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stdClass Object ( [ID] => 29891 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2013-05-29 05:14:30 [post_date_gmt] => 2013-05-29 05:14:30 [post_content] => IF you're looking for something with a little character during your next Asian sojourn, take a look at some of these unique hotels. Stay in these tree houses, flush toilets, capsules or boats and you may well find you're writing about your hotel next time you email home, and not the destination itself.
Hang Nga Guesthouse, Vietnam
Also known as the Crazy House, this Dalat hotel is a rather unconventional place that looks a bit like a giant tree of a fairytale variety with rooms built into designs that look like caves, spider webs and other organic forms. It will come as no surprise that the architect Dang Viet Nga was inspired by Antoni Gaudi. There are 10 themed guest rooms, but if you're not staying the night you can also visit during the day for a small fee. It opened in 1990 and has been regularly featured as one of the world's weird buildings and places to stay. [caption id="attachment_30155" align="aligncenter" width="654" caption="Crazy Hotel Vietnam. Pic: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]
The Old Jail, Mount Gambier, South Australia, Australia
It may have been a prison as recently as 1995, but the only inmates now served at The Old Mount Gambier Gaol are the travelling kind that can lock their doors from the inside. The ex-prison cells are now dorm rooms, twin rooms and doubles. There are also non-cell rooms for those that feel a little unnerved about the other rooms. The historic old walls, yards and other facilities have changed very little since it first operated in 1866. Today the place is run by a family of four whose journey was to turn the old building into a community asset. [caption id="attachment_29892" align="aligncenter" width="620" caption="Pic: The Telegraph"][/caption]
The Hobbit Motel, Woodlyn Park, Waitomo, New Zealand
To really enter into the world of Middle Earth you can stay in this place inspired by the Lord of the Rings books and films. You'll be pleased to know however they are not hobbit sized nor do you require hairy feet to stay. Like Tolkein's creation however the hobbit holes are uniquely designed, cozy and look to be a part of the hillside. The Hobbit holes are all self contained with modern facilities, kitchens and toilets. [caption id="attachment_29894" align="aligncenter" width="609" caption="Pic: www.woodlynpark.co.nz"][/caption]
Hotel Everest View, Nepal
At 3,880 metres the Hotel Everest View has the distinction of being the highest hotel in the world. Located above Namche in the high Himalaya it offers wonderful views of Mt Everest and other mountains from all its guest rooms, but these might come replete with headaches and nose bleeds too. [caption id="attachment_29900" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Pic: Hotel Everest View."][/caption]
Poseidon Resort, Fiji
Enjoy a solid sleep under water during your sojourn in this hotel in beautiful Fiji. The view from your suite here is not of golden sandy beaches but rather the underwater world of fish and coral behind windows of acrylic glass. The only catch is that it's not finished yet but under construction at Katafinga Island. However, you can register your interest to be notified when they begin taking reservations. Prepare for a wait, 150,000 have already done so. [caption id="attachment_29902" align="aligncenter" width="654" caption="Pic: Poseidon Resort."][/caption]
The Underground Motel, Coober Pedy, Australia
The Underground Motel is indeed that, underground, with all its rooms dug into a sandstone hill in this remote town famed for the quantity of opals mined here. While the Underground Motel is not unique in offering accommodation underground, it was the first, with accommodation first offered back in 1984. Today the rooms are warm in winter and cool in summer with plenty of ventilation. These factors are all important because it can reach as high as a baking 50 degrees Celsius here in winter, and temperatures can plummet below zero in winter. Coober Pedy comes from an Aboriginal term meaning white man's hole. [caption id="attachment_29897" align="aligncenter" width="550" caption="Underground Motel."][/caption]
Capsule Inn, Osaka, Japan
http://www.agoda.com/asia/japan/osaka/capsule_inn_osaka_male_only.html?cid=1500264 Sleeping in a pod of 2m x 1m x 1.25m may seem to fit more with a futuristic time, or a sci-fi movie, but in Japan this is one cramped thrill you can enjoy today. There are now capsule hotels around the country and even in Singapore, China and New York, but the original belongs to Osaka and is featured here. Dating back to 1979 the capsule is actually quite comfortable despite the small dimensions and comes with a pillow, mat, personal light, an alarm and TV. All provide access to lockers, change rooms and communal bathrooms. They are popular with business people and those who've had a night out on the town. For all the ins and outs of the experience see our recent story about capsule hotels. [caption id="attachment_29898" align="aligncenter" width="654" caption="Pic: AP."][/caption]
Imperial Boat House, Koh Samui, Thailand
http://www.agoda.com/asia/thailand/samui/imperial_boat_house_beach_resort.html?cid=1500264 On this popular tropical island it's not unusual for hotels to have a seagoing or naval theme, but the Imperial Boat House actually features authentic teak rice barge suites. These barges once ploughed through the Chao Praya river but are now used for vacationers and come complete with a living room, bathroom and deck. They also look out onto the pool that is the shape of a large ship complete with a crows nest. [caption id="attachment_29901" align="alignnone" width="654" caption="Pic: Imperial Boat House pool."][/caption]
The Flush Hotel, South Korea
Probably topping the list of weird places to stay comes this hotel in the shape of a giant toilet. Apparently it cost $1.6 million to build and guests pay $50,000 a night with proceeds going towards sanitation in developing countries. However despite a search online and plenty of tongue-in-cheek reviews about needing to be flush with funds to stay here, no direct website link was found. Which begs the question if the hotel still is around or has been lost in the er, flush, of time? If you have one, please paste into the comments below. [caption id="attachment_29899" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Pic: fancyholidays.com"][/caption]
First World Hotel, Malaysia
http://www.agoda.com/asia/malaysia/genting_highlands/first_world_hotel.html?cid=1500264 If you like your hotels on a grand scale then look no further than the aptly named First World Hotel. With 6118 rooms it's the world's largest according to the Guinness Book of Records and it's located in Genting, considered by some as the Las Vegas of Malaysia. It's also something of a world to itself with a theme park, casino, shopping, lounges, golf and dining within easy reach. [caption id="attachment_29903" align="alignnone" width="654" caption="Pic: Eqdoktor, Creative Commons."][/caption] [post_title] => 10 weird and wonderful hotels in Asia [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 10-weird-and-wonderful-places-to-stay-in-asia [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-08-12 10:41:40 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-08-12 10:41:40 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.travelwireasia.com/?p=29891 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 2 [filter] => raw )

