10 Dreamy Destinations in Asia Pacific Perfect for Balancing Work & Play

10 Dreamy Destinations in Asia Pacific Perfect for Finding Balance Between Work & Play

For digital nomads ready to see the world.

Daydreaming about your next holiday? Well, it’s never too early or too late to plan an adventure! Even if you can’t take too much time off your job, a workcation in a beautiful destination can do wonders for your wanderlust — and it definitely beats being stuck at home with nothing but your deadlines for company. 

To help knock travellers off their mid-year slump, we’ve rounded up a roster of the best destinations in the Asia Pacific for work, play, and staycations. Lucky for us, there’s a wide breadth of amazing destinations right at our doorstep. Whether you’re off to a blissful beach getaway, a foodie trip in the most exotic locales, or an epic outdoor excursion, there’s no need to fly to the other side of the world for unforgettable travel experiences. 

And as a bonus, Asia Pacific is home to some of the most comfy accommodations by Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. Thus, you’ll have the perfect base for your dream workcation — and for after-hours excursions, of course!

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Here are TripZilla’s picks to visit in Asia Pacific perfect for finding a balance between Work & Play:

1. Thailand

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Phuket | Image credit: Michelle_Maria via Canva Pro

First on our list: Thailand, the Land of Smiles. It’s one of the most popular destinations in Asia for a reason! With world-renowned cuisine, romantic natural scenery, mesmerising cultural spots, and an epic nightlife scene that tourists travel the world over for, it’s a country that offers something for every kind of traveller.

Beautiful Phuket promises an especially blissful Thailand trip, whether you’re on the island for business or leisure. From exploring the tiny isles of Phang Nga Bay to partying at Phuket Old Town, you’re never at a loss for things to do on this tropical island. Plus, the white-sand beaches make for a pretty amazing Zoom backdrop!

Where to Stay: Wyndham Grand Nai Harn Beach Resort Phuket

It’s hard not to slip into automatic vacation mode at the dreamy Wyndham Grand Nai Harn Beach Resort Phuket. Ten swimming pools, a state-of-the-art gym, and a tranquil spa create a tropical idyll that’s absolutely irresistible to travellers. Families on vacation will also appreciate kid-friendly amenities, including a Kids’ Club, play area, and game room. Plus, the pristine shores of Nai Harn Beach — one of the most beautiful Phuket beaches — is only a short stroll away. 

If you’re on a business trip, Wyndham Grand Nai Harn delivers, too. Not only is the Andaman Coast an inspiring backdrop for the grind, but each modern room also comes with a work-friendly desk and free high-speed WiFi.

Up for more adventures after exploring Phuket? The picturesque seaside town of Hua Hin is another exceptional setting for work and play; book a suite at Wyndham Hua Hin Pranburi Resort & Villas for a beachy staycation on the western coast of Thailand. And if you’re passing through the Thai capital Bangkok, Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Bangkok Menam Riverside is one of the best city picks for any traveller. 

2. Vietnam

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VinWonders | Image credit: Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

Seeking to hit the best destinations in Asia Pacific? Hailed for dynamic mega-cities, swoon-worthy natural vistas, and mouthwatering food, vibrant Vietnam is attracting more visitors from around the world. 

Famous Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are backpacker favourites, but there’s far more to see in Vietnam beyond these main cities. Sunbathe and stargaze on Phu Quoc Island, the country’s premier destination for water sports with a pristine 150-kilometre coastline. Kids and kids at heart will be delighted to explore VinWonders Phu Quoc, the largest theme park in Vietnam. Meanwhile, digital nomads who prefer a quiet setting to get their jobs done are well-suited for the Cam Ranh Peninsula’s peaceful shores, too.

Where to Stay: Wyndham Grand Phu Quoc

Private beach, you say? Wyndham Grand Phu Quoc sits on the shores of surf-friendly Bai Dai Beach (Long Beach), but the five-star hotel also enjoys an exclusive white-sand stretch of beach for guests who want their own slice of paradise. To add to that, Wyndham Grand Phu Quoc is packed with sports facilities, including tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts. If you’re the type of traveller who enjoys staying active on vacation, then you’re in the right place. 

Fine, you have to work? In between exceptional games on the courts, catch up on a few emails — if you really have to — with the speedy WiFi throughout the property.

Just a few kilometres from Wyndham Grand Phu Quoc is a sister hotel that’s also ideal for work-slash-play getaways: Wyndham Garden Grandworld Phu Quoc. In the South Central Coast region of Vietnam, there’s the Wyndham Grand KN Paradise Cam Ranh with its private pool suites, comprehensive business centre, and Greg Norman-designed golf course.

