Luang Prabang is Laos’ proverbial treasure chest, encircled by two rivers and lush green scenery, with a sprinkling of golden temples that gleam in the year-round sunlight. Visitors flock here to wander through the atmospheric Old Town, a unique and remarkably well-preserved blend of Lao and European architecture, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. Luang Prabang’s magnificent temples, with their low sweeping roofs, richly coloured façades and shimmering Tree of Life mosaics are unforgettable, and the only thing better than staying close to them is staying in one. The striking architecture of Vang Thong Hotel, with its graceful tiered roof, inspired by Luang Prabang’s historic temples, may be as close as you can get – without taking any vows.
The hotel’s polished wooden steps lead past ornate pillars into a tranquil entrance hall, where there are gently trickling fountains and a jungle of plants. Laos’ brightly coloured textiles and local artworks hang from the walls, and Indo-Chinese ceramics are on display around a teak reception desk. A section of the large lobby area has chairs and tables arranged beside a small bar counter, with a welcoming sign: Daily Cocktail Specials.
Vang Thong Hotel is located in a neighbourhood with more homes than hotels and more locals than tourists, and this is undoubtedly part of its charm. Nearby Phou Si Market is a hub of local activity and, if you walk for ten minutes, you’ll reach the south-western stretch of the Mekong River, where the views are unsurpassed.
Vang Thong Hotel has a wide range of rooms – doubles, triples, twins and three suites – with décor inspired by Laos’ aesthetic traditions. The bedrooms’ polished wood furnishings and delicate local textiles are distinctly Lao, while the large bathrooms are contemporary in style. The rooms are all air-conditioned with en suite bathrooms, cable TV, work tables, telephones and fridges. WiFi is accessible from all the rooms.
- Restaurant, bar and lounge area
- Business and Internet Centre
- Meeting Room
- Karaoke room
- Shuttle Bus Service / Car Rental Service
- Massage Salon
Pros | Cons
- Beautiful décor and design | Not within walking distance of the town centre
- Local neighbourhood location | Not all staff speak English
- Buffet breakfast included
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