Arts + Culture

Asia Undercover

by Christopher R. Cox, Deborah Dunn, and Colin Hinshelwood

There's nothing more disheartening than traveling halfway around the world only to find more foreigners than locals, and tacky tourist stalls on every corner. That's why we've uncovered six Southeast Asia destinations that are off the beaten track but totally worth the trek. Sure, the nearest airport might be an eight-hour drive away. But these secluded spots have their advantages: You can explore picturesque fishing villages, revel in unspoiled scenery, and participate in local customs without being elbowed out of the way by photo-snapping hordes. And you won't have to sacrifice creature comforts in these under-the-radar locales. Each has full-service—even luxury—resorts, and the price is usually right, as well (say, less than $200 for an over-water bungalow in Myanmar). So, what's the catch? These hideaways won't be a secret forever. Go now, before everyone else realizes what they're missing.

Published in July 2010; Pictured, Koh Yao Noi, Thailand

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