3 Best Hostels in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

3 Best Hostels in Phnom Penh, Cambodia – Soak up Khmer Culture & Sip a Cocktail by the Pool

Backpackers in Cambodia, congrats on choosing Cambodia as your next destination. We want to introduce you to the 3 best hostels in Phnom Penh to kick start your adventure.

In this list we share our own favorite places we enjoyed the the fullest; perfect for solo-travellers, couples, and also adult travellers.

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  1. Mad Monkey Phnom Penh – perfect for solo travellers
  2. Onederz Hostel – great for female solo travellers
  3. Sacred Lotus Cafe & Homestay – top pick for backpackers

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This busy capital is a rainbow of opportunity. And it’s very affordable!

Not only was this once the hub for the Khmer Empire, it now has a walkable riverfront lined with bars, parks and must-see sights.

As for great hostels in Phnom Penh? Prepare for outdoor pools and great dorms  -and lots of fun.

Perhaps surprisingly, Phnom Penh is known for its party scene.

In this guide you will come across a mix of hostels that offer party vibes and a more relaxed atmosphere.

This guide is perfect for YOU, when …

  • tired of bad and crappy hostels
  • want to avoid the “young party kids”
  • happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience

We want all traveller types to be happy – scroll through and find the best hostel for you.

What we cover in this article?

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Quick Introduction to Phnom Penh

Average price for a bed: Hostels in Phnom Penh cost 4€ – 8€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 16€ up to 40€ 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 Hostelworld.com or Booking.com.

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.

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The 3 Best Hostels in Phnom Penh

Let’s jump right into the boutique hostels in Phnom Penh.

  1. Mad Monkey Phnom Penh – perfect for solo travellers
  2. Onederz Hostel Cambodia – great for female solo travellers
  3. Sacred Lotus Cafe & Homestay – top pick for backpackers

We put all three accommodation on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.

1. Mad Monkey Phnom Penh

Take off your shoes and come inside to discover the original Mad Monkey Phnom Penh hostel.

Mad Monkey has a seriously strong hostel game and is easily one of the best hostels in Phnom Penh.

Actually scrap that: it is THE best place to stay in Phnom Penh! This is without doubt the choice for social butterflies, whether you’re travelling solo or with your friends.

Don’t even think about leaving the hostel until you have done these 5 things:

  1. Swim in the outdoor pool
    2. Sign up for at least 1 of the awesome tours
    3. Enjoy a drink at the poolside bar
    4. Challenge someone to a game of football
    5. Check out the restaurant menu

I mean come on, why would you want to leave when you have all of that to enjoy?

And of course there is even more to mention.

Let us touch upon the rooms, though don’t get over-excited as they are rather basic. That’s because Mad Monkey wants you to dump your bags and join the fun.

There’s so much opportunity to socialise and chill – it’s your choice. Dorms range from 6-22 beds, with a lovely 8-bed female dorm thrown in for good measure.

Each bed has a plug socket, light, linen & under bed storage. Yet, there are no privacy curtains here which is a shame.

Be aware: most dorms are close to the bar so noise can be heard. The female dorm is the quietest option.

On top of that there are double, triple and twin privates available.

If you love activities and tours, Mad Monkey won’t disappoint. Here they offer all kinds of things from pub crawls to trips to the Killing Fields. No doubt the best place to wind down is the pool. Equally this is the best place to get the night started before heading up to the rooftop bar.

Location: although central, the main sights are still a little walk from the hostel. There is access to public transport which the staff will happily help you with.

Important: You can purchase a so-called Golden Ticket by Mad Monkey. Stay 30, 60 or 90 days in their hostels at a super low rate and one-time payment.  Check more info about Golden Ticket here.

This is one of the best hostels in Phnom Penh for

  • Solo travellers
  • Party lovers
Book Mad Monkey Phnom Penh here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld | Official Website

Mad Monkey Phnom Penh is one of the best hostels in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Mad Monkey Phnom Penh is one of the best hostels in Phnom Penh, Cambodia Mad Monkey Phnom Penh is one of the best hostels in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

2. Onederz Hostel

Onederz Hostel is an easy choice if what you’re after is top of the line facilities, fantastic location and a chilled ambience.

