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Elephant Crossing Hotel

The ideal back-to-nature vacation, the Elephant Crossing Hotel ensures pure relaxation in an idyllic setting. Located on the banks of the Nam Song River, all areas of the hotel open onto incredible views of the river, distant limestone mountains and abundant greenery. The sight of an elephant crossing would probably be the most exciting thing to happen all day here. Rooms are large and welcoming, reminiscent of early African safari lodges with dark wood and crisp linens. The rural setting doesn’t limit the services and there is free Wi-Fi in all areas, satellite TV and a great open air restaurant.

Thavonsouk Hotel

On the verge of being an ‘eco hotel’ without knowing it, Thavonsouk Hotel is a great choice for experiencing the real Laos. The location on the banks of the Nam Song River is an idyllic setting to while away the hours in the tranquil gardens admiring the nearby limestone mountains. The bungalow accommodation and garden-facing rooms use natural materials where possible, including thatched roofs and plenty of bamboo. Great regional and western dishes are served all day at the river front restaurant, which is also the ideal setting for sunset cocktails.

Nam Song Hotel

Nam Song Hotel is a hidden gem in Vang Vieng, with cozy, traditional bungalows set in beautiful gardens for budget prices. Ideally situated on the river banks, all rooms have views of the mountains and tropical forest. The location is perfect for enjoying many of the area’s adventure sports or just sitting back and admiring the splendid views. The accommodation reflects old colonial style with large open balconies, clean, white bed linens and dark wood floors and furniture. The open-air, sala-style restaurant has surprisingly good western dishes and great authentic local cuisine in a perfect sunset location.

Pakse Hotel

Centrally located and close to the Sedone and Mekong Rivers, this French- managed hotel is within walking distance of local tourist attractions. The comfortable and modern tiled-floored rooms have simple, wooden furniture and are fully equipped with necessary amenities. The hotel restaurant serves fine local and Western food, and the rooftop bar has stunning views of the Mekong River, which offers a thrilling sunset. Once just a transit point, Pakse is becoming a destination in its own right and it is worth a few days to explore the Champasak village and the pre-Angkorian Wat Phu temple, the Phu Assa fortress, reachable by elephant ride, the 4.000 Islands, Khone Phapheng waterfall, and the Irrawaddy dolphins.

Champasak Palace Hotel

Once the palace of Jao Boon Oum, the last king of Lao, the palace was renovated into a hotel and retains its former charms. Located in the heart of Pakse District, a short way to the Sedone River and Wat Pra and the Lane Xang Bank, the hotel is within walking distance of the Tourism Authority and Wat Pra Bat. The town centre is a short ride away by local taxi (tuk-tuk). The hotel boasts beautiful colonial architecture and the sweeping verandas give majestic views of the beautiful countryside. The rooms have charm and comfort and a new wing has less expensive but simple rooms that provide a good base to explore Pakse. The restaurant serves good local and international food. Try Delta Coffee, a short walk from the Champasak Palace, which offers some of the best food in town.

Champa Residence

Champa Residence is on the outskirts of Pakse, opposite the Pakse Central Stadium and next to the Champasak Museum. The low-rise modern building is set around a very pretty garden courtyard. The simple, sparse rooms are tranquil and comfortable, well equipped with dark wooden beds and provide the necessities. Guests are five minutes from Pha Bat Temple and Champasak Shopping Centre. The lovely restaurant offers local cuisine. There is a steam and sauna room for relaxation. Shopping at the markets is close to this hotel.

Villa Santi Resort

Set in ten-hectare valley in beautiful gardens and surrounded by mountains and a natural stream leading to the Mekong River, this Luang Prabang resort is a walk back in time. The resort is just ten minutes from the airport and six kilometers from the town. Onsite dining is available at Torseng Restaurant, serving international and Laotian dishes, with a view of the surrounding mountains. Rise early one morning and enjoy a walk in the gardens while the mist lingers over the mountains and drums can be heard from the nearby monastery.

Grand Hotel

Situated on the grounds of the Xiengkeo Palace, this charming hotel once belonged to Luang Prabang’s national hero. Famous for its’ stunning views of the mighty Mekong River and the breathtaking landscape of mountains surrounding Luang Prabang, travelers from around the globe flock to the resort. The hotel comprises of 76 luxurious rooms and 2 suites that are all decorated with a unique style. Catch some rays by the forest-set swimming pool or catch up on some reading as you dine on delicious Lao cuisine.

Les 3 Nagas Hotel

Situated in the heart of the “Kingdom of a Million Elephants,” the 3 Nagas by Alila Hotel offers traditional Laotion hospitality blended with modern comforts. The hotel provides stunning ultra modern accommodation in natural untouched surroundings showcasing ancient and contemporary links. The hotel’s rooms are spacious and breezy with wooden floors that create a serene ambience. The hotel boasts a renowned fine dining restaurant serving exquisite Laotion food and a more casual restaurant that serves both, Asian and Western cuisine.

Settha Palace Hotel

Built circa 1932, the luxurious Hotel has been restored to its former charm. Re-opened in 1999, the French colonial architecture, its period furniture and its landscaped gardens with a free-form pool, complemented by modern facilities, are some of the features of this historical landmark in the heart of Vientiane. If you see a London taxicab cruising the streets, it’s theirs, used to ferry guests around. They have an excellent restaurant “La Belle Epoque” and an open air sidewalk café.

Room rates from US$ 105.