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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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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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Dorm Rooms

12 Bed Dorm Hillside

12 Bed Dorm Hillside

Our 12 Bed Shared Dorm sleeps 12, so you will be sharing your room with 11 other awesome guests. Each dorm bed at our Koh Rong Samloem hostel has its own personal reading light. A secure lock box is also included in your booking, for storing your valuables (please note that you need to bring your own lock!). The dorm has an en suite bathrooms with cool water showers. Charging points for electronics are available in common areas.

Heads up – life on our Koh Rong Samloem hostel is very simple due to our secluded location. There’s no WiFi (though honestly, many guests end up raving about this to us – it’s a rare chance to really unplug). We offer all the basics: a safe place to store your things, a comfortable place to sleep, and tons of atmosphere and scenery.

Book direct online here for the best rates. We really recommend booking ahead, as we tend to fill up in advance and can rarely take walk-in guests on the island.

6 Bed Dorm with Sea View

6 Bed Dorm with Sea View

This dorm room in paradise sleeps 6 guests in 3 sets of bunk beds. Like all the dorms at our Koh Rong Samloem hostel, each bunk has its own personal reading light. To the side of your bed you’ll find a secure lock box for storing your valuables (please note that you need to bring your own lock!). The dorm has easy access to a bathroom block & cool showers. Charging points for electronics are available in common areas.

Don’t say we didn’t warn you: life moves a little more slowly on Koh Rong Samloem. In our remote setting, the accommodations are quite basic. There’s no WiFi. A lot of people see this as a plus, since you get to really step off the grid for a few days and engage with the people around you. We offer you great atmosphere, a secure place to store your things, and a comfortable spot to rest your head, but we are not a luxury resort.

Book direct online here for the best rates. It’s really best to book ahead – we’re 95% full on average, and we usually can’t take walk-in reservations. It would be a shame to miss out on welcoming you to this slice of heaven!

4 Bed Dorm with Sea View

4 Bed Dorm with Sea View

This is our smallest dorm offering in our Koh Rong Samloem hostel. Our charming 4 bed dorms are nestled in their own section of the island with beachfront access and stunning views out over Saracen Bay. Each one sleeps 4 guests in bunk beds. Your bunk will have its own personal reading light. To the side you’ll find a secure lock box for storing your valuables (requires your own lock). The dorm has an en suite bathroom with cool water showers. There aren’t electrical outlets, but some are available in the common areas if something of yours needs charging.

We always want to be transparent with our guests, so we’ll tell you right now: our accommodations on Koh Rong Samloem are on the simple side. There’s – gasp! – no WiFi. This may be an adjustment at first, but we bet you you’ll come to love it. With no one absorbed in their devices, the result is a better group atmosphere and a more present stay in paradise. We’re no luxury hotel, but we do offer you a safe place to store your things, a comfortable place to sleep, and an unforgettable experience.

Book direct online here for the best rates. The 4 Bed Dorm is a popular option, and it usually sells out well in advance. Your odds of getting a spot in one as a walk-in are slim.

Private Rooms

Private Bungalow with Sea View (3 person)

Private Bungalow with Sea View (3 person)

Your very own private bungalow located on a secluded bay on Koh Rong Samloem! Each balcony features an ocean view, private balcony, hammocks, and your own sandy beach front garden.  Each bungalow sleeps 3 guests total, in 1 double bed and 1 single bed. The bungalow has an en suite bathroom with cool water showers. Charging points for electronics are available in common areas.

You should know before you book that our accommodations on Koh Rong Samloem are simple due to our secluded location. There’s no WiFi, but this ends up being many guests’ favourite thing about their stay – how many chances do you get to really unplug and just hang out with cool fellow travelers? We promise you a safe place to store your things, a comfortable place to sleep, and an awesome atmosphere.

Book direct online here for the best rates Our rooms tend to sell out and we can rarely accommodate walk-ins. We really want to see you here, so book early for our sake…!

Why Mad Monkey is the Best Place to Stay in

Koh Rong Samloem

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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