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Good news for those looking for the best hotels in Kanchanaburi and across Thailand, as Airbnb has recently entered a partnership with the Thailand Boutique Accommodation Trade Association (TBAA), to add Thailand’s boutique hotels onto Airbnb’s global people-to-people platform, connecting these properties to the company’s international traveller network, which has seen at least 300 million guest arrivals ever since it was founded a decade ago.
The partnership was launched late September of 2018 by Airbnb Country Manager for Southeast Asia, Mike Orgill, alongside TBAA President and Advisor to the Thai Travel Agents Association, SuparerkSoorangura.
According to Orgill, Thailand is one of Airbnb’s largest markets in the Southeast Asia region, and this new partnership with the TBAA marks a significant stepping stone for Airbnb, both as a business and as a community. He explains that boutique hotels play an increasingly important role in driving Thailand’s tourism ecosystem thanks to their authentic host-led hospitality and their distinctly Thai designs.
Orgil says that Airbnb is excited to work with the TBAA to add boutique entrepreneurs onto their platform, as well as connecting them to a growing global audience who crave the experience of authentic, iconic Thai hospitality in an intimate, design-centric environment.
With Thailand as one of the world’s biggest tourism hotspots, this new cooperative will be useful for travelers looking for the best hotels in Kanchanaburi and across Thailand, offering access to at least 50 boutique hotels across 15 provinces throughout the Kingdom, which include Bangkok, Chantaburi, Chiang Mai, Krabi, Kanchaburi, Phuket, Prachuab Kiri Khan, NakhonRatchasima, Ratchaburi and Sukhothai.
The terms of the agreement have both involved parties agreeing to:
- Conduct joint training workshops for the members of the TBAA, with the goal of arming them with knowledge of the Airbnb platform, as well as the necessary digital skills needed for them to create, manage and promote their own listings.
- Promote Thailand’s boutique hotels on the global market.
- Revitalize local neighbourhoods by inviting tourists to places outside of the traditional tourism hotspots.
According to the company, in 2017 alone, Airbnb’s host community in Thailand welcome approximately 1.7 million guests into their houses, which amounted to a total of Bt4 billion (US$119 million) in income for the locals.
According to the New Nordic Group, Thailand, together with other emerging economies in Southeast Asia, are in a good position to prosper despite the increasing rates of the US Federal Reserve Bank for the next twelve months, as well as tariffs from the United States.
The rising construction, hotel, and hospitality management company recently invested in a 4 star hotel in Pattaya. With 152 rooms, the 4 star hotel in Pattaya is set to be a huge project for the area, together with a family vacation area in Phuket.
The New Nordic Water World in Phuket features facilities that families from all over the world would enjoy. Situated in a 377,000 square-feet property, it has recreational facilities for both children and adults, studio rooms, and one and two bedroom condos as well.
The New Nordic Group
It isn’t uncommon for the New Nordic Group to have ten or more buildings being developed at one point in time. They expect a new infrastructure to be completed each month. They employ more than 1,000 employees all around the world, providing strives to one of the largest markets: Chinese tourists. The recent developments in Thailand have been just right, as the country is China’s top choice in tourism. In 2016 alone more than 9 million Chinese tourists visited Thailand.
Aside from hotels and resorts, the company also constructs and manages condos, villas, apartments, and holiday villages with their own leisure facilities. They have various real-estate options for those who want to relocate or start a new business in a new location.
About the Company
The New Nordic Group is a real estate firm based in Hong Kong with various developing projects in different areas in Southeast Asia including the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, and Cambodia. They are currently working on 100 projects.
CEO Kurt Svendheim first came to Asia in 2008 and saw the region as a potential location for land development and holiday apartments. Bringing is 30 years of expertise in the field; he has built a company with young and dedicated professionals in real estate, finance, hotel and hospitality, and development.
If you want to go shopping in the Ratchada area, the best place to shop is the Esplanade Mall. It’s a seven-storey commercial complex, where you can go shopping for various items, while being entertained by its cinemas, ice skating rinks, bookstores, supermarkets and the 1500-seats musical theatre. So, the shopping mall can be accessible for your needs, you need to book in a hotel near Esplanade mall for your accommodation. It should save you more money for commuting.
If you’re booked somewhere else, you can easily find the Esplanade mall. At its doorstep is the Thailand Cultural Centre MRT underground. From the outside, you’ll see the organic contours of the structure with steel and glass. At night, the colourful LED lightings shine brightly for a futuristic look. Designed similarly like the Siam Paragon and the Emporium by Paris-based architects, the malls have the same feel to those found in Sukhumvit and Siam areas.
