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29
May

World Ocean Day 2024: Sustainable Travel Tips for Backpackers

World Ocean Day, celebrated every June 8th, is a global event that unites people in protecting and preserving our beautiful oceans. As backpackers, we often get the chance to explore the world’s most stunning coastlines and pristine beaches. But with great adventure comes great responsibility. This World Ocean Day, let’s dive into sustainable travel practices and discover how Mad Monkey Hostels are making a splash with their weekly beach clean-up activities. Sustainable Travel: Why It Matters Traveling sustainably is about making choices that benefit the environment, local communities, and future travelers. It’s about leaving the places we visit better than we found them. When we backpack across coastal regions, our actions can have a profound impact on marine ecosystems. Here’s how you can contribute to the cause: Tips for Sustainable Travel Reduce your carbon footprint by packing only what you need. Lightweight backpacks mean lighter loads for transportation, which translates to lower emissions. Opt for biodegradable toiletries, reef-safe sunscreen, and reusable items like water bottles and shopping bags. This minimizes plastic waste that often ends up in the oceans. Whenever possible, use public transport, cycle, or walk. These options are not only eco-friendly but also provide a richer travel experience. Eat, shop, and stay local. Supporting local businesses helps reduce the carbon footprint associated with imported goods and contributes to the local economy. Mad Monkey Hostels are a great example of eco-conscious accommodations. They implement sustainable practices such as reducing water usage, minimizing waste, and supporting local conservation efforts. Beach Clean-Up: A Hands-On Approach to Conservation One of the most direct ways backpackers can contribute to marine conservation is by participating in beach clean-ups. These activities help remove harmful debris from coastal areas, protect marine life, and raise awareness about ocean pollution. Weekly beach clean-up at Long Set Beach. Photo courtesy of Mad Monkey Koh Rong. Mad Monkey’s Weekly Beach Clean-Ups Mad Monkey Hostels are not just about providing a place to stay—they’re about creating a community that cares for the environment. Every week, Mad Monkey organizes beach clean-up activities at various beach locations. Here’s why you should join: Each piece of trash you pick up is one less hazard for marine life. Beach clean-ups have immediate, tangible results that contribute to healthier oceans. These events are a fantastic way to meet fellow backpackers who share your passion for sustainability and marine conservation. Who knows, you might find a new travel buddy! Beach clean-ups often include educational sessions about the impact of pollution and how to reduce it. This knowledge is invaluable and can be shared with others to amplify the impact. Spending time on the beach, doing something positive, and enjoying the natural beauty is a rewarding experience. It’s a perfect blend of leisure and activism. Swimming with a turtle from a safe distance in Apo Island. Photo courtesy of Mad Monkey Dumaguete. Marine Conservation Tips and Etiquette Being a sustainable traveler means respecting the places you visit. When it comes to marine conservation, here are some tips and etiquette to keep in mind: Observe marine animals from a distance and avoid touching or disturbing them. Remember, we are guests in their home. Plastics are a major pollutant in our oceans. Reduce your use of single-use plastics by carrying reusable alternatives. Whatever you bring to the beach, take it back with you. This simple rule ensures that you leave the beach as pristine as you found it. Share your knowledge about marine conservation with fellow travelers. The more people are aware, the bigger the impact we can make. Join local initiatives like those organized by Mad Monkey Hostels. Your…

