Where to Stay in Cambodia: Mad Monkey Hostel
Among the many ways to describe me as a person, “outgoing” would definitely be the least fitting. I know many would disagree, with friends chiming in that I may be a jolly and crazy person to be with, but in all seriousness, I don’t consider myself to be an extrovert. My passion for understanding the world might be my fuel to strike up a conversation with a stranger, but it’s not always the same when I travel. Sometimes, I get to share and listen to stories from strangers for hours on end, while other times, I would just end up silently sitting down beside someone, not even saying a word or two. And to think that this is the type of person that I am, it was quite a surprise that I fit in well in a youth hostel that bustles with life, holds parties every night, and is just a place where for you to meet people.
During my trip in Cambodia, Mad Monkey Hostels was kind enough to host me in their branches at Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Known for their amazing parties and youthful vibe, I took the challenge of staying in at Mad Monkey Hostels to prove the point that youth hostels are always a great place to stay, no matter what kind of person you are — and I was proven to be correct. Cambodia has easily become the highlight of my entire solo trip, and it all started inside this hostel.
Planning to check them out as well? Here are some of the things that you have to know!
Note: I know I mostly used photos from the internet, but apologies as my phone broke down and I lost a lot of my photos. I only managed to save a handful. 🙁
Mad Monkey Hostel in Phnom Penh
While there may be a handful of differences from Mad Monkey Hostel in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, they both boast some of the greatest facilities that you can ever find in a hostel. Here are some of them:
- Swimming Pool
- Rooftop Bar
- Air-conditioned rooms
- Huge, comfortable beds
- Security lockers
- Reliable wifi
- ATMs within the hostel premises
- 24-hour security
Pool area in Mad Monkey Hostel – Siem Reap
While most of the rooms are dormitory type, they also have private rooms for you to book. I stayed in their dorm rooms and have tried both all girls (Phnom Penh) and co-ed rooms. My experience was great in both hostels, and despite having numerous guests, all areas were kept clean for the visitors.
As I stayed in a dorm room, I was unable to take a photo of my actual room, but here’s a photo online that pretty much shows how it looked like:
Photo grabbed from Mad Monkey Website
Each bed is quite spacious, especially if you’re a short girl like myself. They are equipped with a fluffy pillow, linens, sockets for charging, and reading lights. They are actually very comfortable, and while you might be sharing a room with strangers, you still have this illusion that you have a private space of your own.
Plus points to their comfy interiors, spacious common room areas, and cute wall artworks!
Mad Monkey Siem Reap (photo from HostelWorld)
As a youth hostel, this is definitely one of the things that you can expect from Mad Monkey — amazing parties! I did not party during my stay in Phnom Penh as I only stayed for a night, but during my stay in Siem Reap, I was up on the rooftop bar EVERY NIGHT, drinking $1 beer with my roommates.
Yep, the rooftop bar at Siem Reap has sand on the floor. Photo from Tripadvisor
Both hostels throw parties every night, following a different theme every day. From free shots (the reason why most are drunk even before 12MN) to beer pong competitions to dance parties, you could never go wrong with Mad Monkey. Since the hostel have guests and there are rooms near the roof top area, the party usually ends at 12MN but is continued some place else (for Siem Reap, they go straight to Pub Street until the wee hours in the morning).
One thing that I loved about Mad Monkey is that they are not only about making money but are also supportive of other causes. Aside from being a hostel that gives amazing services to travelers, they also support a handful of advocacies within the locality where they belong. From schools to NGOs to hospitals, they try their best to lend a hand to those in need. Check out their advocacies and partnerships on this page.
Mad Monkey Phnom Penh and Siem Reap are both located conveniently in areas that are near the center of the action! Just 5 minutes away from Mad Monkey Siem Reap is the famous Pub Street and Night Market. Mad Monkey Phnom Penh, on the other hand, is smacked right in the middle of the city, just a few minutes away from the Royal Palace, very near the parks, and is surrounded by restaurants and food places. There are also tuk-tuks and motorbikes just outside the hostel (both Phnom Penh and Siem Reap), ready to bring you to your destination.
Not convinced enough?
With a promise of an amazing time and great accommodation, I’m not even sure why you should even think twice about staying at Mad Monkey. Prices aren’t shabby, too, with beds starting at $10 a night! Cheap place, awesome parties, amazing amenities, and great service, there isn’t more that I could ask.
I only scratched the surface during my stay in Cambodia, and I would definitely come back.
Mad Monkey Hostel Phnom Penh
Building 26, Street 302, BKK1, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
You can ask the tuk-tuks to bring you to Mad Monkey, most of them know the place. Landmark if you’re coming from Pasteur St. is the Krispy Kreme at the corner of Street 302.
Mad Monkey Hostel Siem Reap
Siwatha Road, Siem Reap, Cambodia
The hostel is near KFC and just beside Park Hyatt Hotel. You would have to go inside the alleyway to get to the hostel entrance. Tuk-tuk is at $2.00 – $6.00, depending on where you’re coming from.