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Sofitel Luang Prabang
Why we like it
- This luxury resort is a renovated century-old French fort in the heart of the former capital, Luang Prabang
- The hotel houses a wide collection of art by the hotel's Art Ambassadors and Guest Artists
- Just 23 stunning spacious suites have large private pools or garden terrace
- Fine wines and traditional Laotian delicacies are served at the chic Sabai Library and Lounge
- Facilities include a dazzling lavender pool, therapeutic Spa Indochine and the brilliant Ka-Toke Cooking School
- Close to the Royal Palace, Mount Phu Si and Wat Mai residence
Take a stroll through the Night Market on Th Sisavangvong, where dozens of locals flock to sell traditional handicrafts, such as colourful silk scarves, ethnic wall hangings and bamboo lanterns.
In Laos, the guide added trips to the morning market and an opportunity to attend a shaman ceremony she heard about when we were in the village. I've seen some events, but I'll never forget that. I gather it's pretty rare to see it - the guide had only seen it once before.
- AF, London
Sofitel Luang Prabang resides in the world's only World Heritage town, Luang Prabang, a melting pot of vibrant culture and spiritual harmony. Surrounded by mountains and raised upon the peninsula at the confluence of the Nam Khan and Mekong Rivers, this quaint town is comprised of traditional Lao architecture with timeworn French provincial features and a tapestry of ancient temples.
This intimate, peaceful retreat has just 23 spacious, luxury suites displaying a stylish contemporary design influenced by the Lao heritage and features modern amenities. Heritage, Garden and Pool Suites all feature elegant high ceilings and large outdoor terraces, while the distinguished Governor's Suite is the ultimate haven of luxury with both indoor and outdoor bathrooms, as well as a lavish marble bath tub and expansive garden.
Dining can be enjoyed at the Sabai Lounge, in the privacy of your suite or just a short drive away at their sister hotel, 3 Nagas Luang Prabang, MGallery Collection by Sofitel, highly acclaimed for its authentic Laotian cuisine.
Best time to be there
The cooler part of the dry season, November to February is when Laos is at its best, avoiding the torrential rains of the summer months, and the sweltering heat of April and May.
Luang Prabang or Vientiane via Bangkok
13 hours via Bangkok
GMT + 7 hours
Issued on arrival
Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area
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