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1
May

Behind the Madness: The Humans of Mad Monkey

At Mad Monkey Hostels, the true magic isn’t just in the vibrant walls or the bustling common rooms—it’s in the people. As we celebrate Labor Day, we want to shine a spotlight on the real stars of the show: our team members. From front desk smiles to the behind-the-scenes heroes, every individual is integral to what we call the “Mad Monkey experience.” Here’s to the Humans of Mad Monkey! The Mad Monkey Family All smiles at the Mad Monkey Siquijor Team Engagement Party. Photo courtesy of Mad Monkey Siquijor What sets Mad Monkey apart in the dynamic landscape of hostels in Southeast Asia is not just our amenities, but our amazing team. They are the key differentiators, the ones who “bring forth the madness” and make every stay unforgettable. We are beyond grateful for each member’s commitment and hard work, which directly contributes to the happiness of our backpackers from all corners of the globe. Celebrating Our Team Acknowledging the efforts of our team is a cornerstone of our company values. That’s why we host a Monthly Team Engagement event—a celebration packed with fun, recognition, and plenty of Mad Monkey spirit. Each event kicks off with a warm welcome from our property management, setting the stage for an evening of appreciation and camaraderie. Birthdays are celebrated with cake and culturally appropriate rituals, bringing smiles and making every team member feel special. We also announce the “Team Member of the Month,” rewarding them with a $50 cash prize and a certificate to applaud their exceptional contributions. Team Members: April birthday celebrants. Photo courtesy of Mad Monkey Hoi An The Golden Monkey cards, a token of recognition, are handed out to at least five deserving team members each month. These cards represent our core values: Curiosity, Family Spirit, Courage, Positivity, and Sincerity, reinforcing the ethos that underpins our hostel’s vibrant community. Golden Monkey awardees. Photo courtesy of Mad Monkey Siem Reap Fun is in Our DNA Post-awards, it’s all about sharing a meal and enjoying games together. These moments are not just about having fun, but about building stronger bonds within our team. By the time the event wraps up, with a formal closing from our event host, everyone leaves feeling more connected and appreciated. Team Enagegement Party x Songkran Festival. Photo courtesy of Mad Monkey Bangkok A Big Thank You So, as we continue to navigate the exhilarating world of hostels and hospitality in Southeast Asia, we remain profoundly thankful to our team. Their tireless service and dedication are what make Mad Monkey a home away from home for backpackers. Here’s to the humans of Mad Monkey—thank you for every moment of madness you bring to our world!

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18
Apr

Empowerment Through Endurance: From Sihanoukville to Cebu for The Rabbit School

From Marathons to Ironmans, there is no stopping us at Mad Monkey! Next on our agenda is the formidable Ironman 70.3 in Cebu, where Mad Monkey’s co-founders, Alex Darroch and Tom Edwards, are pushing their limits not just for athletic glory but for a heartfelt cause: supporting The Rabbit School in Cambodia. This school provides crucial education to over 670 children with intellectual disabilities, empowering them with brighter futures. The Rabbit School, Phnom Penh Over a decade ago, we started our journey with The Rabbit School by providing employment opportunities for their students in Phnom Penh, and we’ve been awed by their dedication and progress despite numerous challenges. Now, as Alex and Tom face the grueling Ironman challenge, they’re driven by a mission to raise $2,000 to help these incredible kids. The power of a community As we support our co-founders on their journey from the marathon tracks in Sihanoukville to the triathlon course in Cebu, we’re reminded of the power of community and the importance of our mission. Every stride and stroke brings us closer to supporting the dreams of children who face extraordinary challenges every day. Your support can light up their path toward education and integration, creating waves of change that reverberate throughout their lives and our community. Can you help us reach our goal? Join us in this meaningful endeavour. Every contribution, big or small, can make a significant impact. Let’s support these children together and show the world the power of community and commitment in action. Donate here and help us change lives for the better!

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3
Apr

Mad Monkey Hostels: Making Waves with Community Impact – Q4 2023 Highlights

A Heartfelt Giving Tuesday on Gili Trawangan Our journey began on the idyllic shores of Gili Trawangan with a Giving Tuesday campaign that warmed hearts and sparked smiles. Banding together with the Chili Community House, we rallied our vibrant community and generous donors to raise a whopping $487.74. These funds are set to empower local initiatives, reinforcing our commitment to the places we call home and showcasing the power of collective action. It’s all about lending a hand where it’s needed most, and thanks to your support, we’re making real waves in Gili Trawangan. Spreading Festive Cheer in Siquijor The spirit of the season took a tropical twist at Mad Monkey Siquijor with a Christmas Community Lunch that was nothing short of magical. Imagine the laughter of children from the surrounding barangay as they joined us for a feast of festive delights, fun games, and generous giveaways. It was a day that reminded us all about the true spirit of the holidays – giving back, engaging with our communities, and creating unforgettable moments of joy. Cebu City’s Christmas Connection Over in the heart of Cebu City, our Christmas Community Lunch turned into a vibrant celebration of community spirit. Children from the nearby barangay of Lorea-San Miguel were treated to a day filled with delicious food, exciting games, and heartwarming giveaways. The laughter and joy that filled the air were a testament to the joy of giving and the deep connections we’re forging in our local communities. Supporting Young Minds in Siargao Mad Monkey Siargao’s visit to the Nature Kids of Siargao’s Kids Club was a highlight that touched our hearts deeply. Donating school supplies, art materials, and snacks, we saw the bright smiles of the amazing kids light up, a reminder of the impact we can make. It’s these moments that reinforce our commitment to supporting education and fostering creativity, ensuring a brighter tomorrow for these incredible young minds. Join the Journey As we reflect on these stories, we’re reminded of the strength of our community and the positive impact we can create together. Every laugh shared, every child’s smile, and every helping hand extended to write the chapters of our ongoing story at Mad Monkey Hostels. We’re more than just a place to stay; we’re a movement towards a better, more connected world. And you’re a vital part of that journey. So, here’s to more adventures, more impactful initiatives, and more unforgettable memories. Together, let’s make a difference, one heartwarming story at a time. Pin now, read later

