Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Cambodia

11 best (and 2 worst) coworking spaces in Cambodia

Although less popular than its neighboring countries, Thailand and Vietnam, Cambodia is seeing an increase in popularity among all forms of tourism. The capital city, Phnom Penh, has especially seen prosperity since the rise of the Internet, which brought entire new industries and work opportunities to Cambodia. This sparked the attention of digital nomads from all over the world. 

But what really gets the interest of people who like to work and travel are the most affordable prices in the region. If you’re planning on visiting this beautiful country soon, I recommend you check out our “Where to stay in Cambodia” guide. You will learn about the best places to stay, as well as what to do in your spare time.

The biggest concentration of coworking and similar shared office spaces can be found in the capital city of Phnom Penh. That’s to be expected, considering it’s the only major city in the country. That being said, a few noteworthy places are located in other popular tourist areas, most notably Siem Reap

The only recurring issue with office spaces in Cambodia is that the internet is decent at best. This is something worth knowing so that it doesn’t surprise you. Here’s a quick rundown of our 11 favorite (and two not so great) coworking spaces to check out.

Phnom Penh:

  1. The Desk
  2. SAHAKA Coworking Space
  3. Emerald HUB
  4. The Green Penthouse Coworking
  5. Emerald Hub BKK3
  6. OMO Hub
  7. Workspace 1
  8. Coworking Today
  9. Regus Canadia Bank Tower
  10. (AVOID) Cowork Art Shop

Siem Reap:

  1. Garage Society Siem Reap
  2. AngkorHUB
  3. (AVOID) BioLAB Coffee & Office

Our favorite coworking space in Phnom Penh is The Desk

Source: The Desk Facebook

The Desk is not just a coworking space — it’s an entire community of digital workers. The space is home to many startups, small businesses, freelancers, bloggers, etc. All of these people benefit from being under one roof. It’s the perfect place to be regardless of whether you’re at the beginning of your career or an expert in your field. 

When not working, members of The Desk have plenty of community and learning events to look forward to. At these events, you can build your social and business network with like-minded individuals. The offices are also located in a great neighborhood, just down the street from Aeon Mall, the biggest shopping mall in the country. The Desk is a great place even by global standards and has some of the best prices in the city, which is why we highly recommend it!

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per day: $5

Hot desk per month: $60

Dedicated desk per month: $80
Private office, six people, one month: $350

Private office, eight people, one month: $450

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8 am – 8 pm
  • Saturday: 8 am – 12 pm
  • Sunday: closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms Yes
Coliving No

Here are the other coworking spaces in Phnom Penh you should check out

SAHAKA Coworking Space

Source: SAHAKA Facebook

SAHAKA (sometimes spelled SAHA’KA) barely misses out on the #1 spot for best coworking space in Cambodia. Two things held it back:

  1. The venue is smaller, meaning there is less workspace
  2. The company is newer, meaning their community is still developing

The space it does occupy is amazing, though. The high ceiling makes the room airy, and there’s plenty of distance between workstations and individual seats on each table. 

The interior design is simple and bright, with lots of natural light coming in through the large windows. If you plan on working remotely from Phnom Penh, you must visit SAHAKA. When you’re not working, help yourself to the onsite cafe downstairs, or chill and socialize in the lounge area. The only issue we have with SAHAKA is the location—it’s quite down south in the city.

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per day: $8

Hot desk per month: $80

Dedicated desk per month: $120

Private office, one person, one month: $250
Private office, two people, one month: $350

Private office, four people, one month: $550

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8:30 am — 8:30 pm
  • Saturday: 8 am — 12 pm
  • Sunday: closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms Yes
Coliving No

Emerald HUB

Source: Emerald HUB Facebook

The brand Emerald HUB has two coworking spaces operating in Cambodia at the moment. First, let’s talk about the original one. Despite being older, it edges out the other one just slightly. The space can host a large capacity of people and has plenty of room for individual workers, as well as smaller teams. 

If you and your coworking partners require more space, you can choose a private office. Otherwise, inquire with the staff, and they will save you a separate table with enough spaces for everyone, without extra cost. The community building in Emerald HUB is on par with The Desk, with lots of events to look forward to. The excellent amenities it offers include, but are not limited to:

  • Free parking on the premise
  • Onsite cafe
  • Library
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Lounge area
  • 24/7 membership access

The location is also fantastic, being nearly dead center in the city, right next to the national Olympic Stadium.