3. South Korea

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1913 Songjeong Station Market | Image credit: 1913송정역시장 Official Facebook Page

Everyone’s pretty in love with South Korea nowadays. Despite being a pint-sized peninsula, it packs a punch with dazzling cityscapes, relaxed beach towns, and pretty cherry blossom forests. It has everything, including K-pop and Korean BBQ — both worth the price of airfare, if you ask us!

Ultra-modern Seoul is a must-visit, but carve out the time to explore more places in one of the best destinations in the Asia Pacific. For instance, Gwangju has made its mark in the tourist circuit with its instantly captivating arts scene, natural gems, and culinary delights. If you’re feeling drained at work, this under-the-radar city offers enough inspiration to pull you out of your rut!

Where to Stay: Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Chungjang

On a work trip? No worries. Be extra productive in South Korea at Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Chungjang, an urban sanctuary with a business centre perfect for remote workers who need a quiet place to concentrate. That said, each guestroom features a spacious desk as well. Either way, expect reliable WiFi that lets you tackle tasks as efficiently as possible. 

And on your off-hours, Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Chungjang lets guests enjoy the best city sights, from the Boseong Green Tea Field to the beautiful Uchi Park. Even if you’d rather stay in the hotel, there’s plenty to see and do: a sauna and steam room, a fitness centre, and two restaurants to keep you fueled and energised on work days. 

Then, once you’ve gotten your fill of artsy Gwangju, escape to Suwon in Gyeonggi Province that’s famous for the imposing 18th-century fortifications wrapped around the city. It’s a sight to behold and Ramada Plaza By Wyndham Suwon is an excellent base with all the amenities necessary for a successful workcation. From here, it’s an easy drive to Seoul — a standout among the urban destinations in Asia Pacific. We recommend spending a few days (or more) in the capital, where Ramada By Wyndham Seoul Sindorim is a popular pick among business travellers. 

4. Indonesia

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Seminyak | Image credit: Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

Eat, pray, love, and work? Travellers in search of better work-life balance will find their people in Bali, Indonesia — it’s the ultimate paradise for digital nomads! Most establishments offer WiFi freely to patrons; thus, every cafe or restaurant has at least one laptop-toting diner with their brows furrowed in concentration. In between work hours, take the opportunity to journey through beautiful Bali. From sunning and surfing at stylish Seminyak to savouring the cultural delights of Ubud, the Island of the Gods is ripe for exploration. 

Of course, it’s not just Bali that makes Indonesia one of the best destinations in Asia Pacific for remote workers. It’s the largest archipelagic state in the world, after all. So, it goes without saying that you’ll never run out of new workcation and staycation spots. 

Where to Stay: Ramada Encore by Wyndham Seminyak Bali

Hotels and resorts are a dime a dozen in Bali, but we especially like Ramada Encore By Wyndham Seminyak Bali for work, leisure, and everything in between. Spacious guestrooms, free WiFi, and a sleek business centre make it a breeze to pull all-nighters. Plus, affordable rates make this a no-brainer for remote workers on a budget. 

And after clocking out, it’s a quick ride to Seminyak Square, multiple beaches, and the famous Ku De Ta beach club. There’s even a shuttle to make it easy to whisk away to local attractions. Additionally, Ramada Encore features an outdoor pool. Not that you’ll need it much with beaches close by, but a quick lunchtime dip can do wonders for productivity! 

Interested in exploring Indonesia beyond Bali? Charming port city and batik centre Pekalongan is an underrated gem, and Howard Johnson by Wyndham Pekalongan Indonesia offers a wonderful base in the central business district. 

5. Malaysia

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Jalan Alor | Image credit: Lina Moiseienko via Canva Pro

When it comes to exciting destinations in Asia Pacific, don’t overlook Malaysia. We can’t sing enough praises about the food: From lively hawker centres to fine dining spots, the thriving food scene is perfect for hungry tourists. And beyond the exceptional delicacies are pristine islands and lush rainforests . On top of our Malaysian hit list? Definitely Kuala Lumpur. It’s always a good time at the capital, where modern skyscrapers and cultural sights are a captivating setting for digital nomads.

Once you’ve eaten your way through Kuala Lumpur, take your appetite to other hotspots: royal city Klang, foodie paradise Penang, and even the rugged island of Borneo

Where to Stay: Days Hotel and Suites by Wyndham Fraser Business Park KL

Find the perfect Kuala Lumpur retreat at Days Hotel and Suites by Wyndham Fraser Business Park KL. Transport your home office to this full-service hotel easily, with its spacious work desk and free WiFi in every room. Whether you’re here to work, sightsee, or both, the hotel’s convenient location within walking distance of the train station is a treat. Tourists driving their own cars can easily reach the city’s hottest districts like Bukit Bintang and Kuala Lumpur City Centre within 10 to 15 minutes. 

