If you’re looking for the coolest hostel in Southeast Asia, look no further than Arcadia Backpackers in Kampot, Cambodia, located roughly 100 miles southwest of Phnom Penh. The hostel’s main attraction is a Swiss Family Robinson-style outdoor waterpark with exhilarating features that will launch you high into the air and plunge you deep into the Preaek Tuek Chhu River.
Arcadia’s waterpark comes with slides, swings, hot tubs, and two large swimming pools, one of which is connected by a lazy river. The pool area also has plenty of loungers where you can kick back and relax after a long day of touring Kampot’s pepper plantations and salt fields. Scooters are available for rent at the hostel to facilitate your adventures.
The hostel itself also offers a variety of activities and amenities, such as wilderness hikes, riverboat pub crawls, ping pong and pool tables, a slackline, and a gym. Guests tend to congregate at the on-site bar to enjoy events including pub quizzes, beer pong tournaments, and live music, but there’s also a cafe on the premises that serves a mix of local and international cuisine from 7 AM to 8:30 PM.
Accommodations at Arcadia Backpackers hostel range from single and double rooms to 12-person eco dorms and a floating house boat. Prices vary from as little as $7 per night up to $34 per night, and all guests must be 18 or older. If you’re just passing through town, day passes to the waterpark cost $7. Note that Arcadia Backpackers is cash-only and there are no ATMs nearby, so be sure to bring as much cash as you’ll need for the entirety of your stay.