Really popular, fun and cheap
Originating out of Sihanoukville, The Big Easy is a very new (opened in late 2018), and welcome addition to Phnom Penh’s hostel scene, delivering smart and cheap dorms and a fun traveller vibe.
Dorms run across a few floors above the lobby meet bar meet restaurant area. They're tube pod–style, in three stacked levels, with the upper layers reached by firm metal ladders. The end of each tube has a privacy curtain, while at the other end there is a single pillow, a bed light and charging point, though no other shelving to speak of. The mattress leaned towards firm and the linen was very clean. Each pod has its own locker, secured with a key supplied at reception. Lockers are huge and should easily fit all but the largest backpack. Towels are available from reception.
There is one dorm to a floor and three shared bathrooms to each. The shower was amongst the hottest and best pressure we had of our entire stay in Phnom Penh—it will get all the grime off you and give you a free steam while you are at it. Dorms also have a street–facing veranda.
Downstairs is given over to a large restaurant and bar area (the bar doubles as reception) which can get very busy across the afternoon and into the evening. We returned from an evening out to find the bar heaving with travellers, yet the ruckus could barely be heard upstairs.
For just five dollars, The Big Easy struck us as near unbeatable value, so if you’re looking for a young and fun atmosphere with spotless and well keep dorms, look no further.
Address: 4 Street 172, Phnom Penh
T: (096) 306 4317;
Coordinates (for GPS): 104º55'42.53" E, 11º34'1.21" N
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Room rates: Under US$10
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org 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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