Category: Laos

Sofitel Luang Prabang: Languid Luxury at the Historic Garden Resort

Posted on July 12, 2016

Located at the edge of the UNESCO World Heritage town in northern Laos, Sofitel Luang Prabang is a five-star luxury hotel housed in a modest garden complex consisting of reconstructed traditional Lao houses, colonial-style villas, and two historic buildings. In an excellent example of adaptive reuse, the refurbished buildings were the former governor’s residence and garrison built in 1900 during French colonial times. Both structures are among the historic sites protected by the World Heritage inscription of the city. TheRead More

A Day Tour of the Most Beautiful Sights in Luang Prabang Town, Laos

Posted on July 11, 2016

As soon as our cruise boat from Pakbeng docked at Luang Prabang after our scenic eight-hour journey down the Mekong, it was evident why travelers are drawn to this sleepy conglomeration at the confluence of two rivers in northern Laos. The former capital of Luang Prabang is a charming medley of French colonial buildings and Buddhist temple-monasteries, all cradled in a peaceful river valley. While this northern city has been declared a UNESO World Heritage Site in 1995, it has surprisingly retainedRead More

Cruising the Mekong River from Pakbeng to Luang Prabang in Northern Laos

Posted on July 9, 2016

After exploring the best that Nan Province, Thailand had to offer, our group drove north across the Huai Kon – Muang Ngeun border to the village of Pakbeng, along the mighty Mekong River in northern Laos. From here, we were continuing our travels to the UNESCO World Heritage City of Luang Prabang by taking an eight-hour day cruise down the river with The Luang Say Lodge & Cruises of Mekong Cruises. Pakbeng is the stopover, halfway along the route, for tourists travelingRead More