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Funky Monkey Hostel
Ranked #21 of 103 Specialty Lodging in Vientiane
Guelph, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
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“Private rooms are a great stay!”
Reviewed February 21, 2013

Ok so it looks like the dorms aren't great, but we stayed in a private double and it was awesome! The AC worked great, there was a big tv with loads of movies and sports. The bed was super comfortable and the bathroom spotless, with a great shower.
The owner/manager is super friendly as are the rest of the staff and yes, the breakfast is a great deal for Vientiane. It would be nice if they offered a yogurt / fruit option instead of all the baguettes though.
Great location right in the heart of things...restaurants, the river, night market.
I would definitely stay here again...in the private rooms.

Room Tip: Sounds like a private is safer than the dorms (if that works for you).
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 20, 2013

I stayed at this hostel for one night on 19 February 2013.

The owner at Funky Monkey is a lovely guy and many aspects of the hostel are very good. The free breakfast is brilliant, the showers were hot and powerful and there was a really large common area (including a pool table). (It's only because of these positives that I'm able to give 2 stars instead of 1.)

However, unfortunately none of these positives can mask the fact that the hostel got the most crucial basics horribly wrong. The beds were uncomfortable and felt as though they were about to break whenever you rolled over. They were also noisy which, in a 16 bed dorm, is a bit of a problem! The worst thing about the dorms was the terrible air-conditioning. The room was absolutely boiling and, at 3 am when I still couldn't sleep, I could see that there were plenty other people in the dorm playing with phones and laptops because they couldn't sleep either.

Given how nice the owner is, I wish I could recommend this place... but until the beds and a/c are sorted out I'd have to advise steering well clear!!

Room Tip: Do not stay here until the beds and a/c are fixed.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed February 14, 2013

Given what we paid we might have expected something more from this hostel. We had a double room on the third or fourth floor which seemed clean enough at first glance but had holes in many walls and even the bathroom which lead out into the hall allowing mosquitos to fly in.
The wall plugs also did not work which was a real pain. The free breakfast was a bit of a joke and not worth taking into account.
We only spent one night here, and would not have spent a second night here for the price paid.
The staff were helpful enough and location was fine as the street was full of restaurants and close to the night market.
There is a free pool table downstairs.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hamburg, Germany
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

This is the worst accomodation in regards to value for money that I have stayed in during my last six months of traveling - its overpriced and underdelivering
For people who have not noticed it yet - Funky monkey guesthouse and the Vientiene travellers Home are the same!

I stay in a 8 person mixed dorm. The room was really small, with dirty walls and bad matrasses. The dorm door could not be locked, that means that all 48 people that stay in the four dorm rooms there have unlimited access to each room.
Each bed supposingly has a locker. Unfortunately in our room for 8 people, only 5 lockers were in working condition, so I ended up without one. And the staff is not bothered to get the lockers fixed. The staff in general cannot really be classified as frendly or helpful.
And even if you do have a locker, you can just lift up the matrass and have unlimted access to everybodies laptops etc.

Downstairs in the common area it is extremely noisy, which would not be a problem - but the door to our dorm room could not be closed at all - it always remained a gap open (the owners also know that and are not bothered), so the full noise from the people downstairs drinking and playing pool was to be heard in the room.
Moreover, there is a TV on the wall, and the staff of the guesthouse likes to watch TV in a really, really high volume, and not a simple show, but something that was just really annyoing - I ended up packing up my laptop and went to the room, because I could not stand the noise there anymore - but the room was also noisy, as the door could not be closed.

The bathroom was actually quite ok with a rainfall shower and hot water - but it had to be shared with 24 people - one bathroom with shower and toilet for 24 people - you cannot even imagine how long the wait was.... even if you just needed to use the toilet.

The bathroom was somewhere in the centre of the building, and there was not enough fresh air connection, which let to the connecting wall in the hallway to be covered in Fungus, so was the wall under the one bed. The wet wall also attraceted mosquitos, and there were loads of mosquitos in the room - and no mosiquito net for the beds.

The Internet connection was also very poor. They did have 3 different WIFI networks, but it constantly disconnected - I had the same problem with both devices that I used - I guess too many people are using it at once. Moreover, in the dorm room the internet signal was so weak, that it would not connect at all.
One good thing though was the breakfast. The omlette was very tasty, so was the bread. The Bananashake however, could harldy be called a shake, no ice, no milk, just bananasyrup and water.

There are plenty of guesthouses around in VIentiene - I would advice you to really get a different place instead - this hostel is not worse the money at all - its a rip off, not taken care of.
I moved after one night to the Mixay guesthouse, which was one street further, which offers clean single rooms for 70.000Kip and Dorm rooms for 40.000Kip - that are better then the ones in Funky Monkey.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed February 10, 2013 via mobile

Stayed on short notice. Going into there place I figured it would be a good laid-back backpackers hostel with some good basic ammenties for the price. We booked one of the private rooms on the second floor.

The room had a hole in the wall to the outside where mosquitoes were flying in all night. There was snot all over the walls, as if previous guests were having some sort of competition as to who could leave the biggest smear. The shower fixtures had a mild electric current running through it which would shock you when you touched them. The ceiling light flickered all night even when turned 'off'. The air con only blew warm smokey air in from the street outside. The door to the adjacent room wouldn't close properly so the door was slammed all night as they came and went. When we went to leave for an early flight the guy working the front desk was still drunk from the night before and literally couldn't use a phone to call for the ride that was supposedly already booked.

Even if you want to spend the whole night drinking with other travellers, you can still do better than this place. It's not even cheap.

  • Stayed February 2013
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Burnley
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35 reviews
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Reviewed February 6, 2013

I booked here for 2 nights, arrived at 9.30am and was told by other guests that check in was around 11am, I couldn't check in until 12pm. After lugging my bags up 4 flights of stairs I had realised I wasn't staying in a hostel and that it was in fact more like a prison. The paint was chipping off the walls., ants everywhere, bathrooms unclean and 22 people were sharing one bathroom. So for 50,000kip/ night I don't think it was great value.

Positive aspects were that breakfast was free with a range of choices and those on reception were very helpful with any queries I had. The layout of the communal area is great for meeting people too.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Reviewed January 23, 2013 via mobile

The layout of the hostel promote a lot of social interaction. Met lots of sound people. The dorms were large and clean. Breakfast is included which is nice and free whiskey drinks in the evening. All of which makes it a good value for money hostel.

  • Stayed January 2013
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Property: Funky Monkey Hostel
Address: Francois Ngin Road, Ban Mixai, Chanthabouly District | Fa Ngum Road, Vientiane 856, Laos
Location: Laos > Vientiane Province > Vientiane
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 103 Specialty Lodging in Vientiane
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1 star — Funky Monkey Hostel 1*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Funky Monkey Hostel offers a variety of dorms and private rooms. All with A/C and fans, WiFi in all rooms, laundry service, lockers, 24 hour security and reception and complimentary breakfast each morning. All showers are equipped with hot water All solo and group travellers are welcome. Hang out in our common room to meet other guests. We provide local tourist information and maps as well bicycle and scooter hire to get you around town. We have in house travel consulting and booking facilities includes visa specialising in bus, airline and rail bookings. ... more   less 
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