Le CalaoLaos/Le+Calao

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.



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The Chef and the Brigade

“Born in Chomphet district of Luang Prabang province, Chef Khamphaeng earned his stripes as a chef during his time working in Bangkok, where he specialised in the intricacies of traditional Thai cuisine and seafood between 1996-2001. Chef Khamphaeng returned to his home city of Luang Prabang in 2002, to work for the highly regarded French/Laotian restaurant, L’Elephant.
Chef Khamphaeng has now taken his passion for food to the riverside at the newly opened Le Calao. He is dedicated to sourcing local ingredients and sharing his delight for the old-world dishes shared down through the generations of families across Lao.”



  • Atmosphere
  • Atmosphere
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.


  • Cuisine
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.

Facilities and Highlights


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Facilities and Highlights

Useful Information

Opening time:
10.00 – 22.00

Annual closing:

Time zone: (GMT+07:00) Bangkok
Currency accepted: USD, LAK
Credit cards accepted: Visa, Mastercard, UnionPay
Electricity voltage: 220V
Electricity plug type:    
Facing the Mekong, nearly at the end of the peninsula – old town.

Unit 05, House Number 098, Ounkham Rd, Phonheung - Luangprabang
ທີ່ຢູ່ ຮ້ານອາຫານ ກາລາວ: ຕັ້ງຢູ່ ບ້ານໂພນເຮືອງ, ໜ່ວຍ 05, ເຮືອນເລກທີ 098 ຖະໜົນ ອຸ່ນຄຳ, ເມືອງ ຫຼວງພະບາງ, ແຂວງ ຫຼວງພະບາງ, 06000 Luang Prabang, Laos

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“Situated in a former old colonial building, now renovated to restore its former glory, Le Calao is a stunning new venue in Luang Prabang for lovers of Laotian fine dining, with majestic views overlooking the Mekong River.”
Kim, the discoverer.

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