“Ok $3 dollars for the night, sign the guestbook, and here is your free beer. Cheers!”
Sound like a dream? Nope, this is reality at one of my favorite guesthouses of all time, Monkey Republic in Sihanoukville, Cambodia.
Started by three friends with a dream, Monkey Republic opened its doors in 2005, right up the hill from Serendipity Beach. Over the years, it made quite a name for itself, providing clean and cheap bungalow accommodation. Even when other bars and guesthouses started popping up, Monkey Republic remained a popular hot spot for its famous parties, good music, and delicious food.
I myself have been back many times since 2008 and am always amazed at the atmosphere and amazing staff who are truly dedicated to giving guests the best experience possible. I will never forget laughing with one of the owners, drinking a $1 beer, and eating the best chicken I had had my entire trip. Amazing.
When I started this website, I found myself reminiscing on my fantastic experience and wanted to share it with all of you. So, I looked it up online to get details and to my horror I found out it burned down in March of 2013! Sadly, a drought caused a fire claim this great establishment despite local fire fighters and staff efforts. Although no one was injured, to see the footage of the bungalows I loved so much up in flames was so sad.
But not to fear everyone, after reaching out to the owners I bring you good news that Monkey Republic has been rebuilt and is up and running with more style and spirit then ever, excited to keep the monkey legend alive. So if delicious food, great hospitality, and even greater prices are what you are into, check out Monkey Republic. I couldn’t recommend it enough and wish it all the success in the world. Cheers!