Laos

Savor the royal charm of Luang Prabang, marvel at the beautiful French boulevards of Vientiane and take a relaxed cruise down the gorgeous Mekong while watching the sunset—Laos allows visitors a chance to experience scenic beauty, laidback lifestyle and colonial-era history all in one place.

GREAT FOR

Temples, Culture, Colonial architecture

WHEN TO GO

The best time to visit is between November and February when the rains are less and it isn’t too hot. Roads can be washed out during the rainy season (July to October), but there's plenty of river travel. Peak tourist months are December to February and during August, even though one may find few visitors at any given time.

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Lao Poet

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Pullman Luang Prabang

With the feel of a small village encircled by paddy-field views, Pullman Luang Prabang masters its space with a wealth of activities devoted to kids.

Muang La Lodge

Tucked into a gentle curve of the Nam Pak River in mountainous northern Laos is Muang La Lodge, a remote luxury bolt-hole known for its thermal baths, enchanting setting and off-piste trails.

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Settha Palace Hotel

Built at the turn of the century, the Settha Palace Hotel has been restored to its former glory.

Amantaka

Amantaka is located in a leafy compound of 32 French colonial buildings once occupied by the provincial hospital. Expect the usual Aman touches in the property’s 24 suites: refined décor that alludes to the town’s heritage, lofty spaces, and well-stocked bathrooms and private bars.

Belmond La Residence Phou Vao

Perched on Phou Vao, the Hill of Kites, and ringed by 3.5 hectares of its own lush greenery, La Résidence prides itself on being a quiet sanctuary.