Hilton to open two new Bangkok properties

Hilton Worldwide will open its first Doubletree property in Bangkok next year, along with a new-build Hilton hotel.

Both properties will be located in the commercial district of Sukhumvit, close to Phrom Phong sky train station and next to the Emporium shopping complex.

The converted Doubletree by Hilton, Sukhumvit Bangkok will be the first property by the brand in the Thai capital, and will feature 182 rooms, an all-day dining restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre, and a 512sqm conference room.

Meanwhile the 24-storey new-build Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok will have 287 rooms including 35 suites and an executive floor. Hotel features will include an all-day dining restaurant and lobby lounge, an outdoor swimming pool, a health club and spa, a 465sqm conference room and a business centre.

The new hotels will join five existing Hilton properties in Thailand: the Hilton Pattaya, the Millennium Hilton Bangkok, the Hilton Hua Hin Resort & Spa, the Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa and the Conrad Bangkok. The group is also set to open a Conrad property in Koh Samui later this year.

For more information visit hilton.com, and for our four hour guide to Bangkok click here.




For the past few years, prices of hotel rooms in Singapore has been sky rocketing. Whatever it was reported in the news extra isn’t exactly the truth.  Official figures are often misleading and visitors who visit Singapore regularly on business or for leisure will know this.


For example, a room at Hotel Rendezvous was around $150 per room per night back in 2003. It rose to almost $250 in beginning 2008, hitting as high as $300 in last quarter of 2008.

What hotels in Singapore didnt realized was there is a pending downturn, in fact a huge downturn coming up. Due to the economic crisis which start hitting Singapore in the mid of third quarter and last quarter of 2008, hotels faced a sharp drop in their occupancy rates, and didn’t really smarten up till now.

Hotels are still trying to put up a strong false front, but it just could not last long. There is just not enough visitors going to Singapore. Comments like “We are still experiencing high occupancy” was seen at news late 2008. But the real fact is many hotels are experiencing extremely low occupancy rates. The exorbitant hotel rates has to come down!

True enough it did! Singapore hotels are dropping prices in order to attract more visitors. It is now much more attractive to visit Singapore! Business travellers can now save on the costs to visit their Singapore offices and counterparts.  Visitors should also consider booking hotels nearby to the Central Business District or Central Shopping District instead, it would mean further savings.

Visitors to Singapore should really take advantage of the new price drops now, to avoid the hotel operators trying to jerk up the prices as the economy slowly recovers.

Source: Prices obtained from Hotels.Online Singapore. Prices quoted are in Singapore dollars.


The Anime Festival Asia 2009 returns to Singapore for the second year. Following a largely successful 2008 event, it promises to return with much more thump this year. Visitors can look forward to to witness and feel more than what they enjoyed last year. It will be the occasion for all anime, cosplay, and animation lovers to be there.

More than 50,000 visitors are expected to turn up for Anime Festival Asia 2009, which promises to deliver a much bigger musical programme than last year, with various more stars attending the event compared to the event the previous year.

In addition to the “I Love Anisong” music event, anime supporters will be elated at the launch of “Moe Moe Kyun Maid Café” at the event. Moe Moe is a Japanese slang expression for attraction to sexy and pretty person, commonly a imagined perfect young girl. Even if you are not an anime fan, the girls clothed up to flawlessness will fascinate you. Organizers of the occasion has indicated they may spin off the maids as a performing group or even put together “Moe Moe Kyun Mad Café” as a permanent café. So it will be a great time for you to spot these girls first hand!

Many performers from Japan will be performing at the fair, and it will also feature Singaporean girls who will be wearing clothes as maids to serve customers at the festival’s on-site “Moe Moe Kyun Maid Café”.

A particular feature of the event would be the 30th anniversary of the hit anime franchise Gundam. Models of mobile suits from the numerous Gundam series will be on parade, together with Gundam model kits for trade, which are exclusive to the occasion. Gundam fans will be in for a serious treat!

Top regional cosplayers are projected to turn up for the inaugural Regional Cosplay Championship also being held at the event. If you are a cosplay fan, you will need to be there the event!

There is also a Kids Land area for children not more than the age of eight. Children can be trained to make sushi and have their pictures taken with their favourite superheroes. Amongst the superheroes who will be at the extravaganza will be Power Rangers and Masked Rider.

For business people and industry players, the fair includes the first Animation Asia Conference 2009 on November 20 2009. You can do your networking with trade associates in the same industry; there will not be a better event to attend if you are involved in the anime trade.

Anime Festival Asia 2009 promises to be a events packed episode. It will be hosted at Singapore’s Suntec Convention Centre from November 20 2009 to November 22 2009. It will be at Halls 403 and 404 and will open from 10am to 9pm. It will pay to be here early as the number of guests estimated for the event will be sizeable.

For guests to Singapore, you may wish to know the Singapore accommodations nearest to the place would be those close to the Marina Bay or Beach Road vicinity. If you make your reservations in this two areas, the event position is all but a fifteen minutes walk away.

You should make the reservation for your accommodation stay quickly as November is deemed a peak season month in Singapore, and hotel rooms are projected to be taken up pretty early.