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10 ASEAN PROJECTS WIN A+ AWARDS IN ARCHITCTURE

10 ASEAN PROJECTS WIN A+ AWARDS IN ARCHITCTURE

Our warmest congratulations to architects from the ASEAN on winning ten A+ Awards in architecture for 2019. Their outstanding works include six projects from Thailand, plus one each from Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia.

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Story: Samutcha Viraporn / Photo: Architizer

Hosted by the online architecture community Architizer.com, the A+ Awards come in two categories; “Jury Winners” which are handpicked by reputable judges, and “Popular Choice Winners” judged by public votes. The ten A+ Award winners from the ASEAN are:

 

Commercial / Office – Low Rise (1-4 Floors)

IDIN Architects Office / Designed by IDIN Architects, Thailand

Popular Choice Winner

The home of IDIN Architects Co, Ltd is arranged in three parts; the office, the business owner’s residential unit, and a café open to the public. It’s a layout that strikes the right balance between privacy and the busy movement in Bangkok’s Ratchadapisek neighborhood. The low-rise building sits peacefully ensconced in a lush oasis. Its blackened exterior is covered in Japanese Yakisugi, cypress plank cladding traditionally charred to enhance a natural appeal. The café on the ground floor boasts a touch of Modernism that’s evident in a beautiful mix of steel, glass and concrete component parts.

 

Commercial / Showrooms

Organicare Showroom / Designed by Tropical Space, Vietnam

Popular Choice Winner

Tropical Space is an architectural firm expert in old-fashioned brick construction. Their project involved converting a 1975 brick building into a modern showroom for fish sauces and homegrown brands of organic products. Steel frames and bricks are the main materials used to improve interior and exterior design, as well as create shelving to suit every display need.

 

Concepts / Plus-Architecture + For Good

Heartware Network / Designed by DP Architects, Singapore

Popular Choice Winner

Promoting team spirits among youth organization volunteers, the design by DP Architects creates a platform of cooperation and change in behavior conducive to a positive environment that lies at the core of the Heartware Network. Its engagement ideas have enabled the charitable youth organization to connect with more than 1,500 young people per year.

 

Concepts / Plus-Architecture + Living Small

3500-Millimeter House / Designed by AGo Architects, Indonesia

Popular Choice Winner

A building 3.5 meters wide and 17 meters long is home to an architect, his wife and a son. The house walls, staircase and built-in furniture share the rigid supporting structures that enclose them. The façade that stands facing West is built of perforated metal sheets and polycarbonates to protect from the summer sun. Clever design ensures the interior living space is well lit and airy.

 

Concepts / Plus-Architecture + Renovation

Kloem Hostel / Designed by IF (Integrated Field), Thailand

Jury Winner

Kloem Hostel is built by combining three adjacent old houses into a single entity. The two Thai houses at either end are beautifully renovated. The building at the center transforms into a loft that serves as common area and relaxed hangout reminiscent of the Thai lifestyle in former times.

 

Details / Plus-Architecture + Facades

Little Shelter Hotel / Designed by Department of Architecture, Thailand

Popular Choice Winner

A small hotel in Chiang Mai boasts a façade that’s reminiscent of fine crafts. The calm and beautiful face gets its inspiration from wooden roof tiles that are symbolic of Northern architecture in olden days. A reinterpretation of handicrafts in a modern context, the intricate design of wood and polycarbonates adds a unique charm to the principal front overlooking a street.

 

Hospitality / Hotels & Resorts

Bunjob House: House of Flow / Designed by NPDA Studio, Thailand

Jury Winner

The Bunjob House is a vacation destination nestled in a family-owned coconut grove on beautiful Pha-ngan Island in the Gulf of Thailand. Its façade consists of curved concrete slabs that draw cool breezes from the ocean resulting in thermal comfort in the interior living spaces. The slabs also protect the building during a thunderstorm. Casings made of coconut trees leave their marks on the concrete texture that blends into the natural surroundings.

 

Residential / Apartments

Hachi Serviced Apartment / Designed by Octane Architect & Design, Thailand

Popular Choice Winner

The project’s most outstanding feature is the façade that’s designed to promote a healthy home life despite being in an apartment complex. The exterior architecture of the building reflects well on the type of design, balance and symmetry of the interior space.

 

Residential / Private House (XL >5000 sq ft)

Cloister House / Designed by Formwerkz Architects, Malaysia

Jury Winner

The design gets its inspiration from the courtyard house typical of long established Chinese architecture. Adapted to blend with modern tropical style, the layout consists of a framework of nine regularly spaced rooms partially open to connect with the outdoors. The building in Johor state, southern Malaysia occupies 45,000 square feet.

 

Residential / Interiors

Y/A/O Residence / Designed by Octane Architect & Design, Thailand

Popular Choice Winner

Increased natural light provides the perfect focal point in the interior reminiscent of the house with a courtyard. It’s a great way to let light create depth in the interior space. The project consists of three separate buildings; a two-level house, guest accommodation building, and car garage.

