Arcadia Backpackers

Arcadia Backpackers

A chilled out spot

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If Banyan Tree isn’t chilled out enough, just keep on heading north on the zoo road and you’ll eventually reach Arcadia, formerly Utopia.

Travelfish says:

Bought by an enterprising young fellow from Tipperary in 2012, this seriously hidden-away spot is on the west bank of Kampot River around seven kilometres north of town, and he’s put a lot into doing it up.

Aside from eating and drinking while laying around the large, wooden porch that hangs over the river, the main pastime here seems to involve getting wet. The many means to achieve that include jumping off the pier, floating around in inner tubes, and using a rope-swing across the river. They can also organise boat trips, kayaking and plenty more. There’s also a volleyball court if you’ve still got the energy. If all that wet is too much, they can set up jungle treks if enough people book it.

There’s a range of accommodation to suit your pocket, including the Binge Barn 12-bed dorm off the bar, three-person hot-shower bungalows and the party Penthouse, which can sleep up to seven and comes with its own widescreen TV. The dorms are clean and well-priced with individual lockers and the private rooms boast impressive river views and a quieter night’s sleep. An emphasis on drink promotions and music helps to pass the time -- this is a fun laidback spot to lose a few days and nights. 

Contact details for Arcadia Backpackers

Address: Teuk Chhou, around 7km north of Kampot
T: (0977) 455 073;  
Coordinates (for GPS): 104º8'39.44" E, 10º39'52.63" N
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Room rates: Under US$10

Room rates

What we were quoted as a walk-in.

Dorm fan cooled
12-bed dorm. Four-bed dorm: $8/$8.
US$6 US$6
Dbl fan share bathroom US$17 US$17
Bungalow fan private bathroom
Sleeps up to three.
US$25 US$25
Deluxe bungalow
Sleeps up to four.
US$30 US$30
Family room
Sleeps up to 7 people
US$35 US$35

Reviewed by

Nicky Sullivan is an Irish freelance writer (and aspiring photographer). She has lived in England, Ireland, France, Spain and India, but decided that her tribe and heart are in Cambodia, where she has lived since 2007 despite repeated attempts to leave. She dreams of being as tough as Dervla Murphy, but fears there may be a long way to go. She can’t stand whisky for starters. She was a researcher, writer and coordinator for The Angkor Guidebook: Your Essential Companion to the Temples, now one of the best-selling guidebooks to the temples.

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