Sofitel Luang Prabang
Sofitel Luang Prabang, Luang Prabang, Laos
Conserving Luang Prabang's architectural heritage, Sofitel Luang Prabang was converted from colonial buildings of the town's former prison, and offers a contemporary and elegant addition to the luxury accommodation options in the town.
Parts of the original site have been carefully incorporated into distinctive features of the resort, such as the old corner watch towers, now used to provide a location for private dining at sunset, with panoramic views across Luang Prabang.
Each of the 23 luxury suites have unique design elements reflecting the style of the original buildings, and four have private outdoor pools. The suites offer all modern amenities and comforts with large, soft-cushioned sofas and lounge chairs, luxurious bed linens, bathrooms with rain showers, feature bathtubs and a fireplace for the winter months.
All rooms host HD TV, DVD player, iPod and Wi-Fi for your in-suite entertainment. The resort's gardens have been sympathetically landscaped to take into consideration all the existing trees, and offer quiet areas for relaxation, as well as an inviting swimming pool.
Facilities include a restaurant and cocktail bar, library, spa and cooking school. The night market and a wealth of excellent local restaurants are only a gentle 15-minute stroll away.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Aman resorts are renowned for the wonderful attention to detail but it is the incredible service that truly makes Amantaka the most exclusive place to stay in Luang Prabang.
Located on the banks of the Khan river, the Apsara Rive Droite is one of the newest additions to Luang Prabang's hotels.
This boutique property is perfectly located on the bank of the Mekong River and within easy walking distance of Wat Nong and Wat Sensai. Originally the main house was built in the 1920s it has an elegant colonial style and was once home to the City Mayor. All rooms are an elegant mix of traditional Lanna and contemporary design with modern amenities.
This is one of our favourite hotels in Luang Prabang - very stylish and with a wonderful infinity swimming pool overlooking the gardens. It has a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere.
Kamu Lodge is an adventurous and novel way to experience the Mekong river. Although the accommodation is simple, the attention to detail, the stunning scenery and the excellent local cuisine make for an enjoyable stay.
Le Sen is an extremely popular option located in close proximity to Luang Prabang's UNESCO zone. Its focal point is its charming courtyard and pool, which is surrounded by three villas housing the hotel's rooms.
A 15 minute walk from the main town, this is a charming small hotel with quaint, large lotus ponds covered in stunning greenery.
Maison Souvannaphoum is a characterful boutique hotel that was once home to a prince. This colonial style mansion is only five minutes' walk from the bustling night market in central Luang Prabang and is an excellent base from which to explore the area's cultural attractions.
This charming boutique hotel dates back to the turn of the twentieth century when it was the royal residence of Prince Souphanouvong.
Only 20 minutes drive from the international airport Villa Maly is situated in the heart of the city, within walking distance of the main historical attractions and places of interest.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Each morning at dawn in Luang Prabang the local Buddhist monks form a procession around the streets of this charming town, collecting alms of rice and vegetables from the local population.
The Baci ceremony is a mix of Animism and Buddhism. These ceremonies are common to Laos. Their purpose is to call back your own spirits to your body because they sometimes escape.
Kuang Si Falls are thirty kilometres from town. The excursion leaves Luang Prabang in the morning and heads towards Ban Ou by boat.
This is a great opportunity to experience the hard life of a farmer and try your hand at some of the activities, such as working with Suzuki the water buffalo, in knee-deep muddy rice paddies. Enjoyable and very educational, you will learn about the 13 steps and various methods involved in planting, growing, harvesting and cooking rice.
The day is spent with your guide discovering the magical temples and ancient crafts practised in this beautiful city in the mountains. Exactly what you choose to do on this day is up to you and can be discussed with your guide.
The Ou River is a tributary of the Mekong and its valley has some of the most stunning scenery in the whole of Laos. You will take longtail motor boats to cover the distance through the valley back to Luang Prabang, stopping en-route to visit some of the local hill tribe villages and the holy Pak Ou Caves.