On my travels I have stayed in some pretty incredible places and my good friend KiKi here on North Leads to Home has asked me to tell you a little about some of those, so here are my top 3!
The Cambodian Wilderness…
Or, to the locals, Sen Monorom! I am actually unsure how we heard about this small town out in Eastern Cambodia but we had decided to venture there to go Elephant trekking.
Lonely Planet had recommended to seek out Nature Lodge for our stay in this off the beaten track destination and we are so glad we did. It is situated a little way out of town, down this long dusty road and is literally IN nature.
The wooden cabins are set right in the woods and all come with a big double bed hung with a mosquito net and… not much else! But what it lack in furnishings it makes up for in charm…
The toilet/shower rooms are pretty much just four walls surrounding a garden with a squat toilet in the middle, with the shower attached to a tree and there are cows and horses roaming around the grounds!
The only downer was we had a little friend staying with us…a HUGE spider. You know, just chilling on the outside of our cabin… Otherwise it is delightful and the food is really good!
We organised our trekking trip in town, with this lovely guy called Samnang, who gave us an amazing price for one day trekking, an overnight home stay and a day elephant trekking. Nature Lodge also do some incredible 3, 4 and 5 day packaged deals. Check out theit website here.
Lake Navaisha, Kenya
We were in Kenya for my boyfriend Oli’s 20th in 2011 and we decided that tranquil Lake Naivasha would be the perfect place to celebrate and staying in Fisherman’s Camp made our stay all the more lovely.
This camp is located 20km along the South Road from Naivasha town and consists of two levels aptly named Top Camp and Bottom Camp! For the first two nights we scrimped by camping (Oli had his own tent) and on his birthday we splurged on a cabin so got to experience both ends of the accommodation spectrum.
Fisherman’s Camp could not be better located. Right on the waterfront bottom camp sits in lush green surrounded by wildlife including cute monkeys and, at night, not so cute hippos!
Seeing a hippo’s colossal silhouette 100 metres from where you are sleeping is pretty scary but don’t worry because they have electric fences!
The Top Camp is equally lovely. with beautiful views across the lake and is a little more secluded. The cabins are nice and large and ours even had a bench and BBQ pit outside which we took full advantage of!
Whilst we were there, apart from relaxing, we hired bikes and cycled the roads surrounded the lake which made for a really fun day trip even if our bums did get a little sore! There are even a few wildlife parks along these roads which meant that we managed to see loads of animals on our travels without paying entrance fees as they are free to roam. We even saw this giraffe crossing the road!
The Great Wall of China
My trip to the Great Wall this summer was definitely one of my major travel highlights- it was a perfect 4 days trekking where we basically had the whole place to ourselves! Gubeikou is only 4 hours and 2 buses away from Beijing yet it is pretty much free of tourists and the Wall is relatively untouched making you feel like you’ve stepped back in time.
We were also lucky enough to get a room in the only hostel in town and wow was it a good one. It costs around £20 which is a little pricey for China but it is definitely worth it. The place itself is really pretty and well designed and it has THE best showers AND Japanese toilets! Yes, I mean the heated seated, spray your bum kind! It affords just the luxury you want after a full days trekking!
If you ever find yourself in Beijing then make sure you make your way here to experience the Great Wall of China and be sure to stay at the Great Wall Box House!
Jade – JourneyCount
Jade is the beautiful blogger behind JourneyCount, a blog about travels, journeys and stories. Jade is one of my best friends from university, and it’s really exciting that we’re embarking on this crazy blogging adventure at the same time. To check out JourneyCount, click here. KiKi