We had heard many things about Phnom penh, some loved it, some told us it was a dangerous and overcrowded city with nothing to see. Well, we fell in love with this chaotic Cambodian capital. But at the end of a day exploring this bustling city you need an escape! In Envoy we found a haven in the city, an oasis away from the noise and a family environment that made us feel right at home… Oh and they even do tours, hosted by the charming Gevorg! Here we managed to find the perfect Phnom Penh hostel!
A peaceful break from the chaos of the city
There is no getting away from it, Phnom Penh is busy, loud and chaotic! Take a walk through this crazy city, dodging the motorbikes as you walk in the middle of the road: The pavement it seems is only for street food stalls, mechanics and hairdressers! You will see life like you’ve never seen before, energy to rival any capital around the world, but you might just need a sit down afterwards! In Envoy hostel you can find a peaceful courtyard surrounded by trees, a cool air conditioned lounge and an roof top chill out area. Everything you need to catch your breath after a busy day in PP in this amazing Phnom Penh hostel!
A comfortable and relaxing environment
At Envoy they seem to have done everything to make your stay as comfortable as possible, lounge chair, hanging seats, couches and sofas…not to mention the wonderful beds! Taking a load off here couldn’t be easier! Not only that but the atmosphere here is laid back and welcoming. This is no crazy party hostel, but a place where you can come and experience some peace whilst still feeling social and warm, everything you need from a Phnom Penh hostel!
Feeling like family in this friendly Phnom Penh hostel!
One of the things we loved the most here was the family feel to it. The staff here are all very close and each one is treated very well by the company. Gevorg, the manager of the PP branch told us of the philosophy behind the hostels, one which aims to provide stable and fair work for local people. Often the staff are able to bring their children with them to work and many of them play in the yard, its really wonderful to see. We were here for Christmas eve too and the staff here cooked up a huge meal for everyone and put on a lovely family party.
Phnom Penh hostel: Great facilities and space to eat, chill out and socialise!
Often around Asia it seems hard to get a hostel with a decent kitchen, of course, street food is cheap in this region but sometimes you just want to cook something yourselves! Here they had one of the biggest kitchens I’ve seen in a hostel, complete with every kind of pot, pan and cooking equipment you could ever want! They also have plenty of social space too, so no fighting over a table to eat at or sofa space to relax on. It also means that it is easy to get speaking to your fellow guests, but also if you are feeling like chilling on your own there is plenty of space for that too, everything you need from a perfect Phnom Penh hostel!
They also do breakfasts each day starting at $1.50 for a meal that will fill you up for hours, getting something quick and convenient at the hostel always gets your day off the best start! No more searching around for something to eat, instead you can be straight out exploring the city!
Taking one of the Envoy Tours to discover much more to this area of Phnom Penh
Envoy also organise and run a whole host of tours right from the hostel, these are well run and always come at great prices. They can take you around the city on walking tours, over to the killing fields and the Royal Palace to give you great insight into the capital of Cambodia. We took a local walking tour with Gevorg who introduced us to the area around near the hostel, showing us local markets most tourists don’t even know about, temples shops who employ the disabled and train them up as well as fascinating insights into the history of Cambodia and the area. It was great to see a side to the city we would never have found otherwise and really learn so much about it before we set off exploring further. He also gave us some amazing food recommendations too, Mak Mony… make sure you get a meal here!
Not only that but they are great at organising onward travel on buses and also airport transfers for great prices.
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Rooms start at $7 a night for a dorm. They also have private rooms available.
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Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Envoy Hostel. As always, all opinions are our own!