Our #2 recommendation veers away from the party scene. It’s time to kick back and relax!

Without doubt the coolest part about this hostel is the rooftop with river view.

Up here it is possible to enjoy the views either under the sun or more comfortably in the shade. There’s even a little bar selling cold drinks!

Let’s have a sneaky peak at the room options:

  • 4 & 8-bed female dorms
  • 4 & 8-bed mixed dorms
  • Private double room

The box-like bunks have all the little necessities including a light, plug, mirror and little shelf.

Everyone is entitled to their own large locker, and the staff will even lend you a padlock if you don’t have one!

In case you need to check your emails, there are 2 computers available 24 hours a day. That goes for reception, too.

Down in the lounge you’ll find a sofa, beanbags and a TV in case none of the books take your fancy.

For a few extra coins you can choose between 5 breakfast menus to kick start your day. We think it’s brilliant value for money.

Yet never fear – tea and coffee is available for free throughout the day.

Location: Onederz Phnom Penh is located in the riverside area which is both safe and quiet. There’s a great public walk way along the river perfect for that morning run or a gentle stroll.

This is one of the best hostels in Cambodia Phnom Penh for

  • Female solo travellers
  • Older travellers
Book Onederz Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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3. Sacred Lotus Cafe & Homestay

Welcome to the first ever vegan homestay in Phnom Penh!

That’s right, this lovely new cafe/homestay is a haven for plant-based travellers that want to enjoy a dedicated space where animal products can be completely avoided.

Sacred Lotus Plant-Based Cafe x Homstay is ran by a young couple from England and Cambodia and they have chosen a beautiful historical building to set up their accommodation.

“At the ground floor, we are serving local and western comfort food. At the evening you can see the busy Russian market from our lovely rooftop.”

Super cool: 5% of all profits made from community events is given to underprivileged local children.

So, alongside the really awesome onsite cafe, there is also a selection of rooms to sleep in. They include:

  • 10-bed mixed dorm
  • Double budget room
  • Twin budget room

Be aware that the bunk beds in the dorm room are directly next to each other, but they do all have curtains to give a bit of privacy.

If that feels a bit too cosy for you, for a few extra coins you could upgrade to a twin or double room.

Some other perks of staying here include 24-hour reception, taxes included in the booking price, private parking and a gorgeous rooftop area to hang out on.

See you in one of the hanging chairs!

Location: Very close to the Russian Market (100 yards) on a quiet street. Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum is only 1.5km from here. It’s a little way from the main sights, but a tuktuk will only cost you around $2 to get around.

This is one of the best hostels in Phnom Penh for

  • Backpackers
  • Vegans
Book Sacred Lotus here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Sacred Lotus Cafe & Homestay is one of the best hostels in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Sacred Lotus Cafe & Homestay

Sacred Lotus Cafe & Homestay is one of the best hostels in Phnom Penh, Cambodia Sacred Lotus Cafe & Homestay is one of the best hostels in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Sacred Lotus Cafe & Homestay is one of the best hostels in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

What about cheapest hostels in Phnom Penh?

Of course, there are always cheap hostels.

We think, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.


The difference is usually 1-2€ ($1-2) per night, and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen.

However, if you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Phnom Penh.

  1. Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Phnom Penh
  2. Order the listing by price

Simple as that.

Read: 15 hacks for booking hostels

Make sure you use then the other filters and rank per price.

Also keep a close eye on the ratings, especially the “extreme ratings”. Meaning, the best and worst. These ratings can give great insight on what to expect.

Best Hostels in Phnom Penh for Solo Travellers?

What is seriously the best hostel in Phnom Penh for solo-travellers?

We actually have a few options for you, dear reader.

If we have to choose only one, we’d go with Mad Monkey Phnom Penh. Theis is best so check availability right away.

It accommodates a wide range of travellers thanks to the room options and offers a welcoming, inclusive atmosphere.

Party Hostels in Phnom Penh

By now it should be quite obvious that Phnom Penh is a top destination if you’re looking to party.

There are actually a few places that create the best party hostels in Phnom Penh.

