Villa Maly, Luang Prabang, Laos
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 ensuite shower rooms. Villa Maly's restaurant, Le Vetiver, serves a range of western and local favourites, including a traditional Sindat (Lao BBQ). There are also a number of restaurants within walking distance.
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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.
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.