7 Best Kept Secret Hideaways in Southeast Asia You'll Never Regret

7 Best Kept Secret Hideaways in Southeast Asia You'll Never Regret



Often travelers seek the same tried and tested locations, and getting away means sharing a hotspot with thousands of other tourists. But the alternative -- going off the beaten track -- can be far more rewarding.

Like a busy millennial here in Asia, there is no point in travelling 13-hours just to seek a heavenly destination, where in fact there's a lot of secret hideaways just around Southeast Asia.

With the help of agoda.com here's the lesser known destinations that we can enjoy anytime.

Pangkor Laut Island
Pangkor Laut Island - Pangkor, Malaysia
With only a fraction of the island developed, this privately owned resort island is perfect for couples looking to escape the stresses of life. With access to the resort only available via speedboat or helicopter, nothing can stop you from ultimate relaxation.

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Muthi Maya Forest Pool Villa Resort
Muthi Maya Forest Pool Villa Resort - Khao Yai, Thailand
Located in one of the most scenic and peaceful destinations in Thailand, the resort is surrounded by tropical gardens where guests can find tranquility plus fun-filled adventure. Spend the day by your villa's private pool or pick from elephant trekking, river rafting, kayaking, or rock climbing. 



Dedon Island
Dedon Island - Siargao Island, The Philippines
This private paradise on the southern tip of reef-ringed Siargao is blessed with lush tropical jungles, white-sanded beaches and countless surfing breaks. No need to open your wallet or sign for a drink, with the single flat rate covering all expenses.



Six Senses Con Dao
Six Senses Con Dao - Con Dao, Vietnam
Right on the shoreline of white sandy beaches, surrounded by majestic mountains, this tucked away resort Con Dao island is the quintessential beach escape. For ultimate privacy, each villa has its own pool.



Alishan House - Alishan Township, Taiwan
Alishan House - Alishan Township, Taiwan
Alishan House is ideally situated near the picture perfect Alishan Scenic Area, meaning travelers can choose to explore the serene mountains or take the day to relax in front of the panoramic views.



Atmosphere Resorts & Spa
Atmosphere Resorts & Spa - Dumaguete, The Philippines
Set on an old coconut plantation, travelers can choose to step into the resort's breathtaking underwater world, surrender to the spa, join a yoga class, or simply relax by the infinity pool.



La Vista Highlands Mountain Resort
La Vista Highlands Mountain Resort - San Carlos, The Philippines
Nestled in the heart of San Carlos, this resort is ideal for travelers looking for the feeling of seclusion but not isolation. The mountain location provides an escape from the hustle and bustle of San Carlos City, plus a welcome reprieve from the hot Filipino weather.



Which one is your favorite destination?

Mine? It's a secret!


xoxo, Blair






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  1. Oh wow! These all look like amazing destinations. I really like the looks of Pangkor Laut Island. It really looks like heaven!

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  2. I would absolutely love to visit Asia soon! I haven't gotten around to that part of the world yet, but can't wait. Thanks for all the lovely resort ideas, will note.

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  3. Very interesting list. Is Philippines a rising force in South East Asia or is it my idea?

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  4. All of these places look incredible...I totally agree with you that there is no point in traveling 13 hours to visit a place when we can relax in one these hidden destinations.

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    1. There's a lot to visit and to experience here in Asia!

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  5. All these hideways look like beautiful getaways! Your pictures speak for itself how splendid it is!

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  6. They all look so luxurious and serene! Would love a getaway to paradise right about now!

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  7. All of these hidden spots are amazing and quite frankly inviting me to come. I feel relaxed by just looking at tbem.

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  8. Ohhh that place, Six senses in Con Dao looks amazing! I have already been to Vietnam but perhaps it is time to go back!? Just by looking at that place makes me want to book the best room right away! Another temptation is the Pangkor Laut island in Malaysia...just wow!

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    1. We are planning to visit Pangkor Laut this coming June!

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  9. I just got off the phone with an old colleague who said hsi son just returned form Vietnam and Thailand and loved it. He was raving about how beautiful it all was. I've also heard many good things about the Philippines as well. I'll have to look more into these places for our next trip.

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    1. That's awesome! Hope you visit Asia soon. For first timers in Asia, I recommend you visit Thailand, Vietnam, then the Philippines. Each are beautiful in distinct ways.

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  10. Jane Dempster-SmithMarch 20, 2019 at 3:52 AM

    So much choice and some of the destinations I have never heard of. I think my favourite would be the Six Senses in Vietnam - actually it looks so beautiful we may even pay a visit when we travel to Vietnam this year. A private villa with a pool sounds perfect for a break.

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    1. You got a good choice! Definitely you will love Vietnam :D

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  11. So many beautiful places! It surely makes me want to hop on the first plane and come visit!

