An aerial view of Hiriketiya bay in Sri Lanka’s south coast. It’s a tranquil location that’s loved by surfers. Photo: David Burden

A place to escape the crowds on Sri Lanka’s south coast, Hiriketiya is a little slice of paradise

  • Many visitors to Sri Lanka head for Unawatuna and Hikkaduwa, but with its beauty and laid-back bohemian vibe, Hiriketiya is a beacon of tranquillity
  • It’s heaven for surfers, and has sandy trails through swaying palms that lead to near- deserted beaches
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An aerial view of Hiriketiya bay in Sri Lanka’s south coast. It’s a tranquil location that’s loved by surfers. Photo: David Burden
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Hiking through deep jungle in Doi Inthanon National Park, where rickety bridges and hidden waterfalls await intrepid explorers. Photo: Alamy

Hiking Doi Inthanon National Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand, home of country’s highest peak and a waterfall wonderland

  • Doi Inthanon is not only Thailand’s highest mountain but is also home to ethnic minority villages, hidden waterfalls and royal burial grounds
  • A two-day trek through the national park can include a night with a family from the local Karen tribe
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Hiking through deep jungle in Doi Inthanon National Park, where rickety bridges and hidden waterfalls await intrepid explorers. Photo: Alamy
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