Often travelers seek the same tried and tested locations, and getting away means sharing a hotspot with thousands of other tourists. But the alternative – going off the beaten track – can be far more rewarding.
The recent agoda Travel and Tech Study found that 54% of Malaysians like to travel to lesser known destinations.
agoda’s Global Director for Brand and Communications, Andrew Edwards, explains: “Getting away from the hustle and bustle doesn’t mean giving up great experiences when it comes to South East Asia. The region is dotted with many remote and luxurious locations for travelers, who don’t want to compromise on the good things in life, but still want a unique holiday.”
“Malaysian travelers can get a luxury or one-of-a-kind experience on almost any budget, depending on where they want to go. From the ubiquitous Bali, through to little known islands in Thailand and the Philippines, there are hidden gems dotted all over South East Asia for even the local tourists to discover,” he says.
IDEAL GETAWAYS FOR MALAYSIAN TRAVELERS
- Alishan House – Alishan Township, Taiwan
Alishan House is ideally situated near the picture perfect Alishan National Scenic Area, meaning travelers can choose to explore the serene mountains or take the day to relax in front of the panoramic views.
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- Six Senses Con Dao – Con Dao, Vietnam
Right on the shoreline of white sandy beaches, surrounded by majestic mountains, this tucked away resort on the island of Con Dao is the quintessential beach escape. For ultimate privacy, each villa has its own pool.
- Pangkor Laut Island – Pangkor, Malaysia
With only a fraction of the island developed, this multiple award-winning, privately owned resort island is a perfect getaway spot for couples looking to escape the stresses of life. With access to the resort only available via speedboat or helicopter, nothing can stop you from achieving ultimate relaxation.
- Muthi Maya Forest Pool Villa Resort – Khao Yai, Thailand
Located in Khao Yai – one of the most scenic and peaceful destinations in Thailand, the resort is surrounded by tropical gardens. For guests looking for tranquility plus fun-filled adventure, you can spend the day by your villa’s private pool or pick from elephant trekking, river rafting, kayaking, or rock climbing.
- Dedon Island – Siargao Island, The Philippines
This private paradise on the southern tip of reef-ringed Siargao is blessed with lush tropical jungles, white-sanded beaches and countless surfing breaks. No need to open your wallet or sign for a drink or meal, with the single flat rate covering all expenses.
- Atmosphere Resorts & Spa – Dumaguete, The Philippines
Set on an old coconut plantation, the xx resort gives travelers the choice of stepping, …. can choose to step into the resort’s breathtaking underwater world, surrender to the spa, appreciate your mind and body by joining a yoga class, or simply relax by the infinity pool.
- La Vista Highlands Mountain Resort – San Carlos, The Philippines
Nestled in the heart of San Carlos, La Vista Highlands Mountain Resort is an ideal spot for those travelers looking for the feeling of seclusion but not isolation. The mountain location provides an escape from the hustle and bustle of San Carlos City, plus a welcome reprieve from the hot Filipino weather.