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Mad Monkey

Koh Rong Samloem

“Mad Monkey Bay,” Koh Rong Samloem, Cambodia (Hostel)

Koh Rong Diving Centre/Speed Ferry Office, Serendipity Road (next to Golden Lion Roundabout), Sihanoukville, Cambodia  (Booking Office)

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+855 69 901 076 (Sihanoukville Booking Office)


Welcome to Mad Monkey Backpackers Hostel, Koh Rong Samloem’s premier backpacker private beach resort. Koh Rong Samloem is just off Cambodia’s southern coast. Fancy relaxing on a secluded private island? Up for some partying with young backpackers from around the world? Mad Monkey Backpacker Resort is the dreamy slice of Southeast Asia that you’ve been looking for.

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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 Koh Rong Samloem!

Escape Shipwreck Island

Fire Show

Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, we host an epic fire show on the beach performed by the Mad Monkey staff!

KRS Pub Crawl

Toast to the island and make new friends on our KRS Pub Crawl!

Let loose with:
– Free-flowing shots
– Free singlet
– Free whiskey bucket
– Free joss shot
– Free electric lemonade

Pier Bar Happy Hour

The island’s best drink deals go down at our Pier Bar every day from 3-6 PM!

Snorkeling Fishing Tour

Explore the tropical waters of Koh Rong Samloem with our daily Fishing & Snorkeling tour. Enjoy Happy Hour prices on the tour! First stop is Snorkeling followed by 2-3 fishing spots. Enjoy a BBQ on the boat after visiting Clear Water Bay.

Beach Cleanup

Join us as we clean up the beach on Koh Rong Samloem! Get rewarded with one free beer for every bag of trash collected while helping make the world a better and cleaner place!

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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!
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How To Get To Our Hostel

Koh Rong Samloem is an island off the south coast of Cambodia. It’s located just southeast of the more heavily-visited Koh Rong island. To get out to Koh Rong Samloem, you’ll first need to get to Sihanoukville.

Getting to Sihanoukville

Getting from Sihanoukville to Koh Rong Samloem

To get out to the island you will need to take a ferry. There are several ferry companies operating out of Sihanoukville. Mad Monkey partners with Speed Ferry. We’re big fans of their reliable service and high safety standards. This is their logo:

Getting to Koh Rong Samloem

You can purchase Speed Ferry tickets from every Mad Monkey Hostel in Cambodia for transport to Mad Monkey Koh Rong Samloem.  Make sure you purchase your Speed Ferry ticket at least 24 hours in advance to avoid disappointment, because the boats tend to fill up.

The Final Leg of the Journey

  • The Speed Ferry will drop you off at one of Koh Rong Samloem’s major ports. The exact drop-off location is subject to change by season, but our Mad Monkey team always knows where the boat will be.
  • When you get off the Speed Ferry, Mad Monkey’s private boat (it’s orange with some cool pirate flags) will be waiting at the port to take all Mad Monkey guests the rest of the way to our private bay.
  • One of our Customer Experience Reps will be on the boat with you to answer any questions you may have, and get you excited for the magical time you’re about to have!
  • Free pick up from Orchid Pier at 10 am, 12:30 pm, and 4 pm OR when the Speed Ferry arrives. Departure from the pier may not be at these exact times, but rest assured our boat will be there.

If you have any questions about getting to Mad Monkey Koh Rong Samloem while you’re in Sihanoukville, you can visit our booking office, which is inside the Koh Rong Dive Centre & Speed Ferry Booking office on Serendipity Beach Road, next to Golden Lion Roundabout.


At Mad Monkey Koh Rong Samloem, we use a cashless wristband system (Pouch Nation) for your convenience! You can top up using CASH ONLY, and there is NO ATM at Mad Monkey.

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Why Visit Koh Rong Samloem With Mad Monkey Hostel?

Mad Monkey Backpackers Hostel on Koh Rong Samloem has been defined as the quintessential idyllic paradise resort for backpackers by popular magazines and websites including Cosmopolitan, the Hostelworld Blog, and Two Wandering Soles.  Not only does it offer the most highly rated and reviewed Koh Rong Samloem accommodation, it is also famous for being one of the biggest and most fun backpacker island resorts in Cambodia.

Mad Monkey Koh Rong Samloem is just a short speedboat ride from Sihanoukville. The island’s main strip by the pier, Saracen Bay Beach, is dotted with high-end resorts and guesthouses. Most of these are out of the reach of most backpackers’ budgets. Luckily Mad Monkey is here to offer you an affordable accommodation option on Koh Rong Samloem – and a kick-ass experience to boot.