 

For a complete list of winners of the 2019 Architizer A+ Awards, please visit: https://awards.architizer.com/winners-gallery/?type=51

A New Boutique Hotel in Singapore’s Historic Chinatown

A New Boutique Hotel in Singapore’s Historic Chinatown

Embracing warmth, comfort, and privacy, a new boutique hotel takes up a row of six former shophouses in Singapore’s historic Chinatown. The beautifully renovated Hotel Mono retains the charm of Southeast Asian styled architecture, while highlighting the distinctive personality of Rococo-era ornamentation.

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Story: Weena Baramee /// Photography: Hotel Mono

An expression of art and the interior inside the Lobby at Hotel Mono

Its Rococo aesthetic is apparent in the lightness of interior design, cozy spaces, and the tall and narrow windows that speak to the French stylistic period. The gentle black and white theme on the exterior seamlessly interweaves with the lifestyles of traditional Singapore and the city’s urban bustle. 

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Relaxation in a Rococo styled studio

A striking new landmark on historic Mosque Street, the 46-room Hotel Mono is an independent hotel catering to the needs of design-conscious travelers. Its statement-making black-and-white facade has been turning heads. The hotel occupies a row of six conservation shophouses, which have been completely transformed in an extensive refurbishment by President Design Award-winning firm Spacedge Designs. Hotel Mono was officially opened in November 2016.

The stylishly chic hotel presents an appealing proposition for discerning travelers – high quality rooms and service standards at very attractive prices. “We want to provide accommodations that are the best value for the money and a five-star service experience,” said GM Glenn Quah.

Besides charm and comfort in every room, guests enjoy better quality beddings, bathroom amenities and more spacious rooms, for prices comparable to the budget accommodations in the same area. Rates at the 46-room Hotel Mono start at just $160 net per night for a Double room, while a Family room sleeping four people costs under $300.

The bathroom ensemble reflects simplicity with contemporary flair.

Its bathrooms represent the conceptualization of a hip retreat for design-savvy travelers (and locals) – guests who appreciate the originality of design. A bold and contemporary design language is relevant throughout the hotel. Every room features a seamless integration of metal bars that traverse the space like lines drawn in the air, meantime, functioning as light fixtures, coat hangers and sculptures.

The boutique hotel celebrates the quality of being the only one of its kind. Due to restrictions and particulars in the floor plans of shophouse styled architecture, no two rooms are identical. Their unique characters are manifested in the name that affirms the validity of these bold and original design concepts.

Link : http://hotelmono.com/

Airbnb Beach Houses for Summer in the ASEAN

Airbnb Beach Houses for Summer in the ASEAN

If you’re planning a summer holiday getaway, check out these awesome beach houses in the ASEAN listed on Airbnb.

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Photography: Airbnb

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– Deeksha Bali Beach Surf House / Indonesia –

This two-story house is perched atop a cliff overlooking Bingin Beach in Bali, an island known for yoga retreats. The beach house is inaccessible by car. So, you need to climb a long flight of stairs to get there, but the great sea view from the living room is surely worth it.

Link: Deeksha Bali Beach Surf House 


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brotherbnb04– Brother Island / The Philippines –

Brother Island is for rent, not just a bungalow, but the whole island! You can enjoy the beach, snorkeling and fresh seafood from local fishermen. If you want to taste Robinson Crusoe’s lifestyle, the staff can teach you how to catch your food from the sea in the traditional Filipino way.

Link: Brother Island


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rongbnb04– Sea View Chalet / Cambodia –

The sea is a stone’s throw away from these houses. Here you can while away the hours in one of rustic Khmer cottages. They are part of Sok Son Beach Resort in Koh Rong, Cambodia. The white-sand beach in front of the cottages is quiet and still in good shape. You can lie on the beach all day like it’s your backyard.

Link: Sea View Chalet


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vungtuabnb04– Ocean Mount-View Penthouse / Vietnam –

If the wooden bungalow is not your type, there is a well-furnished apartment in Vũng Tàu, a town on a peninsula east of Ho Chi Minh City. The modern apartment boasts a cozy balcony, where you can chill out and soak up the views of both the ocean and the mountains in the backdrop

Link: Ocean Mount-View Penthouse


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changbnb03– Absolute Beachfront Villa / Thailand –

These villas are located on Koh Chang, one of the largest islands in the Gulf of Thailand. Inspired by traditional Thai architecture, the steep-roofed houses feature a relaxed Oriental ambience. The only thing that comes between them and the beaches is a lovely garden, an oasis of calm by the sea.

Link: Absolute Beachfront Villa 


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sepangbnb01– AVANI Sepang Goldcoast Resort / Malaysia –

The highlight of this resort is a long line of villas that jut out almost a kilometer into the sea. Time on your hands, go for a dip in an overwater infinity pool, or enjoy other activities like sailing, yoga, even badminton. Conveniently located, the resort lies just an hour away from Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Link: AVANI Sepang Goldcoast Resort 

A Boutique Hotel Treasures the Charm of Ipoh

A Boutique Hotel Treasures the Charm of Ipoh

In the old town of Ipoh, a stylish boutique hotel not only blends into its historical surroundings, but also contributes to restoring all its former glory. Check this out.

