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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.

Celebrating the Humans of Mad Monkey at a Team Engagement Event

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.

Humans of Mad Monkey enjoying Songkran Festival

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!

About the Author

Full-fledged marketer, adventurer, and lifelong learner. The half Filipina, half mermaid serving as Mad Monkey's Global CSR Manager.