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Saigon Balo Hostel

203 Pham Ngu Lao St | District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 0084, Vietnam
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

We arrived fresh off the overnight bus only a stone's throw away from the hostel. Our 6 am arrival meant that our double room wasn't ready, but we were offered a bed to sleep in, a shower to use and breakfast to eat whilst we waited. In fact, the friendly staff were a real feature of this place and give... More

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Brisbane, Australia
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

Excellent location (on Pham Ngu Lao across from the park) in the heart of Saigon's backpacker district, this budget hostel ticks all the boxes: friendly staff who speak English, cleanliness and affordable rates ... AND an air conditioner that works! It's a few minutes walk to restaurants, bars, shopping and attractions; however, with such proximity comes the never-ending raucous of... More

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Kuala Lumpur
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

Located right in the middle of the heart of Pham Ngu Lao, District 1. 2-3 min walking distance to main tourist centre such as Sinh Tourist centre and my favourite luxury express bus agent Giant Ibis. The bed is clean and comfy. The locker provided is enough to store valuable items. The attached toilet is at acceptable level. However, the... More

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Nha Trang, Vietnam
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

First of all I would like to say the best thing about this hostel is the staff. I stayed there for 7 days before Christmas and found the staff to be really friendly and helpful with very good English. I have read some old reviews from people saying staff were grumpy/unhelpful but I know that there were some changes to... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013 via mobile

Great location. Some staff have good English but some have none. Rooms are ok , cleaned everyday. 3 people unfortunely had items taken whilst there as did I which is strange. Breakfast is a baguette and eggs or jam which is fine. The location is the key to this place. The tour organiser lady at the front is really friendly... More

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Sydney, Australia
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

Ok I'll start with getting to district 1 area before even reviewing the hostel .. As I'd read I went out the exit and walked left to the official taxi rank .. Told the dude on the meter which I'd been advised and we took off. As you leave the airport the taxis have to pay a fee (after chatting... More

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Canberra, Australia
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

Rooms were clean and breakfast was good, and it was easy to make friends with other guests. Stand out was the helpful staff who went out of their way time after time including arranging a cell phone for me to buy and activating it for me. Highly reccomend!

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

well, i stayed here like for a couple of weekends, due to the location, price rate and friendly staffs. i can say this is a safe place to be, whenever you want to travel lightly in the city and if you need some good place to stay in, at night. whenever i travel solo, i i'll keep coming back at... More

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Kathmandu, Nepal
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

Again, contrary to my promise not to give positive reviews, I was asked to and as the person asking was very helpful and pleasant, I could not say no. We booked the hotel as it was cheap and well located. It was a good value for money hostel. Yes, there was no lift and we had to lob our bags... More

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1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013 via mobile

Fantastic hostel! I accidentally left my passport in one of the lockers in the rooms and rang them and they put it on the very next bus all wrapped up and wouldn't even accept a tip for doing so! Very central location, in walking distance to the main backpackers hangouts. Can book buses and tours from downstairs. The buses they... More

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Address: 203 Pham Ngu Lao St | District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 0084, Vietnam
Location: Vietnam > Ho Chi Minh City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 12
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