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Story: Wuthikorn Suthiapa /// Photography: Sitthisak Namkham /// Design: Ng Sek San

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The history of Ipoh dates back to 1880 when Hakka immigrants arrived for work in tin mines and made a permanent home here. As mining industries continued on the decline, the once exuberant town was losing its luster. A pleasant twist of fate, the waning days of Ipoh attracted the attention of many designers, who banded together to keep the old-world charm from disappearing. Giving it their best shot, they succeeded in bringing Ipoh back in the limelight.

Among the projects aimed at restoring glory to Ipoh was Sekeping Kong Heng, a small boutique hotel designed by Ng Sek San, an internationally renowned Ipoh-born architect. The charming small hotel is tucked away on the upper floors of a three-story Colonial era shop-house complex in the old town. The first floor is reserved for a famous local coffee shop known for a variety of Chinese-style coffees and Ipoh’s favorite dishes. Its food menu includes the noodle dish called Hokkien Mee, satay, and spring rolls. Its existence guarantees that hotel guests will never run short of delicious foods and beverages.

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To check in, know that the entrance to the hotel lobby is located on a small alleyway. Sekeping Kong Heng offers three types of accommodation — standard rooms, a family room and glass boxes. With its location, hotel guests can expect the authentic Ipoh experience. They wake up each morning to the heavenly smell of coffee being brewed fresh in the shop below. When in Rome, do as the Romans do. The same applies here. Come breakfast time, expect to eat with locals and like locals do. Time well spent is time spent exploring this and other alleyways a stone’s throw away.

The hotel’s time-honored appeal blends seamlessly with Ipoh’s old-world ambience. It’s obvious the Ipoh-born architect has intended to keep this part of town like it has always been. In the process the hotel’s existing structure is left intact. A loft-style twist adds contemporary feel to the hotel’s interior, while patches of greenery adorn the exterior walls keeping the building cool. Open-concept design provides easy access connecting the café to retail shops and a flea market nearby. The architect’s thorough understanding Ipoh’s lifestyle is manifested in the way the hotel is neatly restored. Sekeping Kong Heng now contributes in its small way to breathing new life to the old city.

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One-of-a-Kind Boutique Hotel

One-of-a-Kind Boutique Hotel

Silhouetted against a stone forest, this one-of-a-kind boutique hotel is a thriving, delightful escape adorned with works of art. Check it out.

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Story: skiixy /// Photography: Dumrong Leewairoj, Soopakorn Srisakul /// Style: Somboon Kreangkrai /// Design: Thavorn Ko-Udomvit, Kawit Ko-Udomvit, Anan Tantasanee, Kattika Kittiprasarn

One-of-a-Kind Boutique Hotel

One-of-a-Kind Boutique Hotel

One-of-a-Kind Boutique Hotel

Perched atop an abandoned marble yard in Nakhon Ratchasima, the boutique hotel affords views of the rocky landscape. The old rock quarry became inactive after the gleaming stones had been extracted. To create a unique and pleasant setting, the owner went to great lengths to ensure every aspect of the surroundings was kept intact. Hard terrain dictated that accommodation units be built strong like rock. That’s what makes the Nhapha Khao Yai Resort look like no other.

Over time nature goes to work, and the old marble yard comes alive turning lackluster cliff faces into a kaleidoscope of colors. Aptly named “Grand Villas Chom Hin Pha,” the guest lodges at the top boast 90 square meters of well-appointed rooms looking out over the pinkish brown rocky landscape.

If you prefer quirky, unusual locations, the “Villas Ping Pha Hin” are definitely your must-visit. The 40-square-meter cube-shaped lodges are placed inside the rock forest. Ingenious design takes advantage of the existing cliff faces, turning rock formations into naturally beautiful walls. The rocky surroundings turn out to be nifty temperature control inside the interior living spaces.

And not to worry about rainwater leaking in during storms. The gaps between natural and built environments are sealed tight while a system of gutters are in place to ensure storm water runoff is drain out fast.

One-of-a-Kind Boutique Hotel

One-of-a-Kind Boutique Hotel

One-of-a-Kind Boutique Hotel

One-of-a-Kind Boutique Hotel

Interior design is at the heart of the boutique hotel on the rock. Every unit showcases handcrafted wood furniture by award-winning designer/carpenter Yutthana Bumrungkit.

To make every visit feel like the first time, each villa is designed to highlight a different ambience and character. Together they turn the unique hotel into a thriving, delightful escape. Everywhere paintings and sculptural masterpieces abound. It’s like walking into a museum and actually living history.

Understandably the owner hopes that his unique hotel will one day turn into an attractive art venue in the Region.

