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Singlish – that is how you spot a Singaporean overseas. While it’s comforting to know that they are around you while away from home, sometimes going off the beaten track can be far more rewarding. 

A recent agoda Travel and Tech Study found that 57 per cent of Singaporeans like to travel to lesser known destinations. 

Southeast Asia, home to hot spots like Bali and Phuket, is also dotted with many secluded and grand locations at every price point. Travellers can experience new things at these places without compromising on the good things in life.  

If that sounds like the next holiday you want to have, discover these hidden gems that are just a short flight away from Singapore. 


Pangkor Laut Island – Pangkor, Malaysia

This privately owned resort island, only accessible via speedboat or helicopter, is a perfect getaway for couples looking to escape the stresses of life. Since only a fraction of the island is developed, jungle trekking is an activity to try out and at the same time, explore the local wildlife.


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. Go elephant trekking, river rafting, kayaking and rock climbing then head back and unwind from your adventures with a relaxing traditional Thai massage or a dip in the pool.


Dedon Island – Siargao Island, The Philippines

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This private paradise is the one for you if you enjoy being surrounded by lush tropical jungles and white-sanded beaches. Try something new and hop onto their state-of-the-art amphibious boat. Buying a drink or meal? There’s no need to pull out your wallet because the single flat rate covers all expenses.


Six Senses Con Dao – Con Dao, Vietnam

Snorkelling and hiking, you can do both at Six Senses Con Dao. Located right on the shoreline of white sandy beaches, this resort is also surrounded by majestic mountains. After a long and fun-filled day, go for a swim in your villa’s private pool.