A land of intrigue and mystery, breath-taking vistas and landscapes, the landlocked nation of Laos invites you to a world of discovery like no other.
Why not begin your journey at the sleepy World Heritage town of Luang Prabang? Set at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers, this enchanting destination is simply brimming with culture and history. Formerly the country’s royal and political capital, the town remains a spiritual hub. As you wander down the charming terracotta-coloured streets, passing golden Lao-style temples and French colonial architecture, you will witness the procession of hundreds of monks, collecting alms given by the locals each morning.
Our favourite retreat in Luang Prabang is Belmond La Residence Phou Vao. Perfectly placed atop a hill, echoing the gentle pace of life of a bygone era, a real sense of calm washes over you from the moment you arrive. Picture lush green gardens, contemporary suites and truly awe-inspiring views. Indulge in delicious Lao specialities and French cuisine at Phou Savang Restaurant, dramatically perched above Luang Prabang, or create your own dishes with a traditional Lao cooking class.
At the spa, let your worries float away as you enjoy a treatment, with the soothing sounds of the jungle your only distraction. Make your way over for a dip in the infinity pool, and be captivated by the views of the surrounding mountains. If feeling adventurous, depart on a cycling trip to the Pak Ou Caves or Kuang Si waterfall, stopping for a gourmet picnic.
Upon experiencing the awe-inspiring temples, intriguing Buddhist traditions and heart-warming hospitality, you won’t be surprised to learn that Laos is considered the spiritual capital of Asia. The real surprise lies in that you’re only just discovering it now.