Are you going football crazy?

Malaysia has a reputation for being a football crazy nation, and once every four years, the frenzy goes into overdrive – TV stations televising 24/7 football matches from past to present, overcrowded mamak stalls with chairs and tables that spill-over onto the streets, and the sudden spike in medical leave the morning after a big game – these are sure signs that the Football fever has hit!

But are you among those who would rather catch the flu than watch a game of football (much less the five weeks of straight football!)? No need to go to such drastic measures—Agoda has some suggestions on where to go to escape the football madness. You’re welcome!

  1. Koror Island, Republic of Palau

Head to the South Pacific island of Palau where abundant marine life, volcanos and epic waterfalls are the main attractions. Palau also wins bonus points for not having national football team. Check out the  Palau Royal Resort for beach views and vibes.

Palau Royal Resort

  1. Baler, Philippines

You’ll likely meet more surfing fiends than football fans in Baler, also known as the ‘birthplace of surfing in the Philippines’.  Home to sandy beaches and epic waves, plus scenic winding mountain roads and hiking excursions, this island won’t get a ‘red card’ from you. Bright and breezy Costa Pacifica Resort on Sabang Beach is the ideal basecamp.

Costa Pacifica Resort

  1. North West Cape, Western Australia

The North West Cape in Western Australia is home to the Cape Range National Park and Ningaloo Reef, where you’ll encounter exotic wildlife that don’t care about ‘games of two halves’. Sal Salis, an exclusive safari camp surrounded by only bush and beach, makes an ideal basecamp for exploring the area.

Sal Salis

  1. Galle, Sri Lanka

Renowned for its cricket, rather than football, enjoy the gentle pace and laidback streets of Galle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There’ll be no penalties for shopping on this trip. Fort Square Boutique Villa, which is conveniently located in Galle’s city center, is worth a visit.

Fort Square Boutique Villa

  1. Pangkor Laut Island, Malaysia

You won’t risk being ‘offside’ with your own private island. Pangkor Laut Resort is made up of 140 villas and 8 estates on privately-owned 300-acre island, offering complete privacy amidst gorgeous ocean views.

Pangkor Laut Resort

  1. Raja Ampat, Indonesia

For a truly ‘off the grid’ experience, head to the Raja Ampat, where the lack of internet and Wi-Fi mean you will easily lose track what day it is, let alone whether the football is still on. At the Waiwo Dive Resort, you can kick back and relax with massages and yoga classes.

Waiwo Dive Resort

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