Mod capsule hostel
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.
There are eight beds to a dorm, a mix of typical capsule beds and two that are train-style (one side open to the hall with a privacy curtain). The latter is a good option for those who don’t like the idea of the capsule, even though they are roomy and there’s no problem sitting up in it unless you’re exceptionally tall. There’s WiFi, air-con and each bed has its own light and plug.
Best of all, it’s a proper twin bed mattress (no thin, foam slabs we’ve all endured at a hostel before). We couldn’t help but give the linens and duvet a feel—soft, cottony, hotel grade linens. All this comfort is the same price as a hostel in Pham Ngu Lao.
Capsule dorms tend to be well thought out and organised and Chy Chy is no different. There are large backpack sized lockers, a place for your shoes, a balcony for drying clothes, and a very respectable ratio of five bathrooms per floor (each floor has two dorms). We were told the kitchen was free for guests to use. The staff are friendly and eager. There’s a lift and rooftop terrace to relax on to boot.
With ten dorms, chances are your dorm won’t be full. On that note, this isn’t a party place. Here backpackers can lay low and walk to Pham Ngu Lao should they need excitement.
Address: 48 Co Bac, Cau Ong Lanh Ward, District 1
T: (090) 302 9102;
Coordinates (for GPS): 106º41'44.05" E, 10º45'55.6" N
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Room rates: Under US$10
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
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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