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per day: $5

Hot desk per week: $30

Hot desk per month: $60

Dedicated desk per month: $120

Private office, four people, one month: $330
Private office, six people, one month: $450

Private office, eight people, one month: $550

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8 am – 8 pm
  • Saturday: 8 am – 5 pm
  • Sunday: closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes (not everywhere)
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms No
Coliving No

The Green Penthouse Coworking

Source: The Green Penthouse

The Green Penthouse office space is located inside the stunning Yellow Tower office building. The self-described urban oasis is the ultimate office plus nature combination. The exterior and interior are full of greenery, and almost every piece of furnishing is made from natural materials like wood. The amenities inside are endless (keep in mind that some will have to be paid for out of your pocket):

  • Free parking on-premise
  • Relax rooms
  • Onsite cafe and restaurant
  • Pool table
  • Open-air terraces
  • Lots of cool furniture all around
  • Gym
  • Dance and yoga studio

The high ceiling and plants keep the room full of air, while the huge side windows allow tons of natural light to come in. The place also works as an “open-space” office, meaning you can sit and work from pretty much everywhere, whether it’d be the work desks or beanbags on the terrace. 

Once you’re done working, head on over to the rooftop bar to enjoy a drink and a 360-degree view of the city. The best part is that this luxury experience comes at a regular price range. The building also offers shared or private living accommodation, meaning there’s the opportunity for coliving too. The only issue is that the space is so popular, it tends to be full to the top, so make sure to book in advance.

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per day: $5

Hot desk per week: $19

Hot desk per month: $50

Dedicated desk per month: $75

Private offices: Paid per square meter of space. Must be inquired either with Yellow Tower or Green Penthouse

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Open 24/7
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms Yes
Coliving Yes

Emerald HUB BKK3

Source: Emerald HUB Facebook

After success with the first coworking space, the brand Emerald HUB launched its second office titled BKK3. The differences between the two are minimal, even the locations are only 15 minutes apart from each other, though BKK3 is slightly smaller. The main difference-maker is that, unlike the first one, Emerald BKK3’s reception works 24 hours every day, except for Sunday, when they work from 8 am to 5 pm. This means that you don’t need to have a monthly plan or membership to drop in at any time of day. 

The prices are pretty standard too, with slight differences compared to their other facility. Contrary to the internet issues we mentioned earlier, this place gets highly praised for having a stable and fast connection.

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per week: $30

Hot desk per month: $60

Dedicated desk per month: $150

Private office, four people, one month: $330

Private office, eight people, one month: $500

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
    • Monday – Friday: Open All Day
    • Saturday: open all day
    • Sunday: 8 am – 5 pm
  • Members have 24/7/365 access
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes (Not everywhere)
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms Yes
Coliving No

OMO Hub

Source: OMO Hub Facebook

OMO Hub is the newest coworking space on my list, and quite promising. The offices contain a decent amount of shared or private workstations with state-of-the-art furnishing. Apart from the amazing, modern workspace, the company offers essential services that can kick-start your business or career. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Branding and marketing solutions
  • Web development and design
  • eCommerce handling
  • Content creation

The only downside is the enclosed space, where you mostly rely on internal lighting and air ventilation/conditioning. Luckily, it isn’t an issue. The future is looking exciting for OMO Hub.

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per day: $5

Hot desk per week: $20

Hot desk per month: $60

Dedicated desk per month: $80

Private office, eight people, one Month: $300

Private office, 12 people, one month: $400

Private office, 20 people, one month: $500

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8 am – 8 pm
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes (Not everywhere)
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms Yes
Coliving No

Workspace 1

Source: WS1 Facebook

Workspace 1 or WS1 is located inside the FACTORY business center in the south of the city. The huge workspace is full of unrivaled numbers of amenities, such as:

  • Free parking on-premise
  • Nap/relax room
  • Game room
  • Lockers
  • Showers
  • Podcasting room
  • Ping pong table
  • Cafe and restaurant on site

They offer tons of renting options and cool bonuses with each, such as free drinks, credits for their in-house facilities, discounts for additional members, etc. The community around Workspace 1 is huge, and members get to take part in lots of social and learning events that take place there. The only downside is the slightly out of town location.

