Thailand, South Korea and Malaysia: Top Slow Travel Destinations in Asia

Thailand, South Korea and Malaysia: Top Slow Travel Destinations in Asia

Time to unwind!

Feeling burnt out and yearning for a more meaningful travel experience? Consider slow travel — a growing trend where travellers ditch the whirlwind tours and opt for extended stays in a single destination. This allows for deeper connections with local culture and a more relaxed pace. Agoda, a popular travel booking platform, has analysed booking data to identify the top slow travel destinations in Asia. Keep on reading to learn which cities made the list!

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Top slow travel destinations in Asia

Top Slow Travel Destinations

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Dive deeper as to what these destinations have to offer:

  • Khao Lak, Thailand: Reigning first on the list of slow travel destinations would be Khao Lak. It’s every surfer’s haven with hidden beaches and nature escapes. Evenings call for unwinding with Thai folk music and friendly snooker games along Phet Kasem Road
  • Seoul, South Korea: This dynamic city offers hidden gems like Buam-dong‘s vintage shops and the tranquil Baeksasil Valley. Literature buffs can delve into the historic Hanok quarters of Seongbuk-dong.
  • Perhentian Islands, Malaysia: Escape to these idyllic islands and embrace the slow island life. Dive amidst colourful coral reefs, explore secluded beaches like Adam & Eve, and simply reconnect with nature.
  • Tokyo, Japan: Even bustling Tokyo offers opportunities for slow travel. Venture beyond the tourist hotspots and discover charming neighbourhoods like Shimokitazawa for vintage finds or Koenji for a taste of the alternative scene. End your day with a craft cocktail in a hidden alleyway bar.

Other Asian countries that made the list

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  • Siargao Island, Philippines: Surfers and nature lovers will find paradise in Siargao. Catch waves on the legendary Cloud 9, explore the island by motorbike, discover hidden natural wonders like the Magpupungko Rock Pools, and uncover the beauty of the Hagukan Cave.
  • Pekanbaru, Indonesia: This bustling Indonesian city offers a unique blend of urban energy and rich Malay culture. Relax on idyllic lakes like Siak or Kayangan, explore the historic alleyways of Kampung Bandar, and delve into the city’s past at the Muara Takus Buddhist temple complex.
  • Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: Start your day with a traditional Vietnamese coffee (Ca Phe Sua Da), savour the vibrant street food scene, and find peace amidst the thousand trees of Tao Dan Park.
  • Ahmedabad, India: Immerse yourself in Ahmedabad’s rich history and culture. Wander through old city lanes, explore colonial-era havelis and the City Walls, savour the flavours at Manek Chowk market, and find serenity along the Sabarmati River. Learn about the city’s legacy at Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram and the Calico Museum of Textiles.

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Feeling inspired? Many destinations offer long-stay deals to make your slow travel dreams a reality. So, pack your bags, choose your slow travel haven, and get ready to discover a deeper, more meaningful way to explore Asia!

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Anne Mercado
Anne Mercado

Anne is your go-to girl if you want to talk about all things beauty, fashion and adventure. Her creative expression would be through writing and curating photos. Exploring different places and immersing herself in diverse cultures is her idea of fun. If you ask her to describe what her perfect day is, her answer would be by the beach with a book on her hand enjoying a nice margarita.