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Our Selected Hotel Picks for the Month of September

September 25, 2019 by Khiri Travel | Filed Under: ,

Check out our selection of great hotel choices for September from around the Southeast Asian region.


Hotel Tugu Lombok, Indonesia

Hotel Tugu Lombok, which faces a pristine stretch of beach on the northwest coast of Lombok island, is only a 15-minute boat ride from the three well-known Gili islands – Air, Meno and Trawangan.

The hotel is part of the Tugu chain of hotels that in Indonesian language means ‘monument’, a reference to the fact that each Tugu hotel is furnished with Indonesian antiques and ancient artefacts that are part of the owner’s larger collection.

At Tugu Lombok, the design and décor hark back to the Hindu culture of the Majapahit Empire that existed on the island long before the arrival of the Dutch. The hotel therefore features hundreds of beautiful artworks, while its architectural design also reflects Lombok’s long period of Hindu and Buddhist influence that began in the late 13th century.

With breathtaking views, villas and bungalows steps from the beach, as well as a number of quality dining options and an award-winning spa, guests can enjoy a real hideaway holiday at Tugu Lombok – cared for by an attentive and friendly staff.

For more information and bookings please contact: [email protected].


My Bagan Residence by Amata, New Bagan, Myanmar

Situated on the edge of New Bagan, only minutes away from ancient temples and stupas, My Bagan Residence by Amata is the perfect location from which to explore the wonders of the Bagan Empire, from where Theravada Buddhism first began to spread across Southeast Asia.

Set in peaceful gardens, not far from the Irrawaddy River, My Bagan Residence offers guests 25 Residence Deluxe and 17 Boutique Deluxe accommodations with the ambiance and privacy of a residential property. Literally meters from the hotel, guests can appreciate the sight of several ancient stupas and views of larger temples nearby. Bagan markets, galleries, handicraft shops and restaurants are only a short drive from the hotel, as is Bagan’s Nyaung U Airport.

The spacious Residence Deluxe accommodations come with king-sized or twin beds, adjacent living areas and bathrooms with walk-in rain showers. Boutique Deluxe rooms offer pool-side views with living spaces that include chairs and coffee tables.

A fully-stocked mini-bar, satellite LCD TV, Wi-Fi and tea and coffee making facilities are just some of the amenities, while guest facilities include a fine dining restaurant, bar and coffee shop; room service; gift and souvenir shop; a beautifully secluded pool; and a traditional puppet and cultural show that takes place every evening.

For more information and bookings please contact: [email protected].


Ock Pop Tok Mekong Villa, Luang Prabang, Laos

Founded in 2000, Ock Pop Tok is an artisan social enterprise based in Luang Prabang, Laos.

It was founded by two women artists and has grown from being a small shop selling only a few designs to becoming one of the most important textile and artisanal institutions in all of Laos and Southeast Asia.

Meaning ‘East meets West’ in Lao, Ock Pop Tok follows the principles of fair trade and sustainable business practices. The concept aims to bring people together through textiles to exchange knowledge and ideas.

Ock Pop Tok Mekong Villa offers the opportunity to engage with the culture and arts of Laos, while still allowing space for ample quiet and relaxation. Located on the outskirts of Luang Prabang, there are four, artfully decorated guest rooms at Mekong Villa that await clients who are looking to immerse themselves in the craft center workshops or classes.

During their stay, guests are able to learn all about Laotian silk production, natural dyes and weaving, while also enjoying leisure activities in the garden. In-room massages and treatments are available upon request.

Clients can feel at home, whether they are relaxing in the tranquility of their comfortable room, taking in a spectacular sunset on the Villa’s veranda, or exchanging greetings with the artisans at the center.

For more information and bookings please contact: [email protected].


Mekong Bird Resort, Stung Treng, Cambodia

If you prefer a quiet getaway, the Mekong Bird Resort in Thmey village, near the city of Stung Treng is certainly a place where you can retreat from busy city life. Situated on the edge of the Mekong River with an English-speaking owner and staff, this small, neat and clean resort offers all sorts of activities in this beautiful rural region of Cambodia.

The resort can arrange trips to see the Mekong’s rare freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins and beautiful waterfalls on the border with Laos, or guests can climb aboard one of the resort’s boats or kayaks to visit the flooded forests and a designated Ramsar wetlands site – an ideal habitat for bird watching.

