4 (long) weekend ideas near Bangkok for a relaxing getaway
If you’ve ever needed a weekend away from Bangkok, now is the time. Here are all the must-have new hotel openings, deals, and packages on our radar in October. By Lisa Gries
As much as we love Bangkok with all of its warm, buzzing hustle and bustle, it’s always refreshing to get out of town, even if it’s just for the weekend. As a travel guide, we have compiled a list of four weekend ideasone for each weekend of the month.
There is no longer any point in commenting on the eternal rainy season. We look like broken bands at this point, and as we strut barefoot on the soi in another dinnertime downpour, we aim to book a fabulous vacation far, far away from all the drama.
This month, given the long weekends, we’re especially excited to book vacation days and get out of here. We’ve selected newer hotels and more isolated hotels because you can probably get more than two nights off. Whether it’s Bill Bensley’s highly anticipated new venture or you’re heading to Seoul, hipper than ever, October weekend ideas are filled with design, nature and history. From Khao Yai to South Korea, here are our top picks of the month. Don’t travel in October – go for the weekend.
4 weekend ideas near Bangkok for October 2022
3 hours away by car: The train-inspired InterContinental Khao Yai finally opens in all its glory
The wait is finally over. The InterContinental Khao Yai Resort finally opened its doors and began welcoming guests to its train carriage-inspired rooms. Teleporting guests to the golden age of travel, award-winning Bill Bensley is behind the incredible designs here, drawing on the story of the reign of King Rama V. Back then, the area served as a gateway for rail transport to northeast Thailand. Today, travelers can enjoy this nod to the past in the stunning setting of UNESCO-listed Khao Yai National Park just outside. A seamless blend of past and present, entwined in a charming and extremely unique way.
Currently, the InterContinental Khao Yai is offering a special Khao Yai Weekday Getaway Package, which includes a stay in one of the wagon-inspired rooms and suites, plus complimentary breakfast for two. Guests who stay three nights or more can also enjoy complimentary afternoon tea and late check-out until 6 p.m.
Recommended for: Design lovers looking for something different and imaginative in Khao Yai
1 hour flight: the new JW Marriott Resort Suites Phuket Khao Lak is a new getaway for families
The JW Marriott Resort Suites Phuket Khao Lak has unveiled 52 exclusive two-bedroom suites, so if you’re looking for a group vacation in Phuket, this might just be the place. The perfect getaway for families, the resort brings together a wealth of beach vacation activities with a touch of luxury. From the water park to the wave pool, water trampoline, and water slide, there’s plenty to keep guests busy here, especially those who like to splash around. The expansive swimming pool is the longest in all of Southeast Asia (!), surrounded by eleven restaurants and bars to cool off and relax after a day in the sun. For those looking to unwind after dropping the little ones off at the kids’ club, there’s also the Quan Spa on-site, offering treatments like body wraps, body scrubs, couples massages, and more. We already feel the stress of family life melting away.
Recommended for: Families (and friends who feel like families) who like to enjoy everything fun in the sun
2h flight (then 3h30 by car): Avana Retreat opens in the middle of the Vietnamese jungle
Long weekends provide the perfect excuse to get out of Bangkok for more than two nights. For those who really want to disconnect and get away from it all, the brand new Avana Retreat is a nice escape, especially for those who have already visited the major cities of Vietnam. The 36-villa property is spread over 15 acres of lush jungle and rice terraces, and built around a stunning waterfall, about 3.5 hours from Hanoi airport. Spectacular views can be found at any corner of the resort, whether you relax in the 98-229 m² villas, the spa built in the middle of a stream, the open-air yoga pavilion or the four swimming pools at heated overflow. Here, tranquility is guaranteed, and a happy reconnection to nature is assured.
Recommended for: Those who wish to experience a relaxed and refreshing alternative to the bustling cities of Vietnam
5.5 hours away: Naru Seoul opens as the city’s first MGallery
The South Korean capital is opening its first MGallery hotel with Hotel Naru Seoul. Bringing contemporary Korean design to the iconic Han River in the Mapo-gu district, the boutique hotel is named after the original name of the district and pays homage to its aesthetic and design offerings. Artists, poets, and painters have been drawn to the area for generations, and it shows in the artful touches found throughout the property, from the 196 rooms to the five restaurants. Whether you spend your days exploring the Mapo Food Culture streets outdoors or cycling along the river, Hotel Naru Seoul sits at the reassuring intersection between city exploration and a restful retreat. .
Recommended for: Han River runners, Korean food lovers, and anyone who wants to get the most out of Seoul (the hotel is near Incheon International Airport)
Featured Hero and Image Credit: InterContinental Khao Yai
This story first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Bangkok