Laos Spirit Resort, Luang Prabung

A unique experience and one that comes so rarely to budget-minded travellers, the Laos Spirit Resort was the ultimate combination of relaxation and indulgence. We waved at the elephants from across the river in the comforts of our balcony and ate breakfast, which was included, while they stomped and stamped along the embankment. The private outdoor shower was a rare treat, as was the bed, which provided the best sleep I had all trip.

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Monkey Maya, Ream, Cambodia

A little ways out from Sihanoukville and Otres, Monkey Maya is in a remote location that allows it to be perfectly serene and quiet. We stayed in a bungalow with its own glorious beach views that opened up below to a long stretch of private shoreline barely inhabited by the few that were present at the hostel. No electricity except for a small window in the afternoon, no wifi - and yet, no worries. We drank with the staff whose personalities were infectious and ate with all other travellers as the restaurant provided offers the only means of food. And after a lazy, drunken swim in our secluded beach with glowing blue plankton shimmering on our arms, we were totally sold.

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Koh Rong Samloem, Cambodia

A small island just a short trip from Otres Beach, Koh Rong Samloem features some of the whitest and most beautiful beaches I’ve ever come across. Just like Otres, the island is the perfect combination of soothing nothingness and lavish depravity, offering opportunities like snorkelling, kayaking and peaceful beach bungalows alongside Full Moon and Black Moon parties that run long into the nights.

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Gado Gado Restaurant, Seminyak, Indonesia

Seminyak is central to many of the best restaurants in the area. By the beach, Gado Gado is set half under cover, half under the stars and is certainly one of the most exciting places to eat. It is a dressy affair, offering indulgent degustation and matched wine menus.

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Indus, Ubud, Indonesia

For a fancy night out in Ubud it is worth the trek to the top of the hill for Indus, especially if you cut through the Monkey Forest on your way! Offering a modern Indonesian menu, dishes are beautifully presented. The restaurant is open air, set above the Tjampuhan River; aim to arrive mid-dusk so you can take in the spectacular views.

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