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 take our rain boot stride into the heart of the rainy season this August, we’re seeking out weekend trips from Bangkok that awash with a great sense of adventure and story. Whether it’s a glamping experience on a quiet island, or an urban escape to a minimalist 19th century warehouse, there’s a little something for every traveler here. From untouched beaches to opulent villas, here are the four weekend trips near Bangkok you should take this August.
If there are two things at the top of every avid travelling Bangkokian’s hot list, they’re titled as follows: glamping, and Koh Yao Noi.
Combining the luxury comforts of a five-star resort with the peacefully dreamy serenity of one of Thailand’s most under-the-radar island destinations, those looking for a relaxed (albeit utterly ‘grammable) break need to head to 9 Hornbills this August. The tented camp is nestled within its own hillside, offering safari-style accommodation in an exclusive adults-only getaway. A quick speedboat ride off the coast of Phuket or Krabi, the private-pool-only camp has access to its own private beach, inviting guests to take part in a fun range of water sport activities (or seaside napping activities). Each villa is perfectly equipped for a tranquil unwind, with reading areas and open-air rain showers, as well as a view of the famous limestone islands at Koh Hong — often referred to as ‘the best view in Asia’, no less.
Eat: A nice fresh seafood curry, switching out rice for roti, because we’re not in Bangkok anymore
Play: Go fishing and explore the island’s charming population of groupers, snappers, and barracudas, or rent a kayak to explore the island on water
‘Gram: Your very like-worthy floating breakfast, served in your private pool, of course
9 Hornbills Tented Camp, 24/2 Moo 5 T., Koh Yao Noi, A. Koh Yao Phang Nga, Thailand; +66 76 410 782.
Is this Southeast Asia’s best-kept beach secret? It may as well be. Few have heard of Cam Ranh, but with recently-introduced Bangkok Airways flights to the Nha Trang Peninsula directly from Suvarnabhumi four times weekly, it’s no wonder why the Vietnamese white sand beach location is becoming a quick favourite. This month, check into The Anam. The picture-perfect resort blends colonial design with warm Vietnamese accents, for a tropical retreat that charms you into never needing to leave it. Between snazzy white loungers and sparkling pools, the property is made up of 77 elegant villas and 136 rooms and suites, with plenty of space to unwind, indulge, and soak up sun and snoozes. The lushly green open spaces offer ample breathe room to take part in a range of activities, with the city of Nha Trang a quick shuttle bus ride away for sight-seeing and pho-slurping.
Eat: Banh Mi, and a strong Vietnamese coffee at Rainforest
Play: Vietnamese people really know how to party — head to Skylight Nha Trang, the highest rooftop club in the city, for proof
‘Gram: The Long Beach outside your villa
The Anam, Long Beach, Northern Peninsula Cam Ranh, Khanh Hoa, Vietnam; +84 258 398 9499.
There’s something about The Warehouse Hotel that makes it look and feel irrevocably hipster and contemporary in design, yet the minimalist boutique hotel actually hones a history that reaches back much further than current man-bun-bearing trends. Built in 1895 along the Singapore River as part of the Straits of Malacca trade route, check into the Robertson Quay hotel for a weekend getaway that combines heritage and chronicle with a deeply commendable stay experience. Design lovers will marvel at the sleek and sophisticated interiors, whilst city dwellers will love the vibrant neighbourhood location, eateries, and award-winning in-house bar.
Eat: A decadent slice of chocolate cake at the Laurent Bernard Chocolatier nearby
Play: Did you even go to Singapore if you didn’t visit Atlas?
‘Gram: The bustling riverside just outside the hotel at Robertson Quay
The Warehouse Hotel, 320 Havelock Rd., Robertson Quay, Singapore; +65 6828000.
Granted, we’d say any month is a great month to visit Bali, but if there is one season that seems to shine bright and bold above the others, it is this one. August presents the annual heyday for the Indonesian dream island, and if there is one hideout in which to most beautifully witness this allure, remember this name: Soori Bali. Far from the more mainstream bundles of Seminyak or Bukit, Soori Bali sits on the edge of the ocean between Mount Batukaru and the terraced rice fields of south-western Bali. Secluded location aside, the magical resort is composed of award-winning villas and residences, each fostering a clear sense of eloquent design to a backdrop of environmental and cultural sustainability. “Bali as it should be,” and a weekend trip as it most exquisitely can be, between stylish black sand beaches outdoors and cool grey sandstone bathrooms indoors.
Eat: Plenty of fresh fruit and juices, but also sate meat skewers, Balinese fried chicken, and crackers with sambal
Play: Visit the Tanah Lot temple; one of the most sacred, mysterious and beautiful sea temples in Bali
‘Gram: The incredible Balinese sunset from the Ombak Bar & Lounge
Soori Bali, Banjar Dukuh, Desa Kelating, Kerambitan, Tabanan, Bali, Indonesia; +62 361 894 6388.