Mad Monkey Hostel
Sociable and fun
What we say:
Mad Monkey is the sociable sister of the popular Phnom Penh hostel of the same name. Just as lively, welcoming and fun, this is young backpacker territory that gets booked in advance. Bring your competitive spirit for beer pong and expect to miss sunrise due to one too many late nights.
Rooftop beach bar Top Banana, a lounge area with computers and outdoor swimming pool added late 2013 mean the public spaces here trump the simple, but functional, private and dorm rooms. You probably won’t spend too much time in your room anyway – Mad Monkey is great for solo travellers looking to meet new people with a relaxed vibe by day progressing into what tends to be more of a party atmosphere by night.
Funky wall mural designs lead you up the floors to the roof bar. Sand underfoot and painted-on palm trees will get you into the holiday spirit if the bar alone is not enough. With outdoor and indoor seating the bar is spacious. Great to sit up here in relative quiet for lunch – the food menu is extensive, with plenty of Western favourites – or congregate with the masses come night. The bar stays open until 01:00, or until everyone’s cleared out into Pub Street for (even) louder music.
Alternatively, take a dip at the swimming pool that greets you on entering the property and enjoy a drink poolside at adjacent bar and the chilled out mood. With the addition of the pool along with free WiFi, the price works out as good value for the rooms, though breakfast is not included.
With lights, lockers, towels provided and hot showers the dorms — all mixed — do the job you’d expect of a hostel, even if less inspiring than the rest of the property. Private rooms — doubles, twins and triples — are similarly straightforward. Note that there are no TVs, which is not an issue since you’d choose this hostel if you’re looking to spend time hanging out with new friends. There are options for fan or air-con, the latter being a little dearer.
Western and Khmer managed, the hostel and their helpful staff do a great job of making you feel at home quickly.
Located down a side street off Sivatha Boulevard, it’s easy to take a tuk tuk just down the road to the Old Market Area for $1 or simply stroll there in a few short minutes.
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Contact details:Sivatha Road, between Street 5 and Ouk Kum Street. T: (063) 688 0008
What we were quoted
|Type of room||Low season||High season||Notes|
|Dorm air-con||6 USD||6 USD|
|Dorm Fan||5 USD||5 USD|
|Dbl fan private b'room||8 USD||8 USD||Cold water|
|Dbl air-con private b'room||13 USD||13 USD||Hot water|
|Triple fan private b'room||12 USD||12 USD|
|Triple air-con private b'room||17 USD||17 USD|
Added to Travelfish on: 10th January, 2014
Last visited or updated on: 10th January, 2014
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Mad Monkey Hostel
Sivatha Road, between Street 5 and Ouk Kum Street.
T: (063) 688 0008
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