Kha Vi Guest House, Phnom Penh: Stay At The Heart Of The Action

Kha Vi Guest House, Phnom Penh: Stay At The Heart Of The Action
Sarah J
Sarah J 
| 4 min read

Located on Phnom Penh’s Street 258, Kha Vi Guest House enjoys a lively location in the heart of the city’s main backpacker area. Surrounded by numerous cheap guest houses, restaurants, cafes, and bars, it is in a convenient part of the city for sightseeing and socialising.

Kha Vi Guest House accepts payments in both Cambodian riel and US dollars. Room prices are quoted by the guest house in USD. Other places around the city may quote prices in Cambodian riel. It is common for smaller payments, such as in local convenience stores, to be made in riel, and for both riel and dollars to be accepted in larger restaurants and at tourist attractions.

A popular guest house with low prices and good facilities, Kha Vi Guest House is a good base for your stay in Cambodia’s interesting capital city.

Choice of affordable rooms to suit different budget expectations

kha vi guest house, phnom penh: stay at the heart of the action | choice of affordable rooms to suit different budget expectations

If price is your main concern, the cheapest rooms at Kha Vi Guest House are the Basic Single Room with Fan and Basic Double Room with Fan. Rooms are cooled using a ceiling fan, and they have, respectively, one single or one double bed. Each has a hot water shower. The room for one costs 8 USD (approximately 32,000 KHR) per night, and the room for two people costs 10 USD (approximately 40,000 KHR) per night.

If you struggle to sleep in the Cambodian heat, but don’t want to spend a lot on your accommodation, the Basic Double Room might be perfect for you. It has air-conditioning and costs 12 USD (approximately 48,000 KHR) for a night. Rooms may not have windows, and only cold water is available in the bathrooms.

There are also Basic Triple Rooms for 15 USD (approximately 60,000 KHR) per night, ideal for travelling trios who don’t want to split into separate rooms. These rooms have air-conditioning, but may not have a window. They do not have hot water in the bathrooms; showers are cold water only. There are three single mattresses directly on the floor, with a long headboard affixed to the wall.

If you crave air-conditioned comfort and also like to have a warm shower in the mornings, the Standard Double Room or Standard Twin Room is ideal. Rooms have windows, along with a city view. It costs 15 USD (approximately 60,000 KHR) per night for a Standard Double Room (one double bed), and 16 USD (approximately 64,000 KHR) per night for a Standard Single Room (two single beds).

Basic but comfortable rooms for a good night’s sleep

kha vi guest house, phnom penh: stay at the heart of the action | basic but comfortable rooms for a good night’s sleep

Rooms at Kha Vi Guest House are pretty basic but, realistically, you probably won’t be spending too much time in them anyway! They offer a secure and comfortable place to sleep and keep your belongings whilst you’re out exploring the energetic city and having fun.

Rooms have private bathrooms, although some only have cold water showers (as detailed above). All rooms have a desk and a chair. Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout the property. Depending on the exact location of your room, however, the signal may be quite poor.

Fan rooms and Standard rooms have cable TV. The Standard rooms also have a large built-in wardrobe, great for travellers who like to keep their clothes neat and tidy.

Rooms are clean and well-maintained. Beds are comfortable enough for a few nights. Sure, it won’t be the most luxurious place you have ever stayed, but the location and the price make up for the lack of pretty trimmings.

Note that the guest house actually has two buildings on opposite sides of the street. Your room may be in either building.

Good guest house facilities for even more convenience

kha vi guest house, phnom penh: stay at the heart of the action | good guest house facilities for even more convenience

There is a restaurant and bar on the ground floor, with seats both undercover close to the reception area and outside next to the street. Offering a wide selection of Cambodian and international dishes throughout the day, it’s an ideal place for grabbing breakfast before you set out for the day or having dinner after a busy day of exploring.

Start your day with, for example, toast and eggs, fresh fruit, or a bowl of cereal, and tuck into a spicy Khmer curry, stir-fried chicken with rice, or spaghetti bolognaise in the evening. The restaurant’s prices are reasonable, and on a par with nearby establishments. The relaxed atmosphere makes chilling out with a beer quite appealing!

Reception is manned around the clock, and the friendly members of staff can assist with booking trips and onward transportation. A recommended trip is to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek and Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide. You can also arrange car or scooter hire at reception.

Keep yourself smelling as fresh as a daisy and looking great when you make use of the laundry services.

A great location for exploring Phnom Penh

Kha Vi Guest House is located around a five-minute walk away from the glittering Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. The official residence of the Cambodian royal family, the elegant Royal Palace is home to a number of impressive buildings, numerous attractive statues, beautiful flowers, and well-ordered courtyards. A large complex, only a small section is open to the public. You can gaze in awe at the opulence and splendour of the throne hall, imagining what life as royalty is like.

The Silver Pagoda is within the Royal Palace complex. A shining gem, climb the gleaming marble steps and feast your eyes upon the treasure inside. There is an exquisite crystal Buddha as well as a large and dazzling gold Buddha. Made from solid gold, the life-size Buddha statue is embellished with many glittering diamonds.

Admission to the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda is 25,000 KHR (approximately 6.20 USD). Make sure to are dressed appropriately to avoid disappointment. Visitors must have clothing that reaches to at least the knees and elbows. Unlike many other religious sites, covering your shoulders with a wrap is not acceptable – you must have sleeves.

The National Museum of Cambodia and the Independence Monument are close to the Royal Palace.

It will also take you around five minutes to stroll to the lively riverside, where you will find many excellent restaurants and chic bars. The tree-lined promenade is a nice place for a walk, and you can enjoy the lovely views of the Tonle Sap River as you wander.

Book your stay at Kha Vi Guest House for a terrific location from which to enjoy the sights and sounds of frenzied Phnom Penh.

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Originally from the UK, Sarah has been mostly based in her second home of Thailand for the past five years. As well as exploring new places, learning about different cultures, and sampling lots of...Read more

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