Phnom Penh is such a big city in Cambodia. This is where we headed next after a fruitful adventure for three nights in Siem Reap. We didn’t know for sure is what’s in store for us at Phnom Penh but what we know is that there is an accommodation waiting for us. We had no itinerary and or lists of places to go and visit so it really was quite an adventure.
There are quite a lot of hotels and hostels in Phnom Penh if you are looking for an affordable one but this hotel we have stayed in has always been a part of our travels, Mad Monkey Hostel provides the cheap accommodation with comfort, privacy, and enjoyment. And the best thing, every time we book here makes us also help in the community in a little way.
Mad Monkey Hostel Phnom Penh
Mad Monkey Hostels is our go-to accommodation when they are available in a certain area. Like when we were in Boracay Island, Philippines, we chose to stay at Mad Monkey than in any other hostels. We have already proven they are giving the best service and at the same time, helps the community they are in any way they can. In Phnom Penh, we chose to stay at Mad Monkey Hostel because this is where we felt safe.
Mad Monkey Hostel Phnom Penh is located in the heart of the city, just a few blocks away from known establishments like Domino’s Pizza, Burger King, Brown Coffee, and few more others. Its location is also close to walkable spots like the Independence Monument, Wat Langka, Wat Botum Park, Royal Palace, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, and more.
The check-in process was swift. They asked for our passport and gave the keys shortly. However, if you have pieces of luggage (the big ones) you would need to bring it up to your room using the stairs as there is no elevator in the hostel.
The reception is always pretty busy as well, but they always make sure to give time, attend, and smile to those who are already waiting and in-line at the counter.
Our Room: Deluxe Double Room
The Deluxe Double Room is a private room on the second floor of the hostel. It’s rather a simple room with a cozy feel and is actually large for two people. Privacy is important for us as a couple so we opted for a room that would cater to this primary need, privacy. I think this room is also good for a family of 3 or 4.
In the room is a queen-sized bed, rustically designed for homey comfort and feel. There were no fancy decorations which we also liked as sometimes, we get overwhelmed by too many details. At the side is a huge wardrobe, where you can definitely put in big bags and everything to make sure your items are in order.
Our room has its own comfort room that is surprisingly big, equipped with bidet (bum shower), toiletries, and a hot shower. The flow of water is just fine and having a hot shower in a humid environment in Cambodia is definitely a must.
If you are not a fan of dim lights, then this room might not be the best for you. When you are inside the room, the lights are like pulling you to the bed and invites you to sleep every time.
As mentioned, since the room is simple, it only has the bed, towel, toiletries, the comfort room, the wardrobe, a large chair, and a fan and an airconditioner. All other things you might need are available on the ground floor, the common area or the poolside bar which is still nice.
Other Rooms: Dorm Beds
If you don’t mind privacy and is one who likes to talk or mingle to other people that much or is looking for a travel buddy and friend, we highly recommend that you check out their dorm beds. At a fair price point (basically cheaper and more affordable), you’d have the comfortability you would need.
One of the edges that Mad Monkey Hostel have is their comfortable bed setup which most backpackers are looking for.
The Pool and the Poolside Bar
When you come into Mad Monkey Hostel Phnom Penh, the first thing you’d notice is definitely the lively people swimming at the pool during daylight. Beside it is a poolside bar that could cater for whatever you might want to drink or eat for breakfast or lunch. For dinner and snacks, they’d rather take you to the Mad Monkey Restaurant.
Why dine at the Mad Monkey Restaurant? Their food has a reputation for great quality because they source local ingredients and follow international standards for food preparation. Revenues from the bar and restaurant helps fund the social responsibility programs in Mad Monkey Hostels like the Clean Water Project, Education Fund, Art Fund, and more importantly, the Cambodian Children’s Fund. With every booking and meal or drinks you order, part of it goes to their social responsibility programs.
The Rooftop Bar
Every night is where life begins for some human beings or backpackers and is exactly sometimes the more reason why they chose to stay at Mad Monkey Hostels. This hostel is known to give life to nightlife and party up until 2 to 3 am.
The Rooftop Bar is located at the top floors of the Mad Monkey Restaurant, where all the other floors are used for the dorm rooms.
This is the go-to place of many backpackers and partygoers during the night as they host a great party with cocktail drinks and several local beer drinks as well.
Even those checked-in at the other hotels and hostels nearby prefer to visit and enjoy the night at Mad Monkey Hostel Phnom Penh’s Rooftop Bar as it is the most fun bar out there.
Of course, we did not miss the chance to mingle with other enjoying backpackers so we did get a couple of drinks here and took some photos as well.
Mad Monkey Hostel Social Responsibility Programs
As mentioned earlier, booking or ordering meals at Mad Monkey Hostel (and the restaurant) gives you the chance to help with their social responsibility programs.
In Cambodia, 50 to 60 percent of people living in rural areas do not have access to clean water to drink or use in their farms.
To help alleviate the situation, the Mad Monkey Hostel group helps build water wells and water filters in rural Cambodian villages. This is their Clean Water Project.
Mad Monkey believes that everyone deserves a good education, hence, their Education Fund supports local projects and initiatives that help children to attain the education they need to unleash their full potential and learn more about the world.
To know more about Mad Monkey Hostel, visit this link.
Mad Monkey Hostel Phnom Penh