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Asian hotels for the travelling technophile

Concept CM2, Bangkok China ChicBizSuite, Hong Kong Shanghai Science and Technology Museum

Are you a techno tragic who’s wired for widgets and ga-ga for gadgets? Well now you can go on holidays and never have to worry about withdrawal symptoms. These days, not only can you connect into hi-tech hotels with modern facilities for business and pleasure such as in-room games, wireless internet, bedside consoles and controlled lighting, but there’s a world of technology focused sights available day and night.

The enormous Shanghai Science & Technology Museum will keep you drooling for hours—the 98,000 square meters of floorspace blends techno fun with natural history. Start out with a movie at the 6-storey IMAX 3D theatre, or be “snowed on” at the 4D version, then ride a bicycle 15 feet in the air. On ground, challenge a robot at a game, use the Computer Aided Design (CAD) classroom and check out more than 100 interactive exhibits. After a brain bursting good time, give the body some fun too at the Best Western Pudong Sunshine Hotel, where you can have a sauna, or maybe tennis and golf, then lounge around at the jazz bar.

Need to mix business with pleasure? Feel the buzz of beeps and bits at the Eaton Hotel in Hong Kong. Its China Chic BizSuite includes an all-in-one copier/fax/scanner/printer, webcam, wireless and wired internet. Watch a DVD of your choice on the three screens in the suite and unwind with a 45-minute foot massage.

Send your friends green with gadget envy as you recall your stay at The Peninsula Tokyo Hotel. Designed specially for the electronic department of the Hotels group, each room has a nail-dryer for female guests, 3000-station internet radio, and three levels of mood lighting. And that’s only the tip of the screwdriver, with a bedside console for the ’do not disturb sign’ activation, and an in-room phone to take outside. Guaranteed to tickle your techno fancy.

The Novotel Bangkok on Siam Square is a metropolis of geekdom with its techie Concept CM2 complex incuding the [email protected] bar that offers free Wii sport games, snacks, music videos and internet. When it’s game over, catch the Sky Train into buzzing Bangkok from the station right outside the door.

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