The building that now hosts Le Calao restaurant was originally built in 1904 by a Chinese trader from Macau, for use as a private abode. A unique structure to Laos, it was created using Portuguese architectural details during the French Colonial Period. By the 1990s, the abandoned building had fallen into a derelict condition and was almost destroyed. In 1995 when Luang Prabang was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, the former house, now called Le Calao Restaurant, was registered as one of the city's World Heritage buildings. Le Calao offers a top quality Laotian, ethnic and international dishes, but with a signature focus on Laotian cuisine.
A visit to Le Calao brings with it an array of dining atmospheres coupled with outstanding views over the Mekong River. Relax on the beautiful, shady lower terrace with a drink, soak up the romance of the majestic upper balcony and embrace the sweeping river views, or choose dine in an air-conditioned colonial dining hall, upstairs or downstairs. The venue also offers a private room with capacity for up to 50 people for private functions, meetings and dinners. This lovely space includes its own private terrace and entrance, personalised bar, washroom and waiting staff, and also the possibility of a private music options.
Le Calao invites you to discover a culinary journey of modern Laotian cuisine combined with traditional Laotian recipes. The menu features a wide array of dishes, including international food options, each passionately designed and delivered with attention to the smallest of detail, guaranteeing something for everyone in Luang Prabang’s newest gastronomic destination.