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per month: $70

Dedicated desk per month: $120

Shared team desk (up to six people): $150

Private office, two people, three months minimum: $280

Private office, four people, three months minimum: $450

Private office, six people, three months minimum: $550

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Open 24/7
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms Yes
Coliving No

Coworking Today

Source: Coworking Today Facebook

Another solid coworking space worth mentioning in Phnom Penh is Coworking Today. In short, it has everything you’d expect from a modern office, and the location is great. But what really sets this place apart is the in-house support you can get. Coworking Today offers many services that can elevate your performance or business, such as:

  • Mentorship programs
  • Training and workshops
  • Support for startups
  • Marketing and branding support, and more

The prices are fair. Users can help themselves to the onsite cafe, restaurant, snack bar, lounge, terrace, and use the free parking on-premise. The space also puts a high value on community building, so there will be lots of educational and social events to attend. 

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per day: $7

Hot desk per week: $30

Hot desk per month: $60

Dedicated desk per month: $100

Private office, five people, one month: $400

Private office, five people, six months: $350

Private office, eight people, one month: $600

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 7:30 am – 7:30 pm
  • Saturday:  7:30 am – 7:30 pm
  • Sunday: closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms Yes
Coliving No

Regus Canadia Bank Tower

Source: Regus

Regus Canadia Bank Tower is one of two Regus a global office rental agency coworking spaces in the city of Phnom Penh. Their offices are located on the 18th floor of one of the most critical financial buildings in the country. It’s also one of the few places that offer a “virtual office” service. This means you can register your business at their facility and enjoy perks like having a:

  • Business address
  • Mailing address
  • Reception
  • Landline/fax
  • Meeting room

The only downside about Regus is that they almost exclusively offer long term contracts, so you might be asked to sign for one or even two years for a single space or smaller office. Regus is a good choice for companies looking for long term solutions, but individuals might find other options to be better.

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per day: $6

Private office, per person: $7

Virtual office, per day: $3

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 6 pm
  • Saturday:  closed
  • Sunday: closed
  • Members have 24/7/365 access
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms Yes
Coliving No

We recommend you avoid using Cowork Art Shop

Source: Cowork Art Shop Facebook

Cowork Art Shop has plenty of good things going for it. The location is great, close to the river bank. There is lots of valuable equipment inside, including things like:

  1. Photo equipment
  2. Lighting equipment
  3. Projector
  4. Microphone
  5. Printer
  6. Projector

The place offers free basic tea, coffee, and beer, and has an onsite cafe. The art gallery is also a unique addition. So, what’s the issue? This place is small and only has three tables. It’s not a real coworking space. 

The prices are also questionable, being on par with some amazing coworking spaces in the city. We’re not saying avoid Cowork Art Shop altogether. We’re saying avoid it as a coworking space. Here is our honest thought to the owners: Just renovate everything to a regular cafe with all the cool amenities, and you’ll have a unique and cool place for people to hang out.

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per day: $6

Hot desk per week: $20

Hot desk per month: $50

Dedicated desk per month: $150

Private office, one person, per month: $150

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 9 am – 6 pm
  • Saturday:  11 am – 8 pm
  • Sunday: closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms Yes
Coliving No

Coworking spaces I liked in Siem Reap:

Garage Society Siem Reap

Source: Garage Society Facebook

Garage Society is a refreshing and colorful coliving and coworking space in the center of Siem Reap. On-site, users can enjoy the cafe, outdoor terrace, swimming pool, relax and reading area, pool table, as well as 24-hour access to everything for members. The downsides are lack of ergonomic furniture and limited private office space, with everything working on a first-come, first-served basis. There are private working areas, but you’ll have to inquire about them and hope they’re available.

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per day: $5

Hot desk per week: $25

Hot desk per month: $70

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 9 am – 6 pm
  • Saturday:  9 am – 6 pm
  • Sunday: closed
  • Members have 24/7/365 access
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs No
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Private Offices Yes (Inquiry only)
Conference room / Event rooms No
Phone booths / Skype rooms No
Coliving Yes

AngkorHub

Source: AngkorHUB Facebook

Although maybe not as impressive as its counterparts in Phnom Penh, AngkorHub is the most well-rounded coworking and coliving space in Siem Reap. By picking their coliving, you will also receive:

  1. Pickup at the airport
  2. Local Sim Card
  3. Bicycle

The space is available 24/7, and it has some of the fastest internet speeds in the country 150 Mbps. The company also puts heavy emphasis on community building, connecting its members through a shared Facebook group, community drinks and lunch, workshops, and similar social and learning events. On-site, you’ll also find amenities such as:

  • Pool table
  • Showers
  • Laundry service
  • Cafe
  • Home-cooked meals, etc.