In Bandar Baru Klang, the elegant Wyndham Acmar Klang is a standout. Even if you’re in town for work, you’re bound to bliss out with the hotel’s chic accommodations, impeccable service, and top-of-the-line amenities. 

6. Philippines

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Baguio | Image credit: Rizel Designs via Canva Pro

A sun-soaked archipelago with 7,000-plus islands, the Philippines is heaven to beach bums. Nearly anywhere you go, a swoon-worthy patch of beach, smiling locals, and a bucket of ultra-cheap local beer are always within reach. Then, once sunburnt tourists get fatigued exploring infinite isles, it’s time to uncover more treasures: secluded rice terraces, untouched mountains, colourful marine life, boisterous festivals, and the supermalls of Metro Manila — all adding up to make the Philippines one of the most underrated destinations in Asia Pacific.

When searching for a different experience in the country, venture to the highlands for a getaway in Baguio City. Dubbed the Summer Capital of the Philippines, this mountain city offers a cool respite when the rest of the country is in blistering heat. Cosy cafes and chilly climes make it a city well-suited for digital nomads escaping the high tropical temperatures on the coast. 

Where to Stay: Microtel By Wyndham Baguio

For guests seeking comfort and convenience in the City of Pines, look no further than Microtel by Wyndham Baguio. The 92-room hotel is a classic choice in the City of Pines, coming with amenities that suit every type of traveller: cosy rooms with chiropractor-approved beds for staycationers; free WiFi and printing services for workaholics; and crowd-favourite Amare La Cucina restaurant to satisfy pasta and pizza cravings! And since Microtel by Wyndham Baguio sits on buzzy Session Road, guests are never too far from the most popular cafes, restaurants, and nightlife spots.

For your stopover in Metro Manila, set up your base at TRYP by Wyndham Mall of Asia Manila. This hip boutique-style hotel puts travellers in the heart of the coastal city of Pasay, with beautiful views of Manila Bay at sunset and within walking distance of the famous SM Mall of Asia

7. Australia

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Adelaide | Image credit: german via Canva Pro

Oh, Australia! The land of golden surf-ready beaches, wild rainforests, ancient deserts, and cute-slash-deadly wildlife — no matter what you’re here for, you’re in for an unforgettable holiday. Expect a staggering bounty of travel-worthy destinations beckoning from all corners of this sprawling island nation: From the sacred Uluru in the Northern Territory to the quintessential Aussie beach town Byron Bay, the Land Down Under comes brimming with magical experiences. 

Remote workers who need to hustle on vacation will also love the sophisticated and laidback charm of Adelaide in South Australia. Known as the wine capital of Australia, the so-called City of Churches guarantees a top-quality glass of wine at the end of each workday. And when the job is done, travellers can explore city beaches, shop at stylish boutiques, and sample local dishes in the city that’s emerging as Australia’s next foodie destination. 

Where to Stay: TRYP by Wyndham Pulteney Street Adelaide

Making Adelaide your Aussie home? Stay in the heart of the Central Business District, where TRYP by Wyndham Pulteney Street Adelaide lies within walking distance of multicultural dining spots, vibrant nightlife, boutique shops, and colourful laneways. More importantly, world-class wineries await aficionados nearby. 

Not to mention, the stylish hotel is an inviting space with top-notch amenities. Whether you’re here for world-famous festivals, delicious wine, or work, TRYP by Wyndham offers the perfect place to unwind. There’s a restaurant and bar, a library, a gym, and a game room for recreation, while digital nomads can field emails at the business centre and meeting room. 

And when you’re ready to hit the frenzy of the tourist circuit, make your way to Ramada Hotel & Suites By Wyndham Ballina Byron. Although it’s an easy 20-minute drive to the ultra-popular Byron Bay, the hotel remains a serene spot to relax in one of the most iconic beach destinations in Asia Pacific. You can even bring the family on your workcation, with the property’s fun amenities like the heated outdoor pool and shaded children’s pool. 

8. New Zealand

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Wellington | Image credit: Sulthan Auliya

Make the ultimate escape to the South Pacific and run wild in the Land of the Long White Cloud: New Zealand. From the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps to wild beaches and fjords, the small country boasts a diverse landscape with endless opportunities for nature lovers, thrill-seekers, and culture vultures. 

