This landlocked rural country retains a relaxed pace of life. The former capital of Luang Prabang, recently declared a World Heritage site, is populated with thatched “wats” (temples) and 19th-century French townhouses. Laos is the last secret of Southeast Asia, but it is unlikely to remain unchanged for long.
WHEN TO GO: A single rainy season extends from May-October. The rest of the year is generally dry and sunny. Temperatures are high year-round.
CURRENCY: Lao kip (LAK). Fluctuating rate valued at LAK7,847 = US$1.00 as of January 2013. Note: Our suggested hotels quote rates in US$.
U.S. EMBASSY: Vientiane, Tel. 21-267-000.
DIRECT DIAL CODES: To phone hotels in Laos, dial 011 (international access) + 856 (Laos code) + local numbers in listings.
Twenty-four spacious suites occupy graceful colonial buildings a short walk from the ancient royal capital in Luang Prabang.
La Residence Phou Vao
Tranquil 34-room hillside resort overlooking the ancient capital of Laos. Spacious lodgings are decorated in a traditional style and have private terraces or balconies and large baths.
Beautifully restored 1930s French colonial mansion-hotel amid landscaped gardens. The 29 spacious lodgings have high ceilings, wood floors and French Colonial décor.