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Villa Maly

Only 20 minutes' drive from the international airport, Villa Maly is centrally located and therefore within walking distance of the main historical attractions and places of interest in Luang Prabang, including the nightly street market. The original building (now housing the lobby and bar) was built in 1938 by HRH Khamtan Ounkham, the grandson of a Lao King. It was occupied by American forces during the Vietnam War, but remained within the Royal Family until the 1990s.

With wooden parquet floors, four-poster beds, mahogany armoires and ornate lamps, the 33 guest rooms combine Art Deco style with a French colonial elegance. All rooms have a television and minibar, air-conditioning and en suite shower rooms. Villa Maly's restaurant, Le Vetiver, serves a range of Western and local favourites, including a traditional Sindat (Lao barbecue). There are also a number of restaurants within walking distance.


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Tour ideas in Luang Prabang

Our itineraries are there to spark ideas for how you could include a stay at Villa Maly as part of your trip. Treat them simply as suggestions, because every aspect of the trip we create for you will be yours to define.

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    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.

    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.

    • Alms Giving
      Alms Giving Luang Prabang

      Alms Giving

      Alms Giving

      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.

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    • Evening Baci Ceremony
      Traditional dress

      Evening Baci Ceremony

      Evening Baci Ceremony

      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.

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    • Kuang Si Waterfalls
      Kuang Si Waterfall, Luang Prabang

      Kuang Si Waterfalls

      Kuang Si Waterfalls

      Kuang Si Falls are 30 kilometres from town. The excursion leaves Luang Prabang in the morning and heads toward Ban Ou by boat.

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