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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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Discover the Magic of Travel at the PTAA 31st TravelTour Expo 2024 VisMin Edition!

What’s the Buzz About? Organised by the Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA), the TravelTour Expo is a beacon for travel enthusiasts, bringing together a plethora of exhibitors from different corners of the travel industry. This year’s VisMin Edition is set to be a dazzling affair with a special focus on the Visayas and Mindanao regions. It’s your golden ticket to discovering new destinations, scoring amazing travel deals, and connecting with fellow travel junkies. Why You Shouldn’t Miss It The TravelTour Expo isn’t just another event; it’s a travel extravaganza where dreams turn into itineraries. Here’s why you should definitely be there: 1. Unbeatable Travel Deals From flight tickets to hotel accommodations, this expo is a treasure trove of discounts and exclusive offers. Whether you’re planning a local getaway or an international adventure, the deals here will make your wallet happy. Look out for advance bookings for accommodations, tours, group packages, and more. Trust us, your future self will thank you! 2. Discover Hidden Gems While popular destinations have their charm, there’s something magical about uncovering lesser-known spots. The TravelTour Expo is the perfect platform to learn about hidden gems that aren’t on every traveller’s radar yet. Who knows, you might find your next dream destination right here. 3. Connect with Experts Get insights straight from the pros. The expo will feature travel agencies, tour operators, airlines, and hotel representatives ready to share their expertise. Have a chat, ask questions, and get tips that can turn a good trip into a great one. Mad Monkey Hostels: Ready to Rock the Expo We at Mad Monkey Hostels are beyond excited to be a part of this vibrant event! This is our debut at any travel expo, and we’re ready to make a splash. Here’s what we’re bringing to the table: 1. Spreading the Word Our goal is to tap into the local frequent traveller market and create awareness about our awesome properties, both in the Philippines and globally. We’re not just focusing on our Visayas property, which is super accessible from CDO, but also showcasing our diverse range of hostels across the globe. 2. Testing the Waters This expo is our testing ground in preparation for the grander event at SMX in MOA in February 2025. We’re keen to understand what travellers are looking for and how we can better serve you. Your feedback will be our compass as we gear up for bigger and better things. 3. Exclusive Offers We’re rolling out the red carpet with exclusive deals on advance bookings for accommodation, tours, and group packages. Whether you’re planning a solo trip or a group adventure, we’ve got something special in store for you. Swing by our booth to grab these offers and let’s chat about your next big adventure. Find some of our special rates in some of our Philippines properties below: A Sneak Peek into the Highlights Here’s a taste of what to expect at the PTAA TravelTour Expo 2024 VisMin Edition: Travel Talks and Workshops Immerse yourself in engaging travel talks and workshops. Learn from seasoned travellers, influencers, and industry experts about the latest travel trends, tips, and hacks. Whether you’re interested in sustainable travel, backpacking tips, or luxury getaways, there’s something for everyone. Cultural Performances Experience the rich culture of the Visayas and Mindanao through captivating performances. From traditional dances to modern acts, these performances will give you a glimpse into the vibrant heritage of the region. Food Galore Travel and food go hand in hand. Treat your taste buds to a culinary journey with a variety of food stalls offering local delicacies and international cuisines.…

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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 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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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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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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