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Mad Monkey Hostel Bangkok

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55 Phra Sumen Rd, Bangkok T: (02) 282 6171

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Mad Monkey Hostel Bangkok

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One of the only hostels in Bangkok with a swimming pool is the Mad Monkey, a top pick for young travellers looking for a built-in party scene.

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The hostel launched in 2017 as the first property in Thailand from a group that already ran several hostels scattered around the Philippines and Cambodia. Backpackers who have stayed in any of these will find the same successful recipe here: lots of young singles mixing it up over a bar, beer pong and a small pool out the back. The Bangkok branch has a sleeker look than the original Mad Monkey in Phnom Penh with its more rag-tag vibe.

House rules.

House rules. Photo: David Luekens

The concrete building starts with a tiny lobby and stairs accessing a bunch of four-bed air-con dorms available in mixed gender or women-only. Bunks are set up lengthwise on one side of these small rooms hedged in by grey walls. Dividers between each bunk are made of transparent glass, sort of like tinted windows on a car, so there’s not much privacy. Each bunk comes with a personal reading lamp, electrical outlet, shelf and roomy locker, and hot-water bathrooms are found on each floor.

Equipped with ensuite bathrooms, small private rooms aren’t quite as utilitarian as the dorms thanks to rattan shades strung over multiple windows, thicker mattresses and little desks where you should be able to connect to the free WiFi. Rates for privates are high compared to, say, BB House, but you’re also paying for the social scene and common areas.

Escape the heat.

Escape the heat. Photo: David Luekens

Speaking of common areas, designers made the most of limited space by installing an awning over an area that was once a driveway and now hosts a spacious hangout zone and bar. Long wooden tables attract crowds but there are also smaller tables for when you need a break from the punters. Ceiling fans and exposed bricks join murals of tuk tuks and muay Thai fighters on the walls.

Chang beer flows at a fairly long wooden bar that stays active all day before shutting down just after midnight, when the party crowd usually migrates over to Khao San Road. Thai and Western food is available on site, served by Thai and foreign staffers who were friendly to us. Their positive attitudes aren’t surprising given that Mad Monkey is known to pay fair wages while providing training for staffers who often come from less-privileged circumstances.

Plenty of room to socialise.

Plenty of room to socialise. Photo: David Luekens

We like the location on Phra Sumen Road, an easy five-minute walk northwest of Khao San Road and the mellower bars of Soi Rambuttri and Phra Arthit Road. It’s close enough to the action that only the drunkest would have problems stumbling back to the hostel, but also far enough away to show you that Bangkok’s old quarter is a lot more than just a backpacker ghetto. When you’re ready to explore, Phra Arthit river ferry pier is a 300-metre stroll to the west.

While this is easily our top pick for a party hostel in the Khao San area, you’ll also find a buzzing social scene at the older NapPark Hostel on nearby Tani Road.

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Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Dorm air-con
350 baht
350 baht
Dbl air-con private bathroom
1,000 baht
1,000 baht
Room: Dorm air-con, low season: 350 baht, high season 350 baht. Notes:
Room: Dbl air-con private bathroom, low season: 1,000 baht, high season 1,000 baht. Notes:

Where is Mad Monkey Hostel Bangkok

Mad Monkey Hostel Bangkok
55 Phra Sumen Rd, Bangkok
T: (02) 282 6171
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º29'49.01" E, 13º45'47.13" N
Room rates: Under 600B

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