Airbnb has further expanded its offerings in Thailand with the launch of Airbnb Plus in Bangkok. Properties in Phuket are scheduled for next month.
Much has been written this year about the legalities, or otherwise, of Airbnb short-term property rentals in Thailand however, this latest initiative would appear to indicate the community-driven travel platform isn’t going anywhere fast.
Plus differs from the standard offerings because the properties featured are the subject of great reviews and trusted recommendations.
Homes will also be verified by a third-party guests and key influences to ensure quality for guests.
Short-terms rentals, legally speaking, are still against current Thailand laws however, in recent months the Thai government has moved towards allowing registered and approved home stays booked through the platform.
Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan Country Manager, Mike Orgill, said: “Plus was introduced to broaden the appeal of Airbnb and recognise local hosts who go above and beyond to provide outstanding and authentic hospitality.”
“We’re thrilled to be launching this new tier of homes in Bangkok and will roll out in Phuket next month.
Starting with 43 homes across some of Bangkok’s most popular neighbourhoods.
Airbnb Plus hosts are highly rated (4.8+ out of 5) and receive excellent reviews, providing added peace of mind for guests, according to the firm.
Homes have been inspected and verified in person by a third party against a 100+ point checklist covering cleanliness, comfort and design.
In a statement, the company said that Thailand is an important and fast-growing market for Airbnb, with nearly half a million Thais using the service to travel in the past year alone.
With the peak travel period in December, it added that Airbnb Plus is a great option for Thais travelling as a couple or with families.
“The launch of Plus continues to drive local momentum, and it’s also off the back of lunching Experiences across the country and developing key strategic partnerships with the Thailand Boutique Accommodation Trade Association (TBAA) and the Thailand Ministry of Interior’s Department of Local Administration (DLA), it concluded.
Pictured is an architect-renovated family house near Chatuchak Market.