Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao is located atop the Phou Vao hill, easily accessible from Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The town is beautifully-preserved, featuring traditional Laotian architecture and European colonial buildings, set at the remote and peaceful confluence of the Mekong and Nam Kam rivers.




Laos local time is GMT +7 hours


A visa is necessary to visit Laos. You can obtain a 30-day visa from a Lao embassy before you visit. You may also acquire a 15-day tourist visa upon arrival at one of the major entry points (Ventiane and Luang Prabang airports).

Please be advised, you will need two passport photographs and a nominal amount of approximately US$30 depending on you nationality.


Please note that visitors to Laos cannot hire self-drive rental cars. Chauffeur-driven rental cars are available at the airport. The hotel can help you make these arrangements at the time of booking.


Laos is a Buddhist country, with over 60% of the population professing the faith. Religion is deeply entrenched in all aspects of daily life, history and culture. It is common to see Buddhist monks in saffron robes gathering alms (gifts of food from locals in return for prayers) in the early morning.


The unit of currency in Laos is the Kip (LAK). Most hotels, restaurants and larger shops also accept US dollars and Thai Baht. Credit cards and travellers cheques are not always accepted outside of large establishments in major cities and towns. Please know that at the Résidence de Phou Vao we accept all major credit cards.


The climate in Laos is tropical, and you will find the best time to visit is from November to March. With average monthly temperatures varying only a few degrees throughout the year, Laos remains warm year round.

With only a few millimetres of precipitation, the rain is at its lowest in January and February. However the rainfall increases rapidly from May onwards, approaching 250mm of monthly rainfall in October.


Lao is the official language of Laos. You’ll also find that French is widely spoken and along the border with Thailand, Thai is commonly heard. English is also quite common, especially in tourist areas, hotels and banks.


There are no immunisation requirements to enter Laos other than for travellers coming from areas affected by yellow fever. Consult your local doctor before travelling. Any essential medications should be brought with you as there is no guarantee they will be available locally.


Since Laos has a hot and humid climate; natural fibres and loose-fitting clothes are highly recommended. You may need a light jacket or jumper during the cool winter season. A hat and high-factor sun block is advisable as protection against the hot sun when sightseeing.

Please be respectful when visiting religious buildings. If you are visiting temples or pagodas, shorts and T-shirts are acceptable attire.

Contact Information

Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao
PO Box 50
Luang Prabang

Tel: (+856-71) 212530
Fax: (+856-71) 212530

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