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12
Jul

Mad Monkey Earns Level 1 Sustainability Badge from Hostelworld

Exciting news for all you eco-conscious travelers! Mad Monkey Hostels has just been awarded the prestigious Level 1 Sustainability Badge by Hostelworld. This achievement highlights our unwavering commitment to sustainable travel and environmental stewardship, setting a new standard for hostels around the globe. What is the Level 1 Sustainability Certification? The Level 1 Sustainability Badge is the first step in Hostelworld’s Staircase to Sustainability program. This certification recognizes hostels that have implemented fundamental sustainable practices. It covers crucial areas such as waste reduction, energy efficiency, water conservation, and community involvement. Achieving this certification means Mad Monkey Hostels has demonstrated a strong foundation in promoting sustainable travel. Why It Matters Sustainable travel isn’t just a trend; it’s a necessity. By earning the Level 1 Sustainability Badge, Mad Monkey Hostels is not only reducing its environmental footprint but also providing travelers with eco-friendly accommodations. This ensures that every guest’s stay is not just enjoyable but also kind to our planet. Our Green Initiatives At Mad Monkey Hostels, we believe in making a positive impact. Here’s how we’re doing it: Mad Monkey Hanoi’s Blood Donation Drive. Photo courtesy of Mad Monkey. Why Stay With Us? When you choose Mad Monkey Hostels, you’re not just booking a place to stay; you’re joining a movement towards more responsible and sustainable travel. Our Level 1 Sustainability Badge means you can rest easy knowing that your accommodation is doing its part to protect the environment. Weekly beach clean-up at Mad Monkey Gili T. Photo courtesy of Mad Monkey. Join the Movement We’re incredibly proud of this achievement, but our journey doesn’t stop here. We’re committed to continuous improvement and are already working towards the next level of the staircase to sustainability. So, whether you’re a seasoned backpacker or planning your first adventure, consider Mad Monkey Hostels for a sustainable travel experience that makes a difference. Let’s explore the world responsibly, together.

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3
Jul

Mad Monkey Opening in Manila, Philippines!

Get ready to unlock the best of the Philippines at Mad Monkey Manila, your gateway to adventure where iconic landmarks, vibrant nightlife, and diverse culinary delights are all at your fingertips. Brace yourselves for the thrill of a lifetime as Mad Monkey, a leading Southeast Asia-based hostel operator and provider of high-octane, sustainable travel experiences, proudly unveils its latest gem in Poblacion Makati, Philippines. This exciting addition marks our seventh location in the Philippines, and the excitement is next level! How to reach us at Mad Monkey Manila With the airport just 18 minutes away, you can fly to your dream destination, or explore by land with various terminals conveniently located nearby. Whether you crave the sun-kissed beaches of Cebu, the epic surf of Siargao, or a serene retreat to Nacpan, Panglao, Dumaguete, or mystical Siquijor—all are within easy reach! Manila is where the past meets the present, with epic colonial architecture & historical sites meet modern skyscrapers. Situated in the heart of Poblacion Makati, our brand-new hostel is set to redefine your Manila experience. Surrounded by lively bars, diverse restaurants, extensive shopping malls, and cultural hotspots, you’ll truly experience the city’s atmosphere that will energize your soul! What awaits you at Mad Monkey Manila Whether you’re traveling solo or with friends, our hostel offers a range of accommodations to fit every need: from Standard 4 Bed Dorms and Female Dorms to 6-bed, 8-bed, and 14-bed dorms, as well as Standard Queen & Twin Private Rooms. It’s the ideal base for discovering Manila and beyond. It’s the perfect place to kick back, unwind, recharge and connect with fellow travelers who could become your lifelong friends. Work or Unwind at Our Rooftop Bar with Stunning Metro Views! Thirsty or just wanna chill? Head up to our rooftop bar and restaurant with panoramic metro views that are pure Instagram gold. Our menu? A mix of local Filipino faves and international classics that’ll make your taste buds dance. Need to work? Grab a coffee and crush your goals. Ready to relax? Our 24-hour cafĂ© has got your back, whether you’re fueling up or unwinding with a nightcap. Plus, dance the night away with Manila’s renowned DJs providing the soundtrack and perfect mood for epic nights you won’t want to end. Our vibrant, centrally located social hostel is the ultimate spot for backpackers, solo travelers, and digital nomads seeking adventure both on land and at sea. Mad Monkey’s comfortable rooms, diverse menu offerings and specialty cocktails, combined with the lively beats from Manila’s famous DJs create an unparalleled experience, making it the perfect place to connect with fellow travelers and build lasting connections. Mad Monkey Manila is Opening June 28, 2024 June 28, 2024, is the big date! Mad Monkey is looking forward to welcoming young travelers, digital nomads, local guests, and international tourists to its new location with the same brand of hospitality, culture, and the nightly events Mad Monkey is known for. Ready for adventure? Plan your trip now! For more information and bookings, visit our website at www.madmonkeyhostels.com/manila. Join us in Manila for unforgettable adventures – we can’t wait to see you there! Unlimited Stays? There are No Limits, Just Freedom! Hop between islands like a pro with Philippines MADPASS! Find more information about the Philippines Madpass here.

