Arrivals & Departures Asia's answers to the cold and wet

Chalong Buddhist temple (Wat Chalong), Phuket.
Picture: Stephen Scourfield The West Australian
Photo of Stephen Scourfield

First the cold, then the rain. A wet weekend is enough to make you look to South East Asia for a balmy little getaway.

A “friend and colleague’s” thoughts have been on Asia.

But after years of travelling frequently to popular spots in Bali, he wants to mix it up a bit.

He’s looking for an easy and comfortably, slightly beachy break somewhere fairly easy to get to from Western Australia.

Bali

Take a look around Lovina on the north coast. It’s three hours’ drive north from the airport, but once you are there, you are “somewhere else” – quite different to the south, and quiet.

The fancy joint there is Matahari Beach Resort and Spa – very good.

Phuket

After that, I’d look at Phuket – mainly because with Singapore/Silk you can get a journey time under nine hours from Perth, with the connection – about the best you’ll get after Bali.

Look along the Khao Lak coast – this is the beach strip along the Andaman Sea north of Phuket.

I like the Meridien there. You can still get out and about a bit.

Thailand Gulf

Just to throw another name in the mix … basing yourself somewhere nice at Krabi on the Thailand Gulf is good.  From there, you can book a boat on the beach to take you to your own beach for the day – loads of little islands out there.

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