The beachy town of Sihanoukville is generally known as THE beach resort of Cambodia. The town itself might not win prizes for prettiness, but the drinking and party scene – as well as the beaches – draw in a lot of travellers.
Plus Sihanoukville is the jumping off point for the islands (including Koh Rong) just off the coast.
However, if you’re looking for a hostel in Sihanoukville, well there’s a lot to choose from. And we mean a lot. But the tricky sticking point is knowing what place in town is best for you.
Not to worry. We’ve rounded up the best hostels in Sihanoukville (and put them into helpful categories, as well) to make it a lot easier for you to find the place that suits you the most.
So get ready for a Cambodian adventure and check out our handy list below.
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Quick answer: The Best Hostels in Sihanoukville
- Best Overall Hostel in Sihanoukville – Monkey Maya
- Best Party Hostel in Sihanoukville – The Big Easy
- Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Sihanoukville – BOHO
- Best Cheap Hostel in Sihanoukville – Monkey Republic
- Best Hostel for Couples in Sihanoukville – The Easy Panda
- Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in Sihanoukville – Onederz Sihanoukville
- Best Hostel with a Private Room in Sihanoukville – Wish You Were Here
Best Hostels in Sihanoukville
Let’s start the list off with our absolute favorite hostels. There are a lot of cool places to stay in Sihanoukville spread many beautiful areas, so read up and book before you visit!
Best Overall Hostel in Sihanoukville – Monkey Maya
- Eco Friendly
- Bar & Restaurant
- 24 Hour Security
This place is the best overall hostel in Sihanoukville. It provides you with everything you need to have a good time in the city; it’s away from the madness of the main part of town, has a private beach (a good spot to swim), feels secluded, serves decent cocktails and feels welcoming.
There are a selection of bungalows and dorms at this top hostel in Sihanoukville to choose from – depending on your budget. They also have actual crisp white bed linen here, which makes all the difference. The absolute best thing about this place is that it’s eco-friendly: no plastic straws here. They even give you an empty bag to collect rubbish you find on the beach.
Best Party Hostel in Sihanoukville – The Big Easy
- $ (If We Could Do Half A Dollar Sign We Would)
- No Curfew
- Pool Table
Well, well, well. Looking to party? This is literally THE place to go in Sihanoukville for that. It’s lively and popular with people who just come here to drink, expect loud music, sports on TV and all sorts of social events every single night.
If that sounds like you then you should be booking yourself into the best party hostel in Sihanoukville. The restaurant here also serves up a range of tasty food, from Western to Khmer, and the staff make you feel really welcome. But yeah, just be ready to party when you get here. It ain’t quiet!
Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Sihanoukville – BOHO
- Swimming Pool
- Cafe & Restaurant
- 24 Hour Security
So good it’s in capitals, BOHO provides you with a secure and safe place to sleep in this coastal Cambodian town. It’s this sense of security plus a welcoming and friendly atmosphere that makes it our best hostel in Sihanoukville for solo backpackers exploring Cambodia.
The dorm rooms here are very nice, the facilities are decent, and the cafe serves up tasty food. It’s also got a swimming pool, which is good for cooling off after sitting on the colourful sundeck all day.
Best Hostel Cheap Hostel in Sihanoukville – Monkey Republic
- Swimming Pool
- Cable TV
Another monkey-based hostel name, this Sihanoukville backpackers is very close to the gold lion roundabout that everybody seems to use as a landmark in this town. The AIR CON dorms are in brick-built bungalows here and come complete with en-suite bathrooms. Now that is what we are actually talkin’ ’bout.
The restaurant at this hostel is really quite something. Very tasty indeed. And it’s cheap. So it really adds to the credentials of this being the best cheap hostel in Sihanoukville. And not only is it central, budget-friendly and serving up good food, it’s got a swimming pool too!
Best Hostel for Couples in Sihanoukville – The Easy Panda
- Laundry Facilities
- Luggage Storage
Weird name, right? But it’s a nice lil’ spot for a chilled secluded getaway. Situated right on the beach, it’s the perfect spot to simply roll onto the sand to sunbathe and splash around in the sea.
The sunsets from this place are literally amazing. You get table service from your hammock (shouldn’t it be called hammock service?) and a super luxurious sleep in your own private room. Yep, the best hostel for couples in Sihanoukville shapes up to be pretty damn lavish if you ask us. (But in a budget way).
Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in Sihanoukville – Onederz Sihanoukville
- Hair Dryers
- Toiletries Included
- Swimming Pool
Maybe you wanna get some work done before hitting the islands off Sihanoukville, maybe you just want somewhere to answer some emails in peace – whatever it is, this is a chilled little spot for getting the job done. A wonderful spot. (Sorry).
Clean, comfy, and close to loads of restaurants and bars, rooms here are set around an outdoor pool with tables and chairs indoors and outdoors. So at the best hostel for digital nomads in Sihanoukville, you can type like a demon then somersault into the pool without even having to move very far.
