’s now one of the best budget accommodation in the lane. We inspected Cozy House 160 only a few months after it opened, so of course everything looked fresh and hardly used. But there are other positives to consider as well. It is double the width of the other skinny guesthouse buildings... Read our full review of Cozy House 160.

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373/45 Pham Ngu Lao St, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1
US$10 to 20
Town House 373 Saigon
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
373/45 Pham Ngu Lao St, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1
T: (28) 3838 6020

Just because you’re in Pham Ngu Lao doesn’t mean you have to stay in a hovel. On the contrary, Town House 373 Saigon represents the growing number of swish, stylish, flashpacker dorms offering a civilised experience on a budget. Many dorms along the alley at 373 Pham Ngu Lao quoted us US$8 for a dorm bed. So what does an extra $0.50 get? The shoe lockers at the entrance should give you a... Read our full review of Town House 373 Saigon.

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15 Bis Luong Huu Khanh St, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1
Under US$10
Alleyway Hostel
Backpacker - Under US$10
15 Bis Luong Huu Khanh St, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1
T: (090) 272 0842

It doesn’t get much cheaper than Alleyway Hostel, which offers respectable dorm rooms for a bargain price. It is also one of the few hostels we came across that has female only dorms. Alleyway Hostel is less than 300 m from Pham Ngu Lao St and the 23/9 bus station that has buses to/from the airport, Mien Dong bus station and Mien Tay bus station. It will appeal to the budget conscious... Read our full review of Alleyway Hostel.

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283/4 Pham Ngu Lao ST, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1
US$10 to 20
Bich Duyen Hotel
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
283/4 Pham Ngu Lao ST, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1
T: (28) 3837 4588

We were worried Bich Duyen would be another impersonal, generic hotel but it is family run and the proprietress is there to care for guests, there for check in and check out. Bich Duyen is something of a mix between a guesthouse and budget hotel and unsurprising, with such a watchful eyes looking after her nest, the rooms are immaculately clean, tidy and modern. ###12433 The least... Read our full review of Bich Duyen Hotel.

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71 Co Giang St, District 1
US$50 to 100
Chez Mimosa Boutique Hotel
Toprange - US$50 to 100
71 Co Giang St, District 1
T: (28) 3838 9883

The rooms at Chez Mimosa are as flowery as its name. Featuring damask wallpaper, wall moulding, white furniture and white marble bathrooms, the rooms are decidedly feminine and perhaps will be too cute for some. Decor aside, there are many things going for this place. With just eight rooms (and unlike other skinny local hotels), they’ve resisted the temptation to divide the space to make... Read our full review of Chez Mimosa Boutique Hotel.

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241/31 Pham Ngu Lao St, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1
US$20 to 50
Diep Anh Guesthouse
Midrange - US$20 to 50
241/31 Pham Ngu Lao St, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1
T: (28) 3836 7920

Small Diep Anh Guesthouse is a great spot to stay if you're lucky enough to snag one of their few rooms. The couple who owns and operates the guesthouse are accommodating and friendly, and they seem to genuinely care about their guests. Found down the narrow alley at 241 Pham Ngu Lao, once you go through the “lobby” (in fact their living room which is cluttered with all the family’s... Read our full review of Diep Anh Guesthouse .

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195 Bui Vien St, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1
US$20 to 50
Duc Vuong Hotel
Midrange - US$20 to 50
195 Bui Vien St, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1
T: (28) 3920 6991

Located on the quieter end of Bui Vien (relatively speaking), Duc Vuong fills in the mid-range niche for Pham Ngu Lao. Rooms at Duc Vuong represent good value and travellers can enjoy hotel-type amenities and furnishings for under US$50—an upgrade from the usual budget hotel construction that have tile floors and mismatched furniture. Rooms are on the compact side but they are exceptionally... Read our full review of Duc Vuong Hotel.

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373/11 Pham Ngu Lao, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1
Under US$10
Khoi Hostel
Backpacker - Under US$10
373/11 Pham Ngu Lao, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1
T: (090) 850 5686

Backpackers can look forward to a spacious, icy cool air-con dorm at Khoi Hostel. There’s ample space in the eight-bed shared accommodation and the bunk frames are heavy, solid structures with the ladder to the side of the bunk, which should mean no jiggling when your bunk mate arrives. Each bed has its own reading light and electrical outlet, and a towel and locker are provided. The dorm... Read our full review of Khoi Hostel.

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373/10 Pham Ngu Lao St, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1
US$10 to 20
Long Hostel
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
373/10 Pham Ngu Lao St, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1
T: (28) 3836 0184

Hospitality and customer service sets Long Hostel apart from other budget joints in the city and staying here is more like staying with extended family than in a hotel. If it feels like you are walking into a family’s living room, it’s because you are. That, and the two free beers a day and legendary breakfast pancakes establishes the homestay feel of the place. ###12456 The four-person... Read our full review of Long Hostel.

