Koh Rong: Koh Rong Backpackers
The greatest thing about this hostel is that you can buy joints at the bar. The second greatest thing is that because it is moored out to sea, it has escaped the wrath of bedbugs and mosquitos that tend to plague all other venues costing around $7AUD a night to stay. The third greatest thing is that it has free wifi. Unfortunately, that’s about where the fun ends. The bathrooms are designed for one to shit, shower and shave simultaneously. Problem is, no toilet paper is supplied: just a tap and bucket for you to manually flush everything away. This would be bearable if it weren’t for the fact that this bucket is empty most of the time and the water supply is usually off, driving many desperate guests to wipe their genitals on the sponges hanging on the wall. As a result, the toilets are practically a cess pit – even worse than the actual cess pits used as drainage systems around the rest of the island. And the staff – all arrogant Pommy ex-pats – couldn’t give a shit (pun intended). Although the bar serves delicious burrito bowls, it’s about the most expensive place in terms of alcohol on the island. Despite this, the hostel is really central and still attracts a crowd of young, fun backpackers, so your best bet is to come here for a smoke and a pancake (well, a burrito) early on in the evening and then head onto the mainland to get sloshed.