The Old Clare Hotel. Photo: Unlisted Collection

Byte Size Travel News: 25th Sept 15

It’s been a while between updates, but Bite Size Travel is back for another round.

From a new arrival on the Sydney hotel scene to a herd of elephants unleashed on the streets of Bangkok, here are some of the stories you need to know this week.

Unlisted Collection debuts in Sydney

The Old Clare Hotel, the first Australian property for boutique hotel and restaurant operators Unlisted Collection, has officially opened for business in Chippendale.

Occupying two iconic heritage listed buildings, the former Clare Hotel pub and Carlton & United Breweries Administration Building, the quirky hotel features 62 rooms and suites, a private gym, swimming pool, and heritage meeting space.

If it’s anything like the Unlisted Collection’s fantastic New Majestic and Wanderlust Hotels, Sydney isn’t going to know what hit it. We’re looking forward to visiting!

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Elephant herd to be unleashed on Bangkok

Bangkok is about to experience cuteness overload with almost 100 1.5-metre elephants to be unleashed on the city’s streets and major tourist sites.


The Elephant Parade, which is being brought to Thailand by luxury hotel group Anantara, is the world’s largest open-air art exhibition. Since it was first held, the exhibition has travelled to cities include London, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Artists, movie stars, designers, DJs and models have been busy designing their elephants, which will be on display from the 1st Dec 2015 to 29th Jan 2016 and auctioned off at a gala dinner to raise funds for elephant conservation.

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Owen Wilson takes to the high seas

Hollywood star Owen Wilson has teamed up with P&O Cruises to celebrate the upcoming launch of the Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden with a series of amusing short films.

Titled The Conspicuous Awakening of Owen Wilson, the short films were directed by Tom Dey (Shanghai Noon; Failure to Launch) and highlight the experiences on offer across the two ships through a series of surreal flashbacks. It’s quirky, but I like it.

P&O Cruises Head of Marketing and Distribution, Simon Cheng said, “We’re thrilled that Owen was able to channel his inner ‘cruiseling’ and showcase some of the remarkable features these ships have to offer.”

All three short films can be viewed at 

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Chris Ashton

We're Chris Ashton and Simon Ceglinski, two Aussie travellers with a love of exploration and adventure, and the odd bit of luxury thrown in. We seek out street art, street food, and scuba diving wherever we go, and prefer the road less travelled over well-worn tourist paths.

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Written by Chris Ashton