The Most Unique Accommodation You Can Stay at with Culture Trip

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Gethin Morgan

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Unique hotels and unusual accommodations can add that extra bit of flavour to your holiday, whether it’s all about immersing yourself in nature or embracing local tradition. These are the most interesting hotels, lodges and camps you can stay at on a Culture Trip adventure.

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Golgulsa Temple in Gyeongju-si, South Korea.

Golgulsa Temple, South Korea

It doesn’t get more unique than staying at an actual, practising Buddhist temple. The art of temple stays are a tradition in South Korea, and our trip here features a night at Golgulsa Temple, which dates all the way back to the sixth century. Vegetarian monastic food, a traditional tea ceremony and an archery lesson await, not to mention a masterclass in the meditative martial art of Sunmudo. The accommodation is cosy and comfy but stripped back, as you’d expect from a Buddhist temple. The main draw of this experience, though, is the chance to bring yourself closer to ancient Korean traditions, embracing the spirituality that has been present in this land for centuries.

From US$3399.15

Next available from 29th Sep 2024

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

Seoul, South Korea

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ENDS AT

Seoul, South Korea

DURATION

10

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

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Mekong Eyes cruise boat in Vietnam

Mekong Eyes River Cruiser, Vietnam

The last leg of our Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam trip kicks off on the Vietnamese side of the Mekong River. The best way to explore the incredible Mekong Delta is by cruising down it, but this is no ordinary cruise. The Mekong Eyes is a gorgeous old wooden ship, built with the finest quality wood taken from traditional old rice barges. Inside is a more modern affair, with lavishly decorated rooms, a large dining room and bar, and a scenic panorama lounge on the upper deck. It’s hard to look beyond the sun deck terrace, however, which is undoubtedly the best way to watch the Mekong float by.

From US$2374.05

Next available from 12th Oct 2024

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STARTS AT

Bangkok, Thailand

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ENDS AT

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

DURATION

11

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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Night camp in the desert of Morocco

Desert Camp Jaimas Madu, Morocco

Our Epic Morocco trip features a range of incredible accommodations, including a gorgeous traditional riad, but it’s hard to look past this Sahara desert camp as the highlight of the trip. Sip mint tea around a roaring fire, enjoy hearty Berber cooking and dine under the stars as you bask in the glory of the Erg Chebbi dunes. You’re bound to sleep well in the cosy haima tents, all of which come with private bathrooms and ensuite showers. When you wake, emerge from your tent to freshly squeezed orange juice and Moroccan crepes, followed by a stunning sunrise camel ride.

From US$2260.15

Next available from 21st Sep 2024

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STARTS AT

Casablanca, Morocco

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ENDS AT

Marrakech, Morocco

DURATION

11

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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Interior of a dining room within a traditional ryokan inn, Japan

Ryokan Hakone Ashinoko Toranoyu, Japan

No trip to Japan is complete without staying at a traditional ryokan. Usually built with wood and featuring tatami-matted rooms, these old-school Japanese inns offer a glimpse into authentic ancient Japan, as well as the warm hospitality this nation prides itself on. The ryokan you’ll stay at is in hot spring territory, which means you’ll also be able to wind down by soaking in a soul-soothing onsen bath. Situated at the base of Mount Hakone, your leafy surroundings will be just as quaint as the gorgeous old ryokan itself.

From US$4161.75

Next available from 2nd Sep 2024

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

Osaka, Japan

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ENDS AT

Tokyo, Japan

DURATION

12

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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