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In the bustling world of Mad Monkey Hostels, the third quarter of 2023 was not just about providing a roof and good times for young travelers; it was a period marked by a series of impactful community initiatives, truly embodying the spirit of ‘Community Impact in 2023’. Here’s a highlight of these spirited efforts:


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 safeguard future generations from its devastating consequences. Our unwavering dedication serves as a beacon of hope, illustrating the significant impact that determined individuals and organizations can have on global health challenges. Together, we align with the Rotary Club’s mission to establish a polio-free world, emphasizing the profound influence of collective action and shared values in achieving transformative outcomes.

Our Community Impact in 2023

Our activities in the third quarter of 2023 exemplify a profound commitment to enriching and supporting the communities in which we operate. Far surpassing the traditional role of a hostel, we feel we have demonstrated an inspiring blend of hospitality and heartfelt community engagement. These diverse initiatives — from life-saving blood donation drives to environmental clean-ups, and from sports for charity to educational brunch events — are not just acts of corporate responsibility, but are heartfelt contributions that resonate deeply within local communities. By intertwining the joy of travel with a strong sense of social purpose, Mad Monkey isn’t just a place to stay; we are beacons of positive change, spreading benefits that extend well beyond our doors and into the heart of each community we touch.

About the Author

Mad Monkey is Southeast Asia’s leading hostel operator — born in Cambodia with more properties in Thailand, Indonesia, Australia, Laos, and the Philippines. We pride ourselves in creating meaningful and sustainable travel experiences for our guests, whilst promoting socially responsible tourism.