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Guest Post: JourneyCount’s Top 3 Incredible Places

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.

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Atop our elephant

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 long road to Nature Lodge

The long road to Nature Lodge

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…

Our cabin

Our cabin

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!

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Teeth cleaning station

The bathroom

The bathroom

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!

The food and the restaurant

The food and the restaurant

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.

The stunning lake

The stunning lake

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.

Setting up our tent as the sun set

Setting up our tent as the sun set

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!

Our neighbours

Our neighbours

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!

Moving home up to top camp. Look at that view!

Moving home up to top camp. Look at that view!

Our front porch

Our front porch

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!

Giraffe crossing

Giraffe crossing

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.

Our Wall

Our Wall

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!

The hostel with the Great Wall behind it!

The hostel with the Great Wall behind it!

The hostel's cute gardens

The hostel’s cute gardens

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!

The view of the village atop the Great Wall

The view of the village atop the Great Wall

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

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