Kempinski Blog Article
With no threat of experiencing typhoons, warm temperatures and lots sunshine, February is a perfect time to visit a Southeast Asian destination. In recent decades, nations such as Thailand, India, the Philippines and Myanmar have become very popular with tourists. However, if you are a particularly adventurous traveller there are a range of wonderful places to visit that are still very much off the beaten track.
There are many places in India suited to getting away from it all. Take Majuli in the state of Assam. Here on the world's largest inhabited river island, you can enjoy life in a lush wonderland, riding bicycles and viewing monasteries by day and enjoying delicious local cuisine at night.
For beachfront pleasure, nothing beats the town of Kannur in northern Kerala. Featuring a number of pretty beaches, relaxing family-run guesthouses and the intriguing Theyyam spirit possession rituals, it is the place to go if you want to get away from it all.
While most travellers to Myanmar will aim to visit Yangon, Bagan, Inle Lake and Mandalay, there are a range of other places to visit that are not quite as touristy.
If you are looking to escape busy Bagan, the more serene Mount Popa is only 50 km southeast. Here you can explore the lush countryside or hike up 777 steps to the summit of a crag where you will find the Popa Taungkalat Shrine. Alternatively, you can decide to hike up the mountain itself, where temples and beautiful natural sights come together perfectly.
For more relaxation, the hilltop town of Kalaw is another hidden beauty. A backpacker's paradise, it has excellent bars, a welcoming population, fine guesthouses and is situated right in the middle of one of the only places in the country where you can trek overnight without prior government permission.
If you are looking for a place to stay in luxury during your time in Myanmar, Kempinski Hotel Nay Pyi Taw should be at the top of your list. With a range of restaurants and bars, truly comfortable accommodation and staff ready and waiting to make your wishes come true, it is a palatial retreat that cannot be missed.
The classic Southeast Asian destination, Thailand has a thriving tourist industry, which can sometimes make it difficult to find a quiet space or to find unique experiences.
Despite this, Islands such as Koh Phra Thong, Koh Kradan and Koh Mak are must-visits for people looking to escape busy seafronts and western restaurants, featuring populations (tourists included) only numbering in the hundreds.
Inland, the north and northeast of the country are some of the best places to find adventure, including the riverside of the Mekong River; the oldest temple in Thailand, That Phanom; and a host of hidden town and village retreats just waiting to be explored.
For luxurious visits to Thailand, there is no better place to stay than Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok. Here you can relax in style, enjoying fine restaurants, indulgent spa treatments and exceptionally decorated rooms.