Religion is an integral element of the polyhedral human nature. Religion helps us get through tough times, but religious practices serve as more than just therapy for our souls and minds. They shape the cultures of communities, nations, and entire civilizations. Buddhism is widely spread in Laos, giving a purpose and rhythm to natives’ lives, and Luang Prabang is a remarkable place to experience the essence of Lao Buddhist traditions. The name of this enchanting town means “Royal Buddha Image.” Explore ancient golden-roofed temples, quaint mosaics, and murals of the life of Buddha in a luxurious setting with Avani Luang Prabang—your shrine for serenity with exceptional service for a royal stay.
First-time visitors of the holy town won’t find a better outpost for attractions than Avani Luang Prabang. Situated in the center of Luang Prabang, the hotel is within walking distance from a dozen beautiful temples and historic sites, including the gold-walled Wat Mai, the Royal Palace, and the Mount Phousi viewpoint. The night market, where you can find anything from wooden handicrafts to locally-woven fabrics and traditional paintings, is right across the street. The most pleasant surprise is the property is only in a 15-minute drive from the airport.
To truly immerse in oriental ambiance, we recommend you take advantage of the hotel’s special offers. “Unveil the Mekong” with Avani Luang Prabang by making a terrific 9-night journey through the Golden Triangle, Thailand and Laos along the Mekong River in hand-picked chic accommodations accompanied by uniquely-designed excursions, with on and off-board activities on this cryptic route. Or reserve the Lanna Circuit tour and travel along the Mekong River through the ancient Lanna Kingdom, including Chiang Mai and the Golden Triangle in Thailand, and then sneak into the pristine Lan Xang Kingdom in Laos.
Formerly the site of French officer quarters, Avani Luang Prabang Hotel is now a contemporary boutique hideaway, where each of the 53 rooms and suites offers a luxurious cocoon composed of premium woods with an air-conditioner, a flat-screen TV, an electric kettle, a mini-bar and tea/coffee making facilities. Find your Zen in one of Avani suites that ease you into a sense of tranquility, with teak flooring, local fabrics, creamy soft furnishings, simple Hmong artwork and a private balcony or terrace with French-louvered doors opening to picturesque views of wild, ever-verdant jungles and crystal blue pool waters.
Don’t forget to check out the hotel’s excellent amenities. Cycle through chaotic and colorful streets full of cafes, temples and artisan stores with complimentary bicycles, available from the reception desk. Upon your return, recharge at the poolside bar with a freshly-squeezed juice or a cool tropical smoothie. Dive into the 100-foot-long swimming pool, relax on a sun-lounger, stroll around the central garden or visit the excellent spa for a traditional Laotian deep-tissue massage. At any on-property facility, you will get the warmest service possible whether you encounter ever-smiling reception staff, the cheerful housekeepers or soothing spa therapists.
Wake up to chia puddings and freshly-baked toasts with avocado at the Main Street Bar and Grill as saffron-robed monks pass by in the early morning light. Besides serving a pleasant buffet of tropical fruit, pastries, cold cuts, and hot dishes, this restaurant is a great place both for French or Laotian cuisine. Make sure to sample lunch specialties such as grilled buffalo burgers and spicy Laotian dishes. The Main Street Bar and Grill dinner menu boasts modern French fare and an extensive wine list. Those craving for a dose of delicious handcrafted cocktails infused with traditional Laotian spirits and stunning nocturnal views of street life should come by the upper-floor Main Street Bar. Or, trade your restaurant evening on a glass of wine by the fire, lit daily in the courtyard.
Before big chains disturb the eremitical ambiance of golden temples, you’ve got to experience Luang Prabang. With its unusual position upon the imperious flow of the Mekong River, its romantic sunsets, its ancient structures fused with colonial charm and its authentic Laotian cuisine, this royal town is a must-visit, and Avani Luang Prabang is a must-stay.