Alternative Accommodations in Southeast Asia

Alternative Accommodations in Southeast Asia cover photo.

Alternative accommodations—non-hotel accommodation types that are often associated with commercial online platforms such as Airbnb and—are an important part of Southeast Asia’s tourism ecosystem. In 2022, more than 300,000 of these properties were booked.

Governments have taken different approaches to managing alternative accommodations depending on destination needs and the level of tourism industry development.

This brief examines the state of alternative accommodations in Southeast Asia and presents policy recommendations to strengthen their regulation and management in Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam.


  • Introduction 
  • Background
  • Alternative Accommodations: Benefits and Challenges
  • Alternative Accommodations: Supply and Demand
  • Conclusion

Published November 2023.
Source: Asian Development Bank

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