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A List of the Best Backpacker Accommodation in Cambodia

The number of people choosing to visit Cambodia every year is steadily rising, with tourism having a big impact on the country’s economy. As international tourist arrivals grow, so does the need for backpacker accommodation, which can be found in the major spots, like Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and idyllic KohRong.As of 2013, tourism levels rose by 17.5 percent annually, according to Wikipedia. With the country’s favourable climate, interesting culture and historical wonders, it’s not surprising why people old and young choose to cram their bags with the essentials and set off on the adventure of a lifetime here.

With such a diverse group of people making their way to the ‘Kingdom of Wonders’ each year (there were 4,775, 231 arrivals in the year 2015), backpacker accommodation in Cambodia is not hard to find. A place to rest your head, sip some cheap beer and socialise among crowds of travellers who set out in search of art, culture and natural beauty, the following backpacker accommodation options are highly rated and are the perfect base for making friends in-between moves.

  • Phnom Penh

The capital city of Cambodia, Phnom Penh is often the starting point for many travellers. However, it could also be the ending point because despite the fact it boasts the country’s largest airport,Siem Reap is also a popular city where travellers land. A number of attractions can be discovered in this urban destination, such as the infamous killing fields, the Royal Palace and the National Museum of Cambodia. Some backpacker accommodation you might want to check out include the Mad Monkey hostel (stay at all the Mad Monkey hostels during your stay in Cambodia and receive special discounts), Eighty8 Backpackers, Velkommen Backpackers and One Stop Hostel.

  • Siem Reap

A resort town, or city if you will, Siem Reap is home to many amazing historical stone buildings; most notably, Angkor Wat. Well-preserved, this vast complex welcomes millions of annual visitors and for a lot of travellers who choose to get a pass for all of the temples, a swig at one of the local bars or clubs is the ideal way to end a history-filled few days. Why not get in the mood by drinking a few cocktails during happy hour at hostels like Happy Tiger Hostel or Pool Party Hostel? Alternative backpacker accommodation options in this city in northwestern Cambodia include the Garden Village, Funky Flashpacker Hostel, Hak’s House and Same Same Backpacker, where you can stay for as little as $6 per person. You will also find a Mad Monkey hostel in Siem Reap with a rooftop pool!

  • KohRong Backpacker Accommodation

When you are ready to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, consider heading to the beaches of KohRong. This island is Cambodia’s second largest and although there are plenty of beachfront bungalows and romantic guesthouses on the island, there’s also a good amount of backpacker accommodation to be found. If you want to immerse yourself in the party atmosphere, places like Bong’s Guesthouse and Dream Catch Inn are worth a look. Heaps of travellers will also make a reservation at lodgings like Island Boys and Monkey Island, which overlook the ocean and are designed with clean dorm beds and a range of facilities, like hammocks – a necessity for many backpackers who want a rest from their hectic schedule!

  • Kampot

Don’t miss the chance to stay in Kampot – a city located in southern Cambodia, adored for its relaxed vibe and tropical river views. KampotProvince’s capital, its location on the PraekTuekChhu River provides visitors with an opportunity to swim, kayak, watch the fishing boats and sip a Klang beer (or two) on one of the many sunset river cruises that depart on a daily basis. Want to swing on your hammock and look out onto the riverside? If so, backpacker accommodation like Naga House, Blue Frog and Banyan Tree will not disappoint. A range of water activities can be enjoyed at Arcadia Backpackers or if you would prefer to stay in the town, make a booking at the Mad Monkey or at new addition, Monkey Republic.

  • Sihanoukville

There are two main reasons why travellers make their way to Sihanoukville – to party and to catch some rays on the beach. However, this destination in Southeast Asia is also ideal for individuals who want to experience ATV tours around the surrounding land, unwind with Yoga sessions and take a dip at KbalChhay Waterfalls. The backpacker accommodation options are endless here. The One Stop Hostel and Friendly Hostel are based near the Golden Lion roundabout. For backpackers who would rather stay near Otres Beach or Independence Beach, Wish You Were Here Guesthouse, Castaways Footprints Hostel or Backpacker Heaven will be suitable choices. A lot of the hostels in Sihanoukville also offer private rooms, as well as dorm rooms, so the choice is yours!

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