Life moves slowly in Laos – a complex, landlocked nation that has maintained its traditional values, despite rapid regional development.
This slow-paced rhythm is plain to see in places like Luang Prabang, which sits on the sacred confluence of the Nam Khan and Mekong Rivers. Each morning, you can watch hundreds of saffron-cloaked monks breeze through the streets en route to one of 33 gold-gilded Wats. The ancient town is also an ideal base from where you can explore the surrounding countryside of verdant mountains, cascading waterfalls and buddha-filled caves.
Vientiane, the capital that straddles the border, may be bigger but is equally as laid-back. Here you’ll encounter an enticing mix of golden temples, relic-strewn meadows and French architecture. Visit Pha That Luang, the country’s most sacred gold-leaf temple, before wandering over to Patuxai Gate – a huge, baroque archway reminiscent of Paris’s Arc de Triomphe.
Laos is officially known as Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), or, as the locals often joke, ‘Lao: Please Don’t Rush’. It’s this sort of relaxed attitude that flows through the rivers and valleys of Laos, whether it’s among the remote Hmong hill tribes of the north, the tattooed Kahu and Alak communities of the low-lying south, or the green rice paddies of Vang Vieng.
You’ll find a wide range of accommodation in Laos, including a variety of hotels, apartments and guesthouses in Luang Prabang and Vientiane.
Azerai is now my all time favourite hotel. It has everything and even more. From the moment we got picked up to the time we got to our hotel, everything was perfect.
The hotel is new but the staff did not act new. They were knowledgeable and were more than helpful. They were amazingly efficient. Amenities were refilled every day without having to be reminded. The breakfasts were wonderful. One could sit there all day watching the world go by with one croissant too many. Seven of us stayed at Azerai and we all voted 10 out of 10 for the staff, comfort and location.
Le Jardin was one of our best stays so far in Southeast Asia, the staff was exceptionally helpful. Especially their kindness and willingness to help in every situation was remarkable.
The rooms were very clean and all other facilities were top notch.
Late check-in was not a problem, they even sent a private van to pick us up in the city centre after dinner.
They even vouched for bringing us to the bus in the centre after spending the entire day at the pool (while check out according to their booking page is at 12:00).
Thanks a lot for the lovely stay Le Jardin!
Very close to town centre and night market...5 minute easy walk .Once you leave the street its very quiet.Lovely to sit by the pond to have a lovely breakfast.Enjoyed sitting on balcony.And loved the swimming pool at end of a big day walking.Thank you to NGuyen Van Phat who works in reception and looks like he is the manager.Wonderful young man who helped us with all our enquiries.Loved staying at Villa Oasis.p.s beds extremely comfortable
Perfect hotel to rest and recharge in peace and harmony.4 well appointed and maintained Bungalows, a super clean Pool, Restaurant with very Good food and Drinks at modest prices. Great Hospitality from the owners. Kajak for free to paddle in the beautiful lake.
30 minutes walk to the Village. Not to forget: IT IS QUIET LIKE NO PLACE ELSE. AND WHEN WAKING UP YOU LOOK OUT FROM YOUR BED DIRECTLY ONTo THE LAKE AND ITS MANY ISLANDS
The photos on the website actually don't do it justice - it is gorgeous. Wonderful breakfasts, exemplary staff (very friendly and helpful) and the most comfortable beds ever. We loved it so much we hardly wanted to leave and explore. Nothing but good to say about this gorgeous place.
Deluxe suite nice and spacious with nice view over the town. Central located few minutes from airport. Friendly and helpsome staff arranging transfer to airport. We used it as a stop over coming from Champasak. Nice food and view at top roof restaurant.
Spacious comfortable room with excellent bathroom (but no hair-drier). Staff helpful if somewhat reserved. Good location for restaurants, shopping and other facilities. Hotel is clean and secure. Good value for money.
Great staff, great location...close to city center and the river. One day laundry service, great breakfast, friendly staff. Clean rooms that appeared to have been newly redone. Wonderful, hot shower!!!!!