If you are keen to travel to Asia and would like to experience staying somewhere a little different than your average hotel then you have a lot of choice.

There are options for all budgets, so if you are keen to go backpacking on a budget or have a budget for something more luxury you will be able to find hostels, hotels and resorts which are probably unlike anywhere you have ever stayed before.

Check out our recommendations for some of the coolest and most quirky places to stay in Asia and book a stay today.


1. Conrad Resort, Maldives

The Maldives is famous for world class resorts and if you choose to stay at Conrad Resort on Rangali Island you can enjoy something really special. This hotel has an underwater restaurant!

Set on 2 separate islands connected by a bridge, the luxurious Conrad Maldives Rangali Island offers spacious private villas. It boasts the all-glass underwater Ithaa Restaurant and 2 award-winning spas. 

Imagine eating breakfast and getting to see fish and other marine life swimming above your head!


2. Seaventures Dive Rig, Borneo

Seaventures Dive Rig, Borneo

Stay on a oil rig? Is this even possible? Yes. In beautiful Sabah in Malaysia an old oil rig (as seen in the image above) has been transfored into a modern accommodation with over 27 rooms and entertainment. This is an amazing place to stay if you are a keen to go scuba diving in Malaysia as there are spectacular coral reefs located all around the hotel. 


3. The Imperial Boathouse Hotel, Ko Samui, Thailand

Imperial Boathouse Hotel Ko Samui Thailand

Thailand has a booming tourism industry and more and more speciality places to stay are opening every year.

The Imperial Boathouse in Koh Samui, Thailand is made from modernised old rice barges which were once used to transport food and goods up the Chao Praya River.

This hotel has luxury rooms, facilities and even a pool in the shape of a boat. If you would like to explore more of the country you can also book activities and Thailand tours here.


4. Wanderlust, Singapore 

Wanderlust, Singapore

Singapore is a ultra modern destination and Wanderlust is special place to reserve a stay. The achitecture, modern facilities and amazing rooms are very different to other traditional hotels nearby.

Housed in a 1920’s building in Little India, Wanderlust is an experimental boutique hotel showcasing a diverse range of fun themes. It offers free Wi-Fi and a mosaic tiled hot tub. Origami, pop-art and space are just some of the themes featured in these unique rooms. Handy Phone, laptop safes and flat-screen cable TVs are provided in each.

If you would like to be more than just a tourist and stay in the country longer you might like to view our guide to working in Singapore.


5. 4 Rivers Floating Lodge, Koh Kong, Cambodia

4 Rivers Floating Lodge Koh Kong, Cambodia

The 4 Rivers Floating Lodge is one of the most scenic places to stay in Asia. This picturesque hotel in Cambodia includes 12 tented bungalows situated on the tranquil Tatai River.

This is certainly one of the most creative places you can stay in the country where you can also expect fantastic amenities like high tech televisions, free wifi and entertainment.

If you would like to help conservation efforts in this incredible country view our volunteer programs in Cambodia.


6. Benesse House, Naoshima Island, Japan

Benesse House, Naoshima Island, Japan

If you would like to venture away from mainland Japan and are keen to stay somewhere totally different heck out the Benesse hotel located in Naoshima Islands of Japan.

This hotel was built by the billionaire art collector Soichiro Fukutake who constructed a hotel which is like staying in an art gallery / museum. By staying here you can see world famous art from people like Anthony Gormley, Twombly, Johns, and even Monet. 


7. Kumbuk Hotel, Buttala, Sri Lanka

Kumbuk Hotel, Buttala, Sri Lanka

Looking for an eco accommodation with a difference? Check out the incredible Kumbuk hotel in Sri Lanka. Situated on the banks of Kumbbukam Oyan River this slighly strange looking hotel is an architectural gem and provides tourists the chance to stay in eco wood and straw accommodation.

The hotel is located in a rich area of vegetation and biodiversity and is one of the most relaxing places to stay in the country. If you are a keen eco traveller than you might want to combine experiences and volunteer in Sri Lanka where you can work with elephants and sea turtles.