Rooms at Mekong Bird Resort come in three categories – Standard, VIP and Family – and there is also a ‘Camping’ option in one of the resort’s tents on a beautiful sandy riverbank, overlooking the Mekong.

The resort’s bungalows include large balconies with beautiful views overlooking the river and local scenery. Accommodations are comfortable with large beds, free Wi-Fi, and private bathrooms and showers. There’s also a 24-hour front desk, bar and restaurant, and the resort provides bike and car rental.

For more information and bookings please contact: [email protected].


Elephant Watch Hut, Habarana, Sri Lanka

Situated near Habarana, a popular tourist destination for safari lovers, Elephant Watch Hut is a community project and social enterprise where guests can become a real part of the local community and enjoy a genuine experience of Sri Lankan village life.

Built from recycled materials with the help of local villagers, Elephant Watch Hut used to be an elephant observation complex, but today it offers visitors the opportunity to experience Sri Lankan rural lifestyle in the most exclusive way by spending your nights in one of the simple, but charming observation huts – high up in the trees – or in the ground-floor lodge.

Whichever accommodation option you prefer, you’ll only have fireflies and the stillness of the countryside to accompany you. At Elephant Watch Hut, not only can you observe the beautiful sunrise over the fields and spend the day visiting the surrounding villages, you can also go on safari – searching for wild elephants in an open-roof-jeep. There is no place quite like Elephant Watch Hut for immersing yourself in the authentic rural life of Sri Lanka.

For more information and bookings please contact: [email protected].


Topas Ecolodge, Sapa, Vietnam

Topas Ecolodge is a small lodge situated on a beautiful hilltop deep in the mountains of Hoang Lien National Park, only 45 minutes outside Sapa town in North Vietnam.

Its 33 mountain bungalows are all built as rustic chalet-style houses, each of them offering a private balcony from which you can enjoy magnificent views of valleys and ethnic minority villages. The lodge makes a perfect base for exploring the surrounding area by foot or bike, or simply to relax far away from the busy urban areas.

Topas Ecolodge is one of the very few high-end options for accommodation outside of touristy Sapa town. The lodge focuses on sustainable principles to ensure minimum impact on the surrounding environment. Employees are from nearby villages, while local products and goods are used in order to bring economic benefits to the community. A wastewater treatment facility is also installed to avoid polluting the area.

The bus ride to the lodge is rather adventurous due to difficult road conditions, and because the lodge aims to provide guests with an escape from the stresses of everyday life, there is no TV or Wi-Fi. For further relaxation, there is an infinity pool with breathtaking views of the mountains and valleys, and a spa specializing in traditional Red Dao herbal treatments.

Sapa is a natural starting point for discovering the unique mountainous area, including Mount Fansipan, Indochina’s highest peak at 3,143m. The region is also home to five different hill tribes, each with its own distinct language, dress, and culture. Some of the villages, especially those located in remote mountainous areas, are still largely untouched by modern life.

For more information and bookings please contact: [email protected].


The Sarojin, Khao Lak, Thailand

The Sarojin is an award-winning 5-star luxury boutique beach resort, beautifully set on a secluded 11km beach in Khao Lak, just one hour’s drive from Phuket International Airport.

The Similan Islands’ dive sanctuaries, five national parks and Phang Nga Bay – renowned for its dramatic limestone islands and captivating sea cave canoe journeys – are all easily accessible from the hotel.

The 56 luxury guest residences are situated in seven separate two-story buildings, each intimately set within 10 acres of lush tropical gardens, with direct access to the secluded white sand beach. Careful design blends abundant space and privacy with the surrounding nature of the destination. Accommodations come in four categories: Garden, Pool, 2-Bedroom Pool Residences and Jacuzzi Pool Suites.

The Sarojin’s dining options include the Edge and Ficus restaurants that serve up some of the best Thai and contemporary Mediterranean cuisine in the area. Sarojin’s wine bar and multi-award winning wine cellar are well stocked with a large range of imported wines and other beverages.

There’s also a beach bar which offers spectacular views of the ocean, where guests can chill out on loungers, comfy sofas and beanbags, while listening to music – a great spot for pre-dinner cocktails, or to relax after dinner. Snacks include seafood baskets, local tapas and Thai dishes.

Through its sustainable tourism work with rural and coastal communities in the area, The Sarojin is also able to offer some unique tour activities that can provide guests with some real insights into the local way of life.

For more information and bookings please contact: [email protected].

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