It’s time to pull out your travel bags.

It’s been an extremely rough year but hey, we made it halfway through 2020. Whilst some of us had to cancel and postpone our trips, as the doors are beginning to open, the idea of future travel has been uplifting our moods. Traveling overseas may be off the cards right now and we still have restrictions on traveling locally, but we can surely get some fresh air at some of the most beautiful local destinations in our own country.

Given that cleanliness and hygiene is a priority in the light of COVID-19, Thai travellers are looking more into private stays and private facilities. City dwellers are also looking into Airbnbs that offer amenities like kitchen, wireless internet, pool, and pet-friendly places. Whilst last year, Japan and South Korea were the superstar when it came to international searches, this year travellers are keeping it safe by traveling within the country.

As travel planning starts to stir, Airbnb dropped some hints on future trip plannings, analysed by guest search and wish lists. From private villa sanctuaries to poolside breakfasts, here are the top trends that we’ve spotted for local Thai travellers, with a big spotlight on domestic destinations that are 2-3 hour drive distances from Bangkok with proximity to the coast.

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The List

Hua Hin

Who topped the wish list? Hua Hin. In fact, 8 out of every 10 are planning to head to this dreamy destination. A charming epitome of a quintessentially Thai retreat and lush natural haven, it is also the best place for wellness retreats.

Bangkok

The city that never sleeps (or at least only temporarily due to curfew) is a vibrant city that pumps life into each of its streets.

Pattaya

Between pumping nightlife and a two-hour drive from Bangkok for beaches.

Phuket

The charming tropical island is a great seascape by the Andaman sea. Quite the blissful retreat you would want after days of self-quarantine. We don’t blame you.

Chiang Mai

Between misty mountains and colourful hill tribes lies this perfect paradise for city dwellers to get away from the hustle and bustle.

Alisha Pawa
Writer
Alisha is a passionate dancer and is always creating her own choreographies. She is a fan of rom-com novels, a coffee-drinker who loves tea, and is always on-the-go for her midnight chocolate cravings. She hopes to tick-off her never-ending bucket list one day by hosting her own travel show.