Best Hostels In Cambodia – Hostels I Personally Stayed

By Mary Charie / 15/08/2017

Best Hostels In Cambodia – Hostels I Personally Stayed

 

I managed to explore four destinations in Cambodia in a span of three weeks. I know I’ve missed a lot of awesome places to see plus areas at that are less travelled, but then that’s another reason to come back which is totally on top of my list.

Now, I’m sharing the hostels I have stayed and have enjoyed, hopefully, will come handy when it’s your turn to visit this top destination in Southeast Asia. Don’t forget to secure your visa for Cambodia and make sure you know these things before arriving. If you need help in budgeting, check this Southeast Asia travel budget that I wrote with very thorough information.

Best Hostels In Cambodia

SIEM REAP

After crossing the border between Thailand and Cambodia, Siem Reap was my first stop. It was raining hard when I arrived, luckily, the bus company I drove with provided a free shuttle service to my hostel which helped a lot to keep myself and my bags dry. The great thing about this city is that most hostels and hotels are walking distance to the city centre or the famous Pubstreet!

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Mad Monkey Hostel

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Why is it one of the best hostels in Cambodia?

This is it! My travel friends wouldn’t stop talking about this hostel and how awesome it is! So, I didn’t let my chance slipped from my hand without checking out Mad Monkey and see why are they so mad about it. After staying there for 3 nights, I have to admit, this hostel definitely has the spirit of young backpacker’s right the moment I stepped into their reception area.

A hostel not only there to provide a clean and comfortable bed, stunning rooftop beach bar, and a cosy swimming pool, Mad Monkey also supports a lot of projects to help the locals and the community of Cambodia. Because of this, your money doesn’t only get you a bed to sleep but also help unfortunate children to have education and the locals to have access to clean water. How bad ass is that?! This is totally one of the best hostels not only in Siem Reap but in whole of Cambodia. It’s well located, helping the locals, and affordable, this is the reason why it is the best hostel in Siem Reap.

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Central Hostel

Best Hostels In Cambodia - Central Hostel

Why is it one of the best hostels in Cambodia?

Central hostel is located only 500 metres from the Pubstreet, far enough from the pool of travellers but close enough to enjoy the night market and the lively area of the city centre. Central Hostel has also a pool to chill when it’s too hot outside and a restaurant that offers different cuisine; from local to European dishes.

Although I only stayed here for a night, I truly enjoyed it as the staffs are all friendly, the common area is just by the pool, they also let me hang around for 10 hours whilst waiting for my night bus to Phnom Penh. This hostel offers bus tickets to your next destination, but you can also book it for a cheaper price or walk to any bus company, which is less than a 15-minute walk, like the Giant Ibis. Considering it’s a well-located hostel, affordable prices, and swimming pool, Central hostel is definitely one of the best hostels in Siem Reap!

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PHNOM PENH

I took an overnight bus from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh, which was about 6 hours. Although it was very comfortable, I wish I took an earlier bus, because arriving at five in the morning is not all fun. Phnom Penh is the capital of Cambodia, it is also bigger and the roads are a lot better.

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Mad Monkey Hostel

Why is it one of the best hostels in Cambodia?

Since I already know that Mad Monkey is more than just a hostel, I made sure I have booked a bed for four nights until my friend Christopher arrived to join me on this trip. Just like the one in Siem Reap, this hostel is comfortable, comes with a swimming pool and a fun bar. Even this one is located a bit far from the city centre, the area is clean and nice, away from the busy traffic. Even the location is not very attractive, Mad Monkey offers an amazing atmosphere for the travellers which makes it one of the best hotels in Phnom Penh.

Where are you going after Phnom Penh? If you are crossing the border, check Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City article while here are the best Vietnam hostels.

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Billabong Hostel and Hotel

Best Hostels In Cambodia - Billabong

 

Why is it one of the best hostels in Cambodia?

