Our Top Accommodation Picks for August
Check out our selection of fantastic hotel choices for August from around the region, as seen and experienced by our discerning Khiri Travel team during their travels to the region’s most captivating destinations.
Villa Ni Say, Siem Reap, Cambodia
This modern and minimalist luxury villa in the center of Siem Reap is an ideal place to stay when visiting the magnificent temples of Angkor. With its private tropical garden and saltwater infinity pool it promises privacy and exclusivity. Spacious and elegantly decorated living, dining and sleeping areas combine subtle Asian vintage and antique furnishings with thoroughly modern conveniences.
The residence can house up to 12 guests and has a multifunctional ground floor of 100 square meters which can be transformed and used for different occasions. A spacious open lounge and bar with rotating glass doors that can be opened or closed, transforming the area into an open-air or enclosed air-conditioned space.
This private villa in a quiet, secluded area of Siem Reap is ideal for families, small groups, parties, or anyone who would like a private villa experience without sacrificing hotel services and amenities. The resident villa staff ensure the property is kept clean and tidy, while the resident operations manager is available to cater for guests’ specific needs and to help organize activities and events like weddings, birthday parties, incentives and private dinners. The house also has a permanent guard who resides on the property.
An alternative property of a similar style and standard close by to Angkor temples is Templation Angkor, offering exclusive suites and villas.
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Amazing Inle Lake Resort, Inle Lake, Myanmar
Situated in Ingyin Gone Village, close by to beautiful Inle Lake, the 4-star Amazing Inle Lake resort recently opened its doors to travelers. The resort can be reached by a 50-minute car ride from Nyaungshwe town and a 90-minute ride from Heho Airport.
Its prime location means that the resort is literally minutes away from Nan Pan village, Hpaung Daw U Pagoda and the fascinating Hpaung Daw U market next door.
The Resort offers 24 Deluxe and eight Amazing Deluxe rooms – a total of 32 beautifully decorated lake view rooms that offer wonderful views of the Shan mountains. A highlight of Amazing Inle Lake resort is its large relaxing pool.
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Riverboat Cruises, Kalimantan, Indonesia
Tanjung Puting National Park is a place of stunning biodiversity, a protected area of tropical coast and peat-swamp forest in Central Borneo that is home to Camp Leakey and the iconic Bornean orangutan. Accessed only by boat from the busy port of Kumai, along the mangrove-lined Sekonyer River, the company that runs special cruises to the camp has more than 10 years’ experience operating eco-cruises on Kalimantan’s rivers.
Its boat, the 18-meter-long, three-meter-wide KM Sekonyer, is a traditional wooden klotok riverboat – the type used primarily for cabotage along Indonesian rivers. It has three comfortable air conditioned cabins with en suite bathrooms and western-style toilets. The upper viewing deck is completely open, offering wonderful, unimpeded views for wildlife spotting, with comfortable rattan furniture and a dinner table. Each of the cabins has mosquito netting and on the upper deck waterproof blinds with clear window inserts can be lowered to protect against sudden tropical downpours.
Rooms are also fitted with spring mattresses, reading lights, quality sheets, bedcovers, towels, and toiletries, while windows have sliding shutters for privacy. Guests can also charge their phones and cameras at plug sockets installed in the rooms and also on the viewing deck. Highly praised food is served on deck, and a crew of five – along with a knowledgeable English-speaking guide – accompany guests on this riverboat jungle adventure.
The company has plans to launch a second boat in August, the Arut, which will be installed with the latest solar-panel technology, an innovation on boats in Kalimantan that will help to reduce its ecological footprint on the pristine environment.
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Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Situated on the slopes of a picturesque tea plantation near Kandy in the Knuckles Mountain Range, Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge provides travelers with magnificent mountain views, top-class facilities, friendly and courteous service and plenty of things to see and do.
The property has 18 secluded lodges surrounding the main building – a traditional tea planter’s estate bungalow, fitted with beautiful furniture, and a grand dining room and restaurant with a cosy fireplace – where you can sit and enjoy wonderful views of the Knuckles Mountain Range, while being served your meal, along with hot, freshly-brewed tea plucked from Madulkelle’s own garden.
All lodges are made of high-quality tarpaulin canvas, specially imported from South Africa, the type used in many world-renowned safari camps. Surrounded by green fields of tea, each lodge can hold a maximum of three people and features a front porch overlooking the rolling hills and mountains, comfortable beds, and en suite bathrooms with walk-in showers and separate toilets.
