Bangkok is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. While Bangkok has a plethora of choices of hotels running the gamut from very cheap backpacker rooms to ultra luxurious penthouses, one thing it could be said to be lacking is quirky and unique hotel accommodations. In some of the older parts of the city there can be found some remarkable old architecture and some young entrepreneurs are beginning to use these buildings in an imaginative way. One way they are doing this is by creating unique boutique hotels, which offer guests a quaint and luxurious hotel setting unlike traditional hotels in Bangkok. Boutique hotels in Bangkok in particular are historic, humble, and best of all, quiet and cheap. While these projects are still ongoing, tourists can expect to see more of these hotels in the very near future. For two examples of heritage status buildings that have been transformed into beautiful hotels in Bangkok, take a look at Phraya Palazzo and The Siam, both on the banks of the Chao Phraya River
“Heritage hotels, many in crumbling Rajput palaces, have been one of the main reasons to visit Rajasthan, in India, since the 1960s.”
When one does the counting you are sure to count about 1,400 Islands in Thailand and this makes it difficult to make a choice of which Island to visit. The author thought that on going to Phuket he could go over to Koh Phi Phi Island which was rumored to be a beautiful slice of paradise. But he was disappointed. People have visited the Island and caused the death of its beauty. This situation became so bad that last year the Thai government shut Maya Bay beach which was usually overcrowded and was featured in the movie, The Beach, which made it famous.
So on his second trip to Thailand, the author had a wish to find his own island that had not been destroyed by over tourism. That meant leaving the bustling parts of Phuket to find a little unknown Island named Koh Yao Noi. This island takes about thirty minutes from Phuket to reach and lies on the famous Phang Nga Bay. The Island has great contrasts to Phuket. The community here are not rowdy and are mostly muslims. One will never find a nightclub, queues, or much noise. The way of life is the traditional way which involves fishing and farming. But one thing that is fascinating is that there are quite a number of hotels that are high end and the author visited the newest of them all.
“Koh Yao Noi doesn’t have nightclubs, queues or noise – the tightknit community has clung to its traditional way of life like fishing, and coconut farming.”
Recently, The Ascott launched the Ascott Star Rewards program, which is thought to be the first loyalty program of its kind worldwide. Members will be entitled to a host of benefits, including 10% discounts off of Best Flexible Rates, up to 50% discounts off of seasonal offers, and birthday discounts of close to 40%. Other perks include complimentary airport transportation, breakfast, and room upgrades. The Ascott Star Rewards program has no points earning cap, no redemption minimums, and no blackout dates.
“We are rolling out Ascott Star Rewards to drive more direct bookings on our websites and reduce our cost of sales. We aim to increase our brand websites’ share of online revenue to 40-50 per cent of total online revenue by 2021.”
Thailand will soon open the world’s first in environmentally friendly and vegan luxurious hotels. The hotel is named PlantLife Hotel Sanctuary. The hotel will give guests an opportunity to share the time with rescued animals and also explore the beautiful nature that is surrounding them. The hotel has a simple mission and that involves providing a luxurious travel experience to guests that is vegan while creating experiences that does not compromise ethics. The website states that we can live in luxury with plant life and never cause harm to nature or to the animals that are surrounding us. They believe that no one should be made to suffer for them to achieve their goals of luxury. That is why the hotel ensures that it is vegan in all its operations to protect the wellbeing of its guests, nature, and wild animals. Joanna and Alex Hellier were the founding fathers of PlantLife Hotel Sanctuary. Their disappointment which made them bond was over the lack of vegan accommodations in the hotel industry and they came together to make this a reality. They wanted to protect the environment and then protect animals in nature, and that is why they started the hotel.
Don’t get too excited yet though, the project is to be funded via crowdfunding on Indiegogo, with a goal of USD 870,000 (how much they can get done for that amount is a question for another day), but at the time of writing this article, they had only raised USD 6129 with only 3 days left.
You can view the funding campaign and make a contribution on their Indigogo page here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-worlds-1st-luxury-vegan-solar-powered-hotel#/
“Perhaps fittingly, the duo met while traveling, bonding over a shared disappointment that there is often a lack of vegan or environmentally-friendly accommodations in many parts of the world.”
Bangkok is one of the those places that people think is only suitable for brief vacations. Many think of it as a crazy place where “anything goes,” but in reality, there are some really livable and nice sports there! Bangkok is becoming more and more beautiful by the year as more money is invested. On Nut is one of those places that many people feel will be one of the nicest areas in years to come.
“Food is a huge part of On Nut’s culture; it’s basically embedded in every corner of the neighborhood — from homemade khao mun gai to lunchtime delights like duck noodles.”