My partner booked the misleading Monkey Island resort for a 5 night stay without reading any reviews due to lack of internet, we called ahead as we were given the number from a guide in Siem Reap, we spoke with a member of staff who confirmed that Monkey Island was a very quiet very clean place to relax.
As one of the most expensive "private bathroom" bungalows on Koh Rong we were looking forward to arriving in what was claimed to be "untouched paradise"
What greeted us couldn't be further from the truth, after arriving in Monkey Republic their hostel on the mainland, we collected our tickets and sat down with a large group to await pickup to take us to the pier.Staff attempted to shovel is onto a large "chump" bus, we declined and went via Tuk Tuk.
After 2 hours on a unsafe boat we arrived at "paradise" we were greeted with a beach rife with plastic bags, battery's and other unsavoury stuff, we had arrives at what I would call a dump.
Once we crossed the open sewage river along the beach we arrived at Monkey Island Hotel and checked in by two very clicky unfriendly staff.
We arrived at our Bubgalow that was as far removed from inhabitable as anywhere you could hope NOT to stay, the room was filthy, the door was hanging from 1 hinge and the sheets were filthy, the mattress was nothing but springs and when I approached the staff to replace the mattress she made me feel that I was nothing more that a hinderance to her routine.
The true enjoyment came when we arrived at the bar for dinner and were forced to listen to pumping RnB. Half way through the meal two utterly wasted tourists started shouting at each while standing on tables and chairs. Another guy was so wasted he actually fell up the stairs onto a sleeping dog.
We left shortly after to get much needed sleep, utterly exhausted the "music" continued to blare out until 12am during which time 2 wasted tourist attempted to enter my bungalow presumably being two drunk to know where their accommodation was.
After the two attempted "walk in's" I sat outside to ensure no one else attempted to enter my shed. I turned two more drunken chumps away before going back in to attempt to sleep. After a further hour of terrible guitar playing from a near by shed I eventually fell asleep only to be woken by building works at 6am.
After the worst nights sleep in my life we checked out and left in search of a safe clean bungalow with a sense of relaxation rather than a party for chumps
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Monkey Island has 20 hand crafted beach bungalows situated right on the white sand beach of Koh Rong. Each bungalow sleeps up to 4 people.Fall asleep and wake up with the sound of the waves lapping at your doorstep on one of the most pristine Islands of Cambodia - Koh Rong.We have a large selection of Thai and traditional Khmer meals, we also have daily specials and BBQ's.The bar/restaurant is situated right on the white sandy beach and enjoys a unique and uninterrupted view of the crystal clear, turquoise waters all the way to the horizon. ... more less
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