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373/16 Pham Ngu Lao St, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1
Under US$10
New Saigon Hostel 2
Backpacker - Under US$10
373/16 Pham Ngu Lao St, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1
T: (28) 3838 6221

Opened in 2017, New Saigon Hostel 2 (aka Saigon Moi Hostel 2) was looking fresh and like new when we dropped by in May 2017. The dorm rooms cost a couple dollars more than the cheapest joint in the neighbourhood and for that you get an eight-person dorm with sturdy wooden bunks, each with their own powerpoint and cubby hole shelf. There’s backpack sized lockers (lock provided) and an... Read our full review of New Saigon Hostel 2.

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373/6 Pham Ngu Lao St, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1
US$10 to 20
Phan Anh Backpackers Hostel
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
373/6 Pham Ngu Lao St, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1
T: (28) 3920 9235

Phan Anh Backpacker Hostel was one of the first in a new wave of flashier Pham Ngu Lao budget lodgings, more about modern comforts than lively, social atmosphere. Air-con throughout, accommodation here comes in two flavours: dorm rooms with six beds and private rooms. The air-con dorm rooms are similar to the dorms found at other places in this alley at 373 Pham Ngu Lao—each room comes with... Read our full review of Phan Anh Backpackers Hostel.

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40/18 Bui Vien St, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1
US$10 to 20
Kim Hotel 1
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
40/18 Bui Vien St, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1
T: (28) 3836 7495

At Kim 1 Hotel, the grim lobby belies what is within: respectable private rooms that as of early 2017, look like they had been recently renovated. Bathrooms sparkled and tiles had no mildew, walls had fresh paint and there were some new flashy extras (a medium size fridge for example) mixed in with the old (one room we saw still had a classic box TV). It’s certainly not as flash as the... Read our full review of Kim Hotel 1.

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283/6 Pham Ngu Lao St, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1
US$10 to 20
Phan Lan 2 Hotel
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
283/6 Pham Ngu Lao St, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1
T: (28) 3837 8749

Formerly known as Phan Lan 2 Guesthouse, the exterior of Phan Lan 2 Hotel is rather drab but the rooms are decently sized, well appointed and in fair condition. Like most of the budget hotels in Pham Ngu Lao, there’s no lift. Lower rooms are more vulnerable to street noise, but prepare for a workout to reach higher levels, especially if you land a room on the very top (fifth floor). The... Read our full review of Phan Lan 2 Hotel.

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281 Pham Ngu Lao St, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1
Under US$10
The Hideout Hostel Saigon
Backpacker - Under US$10
281 Pham Ngu Lao St, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1
T: (28) 3838 9147

Looking for a party? The Hideout Hostel delivers the ubiquitous Southeast Asian backpacker hostel experience, revolving around dorms, hanging out, chilling out, fluoro paint and happy hours. The Hideout, along with its sister hostel The Hangout just a few doors down, are located right on Pham Ngu Lao St. It’s the place to meet fellow backpackers, exchange war stories from the road and find... Read our full review of The Hideout Hostel Saigon.

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241/11/6 Pham Ngu Lao St, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1
US$10 to 20
Vy Khanh Guesthouse
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
241/11/6 Pham Ngu Lao St, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1
T: (28) 3837 3551

Down a narrow alley off a narrow alley in Pham Ngu Lao, nondescript Vy Khanh Guesthouse remains one of Pham Ngu Lao's best budget choices for private rooms, their reputation for stellar service intact all these years. Occupying two skinny buildings across from each other, budget conscious folks in need of their own space should be satisfied with Vy Khanh’s slightly dated but clean rooms.... Read our full review of Vy Khanh Guesthouse.

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200 Cong Quynh St, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1
Under US$10
Saigon Backpackers Hostel
Backpacker - Under US$10
200 Cong Quynh St, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1
T: (028) 3920 9643

Saigon Backpackers Hostel has three locations, all within Ho Chi Minh City’s backpacker area. Their location on Cong Quynh St is long in the tooth but for an air-con dorm, it doesn’t get much cheaper than this. The reason we are featuring this hostel is because the dorm bed is US$2 less than their competitors and we know this will appeal to frugal backpackers looking for the best bargain... Read our full review of Saigon Backpackers Hostel.

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Downtown, excluding Pham Ngu Lao

All of District 1 is considered the city centre, but the old French colonial heart is considered the downtown core. In and around this area is the concentration of major historic/tourist attractions such as Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and Saigon Opera House, as well as major commercial/shopping centres.

