From design hotels and slick boutique hostels to eccentric budget stalwarts and funky serviced apartments, Bangkok’s eclectic accommodation offers plenty of bang for your baht
Hidden at the back of one of Chinatown’s Buddhist temples, this one-of-a-kind B&B is a winsome example of a growing trend: hotelier-driven conservation. An old two-storey teak hut that juts over the Chao Praya river has been converted into a bohemian retreat with seven rooms, all done out in recycled woods and bold colour. As lovely as they are, the cushion-strewn common area with terrace is Loy La Long’s real trump card. Here guests sit transfixed by the widescreen river views each evening, only tearing themselves away to grab another beer from the fridge or chat with the friendly owners.
• +66 2 639 1390, loylalong.com, doubles from £60; dorm beds from £23pp (sleeps four) AS
Yorkshire beats off competition from popular cities, among them Paris, Rome, Barcelona and Florence, to be named Europe’s leading destination 2013
“Yorkshire wins World Travel Awards.” I read it online on my way home to York after a trip abroad. Not only that but the county had beaten off opposition from London, Berlin and Madrid to become European destination 2013 at the World Travel Awards held in Antalya, Turkey. Previous winners include Edinburgh, Istanbul and Lisbon. Reading all this, I was, I must admit, shocked, deeply shocked. How was it possible that God’s Own Country had not won before? What flagrant prejudice and bigotry had denied the North, South, East and West Yorkshire victory in previous years?
Normally such a declaration would come accompanied by a disclaimer stating the writer’s affiliations, but I was born in Cumbria and grew up in blissful ignorance of Yorkshire. It was not until the winter of 1994 that enlightenment came. Forced by circumstances to stay with relatives near Thirsk, I began a process of discovery: the magical wilderness of Swaledale, the North York Moors all the way to the coast at Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay, Fountains Abbey and the Strid waterfalls at Bolton Abbey. I was hooked. In fact I moved to the county that same year and have never moved away.