Beautiful abstract sculpture adds a modern appeal to the pool.
Beautiful abstract sculpture adds a modern appeal to the pool.
View from the Grand Villa perched atop the old marble quarry.
View from the Grand Villa perched atop the old marble quarry.
The dining room showcases masterpieces by the hotel’s master artist.
The dining room showcases masterpieces by Thai master artist.
The hotel reception area
The hotel reception area

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One-of-a-Kind Boutique Hotel


2017 looks to be a great year as more exciting attractions are being added to the Nhapha Khao Yai Resort.

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The family room at the Gallery Villa showcases works of art with strong imaginative appeal. // Photo: Nhapha Khao Yai Resort
The family room at the Gallery Villa showcases works of art with strong imaginative appeal. // Photo: Nhapha Khao Yai Resort

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A travel trailer is available on site. Go for the legendary RV if you prefer to live a life of adventure and passion. // Photo: Nhapha Khao Yai Resort
A travel trailer is available on site. Go for the legendary RV if you prefer to live a life of adventure and passion. // Photo: Nhapha Khao Yai Resort
A brand new swimming pool comes with a waterfall descending over a sheer rock face. // Photo: Nhapha Khao Yai Resort
A brand new swimming pool comes with a waterfall descending over a sheer rock face. // Photo: Nhapha Khao Yai Resort

 

10 Most Romantic Hotels and Resorts in the Region

10 Most Romantic Hotels and Resorts in the Region

Indulge in sensual pleasures and experience the excitement at one of the most romantic hotels in the Region. Living ASEAN takes a sneak peek at ten of them for Valentine’s Day. Check this out.

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Conrad Bali
Conrad Bali, Indonesia
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Conrad Bali, Indonesia

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There is nothing like Infinity, a wedding chapel at Conrad Bali. Its simply stunning design is a one-of-a-kind romantic scene for the betrothed. The steel-framed glass wall on the north side, which stands for the bride, is designed to go hand in hand with the marble south side that represents the groom.

Located at Nusa Dua on the southern coast of Bali, the hotel offers five-star services with large rooms, beautiful gardens, and a spectacular beachfront. You will love traditional Balinese wisdom at Jiwa Spa, a wellness destination set in a peaceful water garden. That’s reason enough for an unforgettable experience.

http://www.conradbali.com/


 

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L’Alyana Ninh Van Bay, Nha Trang, Vietnam
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L’Alyana Ninh Van Bay, Nha Trang, Vietnam
L’Alyana Ninh Van Bay, Nha Trang, Vietnam
L’Alyana Ninh Van Bay, Nha Trang, Vietnam

– L’Alyana Ninh Van Bay, Nha Trang, Vietnam –

Soak up the ambience of a rainforest on rock-strewn mountainsides looking out over the ocean. The villas at L’Alyana are set on exclusive and private locations with spectacular views of the lagoon and Ninh Van Bay. The wholesome destination features a private pool for each villa, plus the main infinity pool, full spa facilities, and fine dining.

L’Alyana Ninh Van Bay is situated 16 km from Nha Trang’s city center. It offers airport shuttle service for smooth and easy transfer.

http://www.anlamnvb.com/


 

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Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai, Thailand
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Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai, Thailand
Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai, Thailand
Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai, Thailand

– Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai, Thailand –

Set on mountainous terrain in northern Thailand, the Four Seasons Tented Camp stands at a tri-point where the borders of Burma, Laos, and Thailand meet. The sumptuous hideaway boasts spectacular mountain trails surrounded by bamboo jungles. Here you can chillax in a luxurious tent setting, and indulge in traditional Thai-style massage on a private sundeck while listening to a chorus of birds and frogs in the river below. Trendy jungle-style weddings and honeymoon activities are among many romantic events designed for couples joined in matrimony.

http://www.fourseasons.com/goldentriangle/


 

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Hanging Gardens of Bali, Indonesia
Hanging Gardens of Bali, Indonesia
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The hotel’s 44 private villas reflect the Balinese idea of paradise, a place of serene natural beauty. Each gorgeous villa boasts a sense of discrete luxury combining contemporary design with Balinese décor, signature handcrafted furniture, exotic fabrics, open air dining space, and spectacular master bathrooms. Tastefully done to fit in with pristine surroundings, it’s true jungle paradise for lovers.

https://hanginggardensofbali.com/


 

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Dedon Island Resort, Siargao, the Philippines
Dedon Island Resort, Siargao, the Philippines
Dedon Island Resort, Siargao, the Philippines
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Dedon Island Resort, Siargao, the Philippines
Dedon Island Resort, Siargao, the Philippines
Dedon Island Resort, Siargao, the Philippines

– Dedon Island Resort, Siargao, the Philippines –

The boutique island resort is founded by Dedon, a European brand of handcrafted luxury outdoor furniture. Its design is based on the “barefoot state of mind” as the guiding principle. The holiday retreat is located on Siargao, one of the Philippines’ most pristine tropical islands renowned for great surfing reefs. Crystal clear waters and white sand beaches with coconut trees combine to make this romantic island resort a perfect escape from it all.

http://www.dedonisland.com/

Sampran Riverside: A Green Model

Sampran Riverside: A Green Model

For over five decades “Suan Sampran”, also known as the “Rose Garden,” has been the admiration of everyone. The rich, well-cultivated piece of real estate is also home to a waterfront hotel that many have come to love. Nestled on a 170-rai plot on the beautiful Tha Chin River, the Sampran Riverside Hotel is a real gem.