8. Soneva Kiri Eco Resort, Koh Kood, Thailand

Soneva Kiri Eco Resort, Thailand

If you are looking to experience the magical Thai islands and would like to stay somewhere to make all your friends and family jealous check out the Soneva Kiri Eco Resort on Koh Kood.

This modern resort is nestled amidst an unspoilt tropical island of Koh Kood, Soneva Kiri offers luxurious villas with a private pool and private terrace. It has an outdoor pool with sun loungers, a fitness centre and on-site dining options. 

Soneva Kiri Eco Resort Thailand

One of the most impressive things about this hotel is the incredible tree house restaurant where you get meals get delivered by zip line!


9. Sharma Springs, Bali, Indonesia 

Sharma Springs, Indonesia

Bali is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Asia and if you are keen to visit why not choose to stay in a tree house. The Sharma Springs in Bali, Indonesia is a modern eco-tourism treehouse hotel with modern facilities located on the beautiful Ayung river. Book a tour of Indonesia to see more of this spectacular country.


10. Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, India

Taj Lake Palace, India

If you are planning a break to incredible India then you should definately considering adding Udaipur to your itinerary and book a stay at the beautiful Taj Lake Palace. This is one of the most beautiful and also romantic hotels in Asia, located on the an island on Lake Pichola.


11. Panda Inn, Emeishan, China

Panda Inn China

The Panda Inn in Sichuan, China is a great place to stay where you can learn more about the problems pandas are facing. This Inn has been designed to raise awareness of panda poaching and habitat loss.

There are over 30 rooms available to stay in which are all different, and even some of the staff are dressed as pandas. If you have a passion for wildlife then you can apply to volunteer in China and help pandas at the same time as staying here.


12. Red Rose Hotel, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Red Rose Hotel Thailand

This reasonably priced hotel has a unique selling point, themed rooms! You can choose to stay in rooms with themes including Disney and Star Wars. You can even find a boxing ring room and also a room which has a bed in a suspended boat! You won't have stayed anywhere like this before.


13. Crazy House, Dalat, Vietnam

Hang NGA Guesthouse ĐÀ LẠT, Vietnam

The Crazy House guesthouse in Dalat, Vietnam was designed by architect Dang Viet Nga who took inspiration from Gaudi. There are 10 unique rooms available with random themes, designs and artwork. This guesthouse will remind you of something out of a childrens book whilst the location is spectacular too, surrounded by lush rainforest.


14. Container Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Container Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Are you keen to stay somewhere totally different? Check out the amazing Container Hotel in Kuala Lumpur which is unlike most other accommodation in the world.

The resort has been built from recycled freight containers and the insides modernised with warm and modern rooms. This hotel is very affordable in the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s city centre.


15. Keemala Resort, Phuket, Thailand

Keemala Resort, Thailand

Keemala is nestled amidst lush flora atop rolling hills overlooking Kamala Village and the Andaman Sea. This resort boasts a spa and wellness centre, soothing massage treatments and a restaurant. Kamala Beach is 1.2 miles away. Guests are provided with free WiFi access throughout the stay.

Featuring a private pool, each tastefully unit is complete with multimedia, seating areas and a terrace, which enhances stunning views of the below woodlands and the glittering sea. Complimentary soft drinks, local beer and snacks are available in the minibar. En suite bathrooms are all supplied with a bath and free charming toiletries.


16. nine hours Narita Airport, Japan

nine hours Narita Airport, Japan

Located inside Narita Airport’s Terminal 2, nine hours Narita Airport is a modern capsule hotel with rooms with a 24-hour front desk, and free WiFi. Each capsule is fitted with a comfortable mattress and a pillow. Shower room and toilets are shared with other guests. Amenities like bath towels, toothbrushes and nightwear are provided upon check-in.


Have you been to stay at any of the hotels included on our list? Or do you have any recommendations for places we have missed? Let us know in the comments section below.


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