Transforming Spaces, Fostering Community: Monkey Republic in Kampot

Kampot is home to the story of Monkey Republic Guesthouse β€” a narrative of transformation and community woven by co-owner Slava Shpakov. Originally conceived as a backpackers’ hostel in Sihanoukville, Monkey Republic embarked on a new chapter in Kampot, evolving into a beloved social guesthouse, bar, and restaurant under Shpakov’s guidance.

“The original idea years ago was a backpackers hostel but during the pandemic late in 2020, we changed the concept towards a family-friendly place, rather than a party place.”

This shift marked a new era for Monkey Republic, as it transformed into a vibrant hub for music events, craft beer festivals, and quality food and drinks, nestled within a sprawling garden that offers a serene escape to nature.

“The dream now is to be a place where people come to have a good time, enjoy live music, and share quality food and drinks.” It’s clear that under Shpakov’s stewardship, Monkey Republic is more than just a guesthouse; it’s a gathering place for friends, families, and travelers seeking to create lasting memories.

Community and experience

“The ability to meet people, travelers, locals, and expats, and being able to offer and provide services and atmosphere that people enjoy,” is what Shpakov cites as his mission. This ethos is there to see in every corner of Monkey Republic, where every guest is treated to an atmosphere that feels both welcoming and exciting.

But what truly makes Monkey Republic a unique destination, according to Shpakov, is its “big green garden, it’s a perfect place to enjoy nature while having a meal, or sharing a drink or two.” This lush oasis sets the guesthouse apart, offering a tranquil backdrop to the bustling social life it hosts.

Cambodia’s culture and the warm welcome he received were pivotal in the decision to set roots and develop Monkey Republic.

“It’s a fast-growing and developing place. The culture and people I find very welcoming, which made me stay here in the first place over 7 years ago,” Shpakov recounted, highlighting the deep connection he feels with the country and its people.

Through the vision and dedication of Slava Shpakov, Monkey Republic has grown into a cornerstone of Kampot’s social scene, embodying the spirit of community, growth, and resilience. It stands as a testament to what can be achieved when passion for hospitality meets a commitment to cultural and communal engagement.

Tom Starkey
Author: Tom Starkey

Tom Starkey is an International Development graduate from Sussex University with 12-years of experience across 4 continents, Tom's goal is that he wants to showcase his love for Cambodia, where he lives, works and now happily calls home.