9 Unique Getaway Retreats in Asia to Escape The City

9 Unique Getaway Retreats in Asia to Escape The City

You are tired of the grind of the daily rush hour and your nine-to-five job. Every weekday morning, you wish that youai??i??re on a vacation instead, somewhere out of the busy city. If you can relate to that, then you need to book a flight, pack your luggage, and escape to these unique retreats.

You are tired of the grind of the daily rush hour and your nine-to-five job. Every weekday morning, you wish that youai??i??re on a vacation instead, somewhere out of the busy city. If you can relate to that, then you need to book a flight, pack your luggage, and escape to these unique retreats.

Time Capsule Retreat, Malaysia

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Ever had thoughts of retreating to the jungle, but not abandoning the comforts of home (such as air-conditioning and toilet facilities)? Staying at Time Capsule Retreat is nothing less than a great escape from the busy city life, where life slows down amidst tranquil greenery. You can experience sleeping in a cute little capsule with warm lightings and a queen-sized bed.

Location : Sungai Lembing, Pahang Malaysia
Getting there : 4-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur
Attractions nearby : Double rainbow waterfall, Hanging bridges, Jungle trekking

Rabeang Pasak Treehouse Resort, Thailand

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Built and run by an architect and his family, the Rabeang Pasak Treehouse Resort in Chiang Mai allows guests to live out their dreams of staying in a treehouse. They have six cottage treehouses and two family treehouses, all well-maintained and each with its own unique selling-point. Expect to have a quiet, magical stay, nice hiking or biking excursions and delicious food.

Location: Pasak Ngam Village, Luang Neua, Doi Saket), Chiang Mai, Thailand
Getting there: 1.5-hour drive from downtown Chiang Mai
Attractions nearby: Stalactite and stalagmite caves, Pasak ngam waterfall, Biking trails

ai???Crazy Houseai???, Vietnam

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Moving on from treehouses, we have houses that resemble trees next. Welcome to one of the most unusual guesthouses in the world, aptly referred to as Crazy House. The construction of this guesthouse in A?Ai?? La??t, Vietnam, was inspired by a Spanish Catalan architect, Antoni GaudAi??. The design is surrealistic and eccentric from inside out, and you will have plenty of fun just exploring the guesthouse. Is this a genius work of architecture? Or just a crazy house that went too far? Well, book a room and decide for yourself.

Location: 03 Huynh Thuc Khang Street, Ward 4, Dalat City 67000, Lam Dong, Vietnam
Getting there: Walk about 0.3 km from Duy Tan St
Attractions nearby: Truc Lam Pagoda, Pongour Waterfall, Night Market

Glamping Sandat Luxury Resort, Indonesia

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A comfortable camping trip with access to resort facilities? Glamping, the blend of ai???glamorousai??? and ai???campingai??? is the new trend where you can immerse yourself in nature yet be pampered with luxury at the same time. There is no better place for your first glamping trip than at Glamping Sandat Luxury Resort in Ubud, Bali. In this resort, you will be surrounded by lush rice paddies and at the same time, youai??i??re just a short drive to city centre of Ubud.

Location: Jalan Subak Sala, Banjar Sala, Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Getting there: 15-minute drive from Ubud
Attractions nearby: Ubud town, Monkey forest

River Kwai Jungle Rafts, Thailand

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From a high viewpoint, River Kwai Jungle Rafts Resort looks like a huge snake along the river. This world-renowned floating hotel in Kanchanaburi, Thailand is truly one of a kind ai??i?? where else can you find a hotel built on rafts? Staying in this resort will be quite the experience; you can relax by the river, explore nearby waterfalls and meet local elephants! At night, oil lamps along the raft is lighted up, creating a romantic and surreal atmosphere.

Location: Sai Yok National Park, Sai Yok District, Kanchanaburi, Thailand
Getting there: 3-hour drive from Bangkok
Attractions nearby: Waterfalls, Caves, Jungle tracks, Mon (local tribe) village

Seaventures Dive Resort, Malaysia

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Seaventures Dive Resort was previously an oil rig, and now it is a diverai??i??s mini oasis right in the middle of the sea. Surrounded by the endless sea, Seaventures Dive Resort is the perfect base for a perfect diving holiday. Youai??i??ll be in the company of enthusiastic divers and marine life such as turtles, cuttle fish, groupers and giant barracudas.

Location: Off Mabul Island, Pulau Sipadan, Malaysia
Getting there: 2.5-hour boat transfer from the nearest port at Semporna
Attractions nearby: Dive spots

Villa Escudero Plantations and Resort, Philippines

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A two-hour drive from Manila across the countryside will take you to Villa Escudero, an eco-tourism resort in San Pablo City. Villa Escudero is located by a river and in the midst of a coconut plantation. Aside from natural attractions nearby, this resort also displays Philippinesai??i?? cultural heritage through its on-site museum and local surroundings. A popular attraction is their Waterfalls Restaurant where you can dine on local cuisine while enjoying the scenic backdrop and water running through your toes.

Location: San Pablo City, Philippines
Getting there: 2-hour drive from Manila
Attractions nearby: Rural village, AERA Memorial Museum, Tiaong Gubat Sanctuary, Ugu Bigyan Pottery, Waterfalls Restaurant, Sports and recreational facilities

Bambu Indah, Indonesia

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From the outside, the traditional village huts that make up Bambu Indah look like a humble place for a nightai??i??s rest. If you step inside the huts though, a mind blowing sanctuary awaits. These huts were actually traditional homes constructed over a century ago, and they were tastefully restored and decorated to be made part of a boutique hotel. You can choose your preferred sanctuary; there are those equipped with big pagoda rooms as well as those built over a pond.

Location: Banjar Baung, Desa Sayan, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali
How to reach: 1-hour drive from Denpasar airport or 15-minute drive from Ubud town
Attractions nearby: Ubud town, Monkey forest

Bustel Klebang Melaka, Malaysia

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It canai??i??t get any wackier in Malacca! Bustel Klebang Melaka is the place to book if you want to stay in a bus. This is the one and only bus chalet that you can find in Malacca, Malaysia. The buses have been transformed into hotel rooms with a cosy beds and washrooms. In the vicinity you can find a range of restaurants. The only downside about staying in these buses is that you canai??i??t drive your ai???hotel roomai??? around Malacca!

Location : Klebang Besar, Malacca, Malaysia
Getting there: 20-minute drive from Melaka city centre
Attractions nearby: Jonker Street, Port Santiago

Have a good vacation!

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Monique Ang

Inspired by the adventure stories captured in books and movies, Monique found the impulse to travel and see the world in multicolours. She enjoys the wanders that add to her collection of imageries, stories, and fellowships that shape new insights and inspire her artistic pursuits.


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