Ho Chi Minh, specifically District 1 in Vietnam has plenty of hostels and hotels alike that you can choose from. Ranging from as little as $3 to as much as $100 you can definitely find your match in the area. As for me I found Kiki’s House Saigon. Being on a budget and traveling with friends, I was tasked to find a clean, comfortable yet affordable accommodation in District 1.
Location of Kiki’s House Saigon
Like I mentioned, District 1 is abundant with accommodation options for everyone. However, many of them in the Pham Ngu Lao area may be located in the inner alleys of the main block. If you are good with directions and patient it could possibly work for you, as for this time I intentionally avoided them. Why, I am with newbie travelers so I don’t want them to get intimidated with so much cost cutting 😉 .
Kiki’s House Saigon is located along the Bui Vien street, Saigon’s most vibrant and backpacking center of the city. If you love partying or just love watching people Bui Vien is definitely the place for you as it is packed with night time bars and the street literally just turns into a party area.
This area is also ideal as a base for your southern Vietnam trip as it is where most of the buses going to the north (central Vietnam) and Cambodia as well.
Kiki’s House Saigon has a mix of dorms and private rooms. I didn’t get to see the private rooms though. We stayed in the coed rooms with bunk beds. Each bed, be it upper or lower bed, was equipped with curtains to cover your space and give you some privacy. The curtains are thick enough to actually hide you from other guests. The sheets are clean and yes they smell clean too. The beds though are made of metal so going up and down the upper bunk can be a challenge. The beds aren’t also super sturdy so expect some shaking (as with any other metal bunk beds) if you have a bad bunk mate.
The Dorm rooms are equipped with in-room toilets and baths. A big plus for this hostel is that their toilet is separate from the shower, so no hold ups while someone is showering still.
Breakfast is included in your accommodation. Meals are served on the roof deck bar where you have a great view of Bui Vien street. Food serve include bread, noodles and fruits. They also have coffee and choco to start your day. At night you can hang out at the deck with friends and drink beer along with some good conversations. It’s just the perfect hangout place!
One challenge in Vietnam is communication. I mean yeah that’s great specially for experiencing culture. Thankfully the staff in Kiki’s House Saigon speaks good English. I’d say one of the nicest staff that I’ve ever met! They make sure you feel welcome as soon as you arrive and would even wake up at the middle of the night if you arrive late!
If one would ask me if I’d stay in Kiki’s House Saigon again, I’d say I would. The only thing I didn’t like about the hostel was that if the restaurant below closes it’s quite a hassle going out. You have to ask for help for someone to close the steel doors for you. But its not a problem most of the time since the restaurant is usually open 24/7 when we were there. Other than that Kiki’s House Saigon is absolutely awesome in giving you more value for you buck!
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