The hidden Backpacker Beachside Hostel is a great stop away from the backpacker trail. Here we enjoyed the quiet beach and had some quality rest.
Charlie discovered this place accidentally while browsing Google Maps while we were still in Phong Nha exploring The Paradise Cave. We found sometimes it’s the best thing to do, just search Google Maps for places in the area you want to stay.
Getting to the Backpacker Beachside Hostel
The hidden Backpacker Hostel in located on the edge of the South China Sea in the central coast of Vietnam. To get here we took a local bus to Dong Hoi from Phong Nha town centre at the river front.
Our bus tickets cost 30,000 VND ($1.34 USD) per person.
As usual, Charlie marked the Backpackers Beachside Hostel on Google Maps on his phone and followed the route. We hopped off the bus on the main road when we got close.
It’s was a little way from here to the beach, but we decided to walk. It took us maybe an hour or so to walk, including a very pleasant stop at a local cafe where we had lovely some Hanoi-like coffee (yay) and iced tea. The local family who owned it were lovely and so friendly.
If you don’t want the extra walk you can take the bus all the way to Dong Hoi bus station and then catch a taxi or a motorbike from there. At the end of our stay, 2 lovely volunteers dropped us off to the train station on their motorbikes. It took us maybe 10 minutes so it’s not far at all.
As we walked on the main road, we realised there is an airport just round the corner in between the sand dunes. What a weird place for an airport. The main road was also studded with massive Soviet era looking hotels, grey and uninviting. Most of them were on the other side of the beach so we were glad we didn’t book any of those.
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The hidden Backpacker Beachside Hostel
What makes the Backpacker Beachside Hostel so great, apart from it being on the beach, is the staff. They were all amazing, friendly and accommodating. We also met lots of friendly travellers here, which always makes the stay memorable.
We booked a private room for 350,000 VND ($16 USD). It was quite spacious, fairly tidy and the shower was clean with plenty of hot water.
The room didn’t really matter that much, because most of the time we were out, reading by the beach, swimming, tubing, playing pool or hanging around in the bar area.
The food here is really good and well prepared. Sometimes, if they have enough guest, the host will fire up an impressive BBQ for around 120,000 VND ($5.40 USD) per person. The BBQ consisted of all sorts of food, from fish, to meat, to sea food.
We opted out though. I don’t eat red meat and Charlie is allergic to shell fish. Without having the full spread we didn’t think it was good value for money for us, what a shame!
We typically spent around 130,000 VND ($5.83 USD) for lunch and similar for dinner, plus breakfast, a couple of coffees in the morning at 15,000 VND each ($0.67 USD) and a bottle or two of cold beer at 20,000 VND ($0.90 USD).
If you have just lunch or dinner it’s okay price wise, but if you have all meals, you might receive a healthy bill at the end of your stay, like we did.
But we treated this place as our little break from constantly moving. After exploring rainy Hanoi, misty and cold Sapa, trekking through some pretty muddy rice fields and enjoying wonderful, but still misty Tam Coc village, we really needed some sun and beach time, with the cows…
We ended up staying at the Backpackers Beachside Hostel for 5 nights in total and didn’t even set foot outside. We were very happy to just enjoy the sound of the waves, eat, sleep, drink cold beer, smooth coffee and chat to the staff or other travellers. Sounds perfect? It really was.
We enjoyed the ample outdoor space and even manage to pull ourselves from the beach and do some work.
Would we recommend the hidden Backpackers Beachside Hostel?
Definitely yes. We really like that the place was actually on the beach and not across the road from the beach or with a dubious ‘beach view’.
It’s a relaxed budget friendly place to stay, especially if you eat outside in the town. The other travellers said there is plenty of good food around Dong Hoi if you can tear yourself away from the sand.
The total cost for 5 nights at the Backpackers Beachside Hostel, including accommodation, 3 meals per day, coffees, teas, booze and occasional smoothie came to 4,150,000 VND ($186.04 USD) which was under our $50 budget per day.
5 nights x 830,000 VND ($37.20 USD).
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Tel: 0168 533 4345 / 0918921015
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