Planning a Luang Prabang holiday? At Secret Retreats, we’re fans of travelling a little more slowly and taking the time to truly get to know the place you’re in. Laos, and Luang Prabang in particular, perfectly complement our philosophy, and our Members not only offer some of the best places to stay in Luang Prabang, they’re also experts in crafting immersive experiences with a thoughtful touch. If you’re looking for the best of Luang Prabang,
then look no further than Secret Retreats.
then look no further than Secret Retreats.
Luang Say Cruise & Lodge
The Apsara Rive Droite
A Dreamy Luang Prabang Holiday Stay at one of Our Boutique HotelsEncircled by verdant foliage and mountains and located at the confluence of two rivers in north-central Laos, Luang Prabang is the heart and pride of Lao culture. Previously the capital of the first Lao kingdom, temples, pagodas, Lao wooden houses and French colonial buildings form the backdrop of this UNESCO World Heritage city.
Day and night, the city offers delights for the senses. Begin with a feast for the eyes as every morning, hundreds of monks in saffron-coloured robes walk the quiet streets collecting alms. Wondrous aromas of freshly cooked food and the sweet smell of frangipani trees float through the air as the town comes alive. Celebrating life, the local people’s distinctive culture includes traditional dancing, music, and special occasions held throughout the year. The colourful stalls at the outdoor street market held nightly offer a glimpse at the indigenous cultures of Lao represented through handicrafts and traditional costumes.
Most of Luang Prabang can be explored on foot or by bicycle. Spiritual encounters can be found at Luang Prabang’s most beautiful temple Wat Xieng Thong, Vat Visoun, Vat Phousi, and Vat Mai. A slow boat ride down the Mekong River to explore the famous Pak Ou Caves and witness local village life is highly recommended. Bask in the calm antiquity of one of Southeast Asia’s most atmospheric cities.
Which Boutique Hotels in Luang Prabang to Stay At?Boutique hotels in Luang Prabang come in all shapes and forms. Spend the night in a renovated French-colonial manse or luxuriate in a sumptuous riverside resort. Whatever the taste or budget, the perfect Luang Prabang hotel can be found to suit.
For those who want extra culture and charm on their Luang Prabang holiday, however, we can make a few recommendations regarding places to stay in Luang Prabang and which parts of town to stay in.
Those who want to be at the heart of the action with everything at their doorstep may wish to stay in the Old Town on the peninsula. Located between the bend where the Nam Kham curves to flow into the Mekong, it is here you’ll find sites like the Royal Palace and Luang Prabang’s most famous temples. While a popular choice with first-time visitors, one drawback of staying in this UNESCO World Heritage-listed area is that lounging poolside is out of the equation.
Travellers who want both convenience and a Luang Prabang hotel with a pool may wish to stay just outside the old quarter in the Wat Manorom neighbourhood. While those who seek river views without the hustle and bustle should head to the Nam Khan riverside area.
Live in Luxury at Satri House Hotel Luang PrabangThe top luxury hotels in Luang Prabang can be found near picturesque Wat Manorom. Among those palatial boutique hotels is Satri House, built in 1904 for none other than the first President of the Lao People's Democratic Republic, Prince Souphanouvong. Fit for royalty, this heritage boutique hotel was designed in the French colonial style and is surrounded by immaculate tropical gardens.
The well-appointed guestrooms and suites are attractive in and of themselves, but the onsite restaurant, garden bar, library, antique gallery, spa and multiple swimming pools make this compound an oasis of old-world luxury. Within easy access to both the historic centres of Luang Prabang and the Mekong waterfront, Satri House is an ideal place from which to explore.
Relax by the River at the Apsara Hotel Luang PrabangOf all the Namkhan riverside hotels in Luang Prabang, we’ve chosen the Apsara Rive Droite Hotel as a Member because of their impeccable blend of Lao tradition, French-colonial influence and modern comfort. A tranquil haven, the Apsara Rive Droite Hotel is also a gateway to the quieter, less-visited parts of Luang Prabang that few travellers ever see. While the Old Town on the peninsula can be easily reached by complimentary boat service, those staying at this riverside hotel in Luang Prabang can also easily walk or cycle to reach small villages at the edge of town and enjoy chance encounters with locals and a more intimate glimpse into Lao life.
Complete Your Luang Prabang Hotel Holiday with a Journey on the MekongOf course, no visit to Luang Prabang, no matter how decadent or relaxed your preferences, is complete without a journey along the “Mother of Waters,” the Mekong River. The lifeblood of Laos, this waterway not only connects the urban centres of Laos, it also leads you to one of the country’s most sacred sites, the famed Pak Ou Caves. For those who want to experience life on the Mekong in ultimate comfort and style, Satri Boat River Cruises is an excellent choice. The luxury boutique experience of Satri House comes to this 53-metre, five-cabin floating holiday home. With ample room on the upper deck for a party with a hundred of your closest friends, and the gourmet kitchen to cater to them, Satri Boat is an ideal choice for an unforgettable event above the Mekong, but this luxury boat can also be chartered for travels beyond Luang Prabang. If the road less travelled is more your style, we recommend a journey with Luang Say Luxury River Cruises. Aboard this sumptuous riverboat, which travels between Luang Prabang and Huay Xai, enjoy a curated itinerary which takes you to rural villages, the majestic and mythic Pak Ou caves, and also includes a stop at their own Luang Say Lodge, a luxury eco-lodge nestled in a quiet riverbend on the Mekong boasting panoramic views of farm fields and mighty mountains behind the river. Still wondering where to stay or what to do in Luang Prabang? Get in touch with Secret Retreats concierge to start planning a customised Luang Prabang holiday.