The speed boat from Sihanoukville will drop you off at a pier on Koh Rong Samloem. Getting to our backpackers resort requires a short boat ride from the pier to our private bay. In our secluded property, you’ll be far away from the crowds of tourists that land on Saracen Beach every day. Once you arrive you can immerse yourself in your own island paradise, with your own private beach, swimming area, pier bar, and all of the good vibes that the Mad Monkey is famous for.

The Mad Monkey has quickly gained popularity and is rated as the best hostel on Koh Rong Samloem by popular review websites including the TripAdvisor Koh Rong Samloem pages, Hostelworld Koh Rong Samloem pages, Lonely Planet Koh Rong Samloem pages, and on Google.

Koh Rong Samloem offers a more relaxed and more authentic Cambodian island experience than her cousin Koh Rong. Koh Rong Samloem has fewer resorts so it’s arguably less crowded. If you want a taste of both, boat transfers between Koh Rong and Kohn Rong Samloem are available regularly from each island. Koh Rong Samloem, though, is definitely home to the best beaches in Cambodia, a wide variety of tropical jungle species, and excellent shallow reef snorkelling. So if you are considering Koh Rong Samloem vs. Koh Rong, most backpackers who’ve visited both will tell you Koh Rong Samloem offers the more authentic paradise island experience.

Mad Monkey operates as the main Koh Rong Samloem party hostel, with the amazingly social bar scene that our repeat Mad Monkey guests have come to love. The hostel is a melting pot where meeting other backpackers from all over the world is easy. Of course it’s not all party-party-party, there is also ample opportunity here to just chill out. Take advantage of our sea hammocks, our two private bars, or the many Koh Rong Samloem jungle trails.

You will be staying with up to 100 other backpacker guests on the island, so there are plenty of new friends to have fun with. For those that get antsy lounging on the beach all day, we offer all kinds of activities including snorkeling, fishing trips, water inflatables, and jungle tours. Each night we also provide events and activities in our busy bars to facilitate you meeting other guests from around the world whilst you are enjoying this amazing Cambodian island.

In fact our hostels are so social and offer such fantastic levels of service that our team in Cambodia has received 2 coveted Hostelworld “Hoscars” awards, 7 Hostelworld awards, and 6 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence. We’ve even been listed as one of the world’s “Must Stay Hostels” by and Lonely Planet.

We offer backpackers and budget travelers visiting Koh Rong Samloem the experience of a lifetime. Enjoy one of the best Cambodian islands whilst you revel in a young, trendy, relaxed, and social atmosphere.

If you are worried about how this will all fit into your budget – don’t be! Although we are certainly not the cheapest place to stay on Koh Rong Samloem, our rooms and food are inexpensive and offer great value for money when you consider the location and the facilities available on offer.

If you are looking for a Koh Rong Samloem guesthouse experience run by local Cambodian staff, you’ve found it. We are pleased to say that our island hostel, and indeed most of our company as a whole, is staffed predominantly by Cambodian team members. Our team has undertaken extensive training and offers levels of service more akin to a high-end Koh Rong Samloem hotel than its best backpackers resort. This level of service, along with our friendly social scene and feel-good atmosphere, are synonymous with the Mad Monkey name among backpackers in Southeast Asia.

Every stay at the best hostel in Koh Rong Samloem 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, you can tell us and we’ll make it right.
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Koh Rong Samloem Tours, Activities, & Events for Backpackers

Our nightly events run all year round and include a weekly fireshow, drink specials, food specials, games, and parties. To add to this our team provide a number of tours and activities on Koh Rong Samloem including kayaks, inflatable water toys (perfect for lazy afternoons messing around in the bay), snorkeling tours, fishing trips, boat rides, jungle treks, and nightly BBQs.

If you are more of a beach bum then you can enjoy your own private stretch of beach with a shallow swimming area right in front of our hostel. At night this is the perfect location to experience the famous bio-luminescent plankton that glow in the water.

