“We have been fortunate to travel to many wonderful places with wonderful experience but I must say our recent stay at Muang La Resort rates among two that felt magical.

The attractive designed buildings and immaculate green grounds set smack dab beside the Nam Pak (river) in this little valley beside the Muang La village is an idyllic spot for a vacation. From the moment we were welcomed by the general manager and staff with a welcome beverage and snack, to our beautiful and comfortable rooms and the delicious meals – we so enjoyed our stay here.

Since traveling with our high-school aged son we booked two adjacent rooms at the edge of the property which overlooked the Nam Pak. The rooms were spacious and well appointed, as were the bathrooms. We enjoyed walking to the dining area (covered but open to beautiful views of the river and surrounding hills) as there is well cared for lawns and tropical plants. The meals were delicious, from several choices for breakfast to the gourmet fusion dinners. We found every staff member to be friendly and attentive to our requests and needs.

You could lounge at the Resort property and thoroughly enjoy yourself – we chose to experience it all, from the infinity pool on the island in the middle of the Nam Pak (complete with pool bar and snack service – recommend the Lao Mojito and Khamu Blue), to the hot spas (both the resorts’s private dip and the very hot community spa shared with the village)... the steam room was a treat for the nose and sinuses with a mixture of lemongrass and other herbs).

We rode available bikes to the Khamu village across the river and also took several excursions with the arranged guide Don. Loved the mountain bike ride along the rice paddies to the local villages and through town. The 4-wheel drive adventure to the Hmong village and through the forest to climb the rock overlooking the valley was an amazing and exhilarating journey, but the biggest impact on us was walking through the villages and interacting with the people – such kind and warm people who willingly shared their life with us.

Getting to Muang La Resort requires dedication (for us, a 5-hour van ride from Luang Prabang) – but so much worth it. This stay really gave us a feel for the warm-hearted people of Southeast Asia.

Thank you to the management and staff of Muang La for a perfect stay – memories we will treasure!”

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