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Mad Monkey, a leading Southeast Asia-based hostel operator and provider of high-octane, sustainable travel experiences, is opening their second hostel in Vietnam this year. The new property will be located in the heart of Hanoi’s buzzing old quarter, centrally positioned in the popular tourist area of the city. It is set to not only be the biggest Mad Monkey location to date, but also the biggest hostel in Vietnam, comfortably accommodating up to 250 travellers.

This move represents another major milestone for Mad Monkey on their journey of being the biggest provider of immersive, socially responsible, and fun experiences for young travellers and digital nomads.

Vietnam, December 2022 – Mad Monkey announced the opening of their new Hanoi hostel in an amazing location, right in the centre of the historic old quarter. The newly renovated property is spread over eight floors, offering modern hostel-style dormitory accommodation across a wide variety of rooms. The property features a stunning rooftop bar along with a spacious common area including a bar and restaurant serving local and western favourites and hosting iconic Mad Monkey events. 


The new location on Ma May street, previously home to the popular Vietnam Backpacker Hostels, has been extended, renovated and had the signature Mad Monkey stamp put on it. The whole property has been fully remodelled with design centering on rustic but modern, industrial elements featuring inspiration from Vietnamese culture with stylised furniture and art pieces.

Mad Monkey in Hanoi, interiorMad Monkey in Hanoi. Photo courtesy of Mad Monkey Hostels

The move to open a second Vietnamese location, especially in the capital Hanoi, represents Mad Monkeys commitment to the country and is a major step towards their goal of substantially growing its portfolio of locations and strengthening their position as the regional leader in the experience hospitality sector.

With Vietnam tourism on the rise post-COVID, Mad Monkey is well positioned to meet the demand of eager travellers looking to explore the region with its amazing accommodation and epic travel experiences. 

Mad Monkey believes that truly life-altering experiences for its guests happen at the intersection of quality accommodation, fun, and strong societal and environmental impact. They strive to deliver the signature Mad Monkey vibe that young adventure seekers and digital nomads pursue, whilst having a positive impact on communities across the region.


Hanoi. Photo courtesy of Unsplash. 

With over 10 years of successful community projects throughout Southeast Asia, including clean water initiatives and education projects, Mad Monkey is excited to continue this trend into Vietnam.

Launched in 2011 by a team of passionate serial entrepreneurs, and driven by tenacious purpose and values, Mad Monkey has quickly earned an iconic status in Southeast Asia and have since opened hostels in 6 countries, delivering unforgettable, sustainable, and culturally immersive travel experiences to an ever-growing segment of young digital nomads, hungry to travel, build friendships, experience new cultures and enjoy their newly found freedom of remote digital work. 

“We are incredibly excited to announce the opening of our second  location in Vietnam, while growing our portfolio of hostels in the region. Hanoi is a great place for young adventure seekers and digital nomads to discover and we are confident we can continue to deliver our signature Mad Monkey experience in Vietnam’s capital city.
With exceptional accommodation, unique tours, experiences, and iconic events all under one roof Hanoi will certainly be a destination” Alex Darroch, Business Development Director of Mad Monkey explains.

The new location is scheduled to open in early 2023 and bookings can be made directly using the Mad Monkey Experience App or via the Mad Monkey website.


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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.