Do Anything Here
If you’re booked in a hotel near Esplanade Mall, all you need is step out from your accommodation and find branded products like clothing, jewelleries, electronic gadgets and beauty products. The products and services offered are usually catered for the younger generation, especially when it pertains to sports. It also offers electric gears from notable brands, as well as several health and wellness outlets to slim down and get in shape. You may wish to pamper yourself by treating your hair and nails, or venture into a spa menu. At its basement are the supermarket, fast food outlets and restaurant chains, where you can taste various Thai and international cuisines.
The Esplanade Shopping Mall
This mall is different than other shopping malls in downtown Bangkok. It offers a variety of experiences that can give you a boutique feel. It’s neither too big nor too small, but just right to provide relaxation and entertainment to a great number of locals and tourists. This shopping mall has a great mix of lifestyle shopping and entertainment outlets. However, some serious shoppers may not be happy with their purchases as it has less diversity of products. If you’re opting for entertainment, Esplanade can provide you a delightful option than other downtown shopping malls. For this reason, have yourself booked in a hotel near Esplanade Mall for convenience.
Bangkok is the capital of Thailand. The city is popular for its nightlife and street food. Scores of tourists visit the city from around the world to experience the happening nightlife of the city and shop at the high-end designer malls and the Street Side shopping destinations.
The city has a range of tourist attractions and accommodation options to suit the budget and preferences of different travellers. Family and business travellers looking for a convenient hotel in Sukhumvit can book their stay with the hotel in Ploenchit, which offers world class amenities and modern conveniences.
Apart from shopping in the glitzy malls and experiencing the high-end nightlife at the happening bars and fine dining restaurants, Bangkok also has some budget friendly attractions for the tourists.
- Lumphini park
It is the largest park in the city. Tourists can enjoy taking a boat ride in the lake or explore the beautiful garden on foot. There are many activities like yoga classes, kite flying sessions, orchestral concerts, and Tai-chi classes happening in the park. The park is just ten minutes away from the convenient hotel in Ploenchit and can also be reached through BRT and MTS trains.
- Dusit Zoo
The zoo is located near the Dusit Palace. The zoo is home to over sixteen hundred animals from around the world. Kids love visiting the zoo and have a look at the different animals like the hippos, Bengal white tigers, Asiatic Blacks bears and the giraffes. The zoo conducts plenty of entertainment activities and shows all through the day. The zoo is located in the old city. Tourists staying at the hotel in Ploenchit, can take the BTS to victory monument and then a taxi to the zoo.
- Bang Krachao
Tourists wanting to get away from the maddening traffic and crowded streets of the city can plan a day trip to Bang Krachao. The man-made island hosts a floating market on the weekends. You can also visit the Sri Nakhon Kuenkhan Park on the green island and explore the wide expanse of green space. The island is located at Samut Prakan. Tourists staying at the hotel in Ploenchit, close to the Ploen chit BTS, can take a train to BTS Bang NA and hire a taxi from the Bang Na BTS to Bang Na pier to take a ferry to the Bang Krachao.
Tourists and their liveaboard in Thailand can no longer stay the night in Similan Island starting in October of 2018, as new regulations are put in place by the local government to limit the impact made by travellers to the tourism destination, marked as a national park.
The island will only be available for day trips starting by October, with the government putting in a new policy in order to make it easier for them to maintain the island’s natural resources, according to Thon Thamrongnawasawat, a marine ecologist, Deputy Dean of Kasetsart’s University’s Faculty of Fisheries and the Chairman of the committee the Thai government set up in order to draft a new national master plan for the care and maintenance of the country’s marine resources.
Dr. Thon says that the Moo Koh Similan National Park sees an overwhelming volume of travellers, and these new regulations, starting with the day-trip only option is the first, concrete step for dealing with the issue. Tourists, he say, can still trek, swim, dive, and travel in their liveaboard in Thailand but when the day ends, they have to leave.
The ban will start in effect by October 2018, when the marine park officially opens its doors to tourists, following its closure early in May. The island is the only island, out of nine in the national park, that has bungalows and camping space for visitors. The overnight stay facilities on the island were operated by the state government.
The announcement was made by the National Park Office of the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation on the 25th of May. With regards to the ban, the department has already started work dismantling the bungalows and camping facilities on the island, and Director SongtamSuksawanq says that they’re almost done getting rid of them all.
He says that, while environmental concerns were the primary concern, there have also been inquiries on the cost-effectiveness of maintaining these facilities. He says that the island is an ill-fit for overnight stays given the limited space and lack of fresh water, compared to the larger islands in the country.
In response, Director Suksawanq says that they are currently working on an alternative policy for the island.