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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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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Kebun Indah, Ubud, Indonesia

Sometimes accommodation does really matter. I lucked out with booking the Sandat room at Kebun Indah, part of the Alam Indah group of properties. A gorgeous room that fulfills all your tropical decor fantasies, I practically had the pool all to myself and breakfast and afternoon tea delivered daily. Staff were very friendly and the site was secure. Set amongst a rice field and close to a creek bed, Kebun Indah is located in what I would call the quiet end of town but still only a short walk to restaurants, shops and the Monkey Forest.

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