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Story: Panchach Changchan /// Photos: Sungwan Phratep /// Location: Sampran Riverside www.sampranriverside.com

The Sampran Riverside Hotel sits embraced by a circle of trees by the bucolic Tha Chin River. The interior has since undergone a complete makeover giving it modern appeal and a great many conveniences.
The Sampran Riverside Hotel sits embraced by a circle of trees by the bucolic Tha Chin River. The interior has since undergone a complete makeover giving it modern appeal and a great many conveniences.
A well-preserved Thai-style home sits at the water’s edge evoking fond memories of riverside living not so long ago.
A well-preserved Thai-style home sits at the water’s edge evoking fond memories of riverside living not so long ago.
Every residential unit has a pier that juts out over the water. Made for relaxation, the raised structure is hemmed in by lush foliage and mature trees including banyan, mast, and coconut groves. Nearby, fragrant pandan plants thrive turning it into a sweet-smelling pond.
Every residential unit has a pier that juts out over the water. Made for relaxation, the raised structure is hemmed in by lush foliage and mature trees including banyan, mast, and coconut groves. Nearby, fragrant pandan plants thrive turning it into a sweet-smelling pond.
The renovated interior brings out the character of a modern villa complete with many amenities. An air-conditioning unit is hidden in plain sight behind wooden furnishings. /// Steep pitched rooflines add an airy atmosphere to the impressive interior design. The triangular portion of the wall is adapted to offer plenty of openings to allow natural light and make the design appear lightweight.
The renovated interior brings out the character of a modern villa complete with many amenities. An air-conditioning unit is hidden in plain sight behind wooden furnishings. /// Steep pitched rooflines add an airy atmosphere to the impressive interior design. The triangular portion of the wall is adapted to offer plenty of openings to allow natural light and make the design appear lightweight.

Only the name has changed. The famous Rose Garden is now known as the Sampran Riverside Hotel. Everything else remains the same — great atmosphere, beautiful garden, and cozy accommodations. The main hotel building and six Thai-style homes at the water’s edge have undergone complete makeovers. Apart from modernistic interior design and new décor ideas in some corners, the warm and inviting ambience is there like it’s always been. The Sampran Riverside carries on the tradition as a salubrious destination with views of the river, the garden, and the unhurried way of life of the surrounding community.

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Damask roses thrive in a chemical-free environment. Besides their ethereal beauty, rose petals also have other practical uses. Among other things, Damask rose petals make for sweet-smelling tea when dried.
Damask roses thrive in a chemical-free environment. Besides their ethereal beauty, rose petals also have other practical uses. Among other things, Damask rose petals make for sweet-smelling tea when dried.

The Thai Village Zone is the hotel’s latest attraction designed to take visitors on a journey back in time. It offers plenty of activities that afford the chance for individual participation. They include traditional textile weaving, flower garland making, and umbrella painting. For those who love going to the show, there are folk art performances, music, cultural storytelling, children’s games, martial art performances, and the famous Thai elephants show.

Apart from the magnificent Thai elephants show, folk art performances are well received among visitors. Waves of laughter confirm they find great storytelling about the Thai way of life as fascinating as it is informative.
Apart from the magnificent Thai elephants show, folk art performances are well received among visitors. Waves of laughter confirm they find great storytelling about the Thai way of life as fascinating as it is informative.

The new name was timed to coincide with an entirely new concept in property management. The hotel owners, now the third generation, have decided it was time to go green because nature was home and it deserved to be well looked after. Damask rose farming needed a lot of chemical fertilizers. So the management decided to gradually do away with it. In the process, the land traditionally used for rose cultivation was reduced to just a few small plots. The rest, about 30 rai, was transformed into a thriving organic farm. It was a win-win situation for all. For the hotel workforce, it meant better health and wellness. Nowadays fruits and vegetables are picked fresh every day, enough to meet the needs of four restaurants on the premises.

The wetlands ecosystem offer many benefits from supporting plants and aquatic life to filtering spent water before it is made safe and returned to natural waterways. Among the useful species are edible fern (Diplazium esculentum), arrowhead Amazon flowers, and pandan plants (pandanus amaryllifolius).
The wetlands ecosystem offer many benefits from supporting plants and aquatic life to filtering spent water before it is made safe and returned to natural waterways. Among the useful species are edible fern (Diplazium esculentum), arrowhead Amazon flowers, and pandan plants (pandanus amaryllifolius).

The organic initiative is called the “Sampran Model”. The concept reaches out to agriculturists in the vicinity. The hotel acts a go-between man connecting farmers in Nakhon Patom to consumers both in and outside the community. It encourages agriculturists to avoid using chemicals and set up fair trade markets to promote sales. On weekends it puts on special events to make fresh fruits and produce available to consumers.

