The Yellow Moon M23, Koh Rong Sanloem

Sihanouk Ville
9.2
760 Reviews

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The Yellow Moon M23 Reviews

The Yellow Moon M23 is definitely the party hostel of Koh Roh Sanloem, but as this island is much quieter than its bigger brother nearby, so expect a more chilled-out party. There's a very sociable atmosphere here and the hostel runs daily and nightly events, such as fire shows, eighties night, BBQs, and beach parties. There's also a daily snorkeling/fishing trip. During the off season, however, these will be run only occasionally. Also, keep in mind that this is still an undeveloped island with very few brick buildings, so all hostels and their facilities are therefore very basic and Wi-Fi is rare.

The Location

M'pay Bay will be the ferry's second stop, and this will take you to the pier. After you exit the pier, turn left and walk along the beach. After sixty meters, you will cross a small bridge going over a stream. Cross this bridge and you will see the hostel just past the trees ahead of you. This is a great location with no other hostels nearby, and the beach outside is used only by the hostel guests.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Sleeping in a chicken shed probably feels similar to sleeping in the dorms here. They are poorly constructed, rickety sheds that get very hot and stuffy; not much light gets in either. This is an undeveloped island after all, so you must have low expectations; but that being said, these could be a hell of a lot nicer so as to not resemble something from a shanty town. There are plenty of fans inside, thankfully, and mosquito nets are present. Bathrooms are much better, and these are kept very clean. There is no hot water, however; finding a hot shower on this island may not even be possible.

Common Spaces

There is an extremely sociable beachside bar that's brilliantly laid out so that everyone sitting there can engage in the same conversation -- meeting people is easy! Drinks are cheap and the happy hours make them even cheaper. Out on the beach, there are a number of hammocks the guests can use, and there's numerous seating within the hostel itself. A bonfire is lit every night and you can guarantee that there will be a decent amount of people drinking here each night.

Summary

This is a popular, sociable hostel that still has a chilled-out vibe. The dorms are awful but you won't be in there long -- the beach and the hammocks outside are much better for sleeping off your hangover. The daily trips and events are a great way to meet people and you can book scuba diving from here too.
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Chris
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Published on 2018-11-14

The Yellow Moon M23 Reviews from the Web

Had an amazing time here

noahderome7579
2020-03-11

People who work there were amazing and the ambiance is the best on the island. (Child by day and party at night) restaurant near by so a good place to stay

noemieetcath
2020-03-09

Great two days away and parties are the best in the island but also super chilled vibe all the time and quiet places. Best of both worlds.

matildemendonca629
2020-03-06

This hostel is brilliant, a chilled vibe during the day and party atmosphere in the evening, with great happy hour deals from 6-9. The staff are great fun and the boat trip day out is quality.

wozzyworld1943
2020-03-05

Had the best experience at yellow moon! As soon as we arrived, we were welcomed by the best, most friendly staff. Would recommend anyone to stay here if youre looking for a fun time! Great beaches and overall super chill time with the best people!

davislougheed
2020-03-03

Basic hostel with a great atmosphere. Perfect place to chill by the beach.

Scottykimbo
2020-02-29

Amazing hostel! Great atmosphere, lots of fun! The staff is very friendly and helpful. The hostel is right on the beach with a bunch of hammocks to hang out in during the day, and by night its just a short walk to go see the bioluminescence plankton! And absolute must on the island!

saidyeAssi
2020-02-28

Had a really good stay here. The staff are class and love to get everyone drunk in the evening. Nice to chill in the day time and got a lush beach nearby. Boat trip they run was super fun but check the weather! The rooms didnt have an A/C or enough fans which made sleeping a bit sweaty. Would hundred percent recommend and hopefully return !

julietteclark22
2020-02-27

Great vibe at Yellow Moon but definitely not the cleanest hostel Ive ever stayed in! Some of the rooms are literally beach shacks and the toilets and showers werent the cleanest. That being said, the staff were all lovely, the food and drink was well priced and tasty and the boat trip was really fun. Good for a couple of days on the island.

anniemurley355
2020-02-23

Had the best time at Yellow Moon, staff were fantastic especially Katy and Josh. Rooms and bathrooms were basic but still good value for money. Location was fantastic, right on the beach and close to lots of restaurants and the pier

miranda4763
2020-02-23

Beautiful views. Staff were great and very helpful with any needs. No dramas.

saneandrews1188
2020-02-23

Great place right by The beach, had a wonderful stay! Every single member of the staff is smiling and making sure everyone is having a Good time, cheap strong drinks for a fair price. Music stops at 12 which is nice!

oscarrolighed54
2020-02-21

Great if your looking for a party, not great if after a long day exploring you want to sleep before 12am. Music can be heard from the room and was loud. Was the staff that was louder than anyone else. Toilets where dirty but I expected that being so close to the beach. Definitely better options on the island. But if your a solo traveler And want to stay up late I suppose I would recommend.

