Prepare to stay longer than intended
Koh Touch Beach, Koh Rong. Booking office: Serendipity Beach Rd, at Monkey Republic. T: (081) 830 991 , (081) 830 992
Doing what they do best, Monkey Island is the work of Sihanoukville’s Monkey Republic, and attracts a similar, youngish crowd looking for a party and the chance to meet other travellers.
Nineteen bungalows are scattered on and behind a picture-perfect white-sand beach. They can take either three or four sleepers, all have fans and mosquito nets, and private balconies. They also have fire extinguishers – the only ones we saw on the island – and large safety boxes. The bungalow walls are made in a traditional method using layers of thatch. A generator runs from dusk till 23:00ish nightly, but by then it has cooled down enough that fans are superfluous, except for a couple of particularly hot spells during the year.
Monkey Island's big shady bar and restaurant looking out to sea is a social hub -- it was designed for socialising and they've even got a few bartenders with fire-spinning skills to keep the party lively. The restaurant serves a variety of delicious Western and Khmer dishes but their Thai food is exceptional, especially given the remoteness of the island. Food and drink prices are quite low -- drinks are at the same prices you'll find on the mainland. Staff are very friendly and professional. Snorkelling gear is available to rent for $2.50. The property is in about the middle of the beach – neither crammed amid the tightly packed guesthouses, nor at the far stretch where accommodation is more spaced out and quiet.
Check rates at Monkey Island - rated 5.9/10 on Agoda.com.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Bungalow fan share bathroom, low season: US$20, high season US$25. Notes: Sea view, sleeps 3.
Room: Bungalow fan private bathroom, low season: US$30, high season US$35. Notes: Sea view, sleeps 3. Jungle view, sleeps 4: $25/$30.
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