The weekend is the best time to relive the past as the lush oasis comes alive with activity, including the much-talked-about Floating Market. Aboard traditional rowboats, vendors come loaded with good foods as well as fruits and produce picked fresh from neighborhood farms.
The weekend is the best time to relive the past as the lush oasis comes alive with activity, including the much-talked-about Floating Market. Aboard traditional rowboats, vendors come loaded with good foods as well as fruits and produce picked fresh from neighborhood farms.

Our team had the opportunity to catch a ferry ride to the opposite side of the river. We landed on a thriving fruit orchard that was organically cultivated. Anirut Khaosanit, also called the local wise man, was kind enough to share his knowledge and years of experience on organic farming. His was a mixed-species vegetable farm, where morning glory, eggplant, climbing wattle and luffa are grown using compost made from green waste.

Herbs and pleasant smelling flowers thrive in the front garden.
Herbs and pleasant smelling flowers thrive in the front garden.

 There was never a dull moment. Our day in Sampran was packed with stories and activities. From the vegetable farm, we proceeded to nearby Sook-Jai Market and Rim-Klong Market looking for delicious meals that were made fresh the traditional way. There were plenty of those.

A wellness spa parlor showcases a full array of “Patom” skin-nourishing products. The house brand offers many aromatherapy products handcrafted from Damask roses and organically cultivated herbs. www.patom.com
A wellness spa parlor showcases a full array of “Patom” skin-nourishing products. The house brand offers many aromatherapy products handcrafted from Damask roses and organically cultivated herbs. www.patom.com

Once a rose garden on the Tha Chin River, the newly renovated hotel has grown and become an awesome destination offering upscale accommodations and exposure to cultural exchanges. The Sampran Riverside no doubt has discovered that going green is the way forward. It translates into happiness for all. Pursuing the sustainable path not only benefits the hotel and its guests, but also contributes significantly to the betterment of society to which it belongs.

This little hill has been standing here for a very long time. It is home to many flowers, especially local species like wild sage, gold showers, yellow cosmos flowers, and gardenia crape jasmine. All of these species thrive in their natural habitat.
This little hill has been standing here for a very long time. It is home to many flowers, especially local species like wild sage, gold showers, yellow cosmos flowers, and gardenia crape jasmine. All of these species thrive in their natural habitat.
The Thai Way of Life Zone isn’t about just farming demonstrations. It offers hands-on experience in every step of rice cultivation. Guests can try their hand at doing it, from sowing seeds and replanting to harvesting and milling.
The Thai Way of Life Zone isn’t about just farming demonstrations. It offers hands-on experience in every step of rice cultivation. Guests can try their hand at doing it, from sowing seeds and replanting to harvesting and milling.
Modern day Thais don’t chew betel nut. But mature Areca palms are kept on the property as part of the original groves that have stood here since times past. They tell stories of unique charm of the way of life in Central Thailand.
Modern day Thais don’t chew betel nut. But mature Areca palms are kept on the property as part of the original groves that have stood here since times past. They tell stories of unique charm of the way of life in Central Thailand.
Anirut, lovingly called the local wise man, is always there to share his knowledge with visitors. /// His blackboard shows the timetable, tips, and tricks for growing plants, making compost, and care for the vegetable gardens.
Anirut, lovingly called the local wise man, is always there to share his knowledge with visitors. /// His blackboard shows the timetable, tips, and tricks for growing plants, making compost, and care for the vegetable gardens.
Kids and parents enjoy a field day on the weekend. It’s a good opportunity to learn about farming while having fun harvesting fresh fruits and produce.
Kids and parents enjoy a field day on the weekend. It’s a good opportunity to learn about farming while having fun harvesting fresh fruits and produce.
Children take stock of fruits, vegetables, and eggs picked fresh and ready for their first lunch on a farm.
Children take stock of fruits, vegetables, and eggs picked fresh and ready for their first lunch on a farm.
A traditional riverboat ferries hotel guests to an organic farm on the opposite side of the river.
A traditional riverboat ferries hotel guests to an organic farm on the opposite side of the river.
A Cycling Hotel / Sleep, Eat, and Ride a Bicycle

A Cycling Hotel / Sleep, Eat, and Ride a Bicycle

Nandha Hotel is a cycling hotel located in the heart of Bangkok, lodging where lovers of all things vintage can enjoy their holiday surrounded by eclectic décor.

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Story: Bundaree Deewong /// Photo: Sungwan Phratep /// Interior Designer: Bangkok Day Group by Kasisin Suwattanaphim

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The Nandha is named after the mother of owners Anucha and Bheema Jotikabukkana. These two have strong passions for both cycling and photography, and with a designer’s help, have expressed these favorite pastimes through the hotel’s interior decoration.

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Kasisin Suwattanaphim, of Bangkok Day Group, is the designer responsible for this project. He came up with the catchphrase “Sleep-Eat-Ride,” which became the hotel’s main concept.

