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Maddie Lukes

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I spent most of my time at university working and saving, waiting until I could finally go away traveling. When that day finally came, I got thoroughly overexcited and my planned six-month jaunt turned into me traveling and working abroad for just over two years! I started my adventure in South East Asia, and ever since I’ve had a soft spot for the magic and wonder of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.

I love experiences when you can really go slowly and spend time talking with locals, and there’s nothing I hate more than being ferried around a well-trodden tourist trail.

My blogs

Heart, Soul & Sustainability at Song Saa

The Best of Borneo

Travel nuggets

  • When traveling in Asia I would always recommend buying a local SIM card as soon as you can. Being able to look up directions, facts and translations will make your trip so much more enjoyable!

  • Don’t ever go on vacation with a full bag! You’ll find so many little gems in the markets and shops as you travel around and it’s such a shame to have to turn things down just because you can’t fit them within your luggage allowance!

  • There’s no better way to see a new city than on a walking tour with a local guide.

My hot picks

Avani+ Luang Prabang, Luang Prabang, Laos

The Azerai is an odd choice for a favorite property as this old military barracks holds true to its roots with an unfussy & practical style. The lack of ultra-luxury isn't for everyone but its location is unbeatable & the restaurant is out of this world.

Song Saa, Koh Rong Archipelago, Cambodia

Song Saa is my all-time favorite island resort. Located on two private islands linked by a footbridge, the villas offer unparalleled sea views in one direction and lush jungle in the other. With many activities on offer, it's hard to find time to relax!

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