Grab your passport for these Asia’s cultural wonders

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This season, IHG Hotels & Resorts invites you to embrace a new dimension of exploration, venturing beyond the tourist’s path and immersing yourself in the heart of culture in four perennial favourites for Singaporean travellers: Bali, Bangkok, Hongdae, and Osaka. 

Bali’s spiritual charm 

Bali, the Island of the Gods, beckons with an aura of profound spirituality. Nestled amidst lush landscapes and glistening waters, Bali is a haven for seekers of tranquility, introspection, and cultural richness. With its serene temples, mystical traditions, and breathtaking natural beauty, it’s not just a destination but a spiritual voyage. 

Where to stay: Celebrate the serenity of Bali at Holiday Inn Bali Sanur, a modern and sophisticated hotel located a short stroll from the renowned Sanur Beach. With stylish accommodations designed for families, couples, and solo travellers, the hotel offers a rooftop swimming pool, a 24-hour gym, a Grab & Go Bar, an all-day dining restaurant, and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the premises. Families with children aged 12 and under can take advantage of the brand’s Kids Stay and Eat Free programme. Meanwhile, its roof deck offers a peaceful retreat for all with panoramic views of Sanur Beach. 

Bangkok’s urban tapestry

Bangkok, the quintessential Asian megacity, boasts a dazzling blend of golden wats (Buddhist monasteries), soaring skyscrapers, bustling markets, intricate road networks, and traditional village clusters—a reflection of the city’s remarkable transformation over the past five decades. It’s a destination for every kind of traveller, where the vast cityscape conceals a diverse world within its neighborhoods. 

Where to stay: Uncover the vibrant heart of Bangkok at IHG’s extended stay brand, Staybridge Suites, offering two exceptionally central locations: Staybridge Suites Bangkok Thonglor and Staybridge Suites Bangkok Sukhumvit. These sophisticated residential-styled hotels, cater to business and leisure travellers, fully-equipped with a kitchenette, refrigerator, cooking hob, laundry machine and dryer. Staybridge Suites Bangkok Thonglor, the first to open in Asia-Pacific under the brand, boasts over 300 suites, including some with private balconies. On the other hand, Staybridge Suites Bangkok Sukhumvit offers over 200 rooms, a 24-hour skyline fitness centre, and a golf simulator for in-house guests. Both hotels offer authentic Japanese onsen, The Den, where guests can work and relax, and The Social, a curated event that runs three nights a week offering a casual opportunity for guests unwind and connect. 

Hongdae’s contemporary beat 

Hongdae, the cultural epicenter of Seoul, is a vibrant hub of youthful creativity. It’s the birthplace of K-pop, attracting music enthusiasts from around the world. Yet, it’s more than just music; Hongdae is a hotbed for art, fashion, and nightlife. Its streets come alive with captivating murals, setting an inspiring atmosphere. Whether you’re chasing the latest trends, seeking live music, or simply strolling through bustling streets, Hongdae offers it all. 

Where to stay: Begin your adventure at Holiday Inn Express Seoul Hongdae. With 294 guest rooms designed for comfort and value, the hotel is a short drive from Gimpo International Airport and offers easy access to the city’s business districts. Situated above AK Mall, it’s the perfect gateway to exploring nearby attractions, from the iconic Hongdae Walking Street to the War Memorial of Korea and the delightful Bamdokkaebi Night Market. 

Osaka’s time-honoured traditions 

Osaka is a charming, relaxed city best known for its food, fun, and nightlife, with a touch of history and culture. Just a short shinkansen ride from Tokyo, you’ll find yourself in an area of exciting nightlife, delectable cuisine, and warm, friendly locals. Along with ample shopping and modern attractions, Osaka also boasts historical treasures, with Osaka Castle as the crowning jewel. 

Where to stay: Welcome to Japan’s first ever voco property, voco Osaka Central. Nestled in Osaka’s Kyomachibori district, this hotel boasts striking design, cozy rooms, and exquisite dining, all with a sustainable touch. With a warm welcome inspired by the surroundings, it’s a standout in central Osaka, offering relaxation and outstanding dining experiences for guests. 

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