After hours of sublime river views from a reclining chair on a luxurious Mekong cruise, imagining a lodge that matched up to my day wasn’t easy. But when I sailed round a river bend and saw a handful of elegant teak bungalows on stilts, half hidden within four hectares of tamed jungle, colonizing one of my own suddenly seemed quite agreeable.
I watched the sun melt into the horizon from the lodge’s deck, high on the hillside, and followed a long wooden walkway to a secluded bungalow, perched above the water. A tropical fruit basket had been laid on a table beside a window overlooking the river, with no glass between the outdoors and I. A cloud of a bed cloaked in white netting stood in the centre of the teak floor, and a hot shower with fragrant lemongrass soap revived me before a delicious Lao-style dinner on the deck. Falling asleep in fresh mountain air, listening to the rushing river, is, perhaps, the only equal to a day of luxury cruising on the river itself.
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