Shared offices or coworking spaces are new, modern workplaces or hubs for tech geeks and emerging entrepreneurs to work and collaborate. They’re very popular in cities around the world, including Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. In Phnom Penh alone, there are many co-working spaces tailored for the growing startup people and digital nomads. In addition to providing collaborative workspaces, the most sought-after coworking spaces are the ones where people can get their work done: productivity. To meet this need, tech hubs like Emerald Hub, TekHub, ImpactHub, Trybe, and AngkorHub (Siem Reap) strive to offer fast fiber optic Internet connections. The Internet speed usually ranges from 50Mbps (Fiber Pro) to 150Mbps (Fiber One) by internet provider SINET.
Also popular: Coffee shops with fast Internet in Phnom Penh
ImpactHub Phnom Penh
Is one of the most popular coworking spaces in Boeng Keng Kang 3. Not just an ordinary shared workplace, ImpactHub has a lot to offer to startup people with events and programs that connect and foster entrepreneurship. Always a full house, the ImpactHub is using up to 150Mbps fiber Internet connection. With this amount of bandwidth, ImpactHubbers (as they call themselves) can focus on their work and productivity, not the Internet speed.
Factory Phnom Penh
The newest, largest co-working space that’s not in the heart of Phnom Penh.
A shared workspace for early startups and freelancers in Toul Kork district. Co-founded by eccentric Cambodian Rithy Thul, SmallWorld helps grow and nurture a number successful startups in Phnom Penh. Teams like Codingate and Chenla Media spent their early years bootstrapping in this not yet crowded district before heading out for a new place.
Located in The Asia Foundation office, TekHub is a sister coworking space of ImpactHub. One of the permanent tenants is Codingate, headed by Sopheak Monkol, a Cambodian entrepreneur named recently in Forbes magazine in 30 Under 30 2017.
Trybe is the latest coworking space. Also a maker-space, Trybe is located just opposite the French Institute Of Cambodia. It sets itself apart from Emerald Hub, ImpactHub, and TekHub for it’s a place where people make things (hardware like 3D printing and Arduino programming). ARC Hub PNH, ArrowDot, and System Experts are the permanent tenants at Trybe. Sok Leap of System Experts, a technology consulting company, told me that “A modern coworking space has a lot to offer to startups. A hub for co-working, networking, and building things that matter. Fast and stable Internet is an integral part of the makerspace like Trybe.” Currently, System Experts manages the WiFi system for the whole Trybe, which uses Fiber Pro 50Mbps connection.
A large space on the 11th floor of Phnom Penh International University (PPIU), this first Emerald Hub offers private rooms for established businesses as well as desks for freelancers and startup teams. One of Cambodia’s successful startup BookMeBus has its own private room there. The Emerald Hub has its second location in Beng Keng Kang 3, too.
In Siem Reap, a tourist town popular for Angkor Wat, the AngkorHub is a coworking and co-living place. While most places mentioned in this blog posts are shared offices, AngkorHub is the only place that also offers accommodation in addition to the collaborative working environment.
BioLAB Coffee & Office
According to PlacesToWork.net, there are at least 15 best coworking spaces/cafes in Siem Reap. BioLab Coffee & Office is on top on the list. Located on Wat Bo Road, it’s a nicely designed coffee shop and shared office in one. Eat, work, study, and relax all in the BioLab Coffee & Shop?