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Top 5 Luxury Travel Experiences in Asia

| Words by Ashley Diterlizzi |

Gone are the days of roughing it in a backpacker’s hostel. Today, Asia offers luxurious accommodation for the traveler who enjoys comfort and the finer trimmings on their vacation.

Elephant Hills

Elephant Hills, Thailand

Escape spending the night in the hustle and bustle of Bangkok and retreat to Thailand’s first luxury tented camp, Elephant Hills. Located along the river, guests stay in a floating rainforest camp, tents along the water with en-suite bathrooms and hot running water. Elephant Hills also offers visitors the chance to get up close to Asian elephants in a responsible way. Their Elephant Experience is ranked by the Tourism Authority of Thailand as the best elephant camp in Thailand for animal welfare. Guests can feed and wash rehabilitated elephants at the sanctuary.

Topas Ecolodge

Topas Ecolodge, Vietnam

Located in the hills of Sapa in Vietnam’s north is the eco-friendly Topas Ecolodge. An established French hill station which dates back to 1922, Sapa orientates the most spectacular views of mountains and plunging valleys. Located deep within the forest, Topas Ecolodge contains 25 mountain bungalows, each with their own private balcony. With unique trekking and mountain biking trails in their backyard, Topas invites visitors to escape busy city life for a quiet mountain getaway and experience Vietnam differently.

Lake Palace

Taj Lake Palace, India

Floating on Taj Lake in Udaipur, the restored palace is considered one of the most romantic hotels in the world. Accessible only via boat, the white marble exterior rises from the lake, surrounded by shimmering water. The hotel features luxurious extras such as a spa and a swimming pool. There are a number of luxurious restored palaces across the country. Visit them here.

Sarojin Beach

The Sarojin, Thailand

The ultimate beach escape in Thailand, the Sarojin is located on the pal-fringed beach of Khao Lak. The five-star resort offers all the luxury trimmings from world-class cuisine to a relaxing spa. Turquoise water laps at the white-sanded coastline on the pristine stretch of beach. Indulge in a leisurely breakfast by the pool or a rejuvenating massage away from busy crowds and rowdy tourists.

Sanctuary Ananda

Sanctuary Ananda, Myanmar

Cruise in style along the Irrawaddy River aboard the luxurious custom-built Sanctuary Ananda. The sleek ship was built in 2014 by local craftsmen and features contemporary finishes, wooden floors and cabins with individual balconies. See the famous sites of Mandalay and Bagan and discover the tranquil beauty of Inle Lake. Unwind in the on board spa, take a dip in the outdoor plunge pool or soak up the views from the panorama lounge. Check out our other luxury river cruising options for the Irrawaddy.

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