Best Hostel with a Private Room in Sihanoukville – Wish You Were Here
- Board Games
- Book Exchange
This place is a little bastion of style in this beachside town. It’s also literally on the beach, which is great for lounging around, and it serves up great cocktails in their own bar ’till 1AM. Good stuff. Every Sunday there’s live music, and there’s food specials every night (e.g. Mondays: roast dinner, Thursdays: Sri Lankan curry).
It’s the best hostel with a private room in Sihanoukville. The private rooms are basically beach huts, which is novel (if you’ve never stayed in one), and sorta nostalgic if you have. The best thing about it is that special sorta atmosphere that makes you just… fall in love with a place. Like actually.
More Best Hostels In Sihanoukville
More awesome crash pads, more fantastic Cambodia hostels to party and pass out at. Here’s some runner-ups to round off the review!
- Bar & Restaurant
- Wii (!)
- Book Exchange
Chilled vibe, cool people, this is actually situated in a little village not too far from Sihanoukville itself. So you get to immerse yourself in the village life of Sihanoukville rather than go where everybody else goes. If that sounds good to you, well, that’s cool!
Staff at this Sihanoukville backpackers place are really nice and friendly, and the atmosphere is just super calm. If you’re looking for a place to kick back and read a book, this might just be the place for you. It is – however – just a tad (read: very) basic.
- Boxing Gym
- Common Room
- Laundry Facilities
Great little location on the beach. Fun environment: chill or party as you see fit. The dorm is… open air. Fine if you like a cool breeze, not so fine if you aren’t really into sleeping in the elements. Don’t panic though ’cause there’s also boutique style private rooms at this Sihanoukville backpackers hostel.
The lounge is nice and is a place where you can watch movies on a rainy day (plenty of those in rainy season), and they even have a boxing gym. Which is just perfect if you like boxing. It’s a 30 min walk into the centre of town, but you can just grab a tuk-tuk if you wanna go.
- Safety Deposit Box
Why is this called mushroom point? We’ll tell you why. The individual huts look like little mushrooms like you’re staying in a tiki version Toad’s kingdom. Designed and built by an artist. And you have to pay for the privilege.
It’s a nice idea, of course, that all the huts are nice and ecological and whatnot. But you might get a few, hmm, froggy mates, gecko friends, and various other… small creatures popping in during the course of the night. But generally this cool hostel in Sihanoukville – actually in nearby Otres – is great, especially if you’re unfussy and like nature.
What to Pack for your Sihanoukville Hostel
Here’s some gear our editors take hostelling.
1. TRTL Travel Pillow: Long flights and bus rides are quite uncomfortable (most obvious statement of the day). Most travel pillows… Well, you know how they are. TRTL travel pillow is different. I mean, look at it! It’ll cuddle you to sleep every ride and it does a pretty damn good job of supporting your neck so you don’t get that stiffness or legendary popping when you stir.
2. Power Bank: Showing up to a new city, after a 14-hour bus ride, with a dead phone and no directions to your hostel is a half-awake, messy nightmare. Putting a good power bank in your pack is the best and easiest way to keep your important electronics charged up for those long travel and sightseeing days.
3. Universal Travel Adapter: This universal travel adapter is the best we’ve found. Covering over 150 countries, you’ll always have the right plug charge your phone. You can also charge up to 5 devices simultaneously with the multiple USB ports.
4. Active Roots Toiletry Bag: Your toothpaste is lost in the depths of your backpack again? You won’t have this problem with the Active Roots Toiletry bag. The bag is made from a durable, water-resistant material, which can be a lifesaver on long travels. Super cool bonus: for every purchase, the company donates to an environmentally-friendly charity – it’s a win-win situation for everyone.
5. Headphone Splitter: Being stuck on a bus or plane with only one phone that has good music or shows downloaded can be pretty annoying if your travel buddy wants to share headphones. With this Headphone Splitter, you won’t have to listen with only one ear anymore. Your friend can plug in their headphones at the same time, so both of you are entertained (on both ears!).
6. Active Roots Microfiber Towel: Quick-drying, lightweight, super soft and compact – the Active Roots Microfiber Towel is essential for every backpacker. No need to use the scabby towels your hostel may or may not provide! Use it for drying off, as a yoga towel or even as a picnic blanket – the options don’t stop here. Made of antibacterial material, you don’t have to worry about your towel starting to smell unpleasant either after lots of use.
Read our checklist before you go, and know what to pack for hostel living!
Why you should travel to Sihanoukville
So those were the best hostels in Sihanoukville – and WOW what a range of places!
From beachside places known for partying and more chilled beach hut style hostels to places a little more solid (and air conned!) or set in more local villages, there’s something for everyone.
So we hope you’ll be able to choose a place that’s right for you from our list of Sihanoukville’s best backpacker hostels.
And… if you can’t? We recommend Monkey Maya, our pick for the best overall hostel in Sihanoukville – it’s a little oasis of fun in this big coastal town!