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Vietnam Backpacker Hostels - The Original
Ranked #28 of 384 Specialty Lodging in Hanoi
Certificate of Excellence
York, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Great hostel, fantastic trip, creepy guide.”
Reviewed August 5, 2014

Rooms in he hostel are nice enough, secure and clean, good air con etc. roof top bar is reasonably priced but doesn't have a view. All in all, no complaints about the hostel itself. A great place for your first stop in Vietnam, gave out lots of reliable info about where to go next and how to get there.

However, I would say the downtown one is the same price and generally seems better, so stay there if you can.

The castaway tour was SO fun and the best way to see Halong Bay, we even saw the wild monkeys. All the guides were great, apart from Michael who was just a creep with no understanding of what is and is not appropriate. We have since met other groups who had their tour with him and made similar comments. I understand it's part of the job to get the party started, but some of the things he said and did were very offensive and made lots of girls we were with feel uncomfortable.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
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James V, Manager at Vietnam Backpacker Hostels - The Original, responded to this review, August 21, 2014
Hi Ellie, Thanks for your great review of both our hostels and really pleased you had a great time on Castaways - I would like to add the group leader in question has now left our company due to poor performance on the job so we do take our customer feedback seriously. All the best for your future travel. VBH Crew Manager.
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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Reviewed July 28, 2014

We stayed with Hanoi back packers for 5 nights in total, two nights in the private rooms - which was really spacious and great aircon with an awesome view of Hanoi. The Cast away tour was so much fun, the group was awesome and so were the activities and drinking games. The only down side is i had booked telling them i had dietary requirements and no effort was made to meet them on both the boat and island, i basically lived off Morning glory for three days. The tour guides were great however, when chose to stay an extra night on the tour,we were told that we could get onto the boomerang bus a day late - this ended up being full and we had to pay and stay in a dorm room an extra night. The dorms are in pretty good condition though and the hostel is awesome.
HOWEVER.. the Boomerang bus is not worth your time, for what you get it is really expensive, we got a bus that was not the same was the picture, it was old, NO cushy reclining seats with foot rests , NO great movies, - NO movies at all, after asking the tv stayed off. Wifi was unable to load a single page for the whole 24 hours we were on the bus. After Hue, we got onto another separate bus that was older than the first with the same deal - NO toilet, movies, wifi. Welcome pack is a bottle of water, sick bag and bag of peanuts. The Sleeper buses we took for the rest of are cheaper and you get to lay down.

Room Tip: stay at downtown hostel, much better than original - we got a dorm with no window and it was a hot b...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled solo
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James V, Manager at Vietnam Backpacker Hostels - The Original, responded to this review, August 20, 2014
HI, Thanks for your great review of our hostels and castaways tour. I will pass on your feedback regarding the dietary requirements so we can make sure this does not happen in the future! Also I have passed your feedback regarding the BB to our travel manager to deal with this as a matter of priority. Always good to hear people stayed on the island for another night of fun!! All the best - VBH Crew Manager.
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Kilkenny, Ireland
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Reviewed July 27, 2014

Hanoi Backpackers is a great place to chill out and relax after a long day sight seeing and it is a great place to meet people over a drink or two ! If I had any complaint it would be that you could spend too much time drinking in the hostel instead of enjoying the fabulous street food, bars and markets right on the hostels doorstep.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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James V, Manager at Vietnam Backpacker Hostels - The Original, responded to this review, August 20, 2014
Cheers Edward for your good review of our hostel. Enjoy the rest of your trip! Cheers - VBH Crew Manager.
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 25, 2014

Didn't stay in this hostel but booked our three day two night halong bay tour with them! Best thing we did in Vietnam amazing way to meet people, you will stay in touch with and travel south with! Tour was good for drinking and parting! The foods also good , accommodation on the castaways island is very very basic , take your mosquito repellant!

Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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James V, Manager at Vietnam Backpacker Hostels - The Original, responded to this review, August 20, 2014
Hi Charlotte, Thanks for your great review and we are really pleased you had an awesome time on Castaways! All the best for your future travels. VBH Crew Manager.
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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed July 17, 2014

Stayed for 5 nights plus a trip to Ha Long Bay... My advice? Line your stomach. If It's your thing the party vibe here is amazing. Everyone gets together at the downstairs bar for happy hour then heads out after the crowd from the other hostel turns up. Huge party ensues. Everyone's happy!

Did the backpacker's Ha Long Bay trip, 2 nights of excess, fun drinking games, skinny dipping, climbing, wakeboarding, tubing and fantastic fresh food (not necessarily in that order). Met some friends for life, 2 ozzies ended up moving to my home town in Brighton on my recommendation. Well worth the money if you get a good crowd, you can always opt for one night, then stay another if the groups a good'un!

Stayed at the hostel a few nights after the boat tour and fell ill, stayed in bed most of the day and night but no partying noises could be heard, another plus!

Highly recommended!

Room Tip: They're pretty flexible about extending or cancelling your stay. I think most people just turn u...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
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James V, Manager at Vietnam Backpacker Hostels - The Original, responded to this review, July 24, 2014
Hi Joel, Thanks for your great review of our hostel and we are really pleased you had a blast on our Castaways Ha Long Bay trip. All the best for your future travels. VBH Crew Manager.
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed July 14, 2014

We stayed in the private room for two nights. It was pretty average and not that comfortable. The price was not great either but in the interest of fairness we were not looking for somewhere to drink and go on pub crawls etc and thus much of the value of this place was lost on us. If I was staying with my mates in a dorm room I would say it would have been a very enjoyable place to stay.
The reason for the bad rating however is biased as we booked the Boomerang which is kind of exclusive to the Backpacker hostels through them. They advertised a luxury backpackers travel bus from Hanoi to Hoi an - hop on hop off. Unfortunately we ended up having to sit at the back of the bus. We had chosen seats at the very front but were informed these are for the drivers who, understandably need to sleep between driving shifts.
The back seats are right ontop on the engine which was very hot and more or less cancelled out the Ac and there was stuff behind us which made reclining back a no go. There was no movie on the bus which was advertised. We paid the extra for this so we could travel in comfort and get a good sleep in which did not happen.
We mentioned this to the Hostel in Hue where it is important to say the complaint was handled very well we were assured it was a new service and is still being honed and the staff member we dealt with was apologetic and seemed quite happy to have feedback which he could use to improve the service. Just felt we should let people know.

Room Tip: Dont bother with the private rooms
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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James V, Manager at Vietnam Backpacker Hostels - The Original, responded to this review, July 24, 2014
Hi Conor, Thanks for your review of our hostel and bus service. We have already discussed your feedback and this will help us make this service successful. We hope you enjoyed your trip. All the best. VBH Crew Manager.
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Los Angeles, California
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
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Reviewed July 9, 2014

Very popular with the backpacker/party crowd. The accommodations are pretty standard (the privates are considerably nicer, but a bit overpriced) but there is a very social vibe to this place. Lots of drinking and socializing if you're into that sort of thing.

The downtown location is definitely more party central (the bar crawl passes through here every night turning the lobby into a beer pong hall) so if you're not as into partying I recommend staying at the original location.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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James V, Manager at Vietnam Backpacker Hostels - The Original, responded to this review, July 24, 2014
Hi Lucas, Thanks for your review of our hostel and we are happy you had a good time. All the best. VBH Crew Manager.
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Property: Vietnam Backpacker Hostels - The Original
Address: 48 Ngo Huyen Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
Location: Vietnam > Hanoi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Restaurant Suites
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Ranked #28 of 384 Specialty Lodging in Hanoi
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Hotel Class:2 star — Vietnam Backpacker Hostels - The Original 2*
Number of rooms: 23
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