Ten Top Tips for Luang Prabang

Khamnuan Vannavon, Front Office Manager at Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao, is the ultimate guide to Luang Prabang, where he was born and grew up. He recommends the following activities to guests of the hotel:

Relax in the hotel's unusually large and leafy grounds and enjoy the mountain views. No other Luang Prabang hotel has such a verdant setting and it's a special opportunity to be surrounded by nature.

Discover the masterpiece silks made by Carol Cassidy's Lao Textiles. Get your eye in with the woven hangings displayed around the hotel, choose pieces to take home from the hotel's boutique and visit her workshop and showroom to see artisans actually crafting the fabrics.

Take a gentle trip along the Mekong River aboard the hotel's own boat to discover the magical Buddha caves. A picnic on a quiet riverside beach and a visit to a small waterside village is all part of the excursion.

Sample the famous home-distilled local 'whisky' after a Baci blessing ceremony with the local villagers (or take part in a Baci ceremony at the hotel). Instead of whisky you could choose a refreshing Beer Lao, widely viewed as South-East Asia's finest brew.

Visit the Kwang Si waterfalls and enjoy a picnic lunch specially prepared by the hotel's Chef.

Cooking lesson; Baci ceremony and Khamnuan Vannavon of Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao.

Trek in the jungle, across the Mekong or up the Nam Khan river towards the Elephant Camp.

Explore the UNESCO city of Luang Prabang. Go beyond its magical, must-see temples and wander beneath the trees lining the two rivers that embrace it, admiring the spectacular sunset and enjoying its relaxed pace.

Take an alfresco cookery class at Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao and discover the distinctive Lao cuisine. Elements of French cooking blend with eastern flavours. Go back home knowing how to prepare genuine spring-rolls, bamboo shoots or sticky rice with mango and coconut milk.

A treatment at the Spa, beside the lotus pool, is an unforgettable indulgence. Relax with the traditional Lao Sip Sen massage in an open air pavilion.

Visit the night market with its colourful silks, traditional clothes and handicrafts.

What are you favourite Luang Prabang sights and activities?

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