Venture deep into this intriguing country along roads less travelled and experience its ancient traditions and cultures against a beautiful scenic tapestry of craggy limestone cliffs, undulating forests and mighty rivers.
Laos is one of the best-kept secrets in south-east Asia. With its slow, peaceful pace of life and a burgeoning tourism sector, a luxury holiday in Laos is an excellent choice if you wish to explore hidden lands and bundles of culture.
If you’re not a fan of the 100-mile-an-hour, helter-skelter lifestyle of Thailand or Vietnam, Laos offers a unique charm for the adventurous traveller. It’s a feast for the senses, with stunning landscapes, rare wildlife and magnificent colonial architecture just waiting to be explored.
In recent decades, Laos has been the ‘forgotten country’ in Asia, but it’s certainly getting the attention of luxury holidaymakers seeking a stark contrast to western culture on their travels. This proud Buddhist nation has a simplistic way of life that few nations can rival elsewhere on our planet.
Even Laos’ capital city of Vientiane is rather unassuming, underlining the country’s understated charm. Everything in Vientiane can be explored on foot, which makes it easy to get under the skin of the local culture.
From the vibrant morning market at Talat Sao to the majestic site of Wat Sisaket, the city’s most famous Buddhist temple, you can get a true sense of the generations that have made Laos what it is today.
Active types will also enjoy hopping aboard a bike and cycling along the expansive Mekong River, advancing past the various monasteries and local communities en route. Better still, at the end of an enchanting day, you can retreat to the boutique four-star surroundings of Ansara, which is within walking distance of all the capital’s most popular sights and sounds.
Nevertheless, it is Luang Prabang that often steals the show from the capital city. This modest, riverside location is another destination that’s best explored by bike or on foot. The captivating sights of the Phousi mountain and the tribal villages give visitors a little taste of what traditional communities in Laos are like.
La Residence Phou Vao is just ten minutes from the heart of Luang Prabang, which is a magnificent 32-room spa hotel retreat overlooking the misty Phousi mountains. If you’d prefer to be within walking distance of the city’s night markets, boutiques and restaurants, the ultra-indulgent Amantaka Resort should be at the top of your list. With private living space and on-site spa facilities, it’s a hideaway that genuinely feels like a home-from-home.
Both Vientiane and Luang Prabang are the ideal luxury holiday destinations in Laos, ideal for fanatical foodies that want to sample mouth-watering local flavours and those enchanted by the plethora of UNESCO World Heritage Sites on offer.
It’s also worth noting that Laos might tempt you if you’re into ecotourism, with the ability to trek to the north of the country and spend time integrating with the local villagers and understanding their way of life.
At Inspiring Travel Company, we focus solely on delivering exceptional luxury holidays to countries and resorts that are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression on you. With unrivalled knowledge and experience of arranging luxury holidays in Laos, our dedicated in-house team can provide tailor-made experiences of Laos that are anything but the norm.
Feast your eyes on the last truly unspoilt country of south-east Asia and enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Laos.
With just 23 individually adorned guestrooms, enchanting valley views and easy access to the historic wonders of Luang Prabang, the five-star Bill Bensley designed Rosewood Luang Prabang hotel is among the most memorable, boutique places to stay in Laos. The first thing to note about this luxury Luang Prabang property is its first-rate location, just a few minutes from the area’s UNESCO-listed hig...
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Satri House is a beautifully restored royal villa in Luang Prabang that dates back over a hundred years to the early 1900's when it served as a hideaway for the young Prince Souphanouvong of Laos. Today, the gleaming white walls and tiled roofs hark back to a bygone era, while modern additions of a spa, swimming pools and guestrooms ensure a thoroughly up-to-date experience for visitors to this sa...
The hotel retains its original, refined elegance while also flaunting slick modern features within. Protected by UNESCO, this historic residence evokes a sense of heritage alongside a peaceful ambience, set as it is a little further out of town but still only a ten-minute walk away from Luang Prabang’s vibrant town centre. Meanwhile, the beautifully-kept gardens are home to exotic flora and fauna...
Built in 1932, this Grand dame of Vientiane presides over its position in the heart of the Laos capital with elegance, as it has for nearly 100 years. Having once been an iconic architectural feature in Vientiane, the property was as-good-as abandoned having been used – and misused – during the 1970’s, by a swath of government officials in need of short-term housing. However, walk through the impr...
The Ansara is a star among the boutique luxury hotels of Vientiane. Refined, though not overly lavish, the resort confidently displays a distinct Laotian décor scheme of dark wood, tiled floors and locally inspired furnishing. This fact helps feed into a welcoming, homely atmosphere all the way from that understated interior design to the attentive and helpful staff. The building itself is typical...
For anyone lucky enough to stay at the all-suite Amantaka in central Luang Prabang, they’ll find a luxury Laos resort that embodies the best of both its surrounding local influences and the contemporary comforts of a modern hotel, with 100 years of history to boot. Amantaka’s fantastic location – within touching distance of the Mekong River, highlights of ancient Luang Prabang and the wider provin...
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