I walked into Mad Monkey Hostel Siem Reap before 9am. I knew from reviews and travellers I had met along the way that this popular hostel was a party palace. Needing something a little more social after feeling very off the backpacker trail for the past two months, I was stoked to stay here. I was no stranger to party hostels, but I had to say even I was surprised to walk in and find half a dozen hostellers drinking beer for breakfast. I cracked a smile and quickly introduced myself to the group. This was going to be a fun few days.
Mad Monkey Hostels is a hostel chain around Cambodia, and now in the Philippines. While all of their hostels have a fun reputation, the Siem Reap hostel is known as the place to party. For this reason it attracts hundreds of backpackers from around the world. With a pool, pool bar, rooftop bar that looks like a beach, and restaurant, it’s no wonder this hostel books up quickly.
As if the awesome hostel amenities aren’t enough, Mad Monkey Siem Reap also throws a party. Every single night. To make it even more fun, there is always a theme ie: stoplight party on Friday (green if you are single, yellow if you are a maybe, and red if you are taken). The party runs on the Top Banana Bar till midnight then heads over to the infamous Sieam Reap Pub Street where you can dance and drink the night away for as long as you can last. For those looking to add a bit of ‘culture’ to their party, hop on the cultural booze cruise. The cultural booze cruise runs three days a week (Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays) from 2pm-7pm. For $25USD you get a tuktuk ride to and from the pier, and afternoon on a boat cruising down the river past the water village, and an endless amount of beer. Oh, and shots. You might want to pace yourself though, or you may end up in bed before the rooftop bar party starts… and yes, that’s me speaking from experience.
Partying and pool bars aside, what I loved most about the Mad Monkey Hostel chain is that it is a socially responsible brand. The Mad Monkey Siem Reap supports clean water initiatives (the Sunday party follows this theme so be sure to party extra hard then for a good cause!), along with an education fund and arts fund. So not only are you having an amazing time while staying here, but you are also helping contribute to support efforts in the local community. Another aspect I loved is the no sex tourism rule. As a past victims worker this is one of the hardest things to see while travelling and something I am passionate about. I love that this hostel’s policy on the matter aligns with mine.
Sound good? Want to stay? Here’s what you need to know:
In case you didn’t get the earlier message, this is a PARTY HOSTEL. So if drinking and dancing isn’t your thing, stay away. But if you are a party animal- come on over!
Mad Monkey is located in a very central area of Siem Reap. Pub Street and the Angkor Night Market are only a couple minutes walk away.
Mad Monkey Siem Reap had the capacity to hold 100 guests. From private rooms to female only dorms, and large mixed dorms there is an option for everyone. I stayed in a four bed female dorm with an ensuite bathroom. It was spacious with comfortable beds, air conditioning, and was cleaned daily.
There are also plenty of restaurants nearby ranging from local food to KFC. There’s also a great restaurant at Mad Monkey on the rooftop bar. So if you get hangry while day drinking, they have you covered will all types of western and asian meals. And when you wake up early hung over, they have everything from a traditional English and American breakfast, to the aptly named hangover noodles.
Mad Monkey sells bus tickets, can arrange your tuktuk tour to Angkor Wat or any other nearby attractions, and can help you out with any of your travel plans. The team is great; friendly and helpful and genuinely want you to have the best time possible.
If you are looking for a fun place from which to explore Siem Reap with plenty of nightlife and a huge social scene, Mad Monkey is the place for you!
Disclaimer: I was a guest at Mad Monkey Hostel, however all opinions my inability to last past the booze cruise are, as always, my own.