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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.