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per week: $25

Hot desk per month: $89

Dedicated desk per month: $140

Private office, four people, per month: $500

High-Speed Internet 150 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 9 am – 6 pm
  • Saturday:  9 am – 6 pm
  • Sunday: closed
  • Members have 24/7/365 access
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms Yes
Coliving Yes

We recommend you skip BioLAB Coffee & Office

Source: BioLAB Facebook

BioLAB is another miss at the attempt to blend a great cafe with a coworking space. The coffee there is delicious, but there aren’t any real work stations. We would not recommend sitting in the small, wooden chairs for more than a few hours, and definitely not for an entire workday. The fact that people use this space casually, which comes with regular distractions like conversations and laughter, doesn’t help either. We would recommend it ten times out of ten for:

  • Grabbing some amazing coffee
  • Recharging your devices while enjoying the fast Wifi
  • Relaxing with your laptop or reading a book
  • Doing group projects for school

But, once again, we wouldn’t recommend it as a working facility. They do offer private offices which they call “VIP rooms”, but they aren’t up to par with some of the other options nearby.

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per month: $79

Private office: Inquiry only

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Open every day: 7 am – 9 pm
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs No (Only in VIP rooms)
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Private Offices Yes (Inquiry only)
Conference room / Event rooms No
Phone booths / Skype rooms Yes
Coliving No

Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Siem Reap

11 greatest (and the most disappointing) coworking spaces in Siem Reap

Siem Reap is a historically important town in Northwest Cambodia and a fast-growing digital nomad hub as of recently. This is mostly because Cambodia gained its independence not so long ago and has been trying to find its footing since then. If you are planning your first trip to Siem Reap, take a look at this travel vlog for more info on this ancient Cambodian town:

Since Cambodia is still a developing country, expats and digital nomads may need to accept less than optimal conditions, although the Internet is mostly great. One of the reasons expats and digital nomads love to stay in Siem Reap despite it not being ideal is the visa. In Cambodia, you can pay for a 6-month visa and avoid having to do a border run every couple of months.

There aren’t many coworking spaces, but those available offer great Wi-Fi, excellent coffee, and one even has a swimming pool. If you are a digital nomad in Siem Reap, here are the coworking spaces and cafés to try (and avoid).

AngkorHUB is the coolest place to cowork in Siem Reap

 

Image source: AngkorHUB Facebook

AngkorHUB is in the center of Siem Reap, offering the best conditions for remote work in the town. With 150-Mbps internet, air conditioning, and 24/7 access for premium members, you will hardly want to go anywhere else to work.

We love that AngkorHUB thought of everything. Since power outages in Siem Reap are fairly common, this coworking space has a backup generator and 4G Internet, so you will always be online. Food and coffee are free for members, and you can have both breakfast and lunch here. There are ergonomic chairs, but not many, so you should come early after opening to grab a comfortable seat.

The outdoor terrace is a great alternative space for work, with coconut and banana trees giving you shade. If you want to lie down and take a break, there are several hammocks and beanbags intended for that. A tabby named Tyler is always there snoozing or purring, and you can bring your cat or pooch with you, too.

Basics
Pricing
  • $25 per week
  • $89 per month
High-Speed Internet 150 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday–Friday: 8 am–6 pm
  • Saturday: 9 am–5 pm
  • Sunday: Closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices Yes
Phone booths No
Coliving Yes

Garage Society Siem Reap is the least comfortable place to cowork in Siem Reap

Image source: Garage Society website

Garage Society Siem Reap is a modernly designed coworking space in the center of Siem Reap, not far from the airport and touristy Pub Street. While this place looked promising on the Internet, spending time here paints a slightly less positive picture.

The chairs are horrible. They are far from the cheap plastic ones you can get at your local flea market but are still uncomfortable, and many don’t have cushions. We were able to sit a short while and then decided to work at the standing desk, but there wasn’t any room. Other than this, you have many other tech amenities, like a projector, scanner, and printer. This may not be a great space for coworking, but is ideal for impressing clients. Creative corners are great for brainstorming or meetings, with colorful beanbags and couches. If anything, the on-site swimming pool is perfect for cooling off, especially if you come to Siem Reap during the hot season (March to May).

