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You can never call your Southeast Asian backpacking trip complete without Cambodia on your bucket list. With verdant countryside, beguiling temples, and a wild west atmosphere, Cambodia is definitely a country worth traveling for. Phnom Penh,  like any typical Asian city, maybe hot and congested so finding accommodation that suits your ideal comfort can be quite a challenge.

As always, we are here to help. Just to give you an idea, Cambodia is one of the cheapest countries in Asia for travelling. A beer can cost as less as $0.50 and a dorm bed for  $3. For young backpackers, we have listed below the top 10 backpacking hostels in Phnom Penh:


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Vibrant Atmosphere of Mad Monkey Phnom Penh


Mad Monkey Hostel

Mad Monkey, the largest party hostel in Phnom Penh is built for young, crazy and partygoer backpackers. It is split into two –  a villa and a building with a rooftop bar where you can  gaze the Phnom Penh skyline on the 3rd floor both situated just across the same street.  There’s a hundred plus fellow backpackers from around the world you can meet, join our socially responsible tours, help you with your visa processing and we have an ATM right inside our premises.  Click here to book your stay.
Mixed Dorm – $6, Female Dorm – $8, Twin Bunk Bed – $18, Twin Deluxe Room – $25, Triple Room – $24
Rank #7 on  Tripadvisor

“We had so much fun here! Stayed in a private room (very clean and comfortable with Ac), food was fantastic in the restaurant…infact we rarely ate elsewhere! Very social with lots of mingling during the day and night. Big red Jaffa (bar manager) was lively and got everyone going every night we were there. Themed nights, games, songs, bar crawls, clubs are the norm.. On our way to the one in Siem Reap now :)”


Mad Monkey Hostel - Top 10 Backpacking Hostels in Phnom Penh
Mad Monkey Phnom Penh Dormitory Room © Courtesy of Mad Monkey Hostel


Services & freebies: Secure luggage storage, bikes for rent, travel desk, laundry service, free strong wifi, available tuktuk drivers in Mad Monkey uniform waiting in front of the hostel
Location: Building 26, Street 302, BKK1 Phnom Penh, Cambodia


ST 63 Hostel

ST 63 Hostel is another backpacker – friendly hostel that is really close to the Genocide Museum and Independence Monument. Right now it is not yet within the radar of most backpackers so you might find yourself staying here quite more peaceful and less crowded than the rest. Check the Facebook fan page
The website link of ST 63 Hostel is not working so we cannot give you the direct price. A mixed 8 dorm bed through costs $8.
Rank #8 on  Tripadvisor
“It was a lovely homely hostel in a great location.The rooms were spotless. As it was pouring with rain one our first night we decided not to venture out for dinner, and we’re really glad we didn’t. The food at the resturant benneath the hostel is soo delicious.”


ST 63 Hostel - Top 10 Backpacking Hostels in Phnom Penh
Dormitory Room of ST 63 Hostel © Courtesy of Facebook Page – ST 63 Hostel


Services & freebies: Baggage Storage, laundry, ironing service, bikes for rent, library and free newspaper
Location: 79 Eo St 63, BBK 1


Camory Backpackers Hostel

Camory Backpackers Hostel’s huge advantage is its location. It is just 5-minute walk from Wat Phnom and with a great view of the Mekong River. It is also a short walking distance to Royal Palace, National Museum and the Night Market.

From afar it looks small and dark but when you get inside the rooms are spacious. Currently Camory Backpackers Hostel has no official website (can’t give the direct price) so you need to book through hostel sites. It costs $8 in a mixed dorm through
Rank #9 on Tripadvisor
“Price is good. Location is OK but walking distances are huge in PP. Staff were super friendly, everything can be arranged by them such as tuktuk and buses. The hostel has a very chill vibe to it and its easy to meet fellow travelers.”

Services & freebies: 24-hour front desk, luggage storage and a tour desk. Massage and laundry services are available at a fee
Location: 167 Sisowath Quay SangkatPhsarKandla 1 Khun Doun Penh Phnom Penh


One Stop Hostel

One Stop Hostel is the only one this list that is not a party hostel. If you are young but looking for a retreat – like accommodation, this is for you. Therefore no loud sound but think twice before you book here if if you find this is too quiet and not a great place to meet more youngsters like you. Check the website
Mixed and Female Dorm Beds – $7 each for up to 7 pax
Rank #11 on Tripadvisor
“Great facilities offering large beds, strong wifi, sockets and lights for each bed and very clean – usual good standard for One Stop Hostels. Good mix of ages in the hostel. The location was good, walkable to most central areas.”


One Stop Hostel - Top 10 Backpacking Hostels in Phnom Penh
One Stop Hostel © Courtesy of Hostelworld


Services & freebies: There’s none on their website aside from tour packages and free body soap & shampoo
Location: 135, St. Sisovath, Wat Phnom, Phnom Penh, Cambodi Phnom Penh


Top Banana Guesthouse

Top Banana is one of the oldest backpacker guesthouses in Phnom Penh  with a shaded and breezy rooftop terrace for 15 years now. The reception is located on the 3rd floor so you have to climb up the stairs first. It is located only 9 km away from Phnom Penh International Airport and very near Wat Langka. Check the website
Dorm Bed – $6, Private Double / En-suite – $14 for Fan and $16 for A/c, Private Twin – $16 for Fan and $18 for A/C. All comes with a FREE drink at check in.
Rank #14  on Tripadvisor
“We stayed here for 2 nights. The staff is super friendly and the rooftopbar is a great place to meet other travelers while enjoying a beer over the roofs of Phnom Penh. The rooms were pretty good and clean. We did a tour to the killing fields with people from the hostel. It is a gods way to lower the cost for a tuk tuk. We can only recommend this place, if you are interested in hanging out with other backpackers and spend some nice days in Phnom Penh.”

