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Riverside Road, Krong Kampot, Cambodia

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Kampot is the hub of adventure travel in Cambodia, and Mad Monkey is your home base in Kampot. There’s something about this riverside town nestled in the mountains that gets backpackers every time. Race through the countryside on a moto, cruise down the river through the mangroves, or climb a mountain and swim under a waterfall. At the end of the day, kick back and enjoy the phenomenal sunsets from our Rooftop Bar. We’ve also got a huge swimming pool and a poolside restaurant. See you soon.

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Mad Monkey Kampot

Who doesn’t love a HIFive?! While every experience we create at Mad Monkey is thoughtfully designed, we have clearly identified and will ensure to communicate FIVE amazing and authentic experiences in each and every one of our locations, that if taken part in the ‘Mad Monkey Way,’ will leave YOU feeling as though you have fully experienced and absorbed that location (awesome perks, deals, merchandise, & photo ops included). Keep reading to find out more about our HIFives at Mad Monkey Siem Reap!

Bokor Mountain Tour

See Kampot’s most memorable landmarks up close and personal on our Bokor Mountain tour! Drive up the mountain and see historical, religious, and natural wonders! Lunch, a scooter, and a knowledgable guide are included.

Kampot Riverboat Party

Kick-start your night on our River Cruise! Dock at a private beach, play volleyball, go paddleboarding, and enjoy unlimited beer! It’ll be the most fun and booziest afternoon you’ll have in Kampot.

Taste of Kampot

Drive and see the countryside and Kep Beach on our Taste of Kampot tour! We visit a salt field, pepper farm, and Secret Lake. Included is a delicious lunch, knowledgable guide, and scooter!

Sunset Cruise

Go on Kampot’s most Instagrammable tour! Join our Sunset Cruise on our private boat, cool off in the Kampot River, go paddleboarding, watch the sunset, and see Firefly Tree!

DIY Pizza Night

Create your own pizza with unlimited toppings! There’s no other food offering like this in the city – don’t miss out!

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Mad Monkey Kampot


At all Mad Monkey Hostels, our teams are passionate about putting on fun, engaging, creative events that are both unique to each destination and also coordinated globally amongst the Mad Monkey Network. Browse our offerings to see what cool events are on for the duration of your stay!
Mad Monkey Kampot

How To Get To Our Hostel

Mad Monkey Kampot is conveniently located near the Riverside in Kampot, Cambodia. Our hostel is about a 10 minute walk from the centre of town.

Most backpackers will arrive in Kampot by bus. Buses bound for Kampot depart regularly from Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville (Cambodia), and Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam). Different bus companies drop off passengers in different parts of the town centre. Wherever you are, though, you won’t be far from a tuk-tuk. The tuk-tuk drivers in Kampot know ‘Mad Monkey’ and will be able to bring you to us, no problem! The ride should cost about $2 depending on where you’re coming from and how many people are with you.

We recommend taking a tuk-tuk because it supports the local drivers and makes your life a lot easier. If you prefer to walk, though, the most straightforward directions are:

  • Find your way down to the path along the river’s edge
  • When you’re facing the water, turn left
  • Follow the river slightly past the town centre
  • You’ll see a fork in the road with a large statue that looks like this:

Getting to Kampot

  • Take the road to the left and continue about 200m – Mad Monkey is the large building with the pool on your left! You’ll see our sign out front:

Getting to Kampot

Why Mad Monkey is the Best Place to Stay in


Why Visit Kampot With Mad Monkey Hostel?

Mad Monkey Hostel Kampot is our main activity and adventure hostel. It’s designed to provide a mecca of tours and activities for the discerning backpacker in Cambodia. We offer budget Kampot accommodation with one of the largest swimming pools in Kampot and an amazing party and social hostel scene for our customers to meet and mingle with other backpackers.

Our backpacker hostel in Kampot is located just a few minutes walk away from the town centre, and overlooks the Kampot River. In fact, the views from our hostel rooftop bar of the river and the Cardamom Mountains are simply breathtaking. There’s no better spot to enjoy a refreshing beer or a cool cocktail at sunset.

The team at Mad Monkey Kampot have earned several well-deserved awards. We have 2 “Hoscars” from Hostelworld to our name, as well as 7 individual Hostelworld awards and 6 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence. Our Kampot backpacker hostel has been recommended as “The Best Place to Stay in Kampot” by kingpin travel bloggers and journalists including Travel + Social Good, TripWire, and Beyond Blightly.

What we offer to backpackers visiting Kampot is unsurpassed on the local scene. We have day-long Kampot tours leaving 5 days a week that will allow you to discover the real rural Cambodian experience. This southeastern corner of the country is under-explored but overflowing with beauty, fun, and adrenaline.

Kampot is just a short 3-hour bus or taxi ride from either Phnom Penh or Sihanoukville. It’s also easy to get to Kampot from Sihanoukville Airport. Many backpackers make Kampot their “chill out” hostel break in their Cambodia itinerary. They’ll stop here between their journey from Siem Reap or Phnom Penh down to the coast and will stop off for two or three days.

Of course Mad Monkey is a cheap place to stay in Kampot, but that doesn’t detract from the experience. Mad Monkey Kampot offers tons of facilities that make it the ideal place to meet people: a popular international and local restaurant, a large swimming pool complete with poolside bar, daily parties & activities, low cost daily tour departures, a pool table, and a rooftop bar overlooking the river and the moutains. We also have excellently appointed Private Rooms and Dorms.

All of these excellent facilities are backed up with a backpackers resort experience with 5-star hotel levels of service, and of course the friendly social scene that is synonymous with the Mad Monkey name among backpackers in Southeast Asia.

