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.
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:
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.
“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.
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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:
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.
Lovely Jubbly Villa prides itself to their homely and comfortable accommodation. It will be an experience like no other. The hostel has 24-hour front desk which is very helpful for guests.
There is an outdoor swimming pool where you can play basketball or volleyball. It is really a great way to relax and meet lovely people. The vibe is excellent and definitely a social hostel.
Perks at Jubbly Villa Hostel:
1 swimming pool
Location: The Lovely Jubbly Hostel is just 1 km from the iconic Royal Palace and 1.2 km from Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. The famous Riverfront Park is within 1.6 km, while Phnom Penh International Airport is 8 km away.
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:
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.
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!
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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