High-end hotels, some historic, line the grand Nguyen Hue promenade and Dong Khoi St, formerly Rue Catinat in French colonial days. In District 1, budget accommodation outside of the Pham Ngu Lao area are scarce. However, there are a number of excellent boutique hotels in the US$30-70 range. Downtown is ideal for those who want to stay close to the main attractions and concentration of noteworthy restaurants and bars, and/or escape to the Pham Ngu Lao tourist bubble.


301-303 Ly Tu Trong St, District 1
over US$100
Alagon D’antique Hotel & Spa
Luxury - over US$100
301-303 Ly Tu Trong St, District 1
T: (28) 3823 6888

Alagon D’antique is a boutique hotel that melds the ultra-modern with a rosy take on French colonial Indochina. The lobby makes an impression, sporting a sumptuous, bold mix of old world materials: ebony wood bar, leather sofas, brass fixtures, patterned floor tiles and exposed brick walls adorned with old world posters and photos. Reception staff wear sensational brocade ao dais. The... Read our full review of Alagon D’antique Hotel & Spa.

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76-78 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai St, District 3
over US$100
Hotel Des Arts Saigon MGallery
Luxury - over US$100
76-78 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai St, District 3
T: (28) 3989 8888

Opened in 2015, Hotel Des Arts Saigon MGallery is an elegant, chic city hotel at the northern edge of the downtown core. Lobbies can set the tone for the entire experience and this hotel’s lobby invites guests to breath a sigh of relief, as well as to look closely to examine the fine details. Crisp white walls and the striking chandelier draw the eye up to the vaulted ceiling. It’s also... Read our full review of Hotel Des Arts Saigon MGallery.

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2 Lam Son Square, District 1
over US$100
Park Hyatt Saigon
Luxury - over US$100
2 Lam Son Square, District 1
T: (28) 3824 1234

Quite simply, the Park Hyatt is one of Saigon's best hotels, the creme de la creme. Opened in 2005, everything is tip top, from the palatial entrance with chandeliers dripping in crystals to the buttoned-up service to the classic French colonial architecture. The hotel is also only nine-storeys, a relatively low-rise L-shape flanking the outdoor swimming pool. ###12463 Rooms are... Read our full review of Park Hyatt Saigon.

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19 Lam Son Square, District 1
over US$100
Caravelle Saigon
Luxury - over US$100
19 Lam Son Square, District 1
T: (28) 3823 4999

Anchoring Lam Son Square opposite the Saigon Opera House, Caravelle has some interesting history but a recent refurbishment has firmly brought the hotel into present day Ho Chi Minh City. When Caravelle was opened in 1959, it was the most modern, cutting-edge hotel in the city and it quickly became a political and journalism hub, the home of embassies and companies like Air France. During the... Read our full review of Caravelle Saigon.

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67 Ham Nghi St, Nguyen Thai Binh Ward, District 1
US$20 to 50
Della Boutique Hotel
Midrange - US$20 to 50
67 Ham Nghi St, Nguyen Thai Binh Ward, District 1
T: (28) 3821 1897

Della Boutique Hotel is a rare find in Ho Chi Minh City, as it boasts dorm accommodation with a location in the downtown core. The skinny building is on Ham Nghi St, a boulevard now of importance as it’s become a major bus stop for practically all buses in the city. The hotel is directly across from the Bitexco Financial tower, is a hop to Cho Cu market and is300 m to the river or Nguyen... Read our full review of Della Boutique Hotel.

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157 Pasteur St, Ward 6, District 3
US$50 to 100
Emm Hotel
Toprange - US$50 to 100
157 Pasteur St, Ward 6, District 3
T: (28) 3936 2100

Characterful and fresh, Emm Hotel is a smart boutique city hotel that offers terrific value for the modern traveller who wants a comfortable room at a mid-range price. It’s amazing how something as simple as white walls with a few splashes of vibrant colours can make the difference between a bland hotel and something memorable. Emm Hotel uses this philosophy, pairing an uncluttered aesthetic... Read our full review of Emm Hotel.

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1 Dong Khoi St, District 1
over US$100
Hotel Majestic
Luxury - over US$100
1 Dong Khoi St, District 1
T: (28) 3829 5517

Dating back to 1925, Hotel Majestic sits at the corner of Rue Catinat (now Dong Khoi St) and Quai de Belgique (Ton Duc Thang St) which runs along the river, and like Hotel Continental, Rex Hotel and Caravelle, Hotel Majestic is considered to be a Saigon landmark. Hotel Majestic is owned by mega Vietnamese tourism conglomerate Saigon Tourist. We were skeptical of the hotel, especially since we... Read our full review of Hotel Majestic.