You will need between 3 and 4 days in Kampot to get the most out of your stay. When you discover all the tours and activities going on here, you’re going to want to take part in at least a few: motorbiking through the Kampot countryside, visits to the pepper farms, salt farms, waterfalls, Kep Beach and the islands, and a regular river cruise. Check out all of our Kampot activities and events to see what will be available in the hostel during your stay.

Every stay at the best hostel in Kampot is backed by our Mad Monkey Customer Promise: “No Stress, No Worries – a worry and stress free stay for every customer.” If your experience is anything less, let us know and we’ll make it right.
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Kampot Hostel Tours, Events, & Activities for Backpackers

When it comes to what to see in Kampot, we provide lots of options so that you can get the very most out of your stay. Our dedicated team run packaged daily tour options that will allow you to see all of the main sights of Kampot, plus some of its more “off the beaten track” hidden treasures (weather- and season-permitting).

We run weekly trips to Bokor Mountain to view the abandoned casino and colonial church, and jungle treks into Bokor National Park.  We provide Cambodian countryside tours that include different waterfalls (dependent on season), tours of the Kampot pepper farms, jungle treks, visits to the hidden caves and cave temples, salt farms tours, and cruises on the Kampot River.

Kampot’s best activities include paintball, beach parties, island tours, cooking classes, and personalized tuk-tuk tours. Mad Monkey offers all this and more in our wide range of activities in Kampot. Just visit our Travel & Tours Desk to get signed up and start making the most of your stay in Kampot. All of our activities and tours are low-priced and designed with young backpackers in mind.

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Our Cheap & Clean Hostel Accommodation

Our Kampot accommodation offers everything you need, at some of the most reasonable rates on the market. All of our rooms are clean, bright, airy, and spacious. Enjoy lots of personal space, and beautiful views out over the countryside or our swimming pool. As you wander through our hallways you’ll come across bright and funky murals hand-painted by artists who have stayed with us over the years. You can add your own creation to the mix! Read up on our Creative Hub Program to find out how you could earn a free stay for your artistic talents.

We have a variety of rooms to choose from if you’re looking for cheap Kampot accommodation. Our hostel offers shared dorm rooms, including Mixed Dorms of various sizes and a Female-Only Dorm. We also have cheap private rooms that sleep 1 or 2 guests, with either air conditioning or a fan. Basically, we’ve got options to suit every budget, from backpackers to flashpackers.

All of our accommodation in Kampot is clean and serviced regularly. When you stay with us you also have access to all our awesome communal facilities. These include a Rooftop Bar (perfect for watching the epic Kampot sunsets), a large Swimming Pool in Kampot with a Poolside Bar, sun beds for those that like a tan, and a great restaurant serving international and local food with low prices and a varied menu.

Of course all of our facilities come fully inclusive with our Mad Monkey commitment to customer service. You can count on our team for a friendly smile and that social, feel-good vibe that Mad Monkey is famous for.

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How Your Stay at Mad Monkey is Socially Responsible

As with all of our hostels, Mad Monkey Kampot is a socially responsible hostel. Mad Monkey was founded on the principles of fair employment and community contribution. We were one of the first hostels in Cambodia to actively promote socially responsible employment practices. The Mad Monkey team members that you will meet all benefit from a living wage and all of the employment benefits they deserve, on par with what is standard in most Western countries.

These benefits include health and dental care cover, continuous investment in training and development, paid holidays, free English lessons, support for other education pursuits, interest free loans, excellent working conditions, parental leave (male and female), a mandatory day off every week, and time off or bonus pay for major local holidays.

One result of these employment policies is a satisfied and motivated team. Our staff are known for their friendly demeanor, and many guests have told us after their stays that the service and facilities they received at Mad Monkey were more akin to a luxury hotel than a budget backpacker hostel in Kampot.

When we opened the first Mad Monkey in 2011 our core purpose was to provide the best customer experience in the most sustainable way for the benefit of our guests and our local communities. This continues to guide our business today. You can rest assured that your stay at Mad Monkey has a real and tangible impact in the hostel’s community, both for our staff and beyond.

In the years since we started our first hostel in Phnom Penh we have contributed to many community projects with our trusted partners. Together with our guests we have delivered 200+ clean water projects to rural poor families in Cambodia. Our Education Fund has provided access to education for a whole class of disadvantaged students.

In Kampot our team works to support Epic Arts Kampot, an organization that provides arts education and opportunities for young people with special needs. We love what they do and support them wherever possible.

So if you are looking for a truly socially responsible place to stay in Kampot then you can rest assured that Mad Monkey meets this criteria. We take our commitment to the community seriously, and we’d be happy to tell you more about it during your stay.
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Booking Travel, Tours, & Experiences in Kampot

Mad Monkey Hostel in Kampot offers a wide variety of Kampot tours and activities for you to enjoy whilst you stay with us. We also provide our own schedule of highly reviewed and rated tours and activities at the hostel. Any of the above can be booked in person at our Front Desk in Kampot. Some of our multi-day Kampot Adventure Tours can also be booked online.

The Travel Desk at Mad Monkey Kampot provides full visa processing services with fast visa application turnarounds. We also sell bus tickets to all major cities in Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam, plus we can book your boat tickets to the Cambodian islands and onward accommodation at our other Mad Monkey Hostels in Phnom Penh, Koh Rong Samloem, and Siem Reap.

All of our Mad Monkey staff tuk-tuk drivers working at our Kampot hostel are provided with fair pay. They work off of a recommended price list for guests to ensure that our guests get the best service possible whilst our drivers also earn a fair working wage.

So if you really are looking for an exceptionally good hostel with excellent facilities, lots of events, a great social vibe, and terrific facilities then a stay at Mad Monkey Hostel in Kampot really should be on the top of your agenda when visiting this awesome town. Book online direct at the lowest rates available in order to secure your booking today.
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