All lodges are well spread out, ensuring absolute privacy, while guests will appreciate the many facilities and services on offer, including a library and business center with Internet access; an English style estate lounge bar with an impressive stock of beverages; and standalone infinity pool with great views of Madulkelle village.
An organic vegetable and herb garden yielding all-year-round fresh produce ensures a truly authentic Sri Lankan dining experience, and there are plenty of activities to keep you occupied, with many walks and hikes around the area, ranging from easy strolls to more energetic adventures up into the hills.
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Le Grand Pakbeng, Laos
While cruising up or down the Mekong River between Huay Xai to Luang Prabang, most clients will spend at least one night in the sleepy riverside village of Pakbeng, before heading on to their destination. With stunning views of forest wilderness along the banks of the river, Pakbeng is now home to the new Le Grand Pakbeng hotel located on a hilltop overlooking the Mekong – one of the most luxurious 5-star hotels in town.
With 45 nicely appointed villas and suites that have their own private terraces and balconies, it’s a relatively large resort, but because each villa has its own unique terraced view, your stay will feel private and secluded. Rooms are simple, spacious and elegant, with warm maka-wood furnishings and traditional elements of Laotian design, while all bathrooms have rain showers and sliding doors that open up to the rest of the room – adding to a feeling of natural space.
Le Grand Pakbeng’s hillside Jacuzzi and huge pool with its own bar and wonderful views is certainly one of the highlights of this hotel, as is the Indochine Restaurant, which features a broad range of western dishes and traditional Laotian, Thai and Vietnamese fare. While you are dining, you can also watch performances of traditional Laotian classical dance, ensuring that your meal is a cultural, as well as culinary experience!
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Silk Path Grand Resort & Spa Sapa, Vietnam
Only opened in November 2017, the Silk Path Grand Resort & Spa is perched distinctively on a hilltop, with rooms and manicured gardens that provide wonderful panoramic views overlooking Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range and the valleys below. An important market town, Sa Pa in northwest Vietnam, is home to several ethnic minority groups such as Hmong, Dao, Giáy, Pho Lu, and Tày, making the town a fascinating melting pot of cultures.
As a new 5-star property in Sa Pa, Silk Path Grand Resort & Spa joins a select number of high-end establishments in the area. From the Classic Room to Presidential Suite, accommodation is tastefully designed with quality wooden furniture and an interior design that is both modern and chic, with traditional elements.
From classic Western and Asian cuisine at its Samu restaurant to Mediterranean and Italian flavours at Olivio, the hotel offers plenty of dining options. Alternatively, you can visit its Café 1500 and enjoy a wide range of beverages and snacks, while admiring the spectacular view.
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Anurak Community Lodge, Khao Sok, Thailand
Anurak Community Lodge is set in stunning lush-green jungle gardens right on the boundary of Khao Sok National Park, with 12 beautifully appointed bungalows offering 18 rooms. The bungalows are spread out over six hectares of garden, with little walkways connecting them to Anurak’s Hornbill Restaurant and reception area. Six of Anurak’s bungalows have interconnecting rooms, making them ideal for families with young children, or for friends wanting to be in close proximity to one another.
In fact, Anurak Community Lodge is the ideal destination for family-oriented activities that allow you to experience the pristine nature of Khao Sok National Park to its fullest – whether it’s bathing with elephants, dining jungle style, or cycling and hiking into the park’s lush forests. You can also opt to go boating across Khao Sok’s vast Cheow Lan Lake, where you can stay overnight in a raft house; discover the lake by kayak, or trek into the surrounding karst mountains, dotted with caves and abundant flora and fauna.
There are also plenty of adventure activities for families with kids to do in their own time, such as taking the eco-Lodge’s self-guided one-hour nature hike along its ‘Anurak Trail’, or exploring the area by bicycle on one of Anurak’s freely available quality mountain bikes. The bike adventure will take you through local village communities, fruit orchards, and even coffee and rubber plantations, where friendly local farmers and villagers will be only to ready to greet you – even if you don’t speak the language!
In the evening families can enjoy a number of dining options, including the unique Jungle Dinner Experience, or Anurak’s Authentic Southern Thai Food Dinner Set that is geared toward savoring the local tastes and flavors of southern Thai cooking – two truly memorable dining experiences to be enjoyed under the clear night skies of Khao Sok.
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