Airbnb is the new alternative for the avid traveller – whether you’re looking for a personalised, homely stay with a host or gunning to score a sweet deal on a luxurious house, there’s an Airbnb for everyone. This week, we turn our focus to Southeast Asia and the bounty it has to offer.
1. Sleep on air in Hanoi, Vietnam
Featured Airbnb: Jenny’s Sky Tree House
The Sky Tree House in Hanoi, Vietnam, is an architectural feat. Suspended atop three majestic Vietnamese oak trees, it brings your childhood treehouse fantasies to life. I grew up on a diet of Enid Blyton and The Faraway Dream was the absolute dream. This is, of course, the real life adult version.
There’s a sunroof, reading area and even a wine bar so you can sip that Pinot Grigio while nestled amongst the trees. The eclectic decor speaks for itself – there’s even an art gallery (if you ever want to come down from your treetop enclave) and a host of spontaneous musical performances by local and international artists.
2. Live in a bamboo hut at Krabi, Thailand
Featured Airbnb: Kowit’s Bamboo Hut
The absolute closest you’d ever get to the authentic traditional Thai way of life. Reside in your very own bamboo hut on the island of Krabi, Thailand. Popular amongst backpackers, you’d be engaging in a communal, very much kampung way of life. Its rustic charm is inestimable – reviewers raved about the campfires, the singing and the occasional impromptu fire show by the host himself. Come back to the basics and back to nature, where days are simpler. Amongst the excellent company unpretentiousness of the environment, I’d say that it’ll make for a life-changing experience. Adventure seekers, I’ll see you there!
3. Get to be a Little Nonya at Penang, Malaysia
Featured Airbnb: HS’s Peranakan Mansion
I couldn’t get enough of the Peranakan Mansion cum Museum in Penang. A stay at this Airbnb offering would be the next best alternative – I get to be The Little Nonya for a few days. This oriental beauty accommodates up to twenty adults and four teenagers. Totally #squadgoals! While the interior is furnished with all the modern amenities, it’s also a living testament to the melting pot of culture and style of the Straits Chinese settlers. Tucked away in a relatively more quiet corner of Georgetown, its location offers both convenience and a wonderful respite from the main hubbub of activity. You’d still be able to tour the area with ease. Remember to snap a few pictures at the famous murals!
4. Float along the Mekong in Luang Prabang, Laos
Featured Airbnb: Jason’s Boathouse
Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream. Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream. This intimate, romantic chartered boat along the Mekong River in Luang Prabang, Laos, is the epitome of insouciant luxury. All amenities are included onboard, including a kitchenette, water facilities and a lounge area. Drift to sleep amidst the calming sound of the water lapping against the boat and the touch of river breeze cradling your cheek.
Have any AirBnB gems to recommend? Come on, good things must share! Let us know in the comments below.
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