Basics
Pricing
  • $5 per day
  • $25 per week
  • $70 per month
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday–Friday: 9 am–6 pm
  • Saturday: 9 am–6 pm
  • Sunday: Closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs No
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices No
Phone booths No
Coliving Yes

Five coworking spaces in Siem Reap we also recommend

Here are other coworking spaces and cafés you can work from in Siem Reap:

  1. BioLAB Coffee & Office
  2. Footprint Cafes Hub
  3. Common Grounds Café
  4. The Little Red Fox Espresso
  5. The Hive Siem Reap

BioLAB Coffee & Office in Sangkat Salakamreuk

Image source: BioLAB Coffee & Office Facebook

BioLAB Coffee & Office is a relaxed coworking space also serving premium coffee beverages. This is a well-organized space with two meeting rooms equipped with ergonomic chairs.

Other chairs in this coworking space are not particularly comfortable, but you can use seating booths in the lounge area. The only standing desk in BioLAB is always occupied with people waiting in line to use it. If you like to work outside, you’ll be glad to hear that this coworking space has two balconies with potted plants and artificial grass for flooring. BioLAB also has personal lockers, so you don’t have to worry about your things if you want to eat a cake at their café.

Footprint Cafes Hub in Sangkat Salakamreuk

Image source: Footprint Cafes Hub Facebook

Footprint Cafes Hub is a coworking space and a nice little café in one. The coworking space is upstairs, although members can also work from the café downstairs if they don’t mind the noise.

This place often hosts workshops and events, so you may have to choose another spot to work from if you want to avoid the crowd. If you want to host your own get together with potential partners or clients, Footprint provides a microphone, printer, and video recording equipment besides the standard amenities (scanner and printer). Since it only has wooden chairs and desks, don’t expect to be overly comfortable working here. Their menu covers anyone’s food preferences with vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free meals.

Common Grounds Café in Sangkat Svay Dangkum

Image source: Common Grounds Café Facebook

Common Grounds Café is a good alternative for those who want to avoid coworking space, offering decent Wi-Fi and good food. This is a great option if you want to work on a Sunday since coworking spaces are closed then. This is a popular spot for digital nomads, so you can even do some networking over excellent coffee.

Since Common Grounds Café doesn’t have ergonomic furniture, it’s best to come prepared. We brought our travel stand desk with us and took a seat upstairs, so it was as though we had a private office.

The Little Red Fox Espresso in Kandal Village

Image source: The Little Red Fox Espresso

The Little Red Fox Espresso is a charming café located in Kandal Village — a neighborhood full of artisan shops. It has two air-conditioned floors and a small terrace overlooking the street.

This café has a high-quality Wi-Fi that didn’t falter even once during the time we spent there. If you don’t mind light music while you work, you will like it here. The walls have artwork from local artists, and the carrot cake is fantastic. When it comes to coffee, this may be among Siem Reap’s finest, so stop by the Little Red Fox Espresso even when you are off the clock.

The Hive Siem Reap in Sangkat Svay Dangkum

 

Image source: The Hive Siem Reap Facebook

The Hive Siem Reap is a cozy café in Siem Reap, quiet enough for work. It has a large downstairs area and a somewhat smaller one upstairs, with semi-comfortable wooden furniture.

We came here only to grab breakfast since a lot of people recommended the food, but ended up working here instead. They serve an impressive variety of cakes and coffees, with vegan and vegetarian options as well. The staff was friendly and made sure we were comfortable while working there. Suffice it to say that we were never out of the water at the table.

Here are other cafés to serve as coworking spaces in Siem Reap:

Where to stay in Cambodia

Where to stay in Cambodia, a land of wonders

Cambodia has had a bloody history but it managed to rise from the ashes. Once associated with genocide and death, it has become one of the world’s most beloved destinations. Nicknamed the Land of Smiles, now it is known for its authentic vibe and friendly locals. 

No one could stay indifferent after seeing its architectural wonders, historical landmarks, and cultural attractions. But Cambodia isn’t just a county for history buffs. It has a great nightlife, exotic jungles, and gorgeous beaches. With so many wonderful things this country offers, it’s not easy to decide where to stay in Cambodia. 

