Selected October Accommodations
Knai Bang Chatt, Kep, Cambodia
This 4-star luxury boutique hotel is a renovated French colonial villa on the Kep waterfront. The property has beautiful gardens surrounding an infinity pool and is home to The Sailing Club, one of the most popular bar and restaurants in town.
Next door along the beach is Kep’s famous crab market. Besides the pristine beach, this charming and relaxing seaside town offers activities such as sailing, boat rides to Rabbit Island and a walk through the jungle to the famous Kampot pepper plantation.
The Siam Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand
Designed by a world-class architect with the charm of old Siam in mind, the 5-star Siam Hotel is decorated with the owner’s curio of Asian antiques and paintings. Its most distinguishing feature is its beautiful Chao Phraya riverside setting overlooking the iconic steel spans of the Krung Thon Bridge.
The hotel provides a luxurious spa amid peaceful, tropical garden surroundings conducive to meditation and yoga sessions. Guests can also try Muay Thai kickboxing with an Olympic medalist or learn authentic Thai cooking with a local chef.
Sanctum Inle Resort, Shan State, Myanmar
Travelers to Inle Lake can pamper themselves at this new 4.5-star luxury resort built in the style of an old monastery that exhibits influences of both Burmese and European styles. Inspected by Myanmar country manager, Edwin Briels, this property offers deluxe suites, villas and opening in December 2015, their signature Cloister Rooms.
Boats to cruise the idyllic scenes of Inle Lake leave the hotel jetty. Guests can also avail of biking and trekking in the surrounding Shan hills. There are even excursions to this hotel from the Thailand border tracing the footsteps of BBC’s Top Gear TV show! Villa Inle, Lake View Resort and the Inle Princess are all possible alternatives to this hotel.
Mai Chau Sunset Boutique Hotel, Mai Cha, Vietnam
Mai Chau Sunset Boutique Hotel is new 3-star hotel is the first and only hotel owned by a local ethnic minority family. This friendly family offers six, clean and spacious rooms furnished with all local materials and bamboo. Located in a secluded area surrounded by the rice paddies of Poom Coong Village, the surrounding area is best discovered by walking or cycling.
It is very easy to tour around the village homes and local market in which the clothing and products of the local weaving handicraft are sold. The hotel has a lovely bar terrace which offers views of a spectacular sunset over the rice fields and surrounding mountains. In the evening, the village night market is known for amazing barbecue.
Jetwing Lagoon, Negombo, Sri Lanka
Situated between the Indian Ocean and the Negombo Lagoon, this hotel, inspected by our Khiri Travel Sri Lanka staff member, Gafraan Hamit, is a 5-star masterpiece of beauty and comfort. All fifty rooms and the five suites are decorated in warm, earthy hues of brown and maroon with a minimalist, yet luxurious feel.
Guests can join local activities such as a visit to Negombo’s famous fish market or boat rides around the Negombo Lagoon or the nearby Dutch canals, relics of Sri Lanka’s colonial heritage. There are also excursions to Sri Lanka’s capital city, Columbo.
Chinthima Guesthouse, Luang Namtha Province, Laos
For active, budget travelers, this new guesthouse offers modern and clean, but basic 2-star accommodation in the far north of Laos. All rooms are either fan cooled or air-conditioned and offer free Wi Fi and TV. There is no restaurant but due to the guesthouse’s central location, it is easy to frequent nearby restaurants for breakfast or other meals.
The area of Luang Namtha is a perfect location for guests to have fun outdoors trekking, kayaking, cycling and discovering the hill tribe cultures. An alternative option to this accommodation is Toulasith Guesthouse, Phu Lu Bungalows or Zuela Guesthouse.
Kaliandra Sejati Eco Resort and Farm, East Java, Indonesia
Established in 1997 to support the foundation of the same name, this 3+-star resort is a unique accommodation that promotes community-based tourism (CBT). The aim is to encourage local communities to stop illegal logging by offering alternative employment in tourism and a chance for a better life.
Guests get to experience unspoiled nature and learn about some rich cultural traditions such as gamelan lessons, making herbal teas and dyed fabrics. The property, inspected by Khiri Travel Indonesia’s Elske de Vries, is divided into three styles: Javanese or Balinese cottages and European villas. The organic farm is another prime feature as is the resident peacocks strutting around the resort.