Good and uncontroversial
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 ensuite bathroom with modern fixtures and separate glass shower stall so the toilet seat doesn’t get wet.
There’s also 24-hr air-con, unlike some cheaper joints which switch it off during the day. For better or for worse, there’s a wall mounted flatscreen TV in the dorm. We weren’t able to see a private room as they were all full.
There’s no lift but it’s only a three-storey building. There’s also no atmosphere to this place and the lobby, though it has a sofa and some cold drinks for sale, is completely uninspired and doesn’t entice as a lounge or a hang out to chat with others.
New Saigon Hostel 2 is located in the alleyway of 373 Pham Ngu Lao, which is at the western edge (and quieter side) of the backpacker neighbourhood. This alley is full of hostels offering both dorms and private rooms for the same price, but this is a quiet place, ideal for someone who wants a low-key stay free of the foibles associated with older buildings. Rate includes breakfast.
Address: 373/16 Pham Ngu Lao St, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1
T: (28) 3838 6221;
Coordinates (for GPS): 106º41'22.7" E, 10º46'0.3" 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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