Review of Mad Monkey Koh Rong Samloem

Mad Monkey Hostels

This is a chain of Hostels throughout South East Asia. They are known to be “party hostels”.

Mad Monkey in Koh Rong Samloem is not a typical party hotel. It is definitely chilled and relaxed, but has the island party feel to it on the weekends. This place was my favourite place that I stayed at when I visited Cambodia in May/June 2016.

Bedding

The private rooms are located at the back of the property and are fairly basic. They go with the coastal and beachhead theme by having wooden beds or bunks in a “hut” style room. The dorms are open and face the sea – which means that you get a fantastic view of sunrise each morning!

Both room types have mostiquo nets above the beds. No matter where you stay, it is likely that you’ll have bits of sand in your bed. For this reason, there are detachable hoses at the stairs/entrance of your room to wash your feet.

There’s no power points/outlets in the rooms and you will have to charge your phone at the bar area. But trust me – you will barely use your phone anyway.

Facilities & Activities

The website says that there is floating toys that will be available in early 2016. However, I visited in June 2016 and no such items were present. However, there was an awesome little pontoon with reclined sun chairs and there were two sets of two swings.

There is an area set up for beach volleyball, paddle boards you can borrow,

There is nighlt “beer cricket” which is a game the staff will likely rope you into playing. There are 8 teams made u and they will split you up from your friends or travel buddies. Essentially it is a drinking game where two teams verse one another at a time. Each player takes a turn at throwing a volleyball at a full 1.5L bottle of water. If you knock it over your team gets to drink their beers as fast as they can until the other team puts the bottle back upright and returns the ball to their team. They play it like a round robin game with the losing teams being knocked out until it gets the the grand finale of the two best teams.

Mad Monkey offer a snorkel and fishing boat tour of the islands – one of the best things I did in Cambodia! We had an amazing day of snorkelling in a coupl of different spots. I had never seen coral before so it was lots of fun.
After snorkelling for a couple of hours, you can go fishing for lunch using large plastic bottles and fishing line. I was lucky and caught the biggest fish! Once you have caught enough, they are used for lunch. The boat tour guides cook up lunch on a small fire on the beach. It is served with rice and a Cambodian chilli soy sauce. I was not a fan of the sauce as it had some strange gluggy bits in it. Most people got a small fish and it was hard to eat because of all the bones. We were definitely still hungry after this lunch!

Food & Drink

I was pleasantly surprised how good the food was! Once again, there were not many gluten free options so I ate list of food with gluten like burgers and breaded products. The food is reasonably priced, but is not cheap. You should expect to spend around $6 for a meal. Unfortunately I did not get any photos of food (yes that is very unlike me!) but it was definitely worth every penny! I did not have a meal that I did not like. The food I tried included:

  • The Bean Burger with Mango Salsa. I actually had it without the salsa and added cheese. It was a filling and tasty lunch.
  • Breakfast Burger. Included sausage, bacon and egg.
  • Herb Omelette. It is absolutely huge and I am fairly certain they use duck eggs, which would explain why it is so rich.
  • Pork Spring Rolls. You are given 4 spring rolls with dipping sauce. They are gigantic spring rolls and you can easily share this dish with someone else for a light meal.
  • Chicken Nuggets. They are not your typical chicken nuggets, but rather strips of chicken that had been crumbed with seasoned breadcrumbs. They came with a delicious creamy dipping sauce.
  • Sweet Potato Fries. They were cooked to perfection and great to nibble on when having a drink late afternoon.
  • Pesto Pizza. There was a pizza night on the Saturday night which had wood fire oven pizzas for $6-$8. There is a small selection of basic toppings including pesto, Margherita and pepperoni. I had the pesto one and it was a lovely thin crust with the right amount of toppings. You can add chicken great to this pizza for $1 extra.

The chicken schnitzel with mash potato looked so yummy and many people said this was their favourite dish. I didn’t get to try it.

The food is brought out fairly quickly. I was warned that it takes a while but I never noticed a long period of waiting time.

Atmosphere

Everyone was in such a great mood here. It’s a very laid back kind of feeling during the day – everyone is either hungover, doing the snorkelling boat tour, or just chilling out and enjoying the beautiful serenity. At night, the mood changes to more of a party mode, especially when beer cricket kicks off. It definitely has a great atmosphere and the right fix of laid back and party.

Tips:

  • There’s no wifi here (it’s a great reason to make friends) so make sure you tell your loved ones where you’re going before you go
  • There’s no ATMs on the island and you must pay in cash. I budgeted $100 per day and this was more than enough
  • You can check your bar tab total at any time. This is the best way to track what you’re spending and stay on to of it
  • Be careful swimming at night – there were multiple injuries experienced including a broken jar from having the wooden swing fly into a girls face. It can take up to 24 hours to get to the mainland so you could be in pain for some time!
  • Pack light – you have to walk in waist high water from the boat to the beach and then to the bar to check in, which means your luggage will get wet if too heavy to carry!
  • Bring lots of sunscreen and after sun gel. I got badly burnt and I was in the sun for only a small amount of time
  • If you like cocktails, figure out the recipe before you come. If they don’t know how to make it, you can’t get it (unless you know how to make it and can tell the bar staff)

Have you stayed at Mad Monkey Koh Rong Samleon? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section!

Bye for now,

Vintage Barbie xoxo

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