Photo credit: keoponha

Top 5 cities to stay in Cambodia

Each of Cambodia’s major cities has something to offer, from cultural sights to wild parties. To help you find the city that will suit your personal interests, we’ve made a rundown of our favorite places:

  1. Siem Reap
  2. Phnom Penh
  3. Sihanoukville
  4. Battambang 
  5. Kampot
Where to stay in Cambodia
Best for the first time Siem Reap A gorgeous city with lots of remarkable landmarks and activities
Best for culture vultures Phnom Penh The capital city with immense historical and cultural significance
Best for nightlife Sihanoukville A port town that never sleeps
Best on a budget Battambang  An affordable city known for authentic Khmer culture
Best for long-term stay Kampot An exotic expat epicenter with a laid back vibe

Photo credit: beautifulcambodia

Where to stay in Cambodia for the first time: Siem Reap

Once dubbed “Paris of the East”, Siem Reap has plenty to boast about. Dating back to the early 9th century, this gorgeous city is bursting with culture and history. It is most famous for being the gateway to Asia’s greatest landmark, Angkor Way, but it also has countless other attractions to offer. Besides historical sights, Siem Reap is also notable for its jovial lifestyle, energetic nightlife, and fantastic cuisine. 

Top places in Siem Reap to visit

Siem Reap has something for anyone’s taste, which is why we think it’s ideal for first-time visitors to Cambodia. From museums and temples to boho bars, the city’s treasures will surely make your visit memorable. Here are some of our top places:

  • Angkor Wat
  • Angkor National Museum
  • Wat Thmei
  • Apsara Dance Show
  • Phare Circus
  • Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary

Angkor Wat

One of the new 7 wonders of the world, Angkor Wat is a place no one should miss when visiting Siem Reap. An architectural masterpiece and the largest temple on the globe, Angkor Wat is unique in every sense. 

Photo credit: experienceangkorwat

Where to stay in Siem Reap

Another reason Siem Reap is ideal for first-timers is the fact that it offers countless AirBnBs, hotels, and hostels that will suit anyone’s price range. The downtown area is a bit more expensive than the outskirts and a night in an AirBnB close to major landmarks will cost you around $50. Check out our favorite places:

Budget option: a room in a boutique guesthouse in the ancient city

Midrange option: this amazing villa with a swimming pool.

Luxurious option: this gorgeous high-end villa.

You can find more AirBnBs here

Where to stay in Cambodia for culture vultures: Phnom Penh

In order to understand Cambodia and its people, you need to learn about the country’s bloody history, and, for that, there’s no better place than Phnom Penh. What this amazing city is most known for is being the cradle of Pol Pot’s reign of terror. As the Khmer Rouge seat of power, its cultural and historical value is incredible. Besides historical attractions, Phnom Penh is an attractive destination for its authentic Cambodian atmosphere and countless entertainment options.

What to see and do in Phnom Penh

If you’re a culture vulture and a history buff, you’ll never run out of places to visit in Phnom Penh. Here are some places we highly recommend:

  • The Killing Fields
  • S21 Prison
  • The National Museum
  • The Royal Palace
  • Silver Pagoda
  • Phnom Penh Night Market
  • Daughters of Cambodia Visitor Center

The Killing Fields

Although Pol Pot’s killing fields are spread all over Cambodia, Phnom Penh’s Choeung Ek Killing Fields are by far the most grotesque and infamous. This genocide site serves as a memorial to over two million people who were killed during the four years of Pot’s regime. The fields are packed with skulls and bones, so this is not a destination for the faint-hearted.

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Where to stay in Phnom Penh

As Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh is more expensive than other cities. Luckily, that doesn’t mean you can’t find affordable accommodation. On average, one night in an AirBnB will cost you around $55. Check out our favorite places:

Budget option: this comfy studio near the National Museum.

Midrange option: a room in this fantastic hotel.

Luxurious option: a room in this fascinating pavilion.

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Where to stay in Cambodia for nightlife: Sihanoukville

Sihanoukville is a place where parties never stop. This fantastic port town is packed with nightlife options, and its bar scene is absolutely unique. It is also the gateway to places such as Koh Rong and Koh Rong Sanloem, so, when you get tired of partying, you can go island hopping. Sihanoukville is not as crowded and polluted as the big cities, and you can also unwind on one of its pristine beaches.

Where to party in Sihanoukville

Choosing where to go after the sunset in Sihanoukville is not an easy feat. There are so many fantastic places you won’t know where to start. Besides clubs, restaurants, and casinos, Sihanoukville will provide you with any sort of bar you can think of. Common bars, pool bars, beach bars, girly bars, disco bars, rooftop bars—you name it, it’s got it. Here are our favorite nightlife places:

  • Jack & Daniels Bar
  • Boudoir Sihanoukville
  • Shipwreck Bar
  • Oocha
  • Why Not Bar
  • Afterwork

Boudoir Sihanoukville

This luxury lounge is the best spot in the city for party animals. Music is always amazing, the place is usually packed, and the service fantastic. The alcohol offer is amazing and, above all, inexpensive. 