10 weird and wonderful hotels in Asia

10 weird and wonderful hotels in Asia
May 29, 2013 - 2 Comments - Jo Lane

IF you’re looking for something with a little character during your next Asian sojourn, take a look at some of these unique hotels. Stay in these tree houses, flush toilets, capsules or boats and you may well find you’re writing about your hotel next time you email home, and not the destination itself. Hang Nga…>

Mama Hanok: A traditional home stay in Seoul

Mama Hanok: A traditional home stay in Seoul
May 9, 2013 - 0 Comments - Travel Wire Asia

SEOUL is a city with its sights set on the future. Step out of any standard hotel in the city and take a stroll down one of the main shopping streets and you’re likely to be more taken by the steel-and-concrete construction, flashing lights and trendy nightlife than you are by the city’s cultural heritage…>

JK House: affordable accommodation in the heart of Seoul

JK House: affordable accommodation in the heart of Seoul
April 27, 2013 - 0 Comments - Travel Wire Asia

ACCOMMODATION preferences vary from one traveler to the next. Spend enough time traveling through South Korea or Asia at large, and you’re sure to hear travelers debating the merits of backpacker-style dorms versus private rooms with better amenities. Those in the hostel camp praise the community atmosphere and the affordability, while those in favor of…>

Rak Ko Jae: Culture and tradition in Seoul

Rak Ko Jae: Culture and tradition in Seoul
April 23, 2013 - 0 Comments - Travel Wire Asia

AN oasis of culture and tradition in an intensely modern city, Rak Ko Jae gives its guest an unrivaled look into the aristocratic lifestyle of Korea’s Joseon Dynasty.  And all of this is happens without the least hint of tourism kitsch. If not for the fact that the rest of Seoul is just around the corner, you might actually…>

Question from a reader: Coming to Korea as a teacher?

Question from a reader: Coming to Korea as a teacher?
October 12, 2012 - 1 Comments - Chris Backe

Author’s note: everything old is new again, especially when blogging about the same things and places for several years. This seemed a good time to publish a question that’s commonly asked, upon realizing how long it’s been since I’ve seen a blogger in Korea approach the topic. Do you have a question about Korea? Do a…>

Life in Korea: 8 dirty secrets about love motels

Life in Korea: 8 dirty secrets about love motels
September 26, 2012 - 3 Comments - Chris Backe

If you’ve traveled around Korea at all, you’ve seen a love motel whether you knew it or not. The large, baudily decorated facades create a spectacle on the skyline, which of course is exactly what they’re going for. Whether you stay at the fanciest one close to the train station or get a regular room…>

A night in… Haebangchon, Korea

A night in… Haebangchon, Korea
April 26, 2012 - 3 Comments - Chris Backe

WHILE within walking distance of foreign-food-haven Itaewon, Haebangchon offers a scene better suited for local residents than tourists. That said, read this basic guide to the area and you’re off and running. The name Haebangchon (해방촌, 解放村) translates to ‘freedom village’ or ‘liberation village’, which makes some sense considering you’ll walk along the Yongsan Garrison’s outer…>

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