Photo: Private bungalows at Easy Go.

Easy Go Backpacker

Don Dhet’s dorms

Don Dhet, sunset side 1.6 km from boat landing T: (020) 5822 8309

Easy Go Backpacker

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Those who crave a chilled out hostel atmosphere or are counting every kip in their budget, Easy Go Backpacker is the answer. This is as close to a “beach” backpacker joint as you’ll find on the island and it doesn’t get much cheaper than their 25,000 kip dorms.

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The dorm rooms are on the upper floor of a two storey building. Within rustic wooden walls there are five beds with a hard mattress, mosquito net and small locker (you need your own lock). There’s wiggle room between the beds, a few windows and fans. Expect no frills. An electrical outlet near the door is where you’ll be charging the phone but it’s unwise to leave it or anything else of value unattended as there is zero security and anyone can walk in and out freely. Lock things up, even while asleep.

Private rooms are somewhat spartan inside.

Private rooms are somewhat spartan inside. Photo: Cindy Fan

The shared bathrooms (western toilet, cold shower) were decent. Need a private room? There are a few bamboo thatch huts with palm thatch roof—they are rustic and basic, with wooden floor boards, mosquito net, windows, fan and a single light bulb. We couldn’t inspect the bungalows with private bathroom because they were all occupied. From the outside, they certainly do look sturdier with their wooden walls and a solid roof supposedly strong enough to support the hammock strung across the porch. Whether in the dorm or bungalow, light sleepers will need earplugs.

As expected, there’s a riverside restaurant full of loungey cushions and tables to relax, chat with your fellow backpacker, occasionally checking if the WiFi decided to work or not (probably not). In dry season a beach forms, a great spot to catch that blazing sunset.

The biggest hurdle is the 1.6 km distance from the boat landing/concentration of bars and restaurants. This is one of the furthest accommodation on the sunset side and if you see yourself frequently going to “town”, be prepared for a 20-minute walk or invest in a bicycle rental, torch at the ready for the return journey in the dark.

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Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Dorm fan cooled
25,000 kip
25,000 kip
Bungalow fan share bathroom
40,000 kip
40,000 kip
Bungalow fan private bathroom
50,000 kip
50,000 kip
Room: Dorm fan cooled, low season: 25,000 kip, high season 25,000 kip. Notes:
Room: Bungalow fan share bathroom, low season: 40,000 kip, high season 40,000 kip. Notes:
Room: Bungalow fan private bathroom, low season: 50,000 kip, high season 50,000 kip. Notes:

Where is Easy Go Backpacker

Easy Go Backpacker
Don Dhet, sunset side 1.6 km from boat landing
T: (020) 5822 8309
Coordinates (for GPS): 105º55'1.14" E, 13º58'26.29" N
Room rates: Under US$10

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