Luang Prabang Journals

Templed out in Luang Prabang

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A March 2012 trip to Luang Prabang by catsholiday

Quote: We started out recent trip in this rather lovely little city of Luang Prabang which has so many temples that it should be called the city of temples.

Roots and Leaves

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Restaurant | "Cook your own food!"

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Cooking Class at ‘Roots and Leaves’ Restaurant , Luang PrabangWe had enjoyed a cooking school we did in Hoi An in Vietnam and so when this was offered as an option on our tour we decide we would give Laos cooking a try at this course. ‘Roots and Leaves’ is quite a classy Luang Prabang restaurant not very far from our hotel. It has a beautiful setting with a huge lily pond around which the tables are arranged under sun umbrellas. It looks really lovely with beautiful reflections on the pond, the tables set with white serviettes and sparkling white crockery. In the surrounding garden is a fine range of fruit trees including tamarind, mango, jackfruit and coconut palms as well as...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 14, 2012

Roots and Leaves
Setthathilat Road
Luang Prabang, Laos
(0)71 254 870

The View Pavillion Restaurant

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Hotel | "Our first Laos meal"

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The View Pavilion Restaurant and hotelWe only had lunch in this restaurant so I cannot comment on what this is like as a hotel. The hotel is right in the city and just one street away from the Nam Khan River. The dining terrace upstairs gives you a perfect view of the street below and all the temples nearby. In the distance from this terrace you can also just about see the mountains but as Luang Prabang is in an area where slash and burn agriculture still takes place most of the time the city is shrouded in a smoky haze a bit like Beijing’s smog.The day we went for lunch we had been up quite early and had walked around the city for at least four hours already so we were quite t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 7, 2012

The View Pavillion Restaurant
Ban Khili, Sakkarine Road
Luang Prabang, Laos
(0)71 253 918

Kamu Lodge

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Hotel | "What do you do at Kamu Lodge?"

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This entire resort was up and down we climbed steps to the tent, then down to the ‘spa’ then up to the top and down to the restaurant and every time we went anywhere there was a climb! There are twenty of these tents so had they all been full it would have been quite crowded. I believe there were about seventeen guests that night so about half full I suppose.THE SPABelow our tent was the spa; a hut with open sides and a bamboo floor. We visited this luxury establishment for a Laos massage after our activities in the afternoon. There was a small rattan changing room where you changed into a pair of baggy trousers and a top for the massage. The price of this massage was $12 US . Thi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 7, 2012

Kamu Lodge

Luang Prabang, Laos
85621242849

Kamu Lodge

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Hotel | "Escape the rat race"

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This rather different eco lodge is owned by the same people as the Villa Maly hotel that we stayed in while in Luang Prabang.In order to get to the lodge you have to go on one of the motor launches up the Mekong river for around three hours. This is included in the accommodation cost as there is no other way of getting there.We met our guide at the landing stage in Luang Prabang and someone carried our bags down on to the boat. It was a long way down to the river as the river was very low but the plank across was wide enough and so we managed to get onto the boat without any nasty accidents.ON THE MEKONGOnce on the boat we had a choice of most of the seats as ...Read More

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Kamu Lodge

Luang Prabang, Laos
85621242849

Pak Ou Caves

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Attraction | "So many Buddhas"

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We met our guide at the landing stage in Luang Prabang and someone carried our bags down on to the boat. It was a long way down to the river as the river was very low but the plank across was wide enough and so we managed to get onto the boat without any nasty accidents.Once on the boat we had a choice of most of the seats as the only other people on board were our guide, the manager of the hotel and Lan, a lovely Vietnamese girl who was a fellow guest and of course the driver of the boat. The boat was open sided but had a roof so we were out of the sun but able to see everything going up around us. The seats were wooden benches and there were plenty of life jackets on all the seats. I can...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 6, 2012

Pak Ou Caves
Overlooking the Mekong River
Luang Prabang, Laos

Villa Maly

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Hotel | "Mirror mirror on the wall!"

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We had three nights in this rather charming hotel which was a former Royal Dwelling before the time of the Communists when the Royal Family were forced to leave Laos. It had a rather French colonial air about it, small two story buildings around a central pool area.As you arrived you were greeted by a pool with goldfish then up a central set of glistening white steps you entered a large reception and lounge area with polished wooden floors and lovely old carpets. Around the room were old tables with large pots and dishes tastefully arranged and very understated classy decor. A small table on the side had a few brochures for local places of interest, a newspaper stand from which you could b...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 1, 2012

Villa Maly
BP 78
Luang Prabang, Laos
(856) 71 253 902