Above the storefront, the hotel façade features striking light blue wooden latticework with a yellow vintage bicycle hanging above its signature slogan. The latticework also acts to screen out harsh daylight. On the left corner is the loft-style Passion Café,in whose cozy, warm atmosphere guests imbibe coffee and other drinks.

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The lobby interior is decorated with old collectibles such as rare bicycles and vintage cameras, making it one of guests’ favorite photo spots. The railing on the stairwell to the rooms is constructed of water piping.

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Each floor has its own decorative color assigned to it: pink, blue, green and so on. Room entrances play along with the hotel’s concept, and each room even has its own bicycle bell with room number, for use in calling hotel staff for assistance.

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An in-room desk is adapted from a real bicycle. There are clothes hangers made from pedals. The secretive little gimmick-like details are part of what makes this place unique and special.

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The hotel offers two types of room: vintage-style with a contemporary feel and classic-style, with a warm wood décor. Additionally, for groups there is a two-storey duplex suite with two bedrooms.

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For those looking for a unique experience and heartwarming hospitality, or simply seeking a cycling hotel with a budget price, Nandha hotel not to be missed.

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Morrissey: Hip Hotel in Jakarta

Morrissey: Hip Hotel in Jakarta

For a traveler, what could be better than a nice hotel in the heart of the city? Pick a hotel with a relaxing atmosphere and good design. If your destination is Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia, the Morrissey hip hotel is the one and only right choice to choose.

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Story: Wuthikorn Suthiapa /// Photos: Soopakorn Srisakul

The Morrissey reception area features modern cubic architecture and a restaurant serving brunch meals.
The Morrissey reception area features modern cubic architecture and a restaurant serving brunch meals.

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Designed for high quality accommodations, the Morrissey features a gorgeous mix of Jakarta’s urban tropical ambience and ultramodern architecture. There is a hint of Industrial Loft design that comes with high ceilings, plenty of wall openings, and abundant natural light. Naked concrete finishes alternating with brick painted white, and dark-colored wood floors provide a welcome contrast between stylishly chic design and natural rawness.

The Morrissey interior becomes an enchanting, well-lighted place by night, thanks to beautiful lighting effects and natural textured finishes. /// The rooftop garden features a perfect escape for those seeking a little peace and quiet, in which to read or just sit back and relax.
The Morrissey interior becomes an enchanting, well-lighted place by night, thanks to beautiful lighting effects and natural textured finishes. /// The rooftop garden features a perfect escape for those seeking a little peace and quiet, in which to read or just sit back and relax.

The hotel is conveniently located within walking distance to interesting attractions throughout Jakarta’s CBD. The famed Museum Nasional Indonesia is less than two kilometers away, while the fashionable shopping mall Plaza Indonesia, aka “P.I.” is roughly a kilometer or 7 minutes if you prefer going by train.

Cozy Resident's Lounge looks out over the lap pool with panoramic views of the city skyline stretching farther than the eye can see.
Cozy Resident’s Lounge looks out over the lap pool with panoramic views of the city skyline stretching farther than the eye can see.

If a journey back in time is for you, know that the Old Djakarta Theater, the Jalan Surabaya Antique Market, and the Taman Ismali Marzuki Cultural Center are easily accessible from the Morrissey. It’s a good idea to walk to these great attractions. It only takes about ten minutes. Having been to all of them, we had the most fun exploring the city on foot.

Besides excellent service and upscale accommodations, the Morrissey is also known for Italian cuisine as well as local and fusion foods. Drop into the Ocha & Bella restaurant to find out. Open kitchen design lets you see chefs at work preparing meals right before your eyes.
Besides excellent service and upscale accommodations, the Morrissey is also known for Italian cuisine as well as local and fusion foods. Drop into the Ocha & Bella restaurant to find out. Open kitchen design lets you see chefs at work preparing meals right before your eyes.

Along the way, take your time to experience the Indonesian versions of street food similar to the ready-to-eat meals ubiquitous throughout Asian. Highly recommended is Nasi goring, the Indonesian version of fried rice. Buy a set from the street vendor and have it cooked to order right on the spot. Another not-to-be-missed dish is Satay, especially Goat Satay. It smells good and tastes like heaven.

In case you have had a long day, the Morrissey offers plenty of cozy spots in which to relax and unwind. The Sky Lobby offers a vantage point to take in panoramic views of Jakarta city skyline. If fitness is for you, go to the swimming pool, or burn calories and build muscle on the treadmill. Take your pick. A full array of gym equipment is available onsite.

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The Morrissey reception area is also home to a lobby café. Most outstanding is the architectural design that is strongly influenced by Le Corbusier, the icon of Modernism.

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Large window frames the view of Jakarta city skyline. Simple décor belies the comfy and warm atmosphere. Natural textured finishes, no-fuss ceilings, and painted brickwork add a touch of Industrial Loft to “Double Volume” Room.

