By Hania Rafei on September 24, 2019
Almost every year Malaysia has to tolerate the transboundary haze that affects air visibility, and contribute to respiratory issues. In September 2019, the haze sadly affected parts of Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, and it even makes it way to southern Thailand and southern Indochina.
For travellers seeking clear blue skies and fresh air, how about hopping off to the following destinations in South East Asia that are less affected by the haze? We recently checked that the air quality at these destinations is better, making us want to buy flight tickets immediately to get there! So pack up and mask up people, let’s go for a clean and fresh air adventures!
Craving for a peaceful and laidback getaway? Why not escape to Lombok! Due to the abundance of visitors in Bali, Lombok serves as a veritable alternative! It is less crowded and accommodations are generally more affordable. You can enjoy the beautiful tropical island view and relax by the beautiful beaches that Lombok has offer, besides witnessing the majestic second highest volcano in Indonesia, Mount Rinjani, which you could even hike up if you want.
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Though Hua Hin is not as popular as some other destinations in Thailand, this hidden gem is home to lovely beaches. On top of that, Hua Hin is known as a family-oriented place with family-friendly beach resorts that will keep your children from ever getting bored. Also remember to explore the Night Bazaar or have fun at the water park.
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Being the largest city located in Sulawesi Island, Makassar is home to some of the best dishes in Indonesia! If you wish for a more authentic local experience, then Makassar is ideal for you. Travelling here wouldn’t be too expensive since the prices are surprisingly affordable that you could even splurge a bit while travelling! Renowned as the hub of Bugis ship-building prowess that allowed the community to explore and thrive through trade with the other kingdoms and territories within the Malay archipelago, you can still witness Makassar’s historic harbour and feel its energy as you walk towards the docks.
Read here to know what you can do and where you can go when you travel to Makassar:
Interestingly, most parts of Brunei are not affected by the haze. Since it nestles between the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak, why not head out to Brunei’s capital, Bandar Seri Begawan, for a respite! If you’ve never visited the country, now is the time to go there since it offers not just cleaner air but also tranquillity through its serendipitous photogenic beauty. On top of that, the museums are all free!
Read here to find out more about what you can do at Bandar Seri Begawan: