Siem Reap is the tourist capital of Cambodia, with Angkor Wat attracting visitors in droves. This means the city is swimming in options of where to stay, with an abundance of budget beds available. Here are some of the best backpacker hostels in Siem Reap.
The Thai brand that pushed the poshtel movement in Thailand landed in Cambodia at the end of 2017, bringing with it 222 guestrooms that take in a range of contemporary private rooms and dorms. The hostel is also home to an outdoor pool, restaurant, bar, coffee shop and stacks of communal space.
More poshtel than hostel, this gem boasts 25 beds spread across four floors. These include private rooms and mixed and female-only dorms. Central Hostel also has an outdoor pool, cafe, restaurant and bar, spa and bike rental services. A business centre is also onsite.
With 39 rooms taking in twin private rooms, and mixed and female-only dorms, this three-storey guesthouse has a real homely feel. An outdoor swimming pool with a bar is ideal for a dip after traipsing around the temples, and the hotel’s two restaurants make sure guests don’t go hungry. There is also an onsite games room and common area, where tea and coffee are available.
With eight rooms, combining private suites with a mix of female-only dorms, Hostel Salakamreuk is basic, but with rooms as low as $3, who’s complaining? There is a restaurant at the hostel, two tennis courts, a business centre and outdoor terrace with gardens. A play area also caters to families with kids.
Injecting quirky cool into the hostel stereotype, this hostel doubles up as a hip hang out. A total of 13 rooms combine private beds with dorm sleeping — all with AC. A spacious outdoor pool, restaurant and bar and free airport pick up are available.
Another hip hostel, proving budget travelling in the modern world doesn’t equal drab and dreary is Oasis Capsules Hostel. The clue is in the name, because here, 14 centrally-located rooms take in a range of dorms, with beds set out capsule style, and futuristic lighting. There is also a restaurant, bar and communal area.
Another spot geared towards the cool flashpacking crew is The Living Quarters Hostel 543. Centrally-located, it is more intimate with a mixture of four dorm rooms. There is also a restaurant and bar, bike rental and tropical gardens to stroll around.
Livened up with splashes of colour, this hostel boasts seven rooms, taking in dorms and a deluxe double room. Centrally-located, it also has a rooftop terrace, business centre and restaurant and bar. Free WiFi is available across the accommodation, and an airport shuttle service is offered to guests.
Cheap and cheerful, this Khmer guesthouse has 20 rooms spread across three floors. While the facilities are basic, there is a common room with a TV and bicycles for rent. It is about a 10-minute walk into the centre of Siem Reap.