Our favourite has to be Billabong Hostel Phnom Penh.

Update: Oh no, looks like this hostel has permanently closed. We’d recommend opting for Mad Monkey Hostel instead.

That’s because this is not too over the top, offering the chance to have a good time in a controlled kind of way.

It has all the ingredients to get the good times rolling:

  • Large saltwater pool
  • Garden area
  • Restaurant & bar
  • Cosy chill out area

From here the local nightlife is a short walk away. It’s also only 1km to the riverfront and minutes from the central market.

Billabong Hostel is one of the best party hostels in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

If you should be in need of a crazy party hostel, head to Mad Monkey Phnom Penh – our #1 hostel in the city. Indeed, best party hostel Phnom Penh has to offer.

Here’s a little recap for you as to why this stands to be one of the coolest hostels in Phnom Penh.

There’s a pool, happy hour, pub crawl events and on-site restaurant. Need we say more?

Book Mad Monkey Phnom Penh here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld | Official Website

How to book?

We recommend using Booking.com or Hostelworld for your reservations.

Hostelworld is the most popular website when it comes to hostel bookings.

Read: step-by-step guide on how to book with Hostelworld

On both platforms your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.

We included the handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.

Here is the overview:

  1. Mad Monkey Phnom Penh: Booking.com | Hostelworld | Offcial Website
  2. Onederz Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
  3. Sacred Lotus Cafe & Homestay: Booking.com | Hostelworld

We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible!

All of Phnom Penh best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish hostels, secure your room or bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.

More Phnom Penh hostels worth a mention

Excited to travel to Phnom Penh in Cambodia? Definitely a great place for a vacation. You will truly enjoy because there are a lot of things to do in Phnom Penh and you can also volunteer to MaD for Good Cambodia if you are up to it!

We have provided you the best guesthouse in Phnom Penh but if you are looking for more, here are more backpacker hostels worth a mention:

Checkout the best hostels Cambodia has to offer! Some of them are like a Phnom Penh hotels.

Sla Boutique Hostel

If you want a Phnom Penh hotel vibe, you should try this hostel. This hostel has a hotel-hostel vibe. Facilities are nice and clean. Breakfast and some communal activities they have every night are a good way to get in touch with other travelers.

The staff in Sla Boutique Hostel are really nice and friendly. You can also prepare your own dinner in their well-equipped kitchen. It is a modern hostel in the center of Phnom Penh City that offers backpackers a place to relax.

Perks at Sla Boutique Hostel:

  • Airport shuttle
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Family rooms
  • Restaurant
  • Free WiFi
  • Bar

Location: Sla Boutique Hostel is 900 m from Riverfront Park and 1.2 km from Wat Phnom. Phnom Penh International Airport is 9 km away. It is 700 m from Royal Palace Phnom Penh.

Book Sla Boutique Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Sla Boutique Hostel

RS III Location Hostel

RS III Location Hostel has a huge comfortable beds with lovely pillows and quilts. It has a very clean airy bathroom and hot shower. They also provide curtains between each bed and they have a little balcony overlooking the city.

The hostel had the vibe of luxury hotels which is kinda awesome! It also has an elevator. Would you believe that? It is really a good place to stay while in Phnom Penh.

Perks at RS III Location Hostel:

  • Airport shuttle
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Room service
  • Restaurant
  • Family rooms
  • Free WiFi
  • Bar
  • Good breakfast

Location: The hostel is a 2-minute walk from Sisowath Quay. Royal Palace Phnom Penh is 500 m from the accommodation, while Chaktomouk Hall is 700 m away. Phnom Penh International Airport is 9 km from the hostel.

Book RS III Location Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

 RS III Location Hostel

19 Happy House Backpacker

19 Happy House Backpacker is a cheap hostel Phnom Penh has to offer. The rooms in this hostel are cheap but  the beds are very comfortable! Indeed, it is a value for money.

They also have a restaurant that offers Khmer cuisine, as well as Western dishes and if you want to have some refreshments, cocktails are being served in the bar.

