As much as we love Bangkok with all its hearty hustles and buzzing bustles, it’s always good to get out of the Big Mango — even if only for the weekend. Every month, we put together a list of four weekend trip ideas to bring you a refreshing dose of travel inspo from around the region. Go on one of them or go on all of them, and prepare a big fat red marker to check off this one resolution for 2019 on the monthly: to travel brilliantly.

For our October getaways list, we’re embracing the cool-down of the rain season around the region, and taking to trips that lie closer to home. One iconic hotel is finally open again after a grand renovation, whilst another design marvel celebrates a proud anniversary. We’re seeking peaceful retreats, delicious escapes, and plenty to tickle the fancy of anyone who likes to eat, play, and ‘gram in both elegant and eclectic locations – all under three hours away from home. From temple architecture to coffee culture, here are the four weekend trips near Bangkok you should take this October.

Featured and Hero image credit: Amantaka