Top Banana Guesthouse

Top Banana Guesthouse

Popular backpacker haven

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One of the long running backpacker havens in this part of Phnom Penh, Top Banana continues to offer solid value, with a great location, more than decent dorms and prices—and we love the social top floor hang out area.

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Set on the second and third floors of a three-storey building on the corner of Pasteur (Street 51) and Street 278, access requires you to climb up several steep, metal staircases that wind around the building, adding to the feeling once you’re up here that you’ve really found a little enclave—if you’re in attendance for a big night, do watch yourself on the way down, especially that first staircase. This is not the place for travellers with limited mobility.

Pack earplugs. : Stuart McDonald.
Pack earplugs. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Travellers rave about Top Banana being a top spot for meeting people and hanging out, and the staff go all out to make this a lively backpacker spot with lots of events, parties and live music to entertain the gangs—if you’re a light sleeper be prepared to either join the party, pack industrial strength earplugs, or, well, stay elsewhere!

The clean rooms are not the most spacious but they are air-con and for the money not bad value once you factor in the social vibe of the hostel. Please note that we were not able to see inside a private room on our last visit (January 2019) due to them all being full, but in the past we’ve described them as being almost romantic in a peculiar, rundown kind of way.

In the dorms, the bunks are wide, with comfortable mattresses, and each one has their own light and socket—each has their own locker too. Dorms come in three flavours: 8-bed mixed, 10-bed mixed and a 6-bed female only dorm. All dorms are air-con and priced the same.

The location is handy to the Independence Monument and a bunch of restaurants and the Bassac Lane bar area is just five minutes (ten minute stumble) away on foot. If it’s full, check out Mad Monkey Hostel a few blocks south on Street 302, where the rates are similar and they have a small pool beside the foyer.

Contact details for Top Banana Guesthouse

Address: 9 Cnr of Street 51 and 278, Phnom Penh
T: (012) 885 572;  
Coordinates (for GPS): 104º55'33.82" E, 11º33'19.73" N
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Room rates: Under US$10

Room rates

What we were quoted as a walk-in.

Dorm air-con US$5 US$5
Dbl air-con private bathroom
Up to $18
US$16 US$16

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Stuart McDonald co-founded with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.

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