Services & freebies: Bus services, visa services,  Top Banana guests are entitled to 10% discount at Samaky Restaurant located on street 278 opposite Wat Lanka
9 E0 278, Phnom Penh, Cambodia


Eighty8 Guesthouse

What differs Eighty8 guesthouse  from the rest in this list is that they have a swimming pool where you can top your tan while sipping cocktails. They also just added a newer type room called Private Pod  – a Japanese concept of compact sleeping spaces. It is just like the normal dorm bed but it is cocooned by walls to all sides. Booking directly through their website entitles the guest a $3 credit upon arrival. Check the website here
Private Pod With Shared Bathroom – $10, Mixed Dorm Room – $6.40, Family Room – $34 and Deluxe Private Room – $26
Rank #16  on Tripadvisor
“Excellent chill out area, and relaxed vibes. Brilliant food. The rooms are average, but you get what you pay for. The bathrooms were good, showers could be a little bit more powerful and the floors obviously get very slippy when wet, so maybe some sticky bath mats would be a good addition.”

Services & freebies: Airport Pick-Up for $8, FREE Bus Station Pick-Up, Locker Storage, Pool Table & Laundry Service
Location: 98 Street 88 Phnom Penh Phnom Penh


White Rabbit Guesthous

White Rabbit Guesthouse looks like a typical gated house at first sight.  The bar, furniture and walls are mostly made of wood and bamboo with native lanterns that gives everyone truly a local’s touch. Take a peek inside the rooms and dorm beds, it shows much formal color of white and black/blue color combination of bed sheets and pillows. If you’re on a really tight budget, they have a shared room for $3 – with a fan and a matress on the floor.

White Rabbit Guesthouse is near S21 Museum, Russian Market, National Museum, Riverside and Central Market. Check the website

Fan Dorm – $3 for up to 4 pax including free towels and linen, AC Dorm – $5 for up to 10 pax, Double AC Private Room with hot shower – $18

Rank #19 on Tripadvisor
“Stayed there for a few nights and they are good rooms for the price, They have drink specials every night alongside cheap beer, a great atmosphere and good staff. Sean was happy to help with any questions. Would stay there again if I was in Phnom Penh.”

Services & freebies: Tours, visas and laundry only
Location: 40A, Street 294, BKK1, Phnom Penh


Mini Banana Guesthouse

Hidden away from the hubbub of Phnom Penh, Mini Banana also comes with a well – manicured garden. Mini Banana and Top Banana is owned by same persons so expect similarities of menus and maybe same backpackers just switching back and forth to these guesthouses. Rooms and dorm beds come in white and orange combination. They have a small and well – manicured garden full of hanging plants. If you love nature, you’ll definitely enjoy here. Check the website

Fan Dorm – $4, Single/Double with Shared Bathroom – $8 (single) / $9 (double) and Ensuite with Private Bathroom and A/C – $12 (fan) / $17 (a/c)

Rank #39 on  Tripadvisor
“Bas and Pauline, a lovely couple working at Mini Banana will welcome you in a very friendly way. The rooms are simple yet clean and the dorm has been newly renovated and looks great. The bar is very friendly and you can meet a lot of nice people. It is also close to many city activities. On the weekends, it can get a bit loud as a lot of people like to come and have a good time here. I highly recommend this place!”

Services  & freebies: All transportation assistance from neighboring countries and local, free wifi and laundry service

Location: 136, Street 51 Sangat Boeung Kong Keng 1


Blue Dog Guesthouse

Blue Dog is a family-owned backpacker hostel located near Independence Monument. Its walls and doors are decorated by huge paintings.

If you’re looking for a hostel that is exactly cheap and convenient, Blue Dog is for you. Russian market,  the riverside and the S21 Genocide museum can all be reached on foot.Check the website

Dorm Mixed Single  Bed – $5, Single Rom with shared bathroom – $7, Twin Room with Shared bathroom – $10 & Quadruple Room with Shower – $15

Rank #41 on Tripadvisor
“very nice, i had a great time it was very awesome. great party at the weekend and nice staff. music is good and we really enjoyed our stay in September. it was nice to meet people from all over the world aswell. thank you very much bluedog team!”

Services & freebies:  Airport shuttle surcharge, 24-hour front desk, Daily maid cleaning and free wifi
Location: 13 Pasteur Street (Street #51), SangkatBoeungKeng Kang 1, Phnom Penh


Velkommen Backpackers

Please do not be confused between the Velkommen Backpackers and the Velkommen Guesthouse. The latter does not offer dorm beds. Velkommen Bacpackers is a short walking distance Royal Palace/ Silver Pagoda, Wat Phnom, central & night market. Check the website

Dorm bed – $6, Large Twin – $22+, Single & Twin Rooms – $10

Services & freebies: Free transportation pick up, $5 credit for walk – in and direct booking through their website

Location:  18 Street 144 Phnom Penh


The Tripadvisor rank is based as of last quarter of 2015. Just a disclaimer regarding this top 10 pick for backpacking hostels in Phnom Penh, there were a few things in mind that we consider most – the proximity of these places from the noted tourist spots in the area and the looks of the rooms plus the interiors and some worth to mention details.

All the other details you need to know like list of amenities, facilities, current rates, please go to the official website or Facebook Fan Page of the particular hostel for update.
Photos are all credited according to the bar in the list.

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