We’re still stuck in an isolated bubble of domestic tourism, forlorn-looking luggage collecting dust. Aimlessly, we leaf through our passport pages; reposting pictures from what seems like an eternity, with desperate captions and sad emojis. If you, like us, are over that and ready to set off on a new journey, there’s definitely a way to see the bright side of our situation. Turn it into an opportunity to reconnect with your long-lost traveling spirit at the newly-launched Lyf Sukhumvit 8 Bangkok (stylized “lyf”). All the fun and excitement of a staycation is within reach again — literally — as it’s just a five-minute walk from BTS Nana.
After three years of research, Singapore-based international lodging company The Ascott Limited is perfecting the hotel stay by taking into account valuable customer insights. Turns out, splashing cash on spacious hotel rooms isn’t high on millennials’ list of priorities when traveling. In fact, televisions in hotels might even be losing their status as a hotel room necessity. Shocker!
What about over-eager bellboys and service staff that treat you like royalty, when you actually don’t mind carrying your own belongings and taking care of yourself? When it comes to what millennial travelers really want, the list simply boils down to three factors: an uncompromising comfy bed, an en-suite bathroom and high-speed internet. If you find yourself nodding along to this, lyf may be a perfect fit for you.
The Ascott Limited’s first co-living property in Bangkok wants you to Live Your Freedom (LYF) and experience the culture and people of the Thai capital despite the pandemic panic. With the government’s Safety & Health Administration (SHA) certification and social distancing measures closely guided by the lyf Guards (the catchy name for their staff), this little traveler hub has never been more ready to welcome you into their community of the world’s wanderers who share similar values. Whether it’s for business or leisure, lyf’s mission is to bring like-minded, adventurous individuals together and provide them with a great stay.
Most travelers head outside but true explorers know that sometimes, the great discoveries might be even closer than you think. With loads of thoughtfully-designed public areas and facilities, you’ll be a part of this tribe of digital nomads already upon your arrival.
One unique feature of lyf is its social kitchen named Bond, equipped with basic kitchen appliances where you can cook up a storm while bonding with other MasterChefs in the house.
Doing laundry can be a fun social activity too. Instead of stinking up your luggage with a pile of dirty clothes, opt for the surprisingly-Instagrammable self-service laundromat — The Wash & Hang where you can wash, dry, and iron your clothes. Did we also mention the little game corner to keep you amused? Why not take a spin, while your clothes spin in the dryer?
You’re on holiday, and it makes sense to try every single local dish you can get your hands on, and those extra pounds are worth it. When in Rome, right? Although, if you’re looking for ways to stay fit even on holiday (we salute you), lyf has options; whether you prefer the outdoor gym workout or morning yoga session on the rooftop lawn.
To top it all off, there’ll be more interesting activities to come, like neighborhood walks, yard sales and cooking classes that will take you and your co-living neighbors out of your comfort zone to enjoy local experiences together as one cool community. See what’s on right now in the updated schedule on their website.
There are times when your introverted side takes over, urging you to retreat back to your private and peaceful room, which is playfully decorated in the theme of Bangkok’s tourist attractions, including: The Chao Phraya River, Wat Phra Kaew, and Phra Sumen Fort. No two rooms are exactly alike, each with one-of-a-kind decorations. Beautifully-painted headboards will tell you tales of the buzzing city while you’re dreaming away in a comfy and clean queen-size bed.
If you mean business, forget spending a fortune for a lousy cup of coffee and an uncomfortable chair to get work done. Good ideas can’t be forced, but maybe they can be spurred with the help of a conducive workspace. Lyf knows just that, which is why they’ve decked out their lobby with high chairs and tables (which double as standing desks if you’d like) for better productivity when it’s time to work.
Who knows, you might come across a wonderful idea from the person sitting next to you. But if you’re here with your whole crew, you can opt for one of their private co-working rooms. Also great if you’re someone who needs silence to think. Grab your stationery and go to town on the whiteboard that also comes with the room package.
We all secretly dream to become a better version of ourselves; whether it’s being a more productive employee, a more extroverted friend everyone wants to hang out with or even more of a free spirit. If you’ve been stuck in a creative rut, perhaps a short stay at lyf Sukhumvit 8 Bangkok is just what you need. Rooms are available at THB1,105++ per night and the Ascott Star Rewards program is applicable at lyf Sukhumvit 8 Bangkok.
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