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The island of Koh Rong lies to the southeast of the Gulf of Thailand and enjoys perfect sandy beaches and tropical turquoise waters.
There are many places to stay all around the island and after the ferry drop off from Sihanoukville a tuk-tuk or taxi boat ride will get you to even the furthest, most secluded corner of Koh Rong. Be prepared for a bumpy ride though as the ‘road’ infrastructure is not great!
This guide is perfect for YOU, when you…
are tired of crappy hostels!
want a social Hostel to actually meet people
are happy to spend $1 to $2 more for a much better experience
Here we have tried to showcase our favourite beaches and locations detailing the best hostels in Koh Rong for each area based on price, location and of course quality.
So, time to jump into the details of Cambodia’s island hostels and ignite that travel spark that gets you on your way!
Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check-Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
Environment Tax in Koh Rong: Tourists visiting Cambodian islands will now have to pay an environmental tax. You’ll need to bring an extra $2 with you to pay for this on the ferry from Sihanoukville to Koh Rong.
Internet Access in Koh Rong: Koh Rong has limited, slow wifi. It is recommended that you invest in a SIM card that provides access to 3G if you find that you are unable to keep yourself away from the internet.
This well-established hostel is always a hit. Just five minutes in a tuk-tuk or a 20-minute walk from the main pier, Nest Beach Club has a great location between two perfect sandy beaches and access to all amenities.
The beachfront bar and terrace have fantastic views over the water with great happy hour offers and a varied menu.
Plenty of evening entertainment will be on offer including the renowned Nestival event – one not to be missed, but make sure to give yourself a recovery day if you plan on attending!
If you’re feeling energetic, snorkels and kayaks are available to hire. We highly recommend this experience, there are many species inhabiting the local waters and it’ll be a sweet icing to your Koh Rong cake.
Nest Beach Club offers a selection of different dorms and bed options, starting at around $7 per night.
All of the dorm rooms have both A/C and fans to help with a good night’s sleep. You can choose a standard single bed or a larger queen size if you feel the need for a bit more space.
Some of the rooms feature a small kitchenette with a fridge and stove.
If you’re missing home-cooked food after weeks on the road this is great, although consider doing your food shop on the mainland as options on the islands can be limited and a little more expensive due to the small boats delivering literally everything!
Location: The hostel is built just 50m off the beach in a wild jungle garden. Perennially featuring as one of the best hostels in Koh Rong, it sits at the southern end of the popular Long Set Beach (also known locally as the 4K beach for those who have been before).
Location: This hostel is set back a little way from the south end of Kaoh Touch Beach, but despite the quiet location, it’s just a five-minute walk from the main pier and close to many popular tourist hotspots.
The restaurant here has a fairly limited menu but serves good value freshly made meals. There is a small bar and, of course, the terrace and a beautiful garden. A tour desk is on site and the friendly staff will be pleased to help you organise any activities on the island.
Tucked away at the north end of the expansive Sok San Beach – one of Koh Rong’s most perfect sandy beaches – Zest'house is gaining in popularity and can certainly be considered one of the best hostels in Koh Rong.
At Zest’house, you can expect excellent accommodation and low prices. Offering private ensuite bungalows for as little as $20 per night, it is unsurprising that people are gravitating toward this quiet little hideaway.
The menu here is western and is always kept simple, but everything is freshly homemade on the premises including the wonderful artisan bread you may be lucky enough to enjoy.
With the raised view from the bungalows (they all sit on legs), the views out to the ocean or even inland toward the island landscapes are just epic!
Each bungalow has its own terrace where you can sit, enjoy the company of friends you’ve made along the way, and take it all in.
The Varisan Nureach Waterfall and the smaller Khoh Rong waterfall are both easily accessible and just a short hike away.
Zest’house is in such a beautiful, secluded spot but still no more than five minutes from the local village and facilities.
Another established hostel with a unique location on the north east of the island is Firefly Guesthouse. Arrive there by a boat taxi at around $30, or tuk-tuk for $15.
The private rooms are a good size and comfortable with prices starting at $23. All of the private rooms are equipped with ensuite bathrooms and a terrace.
The dormitory rooms are available from around $11 per night providing simple yet comfortable accommodations with a shared bathroom.
The owners at Firefly Guesthouse pride themselves on providing an example of socially and environmentally responsible business and this is one of many reasons why this is one of the best hostels in Koh Rong.
They have pushed local efforts to reduce plastic pollution and improve working opportunities in the community.
This is a really great way to get a taste of Cambodian life in a remote island fishing village.
The restaurant offers a limited but well-made and tasty menu with Asian cuisine prepared by local staff from locally sourced ingredients.
Remember to think about the location of more remote hostels when you plan your travels.
Access to food supplies is limited around Firefly, you’ll find local staples in the fishing village, and of course fresh fish! But be sure to pick up your snacks at one of the mini-marts close to the pier before heading out there!
Location: Sited in Prek Svay, a small fishing village in a remote area of Koh Rong and just 2km from the perfect sandy beaches at Lonely Beach or Palm Beach.
This guesthouse is literally built over the seawater at the mouth of a small river, so be prepared to be lulled and relaxed by the sound of the lapping waves.
The views are incredible and the whole place is beautifully decorated with materials collected from the beaches.
To the far east of the island lies the beautiful and secluded Coconut Beach, which is situated approximately 7km from the main boat pier and is one of the best-rated and most perfect sandy beaches in Cambodia.
A $10 tuk-tuk ride should get you to Coconutbeach Bungalows.
Look no further than Mad Monkey Hostel Cambodia if you want to mingle with other travellers, drink cocktail jugs at a pool party, and then do it all over again the next day. Mad Monkey Hostels are a favourite among party-seeking travellers in Cambodia, with locations in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and Koh Rong Sanloem.
Hostels run by Mad Monkey may be found across Cambodia. They have a swimming pool, both private and shared rooms, and both day and evening activities including guided tours and live performances.
In contrast to its city-centre settings, Mad Monkey on Koh Rong Samloem is situated inside its own private bay, so guests may enjoy the ocean rather than a pool.
Dorm beds cost $7.50 each night, while private rooms cost $30 per night.
It is 2 minutes away from Lovely Jubbly Villa but sadly, this hostel has closed.
Of course, there are always cheap hostels. But how do you actually find them? When you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you want to save every dollar, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Koh Rong.
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Order the listings by price
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Hostelz.com is a price comparison site for hostels. They list every single one in the world and tells you exactly which website is cheaper to use.
Another smart Tip: Check what is actually included, and what is excluded. Take a closer look at the location, too. A further location might mean more costs in transport.
We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible! All of Koh Rong best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish and good hostels, secure your room/ bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.
The coolest Hostel App you need comes as well from Hostelworld. It gives you super cool features like you can contact your hostel mates beforehand and make plans together. Find more details in our review of the app
Not all hostels in Koh Rong are necessarily safe, especially the one that offers the cheapest price in sketchy areas. It might be an illegal hostel, without proper license to run and safety measures.
So in all fairness, it is best to check out Hostelgeeks.com because we feature safe hostels in Koh Rong. You can find backpacker hostel with top ratings! Keep a close eye on the overall ratings on booking platforms!
If you are not secure, you can also send us an email and ask us!
How much are hostels in Koh Rong?
Hostels in Koh Rong cost 9€ – 12€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 14€ up to 30€ per night. This is a rough average just to give you an idea. Prices always depend on season and holidays. Please always check exact rates on Hostelz.com or Hostelworld.com.
What are the best sites for finding hostels?
Of course, the best site to find hostels is Hostelgeeks.com
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