As I am doing my part of social responsability by staying at home I can’t help but wondering when I will be actually able to leave my house, my city, and why not – my country.
Even my generally optimistic nature realizes that things won’t be as they used to be. And the effects of Covid-19 pandemic will last for much longer than anyone initially anticipated. Travel will be different. And if I have to go somewhere, which I really want to, I would choose locations off the beaten track, somewhere where I can keep practicing social distancing and get a respite from the nuttiness of this world.
So here is my list of a few places in Asia that would be perfect for this purpose.
- Retro Mountain, Koh Phangan, Thailand – nested in a private land it offers beatiful, staylish and well equiped tents with jungle and sea view.
- Lan Na Wild, Chiang Mai, Thailand – if treehouses and mountain views are your thing, this is the place to be. What makes it even better is the private deck and the bubble bath. Rumours have it that the food is amazing too.
- The Hide Out, Koh Yao Noi, Thailand – eco resort, on a lush tropical island multi-level treetop bungalows, with no walls and electricity free. What better way to disconnect from the chaos of everyday life.
- Villa Bingin Cliff House, Bali, Indonesia – four bedroom villa that sits on the dramatic cliff of Bingin, with two outdoor lounge areas from where to enjoy the uninterrupted ocean view.
- Pulo Cinta Eco Resort, Gorontalo, Indonesia – a solid choice for travelers who don’t mind heavy seclusion. It takes five and a half hours to get there from Jakarta but you will be rewarded with amazing snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities.
- Pristine Paradise Dive Resort, Una Una Island, Indonesia – If you ever visist Togian Islands you have to stop here. The resort is Dutch/Indonesian owned and run, and developed in close cooperation with the local community. The outstanding diving and snorkeling spots are right in front of your cottage. The food is said to be simple and delicious.
- Le Pirate Island, Flores, Indonesia – remote island experience with cute huts where only the white curtains separate you from the rest of the world. It’s a private island so you don’t need to worry about unwanted attention.
- Nira Camper Village, Yogyakarta, Indonesia – how about a green escape in the ricefields of Yogyakarta? And the room? It’s a transparent bubble that offers incomparable views of the night sky and the surrounding landscape.
- Tiarasa Escapes, Janda Baik, Malaysia – safari style tents and treetop villas in the Janda Baik rainforest, only 45 minutes from KL.
- Pom Pom Island Resort, Sipadan, Malaysia – surrounded by rich tropical vegetation, crystal clear blue water and white sand. I know this is not enough to convince you so I will add that if you are lucky, you might witness the hatching of the eggs and release of baby turtles to the sea.
- Sanctuaria Treehouse, Palawan, Philippines – situated on top of a hill and secluded within a lush jungle, you can enjoy a peaceful and quiet retreat in nature.
- Narra Hill, Tagaytay, Philippines is a bed and breakfast located just 6 km away from the city of Tagaytay and one hour drive from Manila. Following a steep road you will arive at the secluded property surrounded by never ending lush vegetation. From the pool you can enjoy breath taking views of Taal Lake and volcano.
- Ultimus Tented Camp, Ngapali, Myanmar – an exclusive back to nature experience in a secluded area near the popular Ngapali beach. The tented camp is composed of three comfortable tents and a large wooden villa. Panoramic views can be enjoyed from all over the place.
- Awei Pila, Kyun Pila Island, Myanmar – barefoot deluxe is what defines this resort located in the Mergui Archipelago. If one beach is not enough, you can explore the other 9 beaches that this island offers to the intrepid traveller. Or visit the small fisherman village for a glimpse in the local life.
- Topas Ecolodge, Sapa, Vietnam – lying within the boundaries and overlooking valleys of the Hoang Lien National Park, the lodge is a quaint and charming mountain property where you can freely mingle with the ethnic villagers.
- An Lam Retreats, Ninh Va Bay, Vietnam – tropical rainforest, beach, butler service, barefoot sunset cocktails, and stand alone villas, this is what everyday life is made of in here.
- Bai Dinh Garden Resort & Spa, Ninh Binh, Vietnam – beautiful small resort surrounded by nature and very close to Bai Dinh Pagoda, one of the popular attractions in the area.
- Tao Guesthouse, Vientiane, Laos – a full immersion in the Laotian countryside where you can partecipate in the life of the locals and help them in their daily activities, or hike to the nearby waterfalls and caves, swim in the river, explore the jungle and eat loads of organic food.
- Villa Ban Khoy, Luang Prabang, Laos – a French-Lao colonial house located on a small peninsula, at the confluence of two rivers- Mekong and Nam Dong.
- Wild Coast Tented Lodge, Sri Lanka, is a remote safari camp, adjacent to the famous Yala National Park, renowned for its dense leopard population. It’s made up of chic cocoon-like rooms, some of them with a private pool.
- Sigiriya Hideout, Sri Lanka – a family owned B&B far away from the hustle and bustle of the surrounding towns but yet close enough to explore it all. For an unobstructed view of Sigiriya rock, and panoramic views of the paddy fields in-between make sure to book one of the tree house rooms. The menu changes daily base on the fresh produce available at the market.
- The Beige Tented Resort, Sieam Reap, Cambodia – Nestled within private gardens, The Beige offers tent-style ultra luxurious accommodations right in the heart of Angkor.
- SunBoo Beach Bungalows, Koh Rong, Cambodia – basic but clean bungalows between the jungle and the beach. Life is so relaxed there that you might want to extend your stay.
- Shinta Mani Wild, Cambodia – I had never heard of a place where a zip line delivers guests to the lodge bar. Well, this is one of them. Or maybe the only one. The lodge features15 individually decorated, canvas-walled tents perched along the banks of a rushing river. I wouldn’t miss joining the in-house naturalists on their daily patrol or take the private boat and explore the jungle waterways.
Which one would you choose for your first trip after the pandemic?