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Where to stay in Sihanoukville

As Sihanoukville is a small port town, accommodation is more affordable than in big cities. A night in an AirBnB costs around $40 on average. Here are some places we recommend:

Budget option: this minimalist studio with swimming pool access.

Midrange option: this entire house

Luxurious option: this beautiful bungalow with a swimming pool.

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Where to stay in Cambodia on a budget: Battambang 

Battambang is probably the most underrated city in Cambodia, and not just because the cost of staying is so low. The city is impressive in every way and has lots of historical and cultural attractions. The architecture is truly unique, mixing the well-preserved French colonial architecture with the authentic Khmer style. Usually called Cambodia’s “rice bowl”, it is also a heaven for foodies. We’re sure you’ll adore the traditional Khmer cuisine.

Best Battambang attractions to visit

Battambang is the heart of the Khmer culture, so it is an ideal place for sightseeing. It also offers many entertainment options, so you can be sure your stay in this awesome place will never get boring. Make sure not to miss our top picks:

  • Wat Banan Temple
  • Phare Ponleu Selpak
  • Battambang Bat Caves
  • Ta Dumbong Statue
  • Mrs. Ban Roeng’s Ancient House
  • HUMAN Gallery
  • Romcheik5 artspace

Phare Ponleu Selpak (Battambang Circus)

Phare Ponleu Selpak is an attraction unique to Battambang. These circus performances are fascinating and include lots of acrobatic and dance shows. They are hosted by Phare Ponleu Selpak, an NGO fighting poverty and education issues, and many performers were victims of the Khmer Rouge.

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Where to stay in Battambang

Battambang is packed with gorgeous, traditional Khmer houses that also happen to be amazingly affordable. AirBnBs cost around $35 on average. Have a look at our top picks:

Budget option: a private room in this hostel with a beautiful balcony.

Midrange option: this entire romantic bungalow.

Luxurious option: this traditional Khmer bungalow with a pool

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Where to Stay in Siem Reap

Where to stay in Siem Reap – a personalized guide to the best locations

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Siem Reap is a city in northwestern Cambodia, where hundreds of tourists every year make a stop to visit the fascinating Angkor temples. Dating from the 12th century and the Khmer Empire, this temple complex was originally dedicated to the Hindu deity Vishnu. However, it was later transformed into a Buddhist temple. Today, Angkor Wat is a powerful reminder of Cambodia’s glorious past and a well-preserved model of Khmer architecture. 

Apart from the remains of the Khmer civilization, Siem Reap has plenty to offer to the tourists owing to its incredibly rich cultural and historical heritage. The city was once colonized by the French, and that colonial style, along with the Chinese influence, is widely present in the Old French Quarter and the Old Market. Still, with these cultural impacts, the city is quickly developing into a metropolitan city and gateway to this part of Cambodia. 

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Safety alert!

As Siem Reap has become an incredibly popular tourist destination, especially recently, travelers don’t need to concern themselves with their safety as this city, and Cambodia, in general, is considered safe. Tourists are usually victims of petty crimes which can be avoided if you always take care of your valuables, never leaving them unattended or in plain sight. 

Although the huge part of experiencing the local life is tasting food sold in streetcars or local vendors, it would be best to avoid buying and eating seafood since the temperatures in Cambodia are high, and this type of food is usually not stored or kept appropriately. Also, as drinking tap water is not recommended, you should only drink bottled water. 

Transportation

Siem Reap is a relatively small town where the majority of attractions are close to one another, so tourists usually decide to visit them and explore the city on foot. If you aren’t fond of walking or just get tired of it, there are other means of transportation really affordable and available such as:

  • Remork (famous Cambodian tuk-tuks)
  • Bicycles
  • Motorcycle taxis

Find more information about transportation in Siem Reap here

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Five best neighborhoods to stay in Siem Reap 

Map of Siem Reap

Before, the tourists from all over the world were visiting Siem Reap as a shortstop on their way to Angkor Wat, while now the town has flourished and expanded so as to accommodate all the travelers and provide them with a unique experience of Cambodia. Along with its cultural and historical landmarks, the city has numerous shops, bars, and restaurants as it successfully tries to keep up with other popular tourist destinations around the world. 

Whatever your interests and the budget may be, Siem Reap surely has something for you. Whether you are interested in the history and culture of this town or its amazing cuisine, you will find it in this town and more. 

