Cambodia ~ Where to Stay

Phnom Penh:

Me Mates’ Villa– This clean white and black house is set off from a small street in the middle of sprawling P.P. They have great beds in 8 person rooms with two en-suite bathrooms with water hot enough to peel paint (not that you need that in a city with such outrageously hot days). A small, but convenient common room with internet, drinks and food helps for meeting people and planning trips ahead.¬†Recommended

Diamond Palace 2– A value hotel with good wifi and clean, tiny rooms. It’s got a nice location next to the river and palace.


Wish You Were Here– These bungalows are actually on Otres Beach. They are decent sized A-frame, dorm rooms looked hot and cramped though. It is not on the beach side which is more of a disappointment than an inconvenience. Shared bathroom and dim, cool bar with slow-moving bartenders. The Indigo bungalows looked nicer and were beachside with their own bar.

Siem Reap:

Mad Monkey- A prototype of a party hostel, this is THE stop for backpackers. The bar on the 4th floor has sand underfoot and stars above. Beer Pong and specials daily until midnight keep things moving. The common courtyard pool A la Melrose Place has bean bags for chilling and shade for reading. Tours available for Angkor, but too expensive, find your own transport. Showers were not strong, but towels and toilet paper provided.


Mahoungkong Guesthouse– I think all the guesthouses in this area are very similar to this one towards the end of the main drag of riverside accommodations. The 6US$ price tag was right for an en-suite bathroom double bed room with fan. There was a small television provided that felt like a nice luxury.

Vietnam ~ Places to Stay


Landmark Hotel–Very nice, about 20$ per night. Free and large selection for breakfast. Great wifi.


Hue Backpackers–Chill main area. World sports on the TV, good dorms cleaned everyday. Location good for bars/restaurants but far from the Citadel.

Hoi An:

Sunflower Hotel–This converted hotel now caters to the backpackers. There is a pool, amazing buffet breakfast and good beds. They aren’t close to the main area, but it’s not too far to walk, and the beach is nearby.

Nha Trang:

Mojzo Inn–Cute boutique hostel. Elevator, rooftop breakfast, great staff, perfect location. Near beach and bars. This place is a great example of what new hostels should be.

Da Lat:

Dalat Family Hostel–The epitome of energy. The girls and Mama never get tired of entertaining. There are no lockers here, but a total family vibe prevents most theft. They are way off the main area, but such a funny place to stay and great for meeting and having a communal dinner and drinks after on the porch/street.

Ho Chi Minh City:

Long Hostel--Family run and family feel. Great beds, pillows, showers, new towel everyday. Clean, shoes off type place. Banana pancake free breakfast and delicious coffee. No common area, but good location away from the craziness but easily accessed.

If you want to recommend any other places, let me know.