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 new buddies before your Mekong Delta tour or hostel-organised bar crawl.
With 90 beds, it’s a busy but well oiled operation, with the front desk manned by young, friendly, helpful staff, plenty of information on tours and transport is available, and there’s WiFi, guest computers and luggage storage.
Beds are split between nine dorm rooms across five floors serviced by an elevator. While it seems like it would be cramped given that the building is the typical super-slim Vietnamese shopfront, dorms are rather spacious and space has been maximised as the metal bunk has backpack storage and lockers built in underneath. Each bed has a plug and reading light. The hostel does have a bit of an eau-de-feet, courtesy of your fellow backpackers. Glass doors open to a street front balcony. Breakfast and a beer is included in the rate.
The big disadvantage is that the air-con is switched off in the daytime and this is a vital detail, given the sheer number of people we saw sleeping in the middle of the day at all the hostels. Of all the hostels we inspected in Pham Ngu Lao, The Hideout and The Hangout were the only ones to do so. We were told by staff it is turned on at 17:00 until 11:00. Stay elsewhere if you want 24-hr air-con.
Just next door is The Hideout Bar, open to those of the The Hideout and The Hangout tribe, as well as outside guests. There’s a ground floor bar, an upstairs beanbag lounge and a jungley rooftop terrace with bar and pool table.
You can get better value in the neighbourhood—flashpacker dorms along the alley of 373 Pham Ngu Lao like Khoi Hostel, Cozy House and Long Hostel are the same price and you have a better chance of quality sleep day or night. But here is clearly not about getting decent shut eye, rather it is all about the social atmosphere, party vibe and libations which will run late. There’s a pub crawl (open to guests and non-guests) kicking off at their bar almost every night.
Address: 281 Pham Ngu Lao St, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1
T: (28) 3838 9147; (28) 6681 7819;
Coordinates (for GPS): 106º41'28.91" E, 10º46'4.26" N
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Room rates: Under US$10
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
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Cindy Fan is a Canadian writer/photographer and author of So Many Miles, a website that chronicles the love of adventure, food and culture. After falling in love with sticky rice and Mekong sunsets, in 2011 she uprooted her life in Toronto to live la vida Laos. She’s travelled to over 40 countries and harbours a deep affection for Africa and Southeast Asia. In between jaunts around the world, she calls Laos and Vietnam home where you'll find her traipsing through rice paddies, standing beside broken-down buses and in villages laughing with the locals.
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