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La Folie Lodge
Why we like it
- Beautiful views across the Mekong
- Delightful food and wine
- 24 comfortable rooms with balconies
Take one of the lodges bicycle to explore the traditional riverside life meeting the friendly locals.
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
Each of the large 24 rooms, housed in 12 bungalows, is set in magnificently landscaped tropical gardens with balconies overlooking a beautiful stretch of the Mekong. The lodge's swimming pool is the perfect spot to cool off after basking in the hot sun.
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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Highlights of Laos
Nights: 7 | from £2,155pp
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Life along the Mekong
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