Our restaurant provides a large international and local Khmer menu. Whilst food prices are more expensive than on the mainland (due to cost of delivery from the mainland), we still believe our menu offers excellent value for money. We have many dishes available in the $2 – $5 range, all prepared using the freshest local ingredients available.
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The Best Place to Stay in Koh Rong Samloem

As with all Mad Monkey Hostels, you will find our hostel on Koh Rong Samloem to be low-cost and budget-friendly – but that doesn’t mean sparse. We offer large Mixed Dorms complete with mosquito netting, personal fans, secure lock boxes. and shared bathrooms. We also have Female Dorms with all the same facilities, and Private Bungalows with en suite bathrooms. All of our rooms are available at rates that you’ll find quite low compared to other Koh Rong Samloem accommodation options.

All of our accommodations are cleaned every day and regularly checked, of course, but what really set Mad Monkey Koh Rong Samloem apart is our awesome social vibe.  There are 2 bars where you can relax and meet new people: the Pier Bar, perched right on top of the crystal blue waters of Saracen Bay, and a larger long house Bar made from traditional materials with a large bar and restaurant with a ‘camp style’ seating area.

Our private Mad Monkey boat transfer service will come and pick you up at the main ferry port on Saracen Bay and drive you around the point to our resort.  The transfer between Saracen bay and our resort is free of charge for our customers.

To stay at Mad Monkey Koh Rong Samloem we highly recommend booking online and directly from this website for the best price and priority reservations. The hostel is often fully booked, especially during the high season. To avoid disappointment we highly suggest direct pre-booking to be sure of the time of your life on this wonderful island resort.

Important – Mad Monkey is a remote private island resort off the coast of Cambodia, and there is NO Internet or WiFi here. Please inform your loved ones that you will be staying on the island if it is likely they will miss you if you don’t speak to them for a few days.
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How Your Stay at Mad Monkey is Socially Responsible

Mad Monkey was one of the first hostel companies in Cambodia to introduce socially responsible employment practices, so you can rest assured that your stay with us on Koh Rong Samloem makes a real and tangible difference. Many of our team members come from less advantaged backgrounds, and working with us directly impacts their families for the better. We have a pro-poor employment policy that ensures we maximize our community impact with our hiring practices.

All of the team at Mad Monkey Koh Rong Samloem receive a benefits and pay package similar to what is standard in Western countries. We guarantee our team members living wage rates of pay in excess of the national average, plus benefits like health care, dental care, parental leave (male and female), a mandatory day off each week, paid holiday and vacation days, continuous investment in skills and education, and free English lessons.

Mad Monkey was founded in 2011 on principles of social responsibility and community contribution. Together with our guests, our team has worked to fund clean water projects throughout Cambodia. We also deliver education programs to disadvantaged communities and support a number of great charities in Cambodia.

In summary, not only do you know that the staff you interact with at our hostel have great working conditions, you can be confident that your stay has a real and tangible impact in the local community. So if you are looking for not only the best place to stay in Kohn Rong Samloem, but also to stay where your money works towards real tangible and positive community impact, then a stay at Mad Monkey hostel on Koh Rong Samloem should be at the top of your hit list.

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Getting to Koh Rong Samloem & Onward Travel

To get to Koh Rong Samloem you will need to take the Speed Ferry from Sihanoukville, you can book the speed ferry to Koh Rong Samloem now by clicking on the link or you can purchase your ticket from the Travel Desk at any Mad Monkey hostel in Cambodia.

You should book your room or dorm at the hostel online prior to arrival, as we’re usually full and unable to accommodate walk-ins. There is a Mad Monkey Booking Office on Serendipity Road next to Golden Lion Roundabout, in Sihanoukville. It’s inside the Koh Rong Dive Centre / Speed Ferry Office. When you arrive at the pier on Koh Rong Samloem you will see our Mad Monkey guest boat waiting to pick you up. It’s a short 10 minute boat ride around the bay to Mad Monkey. Note that our boat meets the Speed Ferry boats at their 3 daily arrivals on Koh Rong Samloem, so if you’ve taken a ferry from a different company you will have to wait until our next pick up.

Your Speed Ferry ticket includes your return trip to Sihanoukville. You can reserve your spot on a boat back to the mainland from Mad Monkey Koh Rong Samloem. Just let a member of our staff know, a day before you plan to travel. Our team can also help you book onward bus travel from Sihanoukville to other major cities in Cambodia.

If our excellent facilities, cheap accommodations, and socially responsible business practices haven’t convinced you that Mad Monkey is the best place to stay on Koh Rong Samloem, then take a look at our reviews on Tripadvisor, Hostelworld, Facebook, or Google. Getting to Koh Rong Samloem is easy, and we’re happy to help with anything you need before, during, and after your stay. What are you waiting for?
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