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.

As we recoup our energy in the calm after the Songkran storm and Thailand’s Royal Coronation weekend, we’re seeking the escape of serene and secluded spots across Southeast Asia as the travel inspo for weekend trips this May. Think remote, lesser mainstream locations, private villas, and made-to-measure experiences. As we prepare for the rainy season that is rumoured to drizzle into being at the end of next month, here’s where we can still enjoy a douse of summer in the region. Between cultural explorations and coconut groves, here are the four weekend trips near Bangkok you should take this May.

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