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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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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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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Kafe, Ubud, Indonesia

My dinner at Kafe was one of those moments when travelling that make you feel truly alive and for that alone I am fond. The restaurant was also the best that I encountered in my short stay. It perfectly projected a calm, relaxed atmosphere and I understand it is well-liked amongst the yoga retreat set that frequent the region. Their menu offers fresh, organic, tasty fare and I recommend heading there for dinner and nabbing a spot on the verandah of the top floor to engage in some people watching. A very comfortable spot for lone travellers and I noted during the day it was packed to the rafters with families and all sorts.

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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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