Bonsai Hostel, Koh Rong Sanloem

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Bonsai Hostel is one of the many many hostels recently opened by Westerners in M’Pay Bay on the island of Koh Rong Samloem that all pretty much offer the same for the same price category. Still, this place feels exceptional, simply because the vibe is excellent, and after a few hours of being here you will feel like you have known everybody here forever.

The Location

M’Pay Bay is tiny, so it really does not matter where you are staying, as everything is in walking distance. Bonsai Hostel is one of the first hostels for which you will see the sign as you walk into the village from the east. However, it is not on the beach but about fifty metres inland. You definitely won’t see the sea from your window, but you are rewarded with a countryside feel and a panorama over the hills instead.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Bonsai offers many different kinds of rooms; the ones on the bottom floor are all dorms. These have a very natural feel with their bamboo furniture and wooden architecture. The beds are huge and come with mosquito nets and electronic plugs. The bathrooms are at the back of the property and are definitely a bit of a letdown compared to the rest of the hostel. They are right opposite a really messy tool shed and are really basic with certain things in need of repair.

Common Spaces

The first thing you will notice when you arrive is the big chilling area in front of the reception. There are comfy sofas here with tables, and there is also a pool table that is free to use. There is a small bar here as well where upon check-in you are treated to a free drink. On the other side of the building, there is a big garden area with plenty of hammocks and a place to hang your washing. Be careful with the many holes in the ground though! This garden area is an excellent spot for watching stars at night, which become really visible thanks to the lack of light pollution.


Bonsai Hostel is not that much different from other hostels on the island at first sight, but all the little acts of added kindness and attention that go into it make it really unique. If you like a place where everybody talks to each other, then this is definitely your place to be!
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JudyM Staff Reviewer
Published on Jun 25, 2019

Location and Contact


• Here is some handy information that might help you.
• The only ferry company that stops here at the moment is GTVC, When you book your tickets please ensure you request M'pai Bay (Village 23).
• We are on Koh Rong Samloem but some places and ticket offices cause confusion referring to Saracen Bay as Koh Rong Samloem.
• Getting to Bonsai is easy and is less than 5 minutes to walk, as you come off the pier turn left and walk down the beach, just before the bridge turn right and keep walking straight, we are located just past The Wildflower.
• Look forward to seeing you and If you have any questions please don't hesitate to reply or text us
• Best Travels,
• Regards, Bubba.



Address: Bonsai, M'pai Bei Jungle Walk, M'pai Bei, Koh Rong Sanloem, Cambodia

Distance to city center: 3.58 km

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Website Bonsai Hostel Koh Rong Sanloem (if you know the URL of their website, let us know and we'll add it)
Phone Number: +855-10695233
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Facilities and Amenities

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BBQ Grill


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Lounge Area

Pool Table

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