Laos is a small Buddhist country in Southeast Asia, which is surrounded by Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar and China. Together with Cambodia and Vietnam, this landlocked country made up the former French Indochina.
Due to its unique geography in the region, Laos often gets less notice than its more famous neighbors, and described as “laid back” or “forgotten” country. But Laos has emerged in recent years as a country of significant pockets of old world charms remain, and become one of the most interesting destination for luxury vacations.
The Mekong river is Laos’ life line, most of the population living in the river valleys as much of the country is made up of rugged highland areas. You will find in Laos lush forests, rice fields, tranquil days, regal wats, and French colonial traces.
The relaxed atmosphere of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang is Laos’ treasure, it is where you would love to stroll along the cobblestone streets in to take in colonial buildings that share quaint lanes with Buddhist temples and traditional Lao wooden homes. Just don’t forget to experience a private Lao Baci (welcome) ceremony, and watch the silent procession of saffron monks accepting alms at down to get a real taste of the culture.
To enjoy a slower pace of life in Luang Prabang, the Amantaka is an ideal accommodation. Located near the peaceful bank of the Mekong and the fabled night market, this luxury hotel offers exceptional services and attention to details. Their sumptuous suites are featuring own private pools, and the gym has access to a personal trainer. Cooking courses, sunset cruises on the Mekong, and visits to nearby waterfalls are including in their extensive excursion program.
The luxurious Le Residence Phou Vao is another great luxurious accommodation in Luang Prabang. All the rooms here feature huge bathtubs and balconies with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside, large windows provide plenty of natural light and open onto the exotic gardens. The pool looks over rice fields and mountains, and the restaurant offers excellent Laotian cuisines.
Beyond Luang Prabang, you will find an even slower pace of life in Vientiane. This capital city of Laos is home to grandest temples, including the country’s iconic golden Pha That Luang.
The Settha Palace Hotel is perhaps the most charming of colonial hotels in Vientiane. This luxurious 1932 Colonial-style hotel is a 3-minute walk from the Lao National Museum, 9 minutes on foot from the famous Buddhist Wat Si Saket temple. Rooms are featuring either garden or pool views, suites have separate living and dining rooms.
Of cause, we can’t miss river cruises in our luxury travels in Laos. One of the best way to soak up Laos’ culture, hospitality and history is by slowly cruise the legendary Mekong, which winds through the country and give you an up-close look at this enchanting destination. Please contact Incense Travel’s expert to start planning your luxury vacations in Laos.