There’s much to see in New Zealand, but the vibrant capital Wellington is a must-visit — and not just for the Lord of the Rings tour. Fusing urban sophistication, natural scenery, and an artsy spirit, the city is perfect for digital nomads looking for inspiration. Got a bit of a green thumb? The city of Christchurch is famous for its flourishing gardens and green parks. 

Where to Stay: TRYP by Wyndham Wellington, Tory Street

For a well-deserved staycation in the best spot in the city, check-in at TRYP by Wyndham Wellington, Tory Street. Set within walking distance of the lively waterfront promenade, the hotel puts a dazzling array of trendy cafes, boutique shops, and bustling markets at guests’ fingertips. 

After exploring the many Wellington delights, you’ll appreciate the top-notch services of TRYP by Wyndham. There’s free breakfast at the cafe, a 24/7 gym to sweat off the calories, and chic guestrooms with all the essentials. Suites even feature a kitchenette — all the better for long vacations, right? Anytime you need to clock in for a few hours at work, TRYP promises free high-speed internet. And hopefully, you can get back to sightseeing or sleeping ASAP! 

Visiting New Zealand’s famous South Island? Wyndham Garden Christchurch Kilmore Street delivers everything you need for work and play: a convenient CBD location, free WiFi, and a cosy cafe. 

9. China

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Dongguan City | Image credit: Zhonghui Bao via Canva Pro

Next up: China. The East Asian country isn’t typically on top of most tourists’ bucket list destinations in Asia Pacific. We’re here to tell you that it should be on yours: Whether you’re here to scale the magnificent Great Wall of China or to witness little-known natural vistas, the country is an absolute delight. And the food? Chef’s kiss!

Perched on the Pearl River Delta, Dongguan is the perfect base for exploring southern China’s Guangdong Province. The bustling city is known for being the “world’s factory.” But these days, it’s also hailed for tranquil natural scenery and historic attractions — a tourist gem worth visiting after hitting the big-name hotspots in China!

Where to Stay: Ramada Encore by Wyndham Dongguan Houjie

Sleek accommodations at Ramada Encore by Wyndham Dongguan Houjie create the ideal haven for working, playing, and relaxing. It’s equipped with everything travellers need on a trip to China, including a fitness centre and buffet breakfast. That way, you won’t even have to step out to hunt down food early in the morning. The high-rise rooms overlook the cityscape, giving guests a fantastic view as they hunker down to meet their work deadlines.  

For discerning travellers touring the iconic city of Xian, the award-winning Wyndham Grand Xian South is a five-star gem fit for VIPs. Meanwhile, business travellers who need to stay close to Nanjing Lukou International Airport can book a stylish room at Wyndham Garden Nanjing Airport. Not only is it a mere nine kilometres from the airport, but tourists also enjoy easy access to local attractions like Gingko Lake Paradise and Buddhist Niushou Mountain

10. Japan

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Osaka | Image credit: Marco_Piunti via Canva Pro

Finally, mesmerising Japan never ceases to amaze. Even though it has long topped popular tourist destinations in Asia Pacific, the country still easily makes the cut for our shortlist of the next countries to visit. Sublime cuisine, futuristic skylines, ancient cultural sights, quirky cafes, snow-capped mountains, serene lakes — we could go on and on, and never run out of things to love in Japan. 

Not your first time? Forego the typical tourist cities and head straight to the lesser-known corners like Amagasaki. If you’re after an authentic Japanese experience, this city is a great stop, with oft-frequented public baths (sento) and a thriving nighttime culture of izakayas and pachinko parlours. And did we mention Amagasaki is just a 10-minute train ride from famous Osaka

Where to Stay: Ramada Encore by Wyndham Amagasaki

Travellers exploring off the beaten path in Amagasaki can find pristine accommodations, amazing food, and quality amenities at Ramada Encore by Wyndham Amagasaki. After putting in a good day’s work — it should be a flawless experience with the hotel’s speedy WiFi — reward yourself with a relaxing massage at the spa or an irresistible izakaya meal at the in-house Aun Restaurant

Weekends should be reserved for sightseeing, right? Luckily, you’re well-positioned for tourist activities. From Ramada Encore by Wyndham Amagasaki, tourists can travel easily to nearby must-see attractions like Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Castle.

In town for winter? If you’re up to hit the slopes come snowtime, travel to Sapporo for the best skiing in Japan. Make sure you’re not slacking off at work and stay in business-friendly Wyndham Garden Sapporo Odori at the heart of the city centre. 

Also read: 10 Destinations in Asia Pacific Perfect for a Much-Needed Extended Getaway

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