Travelling in Luang Prabang, Laos


Luang Prabang, Laos — even the name sounds melodic (pronunciation guide: it’s loo-ong pra-bong).  If you’re going to Southeast Asia, Luang Prabang should be on your itinerary.  Laos is one of my favourite countries, and I’ve written a lot about it.  To help you plan your trip, check out the following articles (plus don’t forget my general Asia articles).

A note: There are a lot of elephant sanctuaries in Asia. If you’re considering visiting one, read this first: ethical elephants, with a link to my Reader’s Digest article about elephants. AND stay tuned for a new article I’m writing now after an in-depth research trip to Thailand I took in December 2019. I thought I was well-informed about ethical elephant tourism, but I learned about a lot of myths I want to help bust.

I’ve also summarized the hotels I reviewed for below, with links to the feature articles and to the hotels’ websites.


Mekong Riverview: this boutique hotel has thought of everything for guests’ ease and comfort and it has the best view in town: the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers.  Read the feature HERE.


Hôtel de la Paix: the most luxurious of all the hotels I stayed in, Hotel de la Paix is about a 15 minute walk to town (lucky me I got a ride in their vintage Mercedes!).  A former prison, you’ll wish you were imprisoned in one of their 23 suites, especially one with a private pool. Its sister hotel is The 3 Nagas. Read more about Hôtel de la Paix HERE.


The 3 Nagas: the hotel and restaurant have had some ups and downs over the years, but I’m happy to report that under the management of Mario Fluca and Kristy Danks-Brown, they’re back in top form.  Even if you aren’t able to stay at The 3 Nagas, make sure you eat at least one Lao meal here. Delicious. HERE is the feature. And HERE is one of the fantastic dishes you can eat there.

20140219-110603.jpgVilla Maly: this boutique hotel is just far enough outside the UNESCO zone that it is allowed to have a pool.  One of the beautiful buildings used to be the home of a Lao princess.  And they have super cool sinks….  The feature is HERE.

Le Sen Boutique Hotel: a rarity in Laos — a locally owned and managed hotel. 20140121-104041.jpgLe Sen is modern minimalist with all the conveniences, including a pool and a gym.  It is in a real Lao neighbourhood, about a ten minute walk to the night market. The feature is HERE.

Apsara Rive Droite: just two minutes across the Nam Khan river (in the Apsarian Queen) from the UNESCO zone, the Apsara Rive Droite is the chic and airy sister of the Apsara in town. It has a pool and is an escape from the charming, but busy, UNESCO zone. Click HERE to read more.


Note: my stays were complimentary, courtesy of each hotel, but all opinions are my own and no one from the hotels reviewed or approved my text.

3 responses to “Travelling in Luang Prabang, Laos

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  2. The pictures are absolutely beautiful! I am tempted to go visit Laos.


    • Thank you very much Marie, very kind of you to say :-)
      Laos is great – I strongly encourage you to visit!


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