Jimmyduncan96
2020-02-19

There is sand everywhere in the rooms, no internet, and power is turned off during the day - but since it is an island and the hostel is on the beach thats what youd expect. Overall a nice hostel. Very chill during the day and a partying place at night. Perhaps not the best place for a solo traveler as it can get quite boring during the day.

anneguldager
2020-02-16

Great place for a good party and its right on the beach which is nice. The food is a good price and the staff are friendly. No kind of security for the rooms or lockers though. No power between 12-4ish so the rooms get pretty hot if you wanted a nap in the afternoon.

Gr3zzle
2020-02-14

There are not enough words that I have to describe The Yellow Moon. Having stayed there for a little less than 3 weeks, it was the perfect idea of paradise. Chill days spent on the beach, and a boat trip every two days that is worth every dollar. The nightlife is fun, with a theme every night and an amazing staff who all want to make sure you have fun. The happy hour is perfect for travelers on a budget, and the bar closes at twelve and things quiet down. I recommend going to see the plankton

jackwennis6755
2020-02-11

Parties every night, but they end at 12 so you can still sleep. The staff was really nice. Very good community area, and the hostel is litterally on the beach. We enjoyed our stay and ended up extending twice

majaryaa1351
2020-02-11

Had such an awesome time here!! Best location and great vibes! Staff are so much fun and make sure you're having a good time! Will miss this place!

abs273793
2020-02-10

Loved it that much I stayed and volunteered for 3 weeks. Beautiful setting, even more beautiful people. Made friends for life. If you want a different party every night please stay here. Abi, zen, Lin and Jonni are the nicest people you will meet. ESPECIALLY quiz night on a Tuesday, I will miss this place so much. Its a must go for travellers or anyone who wants to have a good time and party- the best place on the island. When I say yellow, you say moon. YELLOW.. MOOn. Best time of my life.

lukejjackson19951227
2020-02-07

Nice location and very cheap. Good if you're looking for a party, bad if you're looking for sleep. Give yourself a lot of time for transfers as well - when we left the island the booking agent at the hostel assured us that 2 hours would be enough time to get to the mainland, accounting for delays. Of course the ferry was later than this and we missed our transfer - so we forked out even more for taxis. And make sure you bring cash with you - a 10% fee is normal on the island.

sambrom8
2020-02-07

Description

Situated in a prime position on the beautiful M’Pay Bay area of Koh Rong Sanleom, guests are just minutes from the stunning beaches and crystal clear water that surrounds the island.

Whether you have come to relax or party at Yellow Moon you have the option to do both! Chill out in our hammocks and tree houses through the day then at night enjoy a drink at our fully loaded beach bar where we have a bonfire and fire show every night as well as beer pong, live music nights and themed nights ( and of course numerous happy hours running through the night including buy 1 get 1 free buckets or spirite !)

One of the key attractions at The Yellow Moon is that we are situated right on the famous plankton beach, simply wait till its dark, splash about in the water and let the magic happen!
Being on an island there are a number of water activities to do. Every day we run a boat trip which takes you to the local reefs for snorkeling and swimming, guests can then fish Khmer style before finishing the day watching the sunset whilst heading back for a BBQ. All equipment is provided.
We also have a dive shop on the premises offering a number of dive packages with our fully qualified instructors.

Top tip before coming to the island! There are no ATMs here and no way to process card transactions, so remember to bring enough cash for your stay.
Cambodian ATMs issue $100 dollar bills, getting this changed before you arrive will be a great help to the hostel and local businesses.

The best way to reach us from the mainland is by using a boat company called GTVC at Sihanoukville pier. They run a regular service to M'Pai Bay (where we are on Koh Rong Samleom.) Times are: 08;00, 11;00, 14:00, 16:00.
We recommend waiting until you get the pier before buying your ticket. We also sell return tickets here at the hostel.

TOP TIP- Do not get off the boat anywhere other than M' Pai Bay.

Location and Contact

Location

To get to M'Pay Bay on Koh Rong Sanloem, you have to take a boat from Sihanoukville or Koh Rong. When you arrive at the pier, go on the left on the main street and walk until the small bridge. Once you are there, just have to cross and you will be at The Yellow Moon.

Map

Map

Address: M'Pay Bay, Sihanouk Ville, Koh Rong Sanloem, Cambodia

The Yellow Moon M23 is listed on the following booking sites:

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Website

Website The Yellow Moon M23 Koh Rong Sanloem www.facebook.com/The-yellow-moon-Mpay-bay-1611477979175165/
Phone Number: +855 16 736 600 +855 16 233 939
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Facilities and Amenities

Party Hostel

Lockers in Lobby

Towels

24 Hour Security

Bar

Entirely Non-Smoking

Food/Restaurant

Credit Card Payments

Curfew: No Curfew

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