To help you make the best decision when finding a place to stay in Siem Reap, we have made a list of our favorite neighborhoods:

  1. Old French Quarter
  2. Old Market
  3. Sok San Road
  4. Wat Bo Area
  5. Taphul Village

As these neighborhoods are different, we have also provided you with a table breakdown with these neighborhoods and their details along with activities for which they are most suitable.

Area

Ideal for:

Why?

Old French Quarter

First-timers

The heart of the city where most landmarks are located and close to Angkor temple

Old Market 

Nightlife

Vivid and vibrant with numerous nightclubs, bars and

 restaurants 

Sok San Road 

On a budget 

Affordable accommodation

Wat Bo Area

Bohemians  A quiet area with many temples and restaurants

Taphul Village 

Long-term stay

Great for families, peaceful while at the same time very connected to other areas 

Where to stay in Siem Reap for the first time – Old French Quarter

Map of OFQ Old French Quarter is the very heart of Siem Reap since it stretches all around the city’s center. This area is home to numerous cultural and historical values such as the colonial buildings from the French colonization period as well as some Chinese style architecture. This is the place where the traditional, or the old, clashes with the modern, or the new, thanks to the numerous shopping, dining and entertainment options it offers to tourists. That is why it is ideal for travelers who are visiting for the first time. It is also very conveniently located near the Angkor temple. 

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Things to see and do in Old French Quarter

There is plenty to see and do in this area but here are some places we strongly recommend visiting: 

  1. Angkor Wat
  2. Angkor National Museum 
  3. Preah Ang Chek Preah Ang Chom
  4. Kroya Restaurant

Angkor Wat 

The temple complex with the remains of the Khmer Empire and more than 1000 smaller temples is a must to visit in this region of Cambodia. 

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Angkor National Museum 

In case you are interested in finding out more about the Khmer Empire and the history of Cambodia, visit this museum which is a keeper of this country’s tradition and heritage. 

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Preah Ang Chek Preah Ang Chom

At this Buddhist shrine dedicated to two Angkorian princesses, locals, as well as tourists, come to pay their respects and pray for good fortune. 

Place of worship Image source: myk_travel

Kroya Restaurant 

If you want to taste local Cambodian food, then put this trendy restaurant on your checklist. You won’t regret it!

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Where to stay in Old French Quarter 

Old French Quarter is quite popular among tourists not only because of the landmarks and the great location but also because it offers accommodation for every budget. The average price in Airbnbs in this area is around $50 per night. 

We recommend the following Airbnbs: 

Affordable optionThis Ananda’s quiet, bright studio

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Moderate priceThis urban studio 

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Luxury optionThis Akasha apartment 

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Where to stay in Siem Reap for nightlife – Old Market

Map of Old Market

Located near the Old French Quarter, Old Market is the most vibrant area of Siem Reap. It contains many diverse nightclubs, pubs, bars, and restaurants. The center of this neighborhood is the energetic Pub Street where most travelers and locals like to go out for drinks and parties. Along this street, many local vendors sell local street food, drinks, fruits, vegetables, and souvenirs. As the night starts to fall, the tourists fill this area in search of the famous Cambodian nightlife. 

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Things to see and do in Old Market 

As this neighborhood is most famous for its outstanding and wild nightlife, then we recommend you visit the following places: 

  • Asana
  • BARCODE
  • Temple Club
  • Angkor Wat Bar
  • Angkor Night Market 

Asana

This is the authentic Khmer house where they serve the traditional Khmer cocktails.

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BARCODE

In this gay bar, the DJ plays the latest international hits so if you are interested in familiar music, you should check it out. 

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Temple Club  

One of the most famous clubs on Pub Street where the party doesn’t stop until the dawn. 

Temple Club Image source: foodieviewsph

Angkor Wat Bar 

If you are looking for a more relaxed place for late-night drinks, then this is the right place for you. 

Pub Image source: ocatinglis

Angkor Night Market 

In this part of the area, you can buy some souvenirs or try some specialties of the local cuisine such as fried scorpions, frogs, crocodiles, snakes, and spiders. 

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Where to stay in Old Market

It can be difficult finding accommodation in this neighborhood because tourists usually choose this area for their base. The average price nightly price in Airbnbs is $60. 

Check out our top picks: 

Affordable optionThis private villa pool 

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Moderate priceThis family room with a park view

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Luxury optionThis luxury Villa Double Room

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