Wondering what the best hostels in Cambodia are to meet likeminded people and have the time of your life? Look no further!
I bring you something I wish I had before I went travelling the first time; the best backpacker hostels in Cambodia!
This is an easy one! When I landed in Siem Reap having met a couple of cool girls on the bus from Bangkok, we all rolled off the bus and over the street into one of the first hostels we saw. It happened to be Mad Monkey. This never happens by the way, you normally only find out about the cool hostel down the road after you have sorted out your accommodation!
Mad Monkey is the best hostel in Cambodia I reckon! (Big claim huh ;). It is in the centre of town, 5 minutes walk to Pub Street, and as close as anywhere to Angkor Wat. It has a chilled, fun vibe where plenty of other backpackers hang out around the pool all day, and one of the best bars in town by night; the only rooftop bar in Siem Reap!
Dorms go for about $7.50 and private rooms go for around $12 per night.
Now, there is a Mad Monkey sister hostel in Phnom Penh which would probably be a good shout, but my recommendation (and where I actually stayed myself) would actually be Top Banana. With a top floor bar which is banging most nights and a constant stream of backpackers, this is the place to be in Phnom Penh for the fun-loving traveller. Dorms are $6 whilst private rooms are $8+.
Right there are two areas in Sihanoukville on Cambodia’s gorgeous south coast, and they couldn’t be more different.
1. Occheuteal (AKA Serendipity) Beach, Sihanoukville
Cambodia’s party town and somewhere you won’t get much sleep! When you finally do need to get your head down I would fully recommend Led Zephyr Backstage Bungalows just up the hill from the beach (5 minute walk). It is very cool with a rock vibe, has live music some nights in the main bar area, does good western food and is far enough away from the craziness of the beach that it’ll be your little retreat when needed. Dorms are around $5 and are good quality for that price. Try and get the smaller size though otherwise you’ll be in for some night time sexy noises no doubt!! If that doesn’t float your boat there are private rooms available for around $10.
2. Otres Beach, Sihanoukville
Otres is unbelievable and the perfect antidote to the hedonism of Serendipity. Chilled, with a hippie vibe and a slightly older clientele at 25+ vs. it’s younger neighbour beach. With amazing beach front bungalows (and I mean right on the beach!) this is a place you’ll never want to leave! My recommendation here would be Mushroom Point with its unique ‘mushroom’ style rooms & dorm it’s quality over quantity here. Dorms aren’t amazingly cheap at $11 (private rooms are probably a little out of the budget backpackers remit at almost $20) but well worth shelling out a little more for a dorm here in my opinion.
If you’d rather go cheap you can find a bed for as little as $3 a night on Otres Beach, but Im not sure I would recommend those establishments to sleep in :/ Drink yes, sleep no!
Just up the coast from Sihanoukville is Kampot, and here right on the river you will find Australian run hostel; Bodhi Villa. One of the only places in this small, sleepy town to stay for any level of fun (trust me as I totally missed this one and was only later told about it by a friend! #greenwithenvy). Don’t go expecting too much messiness though as Kampot is still pretty sleepy!
A bit of advice…
You will probably want to book ahead for most of these hostels as the good ones always get booked out ahead of time so just click the links above. Alternatively if you just show up and don’t mind waiting to see if anyone checks out that can work too, but is a lot riskier especially at busy times of the year and damn near impossible if it’s a national holiday!
I always use Hostelworld to book my rooms as it’s cheap and has most of the best hostels in Southeast Asia listed! Click on the image below to go straight to the website to book any of the above recommended hostels 🙂
If you have any of your own recommendations please feel free to share below:)
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