Fueled by tropical inspirations, guest rooms at the Morrissey showcase textured concrete finishes and brickwork in relaxing shades of white. Simple, clean design leaves plenty of room for wall openings. Frameless glass doors and panels allow abundant natural light. Such inspiring Modern Tropical details can be applied to many parts of your home.

The Seminar Room with an information center is at your service on the mezzanine.
The Seminar Room with an information center is at your service on the mezzanine.
Workspace on the first floor of “Double Volume” Room consists of a desk-cum-dining-table, a sofa and coffee table. Furniture varies from one room to another. But every piece is representative of the Industrial Era. Chairs in this photo are the Tolix Model A designed by Xavier Pauchard in 1934.
Workspace on the first floor of “Double Volume” Room consists of a desk-cum-dining-table, a sofa and coffee table. Furniture varies from one room to another. But every piece is representative of the Industrial Era. Chairs in this photo are the Tolix Model A designed by Xavier Pauchard in 1934.

Link: http://iammorrissey.com

10 Most Incredible Airbnb Accommodations in the ASEAN

10 Most Incredible Airbnb Accommodations in the ASEAN

Airbnb.com is not only Bed & Breakfast budget room. Take a peek with us and book a night (or more) in these wonderful Airbnb accommodations for an unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime experience. Enjoy your holidays!

Photos: www.airbnb.com


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– Bamboo Eco Cottage in a Paddy Field / Indonesia –

Only five minutes away from central Ubud stands a woven bamboo house, where nature lovers can fully enjoy a night next to a rice paddy field. The room comes with an outdoor living area and an open-roof bathroom. This is truly a secluded home to relax away from the hustle and bustle of big cities.
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/744971



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– Stunning Bamboo House by the River / Indonesia –

The title says it all. This Airbnb’s top-picked property is the most favorite among celebrities from around the world. Nestled on the bank of the Ayung River, the whole-bamboo house offers three double-bed bedrooms with en-suite baths, kitchen, lounge, plunge pool, a workspace on the fourth floor. What more could one ask for a perfect luxurious vacation in Bali?
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/798483


 

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– Superb Property for Movie Shoot or Corporate Event / Singapore –

It’s not common to see a house in Singapore. However, among skyscrapers and high-rise condominiums, there is this large colonial-accent house with a 1-hectare park and a swimming pool available for rent. With a capacity of up to 50 guests, you can even throw an exclusive gala new year here (as long as you keep the noise down as the host requested.)
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/9815599


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– House with a Pool on the Mekong / Laos –

The French-Laos colonial house offers a beautiful view of the serene Mekong River and the smaller Nam Dong River. The design is simple yet elegant. It features three large bedrooms with en-suite baths, a living room and terraces. Its private infinity pool parallel to the Mekong River is a nice spot to watch the sunrise and sunset with Mekong as a background.
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/3939934


 

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– Kiridara Villa Ban Visoun / Laos –

The lovely villa is a part of Kiridara Hotel in Luang Prabang, which ensures you a superior hospitality. The 2-bedroom villa is of contemporary Lao style. With historical sites and a local village nearby, guests have a chance to experience the authentic local way of life.
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/6941851



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– Studio P I L A; Loft, Comfy Designer’s Home / Thailand –

This loft townhouse in Bangkok also doubles as a studio of a fashion designer. So, a pleasant stay with a trendy and chic host is guaranteed. The hose offers a second floor on the 4-storey building for guests, while the first floor is a reception area and the designer himself lives on the third floor.
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/16156713


 

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– The Mustang Nero / Room No.4 the Horse / Thailand –

This could be one of the most exotic rooms to stay in Bangkok. The building itself is a renovated shop-house. The host cleverly turned The Horse room into a raw, rustic accommodation with a big tree in the middle of it, vintage furnishings and artsy taxidermies. It may not suit guests with fainted hearts, but it is surely impressive.
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/5964843?s=AP3-gjiJ


 

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– The Naked House / Thailand –

The stilt-floor plan house on Samui Island takes advantage of the location for a full panoramic ocean view and fresh natural air. The house takes up to 11 people and also has a saltwater lap pool surrounded by nature. According to a guest’s comment, the real building looks even better than the photos. To prove the statement, book the place and see it for yourself.
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/3251026?s=u5f8pJAd


 

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– Tropical Paradise Tree House – Famous Homestay / Vietnam –

Supported by only one pillar, just like the historical One Pillar Pagoda, this unique homestay in Hanoi is a tree house where you can actually sleep in. The house is elevated 4 meters from the ground. Contrary to its out worldly tribal-like decoration, the place is equipped with wi-fi and air-conditioning machine for guests’ convenience.
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/13470326?s=0AaPdxBC


 

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– Charming Villa in Hoi An / Vietnam –

Travel back in time through a stay in this ancient house. The traditional Chinese-influenced wooden house features two spacious bedrooms with en-suite bathroom, one master bedroom, one living room and a swimming pool. With an open-air layout, guests stay close to nature the same way people do in the old days.
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1194406?s=RPHQC3ui

 

 

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