Lonely Planet Writer

The Southeast Asian hostels that will give you the most bang for your buck

If you dream of travelling the world but are worried about the cost of accommodation, you may be encouraged by a new guide to hostels that offer backpackers the ultimate combination of quality and affordability. According to hostel-booking platform, Hostelworld, Southeast Asia remains one of its most-booked regions, and accommodation there dominates its top ten list,’which was based on more than 16,500 hostels listed on its website.

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Angkor Wat temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia is the largest religious monument in the world. Image: GettyImages/Matteo Colombo

“The low price point of the hostels that made it into our ‘Bang For Your Buck List’ mean that people have more money to spend on what matters – having unique experiences and collecting memories,” says Hostelworld’s Catriona Flood. “People don’t want to sacrifice quality for cost when they’re away from home. Our findings demonstrate how hostels in Cambodia and Vietnam have risen to the challenge by offering unique places to stay and great social spaces, for less than the cost of a meal deal.”

The Phong Dien floating market on the Mekong Delta in Vietnam. Image: GettyImages/HNH Images

These are the the top ten hostels on Hostelworld’s Bang For Your Buck List

1. High Tide Kampot, Kampot, Cambodia

High Tide Kampot, Kampot, Cambodia. Image: Hostelworld

High Tide is the place for chilling out and catching a beautiful riverside sunrise. Surrounded by native greenery and mountains, nature is at the heart of this hostel. With hammocks for all, you can sit back and truly relax at this Cambodian gem. The average dorm price per night is £2.50 ($3.22).

2.  Mui Ne Hills Backpackers, Mui Ne, Vietnam

Mui Ne Hills Backpackers, Mui Ne, Vietnam. Image: Hostelworld

Mui Ne Hills has two swimming pools, and a jacuzzi overlooking the stunning skyline. It’s only a few minutes’ walk from the white sandy beach in Mui Ne, making it the perfect spot to base yourself. The average dorm price per night is £2.80 ($3.61)

3. Kiki’s House, Ha Giang, Vietnam

Kiki’s House, Ha Giang, Vietnam. Image: Hostelworld

Kiki’s House is a perfect spot for adventurous travellers coming to Ha Giang for the beautiful Unesco-inscribed Dong Van Karst Plateau.  In this family-run hostel, you can enjoy home-cooked food and there’s a cosy terrace with a seating area. The average dorm price per night is £3.20 ($4.13).

4. The Siem Reap Chilled Backpacker, Siem Reap, Cambodia

The Siem Reap Chilled Backpacker, Siem Reap, Cambodia. Image: Hostelworld

With an outdoor swimming pool and poolside bar serving a selection of local, Asian and Continental cuisine, The Siem Reap Chilled Backpacker has everything you want within easy reach. It’s a stone’s throw from Siem Reap’s famous markets, and the average dorm price per night is £3.40 ($4.39).

5) Tigon Dalat Hostel, Da Lat, Vietnam

Tigon Dalat Hostel, Da Lat, Vietnam. Image: Hostelworld

This friendly hostel promises no noise and bustle and aims to help immerse guests into local life. Nestled in the mountains, Da Lat is a great spot for people wanting to escape the tropical heat of Vietnam, and the average dorm price per night is £3.40 ($4.39).

6. New Life Homestay, Hue, Vietnam

New Life Homestay, Hue, Vietnam. Image: Hostelworld

New Life Homestay wants to make your time exploring Vietnam as easy as possible. The owner and his team are professional motorbike tour guides for the trails between Hue and Hoi An or Da Nang, so you can experience the beautiful country from two wheels. The average dorm price per night is £3.50 ($4.51).

7. John & Paul Inn, Qui Nhon, Vietnam

John & Paul Inn, Qui Nhon, Vietnam. Image: Hostelworld

John & Paul Inn is known for its great music and party atmosphere. With friendly staff and sociable guests, it aims to help travellers make memories they’ll never forget, and the average dorm price per night is £3.60 ($4.64).

8. Ta Van Hostel, Sapa, Vietnam

Ta Van Hostel, Sapa, Vietnam. Image; Hostelworld444.64)

Ta Van Hostel is a simple place where you will wake up to a rooster’s crows and come face-to-face with a buffalo in the neighbouring paddy field. You can enjoy banana pancakes on the terrace overlooking the valley, and the average dorm price per night is £3.60 ($4.64).

9. Monkey Republic, Kampot, Cambodia

Monkey Republic, Kampot, Cambodia. Image: Hostelworld

If you’re looking for the best of both worlds, Monkey Republic might just be for you. Set in beautiful grounds, it offers a relaxing chilled-out vibe with free yoga. It’s the perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, which is conveniently located right outside the front door. The average dorm price per night is £3.60 ($4.64).

10. Chien Hostel, Hanoi, Vietnam

Chien Hostel, Hanoi, Vietnam. Image: Hostelworld

This city-based hostel offer amazing views, and has great social spaces, including a restaurant and a roof-top bar, which is open until midnight. It’s also a great place to meet fellow travellers, and the average dorm price per night is £3.80 ($4.90).