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    1. Same here! I need to save up for our next travel :D

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  12. I'm always interested in reading about the countries Southeast Asia. Thailand and the Philippines are two countries my husband and I have been planning to visit for a while, but didn't get to it yet. I had no idea that Taiwan was so beautiful though, so I should add it to our list too. Any of these secret hideaways would make a great place to visit, so I'm glad to have read about them.

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    1. Southeast Asia countries have many beautiful and amazing places that you will enjoy without breaking your bank account. But we have luxury places too! Hope you can visit next time, but I recommend you visit during summer :D

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  13. I am thinking about Thailand as a possible vacation in the next two years. Your post has me really pushing toward making that a reality.

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    1. Thailand is perfect especially for westerners, it is easy to navigate and people are so friendly. Don't worry if you can't speak Thai - your smiles are good enough :D

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  14. Oh I have a trip planned! These tips are perfect!

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    1. Oh that's awesome! Visit during summer season :D

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  15. Ugh this is totally making my travel bug worst! :)

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  16. Looks like a beautiful place to visit. Would love to travel there with my husband. Maybe some day.

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    1. Yes, bring your hubby coz these places are so romantic!

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  17. All these places are so breathtakingly beautiful and peaceful! 😍 I wanna visit Taiwan some day.

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    1. Taiwan is still underrated place in Asia. I would love to visit their tea farms too!

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  18. These are great places to visit. I think South East Asian countries have the best sandy beaches in the world. :0)

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    1. Yeah, you can choose on many islands in Asia! I don't know how many but thousands!

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  19. Great destinations.Saving the post for later when I explore Asia after Europe next.

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  20. I would love to visit Asia one day. It's so beautiful there and I've heard such good things.

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    1. Ohh thank you! Asia is also very kids-friendly :D

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  21. These really are hidden gems; I've never heard of them before! I would love to stay at any one of these locations!

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  22. Wow! They look so grand and romantic places to stay. I would love to visit and stay their, in all of them some day. Lovely!

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    1. I show this list to my boyfriend and guess what... he told me to prepare my luggage anytime coz we are going!

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  23. Wow! So many gorgeous settings! I don’t know how I could choose! Someday I’d love to visit each of these.

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    1. If you visited one and you like it, there is a chance you'll love the rest!

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  24. Tiffany La Forge-GrauMarch 21, 2019 at 4:40 AM

    I need to plan a trip to that part of the world. It is so gorgeous and very affordable!

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  25. These are some amazing secrets! All the more reason to get over there!

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    1. This is perfect for you Joanna, and bring your squad!

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  26. Loved your pictures and learning all about these places! I can't wait to visit!

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  27. All seven of these hidden gems look amazing and perfect for real relaxation and getting away from stress! I would love to start with Dedon Island - Siargao Island, The Philippines, and work my way through.

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    1. That is an awesome idea! Visit the Philippines first :D

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  28. I would love to visit any one of these places! Lucky you!

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    1. Thanks for visiting and hope you visit them very soon!

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  29. I have heard that The Philippines is a great vacation spot, and I wish to visit. I just pray that I will still have the strength when my kids get old

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  30. Absolutely stunning photos! What a treasure trove of a post — great suggestions. Thank you so much.

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  31. These places look excellent! I've always been taken with Asian cuisine! Pair that with these wonderful views and that sounds like a vacation that's just perfect for me! :)

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    1. Oh never miss the opportunity to skip a week and hop to Asia!

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  32. Angelica KajiwaraMarch 22, 2019 at 9:31 AM

    You are killing me! Vietnam is #1 on my bucket list. Are any of these gorgeous spots family-friendly? I'd love to take my whole crew for a relaxing week away.

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  33. My boyfriend and I want to hit up Vietnam to experience my cultural roots and we may want to make these other stops while there

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  34. Asia has never been at the top of my travel bucket list, but these places are stunning! You may have changed my mind.

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  35. Without a doubt there are some stunning destinations in south east Asia and one of my most favourite holiday destinations. Thailand has quite a few of them including some you have mentioned in your list. I woukd love to visit Dedon Island - Siargao Island, The Philippines which I have not ventured out into. The hotel looks amazing and also the sea is so inviting. Will definitely look into this on my next plan to this part of the world. Amar Singh

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  36. My sisters had been to Pangkor Laut Island and she said it's amazing! One regret I had was not being able to visit Malaysia when I was still working in Jakarta. Too bad I live so far now.

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    1. Hope when you are back here, you can finally visit Malaysia!

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  37. Brilliant list. I live and have traveled across Asia quite a bit, and always love to find new properties. I'm at an age where comfort and a bit of luxury is more important to me, so these are wonderful options. Con Dao with the private pool for each villa is my favorite from the lot.

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    1. Oh wow let us know your thoughts about Con Dao soon!

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  38. This is a great list of accommodations and destinations in Southeast Asia! I'm desperate to get to the Philippines and venture to these properties. These locales look tropical and like a serene oasis. Booking a trip there ASAP!

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    1. Oh you will discover lots of amazing places here in the Philippines and other Asian countries.

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