Outdoor travel in Asia

The Best Outdoor Escapes in Southeast Asia

Traveling should not be limited to the big cities and popular spots. Sometimes the best travel experiences are the ones done as close to nature as possible.

It doesn’t mean that we should neglect history and tradition. It’s just that the world is full of nature destinations which seem almost untouched despite civilization and urbanization.

Be ready for the long weekend and take a trip to these best outdoor escapes in Southeast Asia.

1.      Canopy Tribes

The Canopy Tribes in Kota Tinggi, Malaysia is one of the popular glamping destinations in Malaysia.

It’s tent-styled accommodations definitely give that outdoor feel but still have the same luxurious design as a hotel room.

Canopy Tribes also has typical outdoor activities such as cycling, trekking and mountain climbing, as well as water sports like swimming, kayaking, and fishing.

The best part is that accommodations are very cheap. Two people can enjoy a night at this wonderful resort for less than a dollar.

2.      JapaMala Resort

The JapaMala Resort in Tioman Island is an outdoor escape for those who have a taste for the finer things in life.

This luxurious glamping site combines a blend of rustic designs and natural habitats. You can enjoy this luxurious outdoor experience if you are willing to spend a little extra.

The resort has that warm Caribbean feel if you are looking for one in Asia. It’s combination of rainforests and the clear blue waters are mind blowing.

It is definitely the best place to go on a jungle trek or explore waters through Scuba Diving and Boat Excursions.

3.      Sang Giri Mountain Glamping Camp

Bali is a paradise. This part of Indonesia is home to many beautiful beaches but it also has a number of beautiful mountains and rainforests.

Pretty much everywhere in Bali is a great outdoor experience but one of the most popular there is the Sang Giri Resort Glamping Camp.

People usually go there for meditation retreats and for good reason. Even the most rigid person wll feel like meditating upon setting foot.

Choose between mountain biking along Jatiluwin, walking along the rice fields, or simply visiting the Spiritual Temple for some yoga and meditation.

What a way to enjoy the tropical outdoors.

4.      Aetas Glamping

The Philippines has suffered a lot as urbanization begins to saturate even the most rural of areas.

If it is unblemished nature you seek however, the island of Palawan might be for you. It is tagged as one of the cleanest places in the Philippines.

However, the island of El Nido gets a lot of attention because of a place called Aetas Glamping.

Get a taste of the Filipino hospitality as you live in its local culture and experience nature at its finest as the tents are pitched in the heart of the forest.

Another good thing about the Philippines is that if you are bringing in foreign currency, it is very easy to afford the most lavish lifestyle while you’re there.

5.      Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort

We are still in the Philippines but we now go to the heart of the south which is Cebu.

The Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort in Oslob, Cebu hosts one of the best outdoor escapes in the country. The owners have perfectly combined luxury and nature as air conditioned tents and comfortable beds await once you check in.

To top it all off, they offer basic bushcraft activities for outdoor survival such as primitive cooking, knife care and fire making.

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Staying in a Hostel.

Sh*t that may happen to you in a hostel

For every backpacker that’s been staying in a few hostels around the world, you know what it’s like. Hostels can either be the best thing or the worst. It doesn’t even have to be about the facilities – it can be about the guests, staff, location, everything! But one thing’s for sure: hostels are a great way to meet other travelers and it’s also a cheaper way to travel. But there’s just some things that are out of our control. The best thing to do is to laugh about it and move on, because we’ve all been there! Here’s a list of sh*t that may happen to you in a hostel.

People snoring

You’re tired, you’ve been longing for a bed to rest your head in and… your neighbor, or worse, neighbors are all snoring so loudly that you can barely fall asleep. This is something that has probably happened to 99% of backpackers. It’s annoying, frustrating but it’s nothing you can do about it. You can’t control other people. Instead, make sure to buy earplugs before arriving to your hostel. It’s a lifesaver!

Someone steals clothes from the laundry

You do your laundry and you dry it for the next day. When you’re about to pick it up, you notice that a few items are missing. Strange, you think. Perhaps I didn’t wash it. But you did! And then it hits you – either someone took it by mistake or they deliberately took it. The only thing you can do is to comfort yourself with the fact that you can now buy new clothes without feeling bad about it.

Someone’s always turning the lights on

You were just about to fall asleep, but all of a sudden this person is, yet again, turning the lights on for the 10th time. And it doesn’t stop there! That person also talks loudly with someone on the phone at the same time, even though it’s past midnight. Annoying, to say the least.

People are loud and drunk

When you’re the sober one, it’s not always fun to be around loud and drunk people. But if you check in to a party hostel, count with a few drunk people who’ll try to make you down a few shots with them. The worst thing I’ve heard happening to someone in a party hostel amongst drunk people is that one person decided to pee in their bed. Yuck.

You get bed bugs

In order to see if there might be bed bugs, look under the mattress and sheets, see if there’s any blood stains or so. Look at the reviews too before you go to a hostel! You don’t want to get bed bugs. They’re a pain in the ass to remove.