When it comes to choosing hotels in Bangkok, Yangon, Hong Kong and other popular tourist destinations around Asia the choice may seem almost endless and the decision on where to start a daunting one.
If it so happens that your trip to Asia involves visits to several destinations in different countries, then one option in arranging your accommodation is to visit online hotel platforms that bring together like-minded properties – such as stylish boutique hotels or luxury hideaways – in different cities around the region all into the one website.
Such websites typically offer a one-stop-shop functionality for booking accommodation in multiple destinations, with some featuring loyalty membership that serves up room discounts and other promotional gimmicks.
Unplugged Edition at www.unpluggededition.com is one such promotional and booking platform. Launched in July 2012 by hotel management company GCP Hospitality, it features hotels in Myanmar, Thailand, China, Hong Kong and San Francisco. They are The Strand Yangon, Pullman Bangkok Hotel G, Pullman Pattaya Hotel G, Beach Republic Koh Samui, Residence G Hong Hong (By Hotel G), The Opposite House, Beijing, and Hotel G San Francisco.
As Unplugged Edition member properties, these offer guests out-of-the-ordinary experiences, stylish accommodation, tailor-made services, strong design elements and lively restaurants and bars.
Built in 1901, the 31 room The Strand Yangon in Myanmar’s largest city is considered one of Southeast Asia’s finest colonial hotels, the 99 studio The Opposite House, Beijing is located in the Chinese capital’s fashionable entertainment district of Sanlitun, the 43 room Residence G Hong Hong (By Hotel G) is ideally situated in the heart of Kowloon’s vibrant Tsim Sha Tsui district and Hotel G San Francisco is located downtown in the city’s famed Union Square. In Thailand, the 469 room Pullman Bangkok Hotel G enjoys a central city location while an hour’s drive away is the 353 room Pullman Pattaya Hotel G in the renowned seaside resort city, and Beach Republic Koh Samui is nestled on Samui’s Lamai Beach offering a Mediterranean beach lifestyle.
GCP Hospitality aims to build Unplugged Edition into the promotional and booking platform of choice for lifestyle and design hotels in Asia and select worldwide destinations.
Five Star Alliance at www.fivestaralliance.com is another such website, offering the visitor a comprehensive collection of hand-picked luxury hotels around the world. In Thailand, for example, it lists over 130 luxury properties in Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya, Koh Samui, Krabi, Hua Hin, Chiang Mai and other destinations.
Then there’s i-escape.com at www.i-escape.com, a UK-based website that’s “dedicated to helping discerning independent travellers find and book exciting and unusual places to stay in some of the world’s most beautiful and fascinating locations” including of course Thailand and other popular Asian destinations. It focuses on small hotels, guesthouses, retreats, eco-lodges and private rental properties which offer memorable experiences.
The choice of flights linking the numerous cities, beach resorts and other places around Asia is plentiful. Expanded air route networks throughout the region allow travelers to combine various destinations in the one trip with relative ease. A holiday taking in the exotic sights and sounds of Bangkok, Pattaya, Yangon, Hong Kong and Beijing, for example, can be achieved through a wide choice of flights linking these cities.