Luang Prabang

Laos - Northern Laos

Luang Prabang was once the capital of an ancient Asian Kingdom known as “Lan Xang” – the Land of a Million Elephants. It covered the whole of present-day Laos plus most of Issarn (northeast Thailand). This royal heritage is still very much in evidence today with over 30 gleaming temples and monasteries in the town centre and thoroughly deserves its UNESCO World Heritage status and its reputation as the spiritual centre of the country.

The French colonial era is also still very much in evidence, the smell of freshly baked baguettes, the high ceilinged colonial buildings and even some of the older generation speaking French.

The time to see the town at its best is in the peaceful early mornings, when orange robed monks walk the narrow streets and passageways on their daily ritual collecting alms before returning to one of the many monasteries. One of the many highlight of most trips to Luang Prabang is Wat Xieng Thong, which is adorned with many elaborate mosaics and decorated figurines. A close second to this is the magnificent Wat Phu Si, perched on a hilltop overlooking the mighty Mekong River and affording incredible views to town.

The surrounding area is home to many ethnic minority villages, spectacular waterfalls and some stunning scenery, making the region ideal for all levels of trekking and cycling trips. Luang Prabang is easily accessed by air but also by boat, from Northern Thailand down the Mekong River with stops at hilltribe villages en route. Luang Prabang recently became the first World Heritage Site to ban smoking in all public places including temples, public transport as well as hotels, guesthouses and restaurants.

Luang Prabang – Luxury Collection


Built in 1923, this uniquely French Colonial building once served as the old provincial hospital of Luang Prabang. Nine of the original fifteen buildings on the grounds are in fact UNESCO World Heritage listed which makes a stay at this incredible hotel even more remarkable. The property functioned as a hospital until as recently as 2005.

The rooms feature classic wooden four-pillared poster beds, wooden louvres and antique furniture that are as romantic as the grandeur of a time g...

Rosewood Luang Prabang$$$$$

Luang Prabang Hotels

3 Nagas Luang Prabang – MGallery$$$

The 3 Nagas offers just a handful of exquisite rooms and suites. Each are extremely spacious complete with sofas and terrace or balcony and beautifully appointed. There are no televisions in any of the rooms but they do have all the other mod cons such as refrigerator, air –con, telephones and even in room internet. There are two buildings on either side of the street and there are benefits to staying in either, the lobby and boutique are on one side but the rooms on the other side have acc...

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Satri House$$$

Souphattra Hotel$$$

Victoria Xiengthong Palace$$$

La Residence Phu Vao$$$$

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