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3
Jan

Mad Monkey in 2023: A Year in Review

Mad Monkey, A Year in Review! by Mad Monkey Celebrating Resilience + Innovation in Travel To the dedicated team at Mad Monkey, As we embark on the exciting journey of 2024, it’s important to pause and reflect on the remarkable year that was 2023. It was a year that not only tested our resilience but also showcased our unwavering commitment to innovation and teamwork. Innovation and Learning Throughout the year, we embraced a culture of continuous improvement, transforming our business approach daily. Our dedication to innovation has been a driving force behind our success, leading to significant growth and development. Expansion and Achievement We proudly expanded Mad Monkey in 2023 to 22 locations, ranking us among the top 10 hostel companies worldwide and number one in Asia. Our new openings in Siquijor, Phuket, Dumaguete, Panglao, Koh Rong, Vang Vieng, Hanoi, and the reopening of Chiang Mai, Pai, and Luang Prabang were milestones in our journey. Team Growth and Safety Initiatives Our team grew significantly, with hundreds of new members joining the Mad Monkey family. We focused on thorough training and onboarding, ensuring everyone was aligned with our values and standards. Safety was a top priority, leading to a substantial reduction in serious incidents, a testament to our commitment to our guests. Customer Service and Partnerships Our response to customer inquiries was exemplary, with a 24×7 support system that garnered excellent feedback. We also expanded our offerings, partnering with Air Asia and enhancing our occupancy rates through new distribution channels. Legal and Technology Advancements It was a year free of serious legal issues, a significant achievement for our team. We also made substantial investments in technology, launching new apps and websites that enhanced our operational efficiency. Skill Development and Community Contribution We focused on providing our team with transferable skills and real-world certifications. Our community contributions were noteworthy, including supporting our 800+ team members and their families, organizing blood donations, cleaning local areas, and supporting educational and clean water initiatives. Events and Marketing Our hostels buzzed with exciting events, many supporting local communities. Our marketing efforts were relentless, creating thousands of campaigns and ensuring high occupancy rates. Gratitude and Acknowledgement The past year has been a remarkable display of what we can achieve together. Every team member has played a crucial role in our success, turning the impossible into possible. As the founders and leadership team, we extend our heartfelt thanks to every one of you. Your hard work and dedication have been the backbone of Mad Monkey’s success. We wish you and your families the happiest New Year and look forward to continuing our journey together in 2024. With love and appreciation, Steve, Tom, Ollie + AlexFounders of Mad Monkey

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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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13
Dec

Mad Monkey Opening in Siquijor, Philippines!

Get ready to unleash your inner explorer because Mad Monkey is taking its thrilling, sustainable travel experiences to a brand new spot on the map — Siquijor, Philippines! Picture this: a captivating island in Visayas, brimming with culture, local healers, and mouthwatering cuisine. And guess what? Mad Monkey Siquijor is our sixth property in the Philippines is making its grand entrance in the enchanting Siquijor, Negros Islands! How to reach us at Mad Monkey Siquijor Located just a breezy 30-minute ride from the Siquijor port, and a cool 90-minute ferry journey from the Dumaguete-Sibulan Airport (DGT), this new hostel is the ultimate launchpad to some of the most amazing local attractions. We’re talking about the mesmerizing Old Balete Tree, the mystical Cantabon Cave, the awe-inspiring Cambughay Falls, and the historic Lazi Church. The adventure awaits! What awaits you at Mad Monkey Siquijor Now, let’s talk about the digs! Our Mad Monkey Hostel in Siquijor offers a variety of accommodation options to suit your style. Whether you’re all about the 4-Bed female Dorm, prefer some social vibes in the 6-bed, 8-bed, 12-bed, 14-bed, or 26-bed dorms, we’ve got you covered! And that’s not all – get ready to indulge in a dreamy lineup of facilities, including a massage room (because self-care is essential), a vibrant bar and restaurant, a massive double deck outdoor swimming pool with slide, and even a basketball court for some friendly competition. And let’s not forget the food and drinks! Prepare your taste buds for a feast of fresh homemade goodness and our signature cocktails. Whether you’re a guest or a local, everyone’s invited to savor the delights of Mad Monkey! Mad Monkey Siquijor is Opening December 2023 December 13, 2023 is the big date, and we’re beyond excited to welcome young travelers, digital nomads, local guests, and globetrotters from around the world to experience the true spirit of Mad Monkey hospitality. Prepare for unforgettable nights filled with cultural experiences and thrilling events – it’s the Mad Monkey way! Want to join the adventure? Start planning your trip now! For more information and bookings, hop on over to our website at https://madmonkeyhostels.com/siquijor.  Let’s make some wild memories together in Siquijor – see you there! Looking to secure the best deals? To secure the best deals and rewards, and to fully immerse yourself in the Mad Monkey Experience, we encourage guests to book through our dedicated Mad Monkey Experience App. Alternatively, find more information about Mad Monkey Siquijor or our MMXP Mad Monkey Experience App here.

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