It can take a while getting your bearings on in Siem Reap, I totally get it when people said they didn’t like their time there. It’s easy to fail to see the beauty outside of Angkor Wat if you wound up on dusty old Pub Street, amidst drunk tourists and pushy street vendors. But scratch the surface a bit and you’ll discover a town where social projects and vegan restaurants abound. A place I would 100% call home if I had the luxury to still be nomadic. Siem Reap is also emerging as one of the newest most affordable hotspots for digital nomads with great cafes and hostels, as well as very convenient visa options. Travel there with your Cambodia visa ready and keep reading to discover the best hostels in Siem Reap, ranked and researched. Whether you are a solo backpacker or five-suitcase family, Siem Reap has a home for you.
THE BEST HOSTELS IN SIEM REAP
One Stop Hostel Siem Reap
One Stop hostel is a guesthouse in Siem Reap located only a five minute walk to the Old Market and a 20 minute drive to Angkor Wat. While they offer typical accommodations — mixed dormitories, shared bathrooms and a vending machine lounge, One Stop Hostel’s rooftop bar is what makes One Stop Hostel stand out. If you’re looking for a solid, affordable hostel when planning your Siem Reap itinerary, One Stop Hostel is perfect for you.
1953 Siem Reap Hostel
The Siem Reap Hostel is similarly positioned and outfitted as One Stop, but emphasizes their positive impact on the regional community. They hire their staff locally and ensure that, when you stay at The Siem Reap Hostel, you’re not just staying in one of the best hostels in Siem Reap, you’re also positively impacting someone’s future. The free breakfast buffet, yoga classes and pool are also a nice touch!
Mad Monkey Hostel
Mad Monkey Hostel says it all in the name. With over 100 backpackers staying every night, a rooftop, poolside bar and an in-house restaurant, you’ll be sure to meet a variety of like-minded people at this hostel in Siem Reap. While breakfast isn’t included, “free shots and table dancing” are, so get ready to let loose at Mad Monkey Hostel.
Onederz Hostel Siem Reap
While all hostels claim to be the the best, Onederz Hostel is in fact ranked the number one hostel in Cambodia by HostelWorld. They are located a quick four minute walk to both Pub Street and the Angkor Night Market, which might be pretty standard for Siem Reap Hostels. The near perfect reviews and rooftop pool, however, are not, and solidify Onerderz Hostel as a quality guesthouse in Siem Reap.
Downtown Hostel Siem Reap
They say so themselves, Downtown Hostel is designed for the social backpacker! Similarly located just a few minutes walk from all of the late night action, Downtown Hostel maintains an intensely social atmosphere throughout the day. They offer five different food vendors all in one, on-site space as well as a poolside, man-made ‘beach’ and bright, instagramable buildings.
Funky Flashpacker Siem Reap
This brightly branded Hostel is by far one of the best hostels in Siem Reap. With 200 beds, Funky Flashpacker isn’t just artistically unique — it’s incredibly popular. Food and drinks are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and you always have access to their outdoor pool and attentive guest services. The Funky Flashpacker tours of Angkor Wat, for example, are some of the most respected among the hostels in Siem Reap Cambodia.
SIEM REAP IN A NUTSHELL
Siem Reap is relatively tiny and you can get anywhere by bicycle, which you can rent anywhere. Beware that a trip to Angkor Wat, although totally doable by bike, can be a bit of a hot trek, and the road there is not well lit and doesn’t have a shoulder for early morning rides. Best to hire a tuktuk and a guide if you want to have a relaxing day. Just saying! 😉 If hostels aren’t your thing and you’d like to try and real special fancy hotel, definitely check out Jaya House River Park.
- Getting there and away: There are cheap flights with Air Asia from the main South East Asian capitals
- Visa: Can be obtained on arrival, but it can dodgy at some land borders. Get it online hassle-free with e-visums.co.uk.
- Where to eat: check out my vegan guide of Siem Reap!
- What to do: Angkor Wat, of course! Check out this list of tours and activities for more inspiration!
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