Many of us are familiar with Airbnb by now and know it as the go-to online marketplace that connects homeowners with travellers, by offering their properties as accommodation for tourists. Today, there are over 7 million Airbnb accommodation listings around the globe.
In 2016, Airbnb launched ‘Experiences’ as a way to elevate their travel services. This feature gives access to travellers who are looking for experiences that go beyond famous landmarks and well-known tourist destinations. What’s more is that these activities are curated and organised by local hosts themselves, which gives it a more authentic feel for tourists.
Ever since they integrated ‘Experiences’ into the mix, this has definitely changed the game significantly for the travel industry.
Here’s a list of unique Airbnb experiences that you can encounter right here in Southeast Asia!
Cambodia: Discover the Hidden Gems of Angkor Wat on Bike
What’s better than discovering one of the largest temple complexes in the world than by bike? Visitors will come face to face with astounding structures that are full of history like the Elephant Terrace, Preah Khan, and Srah Srang, which is commonly known as ‘The Royal Baths’.
Many tourists that have joined this historical bike tour have mentioned that it was refreshing to be able to explore the temples on bike, since it is typically visited by taxi or tuk-tuk.
Angkor Bike Tour Discovery: From S$78/person
Indonesia: Immerse Yourself in The Balinese Culture and Witness the Uluwatu Kecak Fire Dance
Bali has been ranked as the most-visited destination for foreign tourists in all of Indonesia is loved by many for their world-class surf spots and stunning beaches. But beyond all of that, Bali’s cultural roots run deep and can be felt everywhere around the Island, and is something visitors should not miss.
The Uluwatu Temple is dubbed by many as the best sunset spot in Bali with a breathtaking view of the Indian Ocean from atop a cliff. What makes this spot special is their famous Kecak Fire Dance, which is a portrayal of the historical Ramayana. Visitors will surely be mesmerised by the dancers’ movements and the burning bright flames.
Uluwatu Kecak Fire Dance & Sunset: From S$49/person
Laos: Try Your Hand at Traditional Weaving with Katu Sisters
Traditional weaving has been a long-standing tradition in Laos for many years. Weaving emerged in Laos due to the cultural contact of different ethnic groups in the country and has birthed a beautiful and intricate art form that many locals take pride in.
In this experience, tourists will be able to make their own crafts from headbands, bracelets, camera straps, coasters, and even bookmarks, as well learn the history of weaving from the locals themselves.
Traditional Weaving with Katu Sisters: From S$64/person
The Philippines: Taste and See the Real Manila
The Philippines is home to some 7,100 islands and has some of the world’s best beaches like Boracay, El Nido in Palawan, and world-famous surf spot, Siargao Island. But what many don’t know is that the streets of Manila hold such a rich history.
Discover the hidden gems of this Philippine capital on this AirBnb experience with activities ranging from eating local street food, visiting the historic Stanta Cruz Church, the oldest apartments in the city, and your typical Filipino markets. You’ll also have the chance to ride on a jeepney, which is one of the most common modes of transportation for many Filipinos that many tourists find unique. This Airbnb experience is perfect for travellers who are strapped for time and have a day or two to spare on their short layover in the Philippines.
Hidden Gems of Manila: From S$51/person
Vietnam: Cruise Through the Mekong River Just Like The Locals
If you even just one day to spare outside of the city when in Vietnam, you should definitely spend it at the Mekong River when in the South. The Mekong River is the 12th longest river in the world and winds itself around five other countries: China, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia.
In this tour, tourists will get first-hand local experience through a range of activities from enjoying a boat ride to Thoi Son Island, visiting a bee farm, indulging in a Southern local lunch on a riverside restaurant, as well as watching traditional folk music performances.
Explore Mekong River Delta Day Trip: From S$46/person
We have yet to uncover all of the hidden treasures of Southeast Asia and we’re just getting started. In the meantime, try adding these unique experiences to your list on your next adventure!