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15
Dec

Mad Monkey’s Community Impact in 2023, Q3

1. Blood Donation Drives: A Lifesaving Gesture Mad Monkey Luang Prabang, in collaboration with the Lao Red Cross, organized a Blood Donation Drive on July 28th, focusing on aiding the “Lao Friends Children’s Hospital Organisation.” This initiative, led by Niall Charles, offered guests a chance to contribute meaningfully, particularly in aiding children needing medical assistance. The drive was strategically located en route to the Kuang Si Waterfall, enabling both guests and locals to participate in this life-saving endeavor​​. Mad Monkey Cambodia organized simultaneous Blood Donation Drives in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. This collaborative effort aimed to benefit Kantha Bopha Phnom Penh and Angkor Children Hospital Siem Reap, two vital healthcare institutions catering to the needs of mothers and children in Cambodia. Furthermore, Mad Monkey Hanoi joined forces with a local blood donation initiative in Vietnam, underscoring our commitment to the well-being of the communities where we operate. The campaign emphasized the idea that every blood donation has the potential to save a life. By participating in this local blood donation effort, our guests and staff actively contributed to addressing the ongoing need for blood supplies in the region. 2. Water Quality Advocacy: Quenching Thirst for a Better World In Q3, Mad Monkey extended its support to organizations dedicated to providing clean water access to communities in need. Collaborating with entities like Waves for Water PH, The Karen Hilltribes Trust Thailand, and Gravity Water Vietnam, they conducted advocacy presentations across their hostels. Through these engagements, we aimed to raise awareness about the importance of clean water and garner support for sustainable water solutions. The presentations not only informed our guests but also facilitated fundraising efforts for the respective projects. 3. Big Backpacker Brunch: A Feast for a Cause On September 29th and 30th, Mad Monkey Hostels globally hosted the Big Backpacker Brunch, a community-building event that united guests over a shared meal. The proceeds from this brunch were donated to various charitable organizations, aiding local community projects in countries like the Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, and Laos. This initiative successfully raised over $5500 USD, demonstrating the collective power of community engagement​​. 4. Football for Good: Goals Beyond the Field On September 19th, Mad Monkey Hanoi organized a Charity Football Match, emphasizing their dedication to community engagement and philanthropy. This event was not just a display of sportsmanship but also a fundraising opportunity, particularly benefiting Gravity Water Vietnam. It showcased the positive impact achievable through collective efforts​​. 5. World Tourism Day: Cleaning for a Cause Mad Monkey Siem Reap celebrated World Tourism Day by actively participating in a city cleaning initiative. This commitment was a demonstration of their dedication to a clean and sustainable community environment, aligning with their broader mission of being conscientious contributors to the places they operate in​​. The pride expressed in our team’s participation is a testament to the collective effort and commitment to making a positive impact beyond the confines of our hostels. As we contribute to keeping the community clean, we also strive to enhance the overall tourism experience for visitors and locals alike. This endeavor aligns with our broader mission to create not only vibrant and welcoming accommodations but also to be conscientious contributors to the places we call home. 6. End Polio Run: Striding Towards a Healthier Future Mad Monkey Panglao supported the Panglao Island Rotary Club’s End Polio Run on August 12th, contributing to the global effort to eradicate polio. The End Polio campaign represents not only a battle against a disease but also a pursuit of an improved tomorrow. Through immunization and prevention efforts, we strive to eradicate polio and…

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