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36 Bis/2 Le Loi Blvd, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1
US$20 to 50
Little Saigon Boutique Hotel
Midrange - US$20 to 50
36 Bis/2 Le Loi Blvd, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1
T: (28) 3521 8464

Little Saigon Boutique Hotel is home to just 18 rooms, all squeezed into a skinny building, found down an even skinnier alley off of Le Loi and Pasteur—two of the city’s most important streets. This is both a blessing and a curse as the location is convenient and central, but as of 2017 Le Loi is undergoing massive metro construction. There’s still a way for traffic and pedestrians to... Read our full review of Little Saigon Boutique Hotel.

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141 Nguyen Hue Blvd, District 1
over US$100
Rex Hotel
Luxury - over US$100
141 Nguyen Hue Blvd, District 1
T: (28) 3829 2185

Occupying the northwest corner of the sprawling Nguyen Hue promenade, Rex Hotel is one of Saigon’s best known hotels, having survived many iterations. What began in 1927 as a car showroom was rebuilt as a hotel in 1959, immediately becoming a United States Information Service USIS office, a library, accommodation for high ranking US military, broadcasting studio and press briefing room. The... Read our full review of Rex Hotel.

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109 Dong Khoi St, District 1
US$50 to 100
Saigon Catina Hotel
Toprange - US$50 to 100
109 Dong Khoi St, District 1
T: (28) 3829 6296

If Ho Chi Minh City were a Monopoly board, a property on Dong Khoi St would be the equivalent to coveted Park Place and Hotel Catina is a hotel in the French colonial heart of Saigon for under US$100. Dong Khoi was known as Rue Catinat in yesteryears. Step out of Saigon Catina and the Opera House is to your left, Hotel Majestic is down to your right and Nguyen Hue Blvd is behind you, not to... Read our full review of Saigon Catina Hotel.

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177 Ly Tu Trong St, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1
US$50 to 100
Sanouva Hotel
Toprange - US$50 to 100
177 Ly Tu Trong St, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1
T: (28) 3827 5275

Around the corner from Ben Thanh market and 500m from Independence Palace, Sanouva Hotel has a convenient location for ticking off the District 1 tourist sights and some great cafes/restaurants. The hotel is also just a kilometre from Bui Vien, should you want to indulge in some tourist nightlife. Aside from the positive location, Sanouva has 53 rooms that are no thrills but comfortable,... Read our full review of Sanouva Hotel.

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81/14 Nguyen Huu Cau St, Tan Dinh Ward, District 1
US$20 to 50
The Nguyen Cafe
Midrange - US$20 to 50
81/14 Nguyen Huu Cau St, Tan Dinh Ward, District 1
T: (016) 4576 0401

Located in the northern edges of District 1 around the corner from a local market, The Nguyen Cafe delivers a comfortable experience in a more local, less touristy part of downtown Ho Chi Minh City. The main building straddles two quiet local lanes (confusingly both lanes bearing the same address), with additional rooms of the same style in another building nearby. The ground floor is a cafe... Read our full review of The Nguyen Cafe.

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23 Dang Thi Nhu St, District 1
US$20 to 50
Town House 23 Saigon
Midrange - US$20 to 50
23 Dang Thi Nhu St, District 1
T: (28) 3915 1491

Flashpackers will appreciate Town House 23 Saigon’s spunky rooms that use contemporary design tricks to maximise a tight space while keeping everything feeling light and uncluttered. These tricks include platform beds (the in-room safe built into the platform), a floating vanity/sink, wall mounted flatscreen TV, built-in shelving and reading lights. Decor in the form of wall graphics and... Read our full review of Town House 23 Saigon.

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85 Nguyen Cong Tru St, District 1
US$20 to 50
Ohana Hotel
Midrange - US$20 to 50
85 Nguyen Cong Tru St, District 1
T: (28) 3914 0583

Ohana Hotel is the get-away-from-the-bustle kind of hotel without sacrificing on location. Developers haven’t seemed to notice Ohana’s street (yet), which is in the southern edge of District 1’s downtown core near the river, less than 300 m from Bitexco Financial Tower and walking distance to Ben Thanh Market. ###12530 This skinny, Viet-style hotel has 17 rooms, just two rooms per... Read our full review of Ohana Hotel.

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US$10 to 20
A few good family-style guesthouses in Saigon
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20

Before the new crop of hostels in Saigon emerged, the best deals for a bed in the city were found at guesthouses. While guesthouses may no longer be the cheapest places to sleep in HCMC, they still offer some of the best bang for your lodging buck. If you value your privacy and want to stay somewhere up a notch from a hostel, here are a few family-run guesthouses worth hunting down. In the... Read our full review of A few good family-style guesthouses in Saigon.

Under US$10
Saigon's best hostels
Backpacker - Under US$10

A relatively new craze sweeping Saigon’s accommodation scene, particularly in the backpacker area ofPham 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 best hostels in Ho Chi Minh City. Perhaps the establishment that... Read our full review of Saigon's best hostels.

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