Song of Travel Hostel, Inle Lake, Myanmar

Song of Travel has everything you need in a hostel. Free breakfast and not just simple eggs and toast, well cooked, well presented breakfasts with potatoes and pancakes and delicious local teas. A rooftop with views of the sunrise and sunset, comfortable beds, rooftop bar with $1 cocktails, free bike rentals, which you’ll need to navigate the town, and some of the most attentive and caring staff we ever came across. The themed hostel caps it all off with a famous song quote on the wall beside every bed. I was lucky enough to have an absolute classic: ‘Imagine there’s no countries, It isn’t hard to do. Nothing to kill or die for and no religion too’. This hostel had it all and we cannot not recommend it enough to any traveller making their way through Inle Lake.

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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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Bioluminescent Plankton, Otres Beach, Cambodia

Need I say more? Present at most beaches along Otres Beach 1 & 2 and in the surrounding Sihanoukville area, the dazzling blue glow of the plankton at night is a sight like no other. Keep an eye out for particularly cloudy night when the moon is hidden and let yourself be swooned by the thousands of transient blue lights that twinkle along the Cambodian southern coast.

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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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Ha Long Bay, Hanoi, Vietnam

Really any tour of Ha Long Bay on offer will expose its majesty; ours was booked through ‘Central Backpackers Hostel’ and was everything we wanted it to be. The view speaks for itself and the novelty of staying on your own ‘private island’ adds an extra sense of extravagance - even if you are still sleeping in bunk beds! Tours usually include boat trips to and from your accommodation, food and usually some kayaking and free swimming off your boats. If you’re looking for the booze cruise option, the ‘Castaways Island’ tour is your best choice, otherwise grab yourself a ticket from a tourist stall or hostel, set sail and soak up all the beauty of Ha Long Bay.

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Vietnam Backpackers Hostel, Hanoi

Tied for my favourite hostel of the trip. Vietnam Backpackers is a large hostel with an even larger party vibe with events and drink specials nearly every night, free beer offers and fully equipped with a restaurant, upstairs pool table and various outdoor areas, Vietnam Backpackers Hostel has it all. Located in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, it has tons of local restaurants and markets right around the corner and the staff were always keen to help you find your way around. There is plenty of adventure to be organised through the hostel too, as they offer some of the most popular tours and day trips- including their infamous ‘Castaways Island Ha Long Bay Tour’.

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Bun Cha, Hanoi, Vietnam

Bun Cha is an absolute must try in Vietnam, especially Hanoi which is the birthplace of this addictive dish. A mix of delicious grilled BBQ pork, sweet and sour dipping sauce, rice vermicelli and mixed fresh herbs and pickled vegetables. Recommended to me on a hostel city guide brochure, I had my choice for dinner made for me for the next 3 straight nights. Hanoi is known for its Bun Cha, so catch it at any small restaurant throughout Hanoi’s Old Quarter.

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Warung Ocha, Seminyak, Indonesia

Admittedly this restaurant is watered-down Indonesian for Westerners rather than traditional fare but the food is so, so good. Right in the middle of it all, Warung Ocha is perfect for pre, mid or post shopping breaks. Warung Ocha's distinctive Red Verandah was the backdrop for a beautiful traditional Balinese ceremony for our last lunch in Seminyak.

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UNESCO Jatiluwih Rice Fields, Indonesia

The Jatiluwih Green Land is a 19,500 ha world heritage protected site. The Rice Terraces date back to the 9th century and are of great significance in traditional Balinese culture. My driver dropped me at one end of the terraces and allowed me time to wander through the various levels. The green landscape and coolness of the wet fields are so inviting and soothing.

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