The Lao People’s Democratic Republic, or Laos is a landlocked country located in Southeast Asia. It’s a charming, quaint yesteryear kind of place filled with beautiful temples, lush greenery, gorgeous mountain scenery and a calm, laid back ambiance. Unlike its popular and tourist filled neighbour, Thailand, Laos transports you to another world all together due to its limited tourists.
Laos, nicknamed ‘The Land of a Million Elephants’ may not have a million of these gentle beasts anymore, but it does have more than its fair share of old world charm, is inundated with historic beauty and an adventurer’s paradise. If that’s not enough nature lovers can enjoy the most spectacular wildlife like the Indochinese tiger, the giant gaur and the Asiatic elephant.
Laos experiences a wet monsoon from May to November chased by a dry season from December to April. There are hotels spread across Luang Prabang, Vientiane City and Champasak.
Among all the Laos hotels, the Inter City Boutique Hotel is possibly one of the most beautiful and visually appealing hotels to live in. It’s a fabulous place decorated with Asian art and is located right in the heart of Vientiane, Mekong Valley. The hotel includes the Stone Steak House – an Asian and European – cuisine based fine dine outlet, airport transfers, a lounge, non-smoking rooms, children play ground, air-conditioning and personal fax amongst others. Also included is a tour desk where guests can plan and arrange for their day activities to local attractions. The 46-room hotel is a top-notch tourist stay and the best in local artistic décor. Rates begin at about USD 35.
Another beautiful place to stay in is the Ramayana Gallery Hotel. Only a 10-minute drive from the Wattay International Airport, it includes a restaurant and outdoor pool. The 70 room hotel is also only about a few minutes away from the Morning Market. The hotel provides free private parking and Wi-Fi. The rooms at the Hotel Ramayana offer a mix of modern and Laotian designs. One of the most beautiful among the Laos hotels, several Laotian and Chinese dishes are served at the hotel’s restaurant.
If you’re looking for a budget hotel, the Rivertime Resort and Ecolodge is possibly your best option. The lodge proudly boasts that it offers the most genuine experience of the Lao people, countryside and culture. It is located in the forest on the beautiful Nam Ngum River. The highlight of the hotel is its floating restaurant and the fact that every resort lodge offers dazzling views and built of natural, local materials. The lodges are moderately priced and very comfortable to stay in. the hotel also includes a Lao Sauna and Traditional Massage centre. Undoubtedly, the Rivertime Resort and Ecolodge is the most budget stay among all the Laos hotels.
The Lao Home Stay is located in Luang Prabang. Rooms are available at USD 12 per night. It’s a boutique accommodation. On the basis of request, local Laos cooking courses are also available to the guests. The garden is possibly the highlight of your stay here. It’s well designed and has BBQ facilities.
If you would prefer staying at a deluxe hotel, I would recommend the La Residence Phou Vao. It’s a luxury spa hotel located in Luang Prabang and offers stunning views of both the mountains and the neighbouring World Heritage town of Luang Prabang.
The service is gracious and hospitable. Each room comes with its own private terrace or balcony, each of which offer breath taking views of distant mountains dotted with pagodas and stupas as well as the entire forest canopy. The rooms are decorated simply and elegantly, with a special emphasis on local styles and materials. The glowing rosewood of the furniture is emphasised with the rich, natural cotton fabrics that are used across the room. Rates begin at USD 350 per night.