Top five unique weekend getaways in Asia from Airbnb
16 April 2014
Romantic weekend ahead? Or planning a much needed weekend getaway? For merely a cheap air ticket away from Hong Kong, you can stay in a cave, tree house, private island, or simply go off-the-grid for a short trip. Airbnb shares their top five picks for unique and quirky accommodations in Asia, all priced within your budget.
Scroll through our gallery for images of the eclectic travel accommodations below.
1. Bali, Indonesia: Stunning All Bamboo House near Ubud (Accommodates nine)
Set within a river valley landscape along Bali’s sacred Ayung River, this stunning all bamboo house is the epitome of exclusivity and tranquillity. Nestled amongst a community of high-end bamboo villas with distinctive blonde roofs, the unique four-storey villa is definitely a feast for the eyes. While the listing is situated within a very natural environment, it is a just 15 minutes away from the main road, 25 minutes from Bali’s cultural centre of Ubud, and an hour away from Bali’s surfing beaches.
2. Chiang Mai, Thailand: Hilltribe Secluded Cabin in Nature (Accommodates two)
Fancy staying with an Ahka hill tribe family and mingling with the locals? Look no further. Tucked away in a permaculture farm in Doi Saket, this very private cabin is completely made out of natural materials like bamboo and grass. Located 8km north of Chiang Mai, the secluded nature of the cabin lends atmosphere to a meditative tranquil setting, making it the perfect place to sit back and relax with a good book.
3. Manila, Phillipines: Your own Island in a lake (Accommodates 10)
This small and secluded island is located in a tranquil lake in the Sierra Madre mountains, with a simple but comfortable bungalow on top of a grass-covered knoll that gently slopes down to the water.
Offering isolation and quiet, clean mountain air, and the comfort of a rustic lake house all only a short distance from Manila, this private island is a perfect venue for quick weekend getaways just 3 hours from Manilla. The 80-square meter house has one bedroom, a kitchen, two bathrooms, and spacious living room.
4. Bali, Indonesia: Magical treehouse – Stunning view! (Accommodates three)
Situated near the heart of the bustling artistic and cultural centre of Udud, this tree house is perfect for nature lovers seeking respite from the hustle and bustle of city living, but at the same time preferring to remain close to the village centre. Aside from offering comfortable accommodation in a jungle setting, the listing also comes with stunning views of Bali’s signature rice fields – providing guests with a truly unique and memorable Balinese adventure.
5. Surat Thani, Thailand: Charming Natural Hillside Villa (Accommodates four)
Tastefully combining granite, wood and earth, this luxurious cave house is the perfect setting for travellers looking to go native. Nestled away in lush tropical hillside setting and located off the beaten track, this three-room villa on the Thai island of Koh Phangan runs on solar energy and uses harvested rainwater. While there is no electricity, the accommodation comes equipped with a wood fired oven in the outdoor kitchen to satisfy those late-night pizza cravings. What’s more, it was also listed as part of Airbnb’s seven wonders of Thailand last year!
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