Christopher and I stayed in Billabong only for two nights, we planned to go down to Sihanoukville to reach Koh Rong eventually. Billabong is one fine hostel too, for a very affordable price, hotel rooms converted into hostel dorms gave us a comfortable sleep at night. We were also able to access the pool area which is perfect to spend a lazy afternoon after visiting the must-sees in the city. Billabong hostel is also closer to the river or the main city area, which is about less than 20-minute walk. Clean, comfortable, and a swimming pool makes Billabong a top notch hostel in Phnom Penh.

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KOH RONG

The bus ride from Phnom Penh was supposed to be four and a half hours, but due to the heavy traffic, it took us six hours to reach Sihanoukville. Christopher and I then hopped into a boat for a 35-minute drive to Koh Rong, we were lucky enough to catch the last boat of the day. Don’t get confused between Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem, these are two different islands. We went to Koh Rong since I was told that most backpackers head there. It’s hard to find an accommodation with air conditioning unless you are willing to pay a lot extra more.

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Suns Of Beaches

Best Hostels In Cambodia - Suns of Beaches

 

Why is it one of the best hostels in Cambodia?

As funny of the name sounds like, Suns of Beaches is a unique and fun hostel, located on the other side of the island and away from the main pier, this hostel is a great place if you want a break from the all the noise. There are no dorm rooms here, the doors are non-existing too! Even though, the place is safe and is full of young travellers. WiFi is not available, instead, spend your day on either swimming, playing volleyball, just read a book on the hammocks. They offer not as cheap compared another part of Cambodia offers but still good food, besides, there’s no other options in the area.

Christopher and I agreed to stay only for a night because we both need internet access so we can work on our computers. We headed to the main pier, where all the crazy fun things to do are happening! A quiet, chill, and awesome accommodation concept makes Suns of beaches one of the best hostels in Koh Rong.

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Dragon Den

Best Hostels In Cambodia - Dragon Den

Why is it one of the best hostels in Cambodia?

Dragon Den right at the main pier, a little hidden from the main walking street, but good enough to escape the loud music at night. On this one, we stayed for four nights, paying only US$12 between us per night, we have our own room and bathroom. The lady who is managing this place is really shy but very sweet, if you need anything, just let her know. I think what makes Dragon Den one of the best hostels in Koh Rong is its location and the very competitive price.

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SIHANOUKVILLE

After a few days, even Koh Rong was really fun, I found it a bit isolated and too small. I also had a hard time to focus on working, I asked Christopher if we can move to Sihanoukville and stay there until my visa runs out, which he agreed. Sihanoukville is the town before Koh Rong, smaller than Phnom Penh but bigger than Siem Reap.

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Mick & Craig’s Guesthouse

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Why is it one of the best hostels in Cambodia?

We stayed here for nearly a week, apart from the fact that it is well-located (less than a 10-minute walk from the beach), this guesthouse has an impeccable internet speed, a spacious private room, and an air conditioning which we both craved for. For only US$11 per night, we didn’t bother moving to another accommodation. Apart from awesome location, affordable prices, and great staffs, Mick and Craig’s has the best internet speed, it’s totally on the best hostels in Sihanoukville.

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When you get to Sihanoukville, make sure to check out both Serendipity and Otres beach. We left Sihanoukville to head to Phnom Penh where I took a bus to Ho Chi Mink City in Vietnam, whilst Christopher flew to China the next day.

Are you looking for a tour around Cambodia? You may want to check out this tour! If you are heading to Vietnam next, check out these best Vietnam hostels.

 

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Here is the list of the best hostels in Cambodia that I personally stayed throughout my travels there which I highly recommend you to check out and stay! Best hostels in Koh rong, best hostels in Siem Reap, best hostels in Phnom Penh, best hostels in Sihanoukville.

DISCLAIMER: Even though I received a complimentary stay at Mad Monkey Hostel, I still recommend them to my readers because I truly enjoyed my stay. This article contains affiliate links as well.

About the author

Mary Charie

She's the person behind this blog. Torn between her itchy feet and writing, Mary found herself soaking up in the world of travel blogging. She travels on her own terms and tries to build her own world whilst pushing herself into every corner of life, breaking limit beyond her capabilities.

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