Perks at 19 Happy House Backpacker:

  • Airport shuttle
  • Family rooms
  • Restaurant
  • Free WiFi
  • Free parking
  • Bar
  • Breakfast

Location: The hostel is a 15-minute drive from the hostel, while Silver Pagoda is a 17-minute walk away. Phnom Penh International Airport is a 35-minute drive from the hostel.

Book 19 Happy House Backpacker here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

19 Happy House Backpacker


Any Discounts?

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All 3 Hostels put on a map + sights

Let us have a look on our Phnom Penh map 2020. Below we list all three best Phnom Penh hostels on a map.

Personally, we love to plan our trips with a map having all sights and potential hostels on it. We thought this map will help you with planning your trip too.

We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know in this list:

  • Royal Palace Phnom Penh
  • Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
  • Wat Phnom
  • Central Market Phnom Penh
  • National Museum of Cambodia
  • Phnom Penh Night Market

One of the MUST DO things whilst you’re in Phnom Penh is to visit the Phom Penh Killing Fields and S21 Prison.

More cool ideas:


Alright, you should have found your accommodation already. Below we list all the frequently asked questions. Have a look.

What are the best area to stay in Phnom Penh for solo travellers?

Mad Monkey Phnom Penh and Onederz Hostel are perfect for solo travellers.

Is Phnom Penh safe?

You’re worried about Phnom Penh Colombia safety. Well, here’s the truth of it. Not all hostels in Phnom Penh 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 and the best location to stay in Phnom Penh. 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!

What are the best hostels in Phnom Penh?

You can find the best Phnom Penh hostels in this article!

What is Phnom Penh best known for?

Phnom Penh is one of the best city in Colombia. It is known for a lot of things but we have listed the top sights to visit for you.

  • Royal Palace Phnom Penh
  • Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
  • Wat Phnom
  • Central Market Phnom Penh
  • National Museum of Cambodia
  • Phnom Penh Night Market

How much are hostels in Phnom Penh?

According to Hostelworld.com, a hostel in Phnom Penh costs $10 per night.

Prices may vary depending on season.

What are the best sites for finding hostels?

Of course, the best site to find hostels is Hostelgeeks.com

We are doing our best to deliver the best hostels to you. Check out the best hostels in the world guides; from Paris to Tokyo.

You can also have a look at Hostelworld.

Flights to Phnom Penh?

We enjoy Omio.com and Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Phnom Penh.

This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over Asia and find the cheapest rates for the area.

Here is our review of Kiwi.

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This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place on a budget! We ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.

We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!

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CLOSED: Eighty8 Backpackers Hostel

Update: Our former #3 hostel has permanently closed its doors. We keep this review here for your information.

The number eight is considered very lucky in Asia. Stay at Eighty8 Backpackers Hostel and enjoy a double dose of luck!

And trust us; you’re going to feel pretty lucky you found this guide when you discover what this hostel has to offer.

This is certainly one of the best hostels in Phnom Penh as the balance of social and chill vibes is spot on.

For those looking to meet new people we suggest:

  • Joining a cooking class and/or tour to the Killing Fields
  • Popping along to the Happy Hour (17:00-19:00)
  • Challenging someone to a game of pool/ping pong

Or perhaps you’re looking to get to know yourself in a social setting. Solo travellers enjoy…

  • A dip in the swimming pool
  • The free book swap library
  • Hiding in your kitted out pod bed

Did someone say pod bed? Yes, that was us..literally just now.

These pods are super cool, there is no denying it!

Each one can be fully closed off to the world. Inside there is AC, USB chargers, reading light and a fan.

Forget being woken in the night by the light going on – in here, you’re in charge.

There are also more traditional-style dorms that have over-sized single beds and lots of space.

Let’s not forget the wonderful private options, either.

All have en-suites and tea & coffee stations, whereas others have a balcony.

Eighty8 has a great common area with restaurant and bar serving both Khmer delights and delish cocktails.

Got the late night munchies? There’s a menu especially designed for you which is available from 10pm-12am.

Be sure to query the staff if you have any travel-related questions. They offer a free travel desk and can help with ongoing transport tickets.

Location: Eighty8 Hostel is located near Wat Phnom, the traditional city centre. All of the essential nightlife and sights are a hop, skip and jump from the property.

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