La Residence Phou Vao


Luang Prabang is the oldest town in Laos and is now a World Heritage Site - enjoy it from the comfort of this former royal residence which is now part of the Belmond group. Set in lush tropical gardens and with spectacular views of the nearby mountains, the hotel provides peace and tranquillity after a day's sightseeing of the wats and temples - it even has its own liveried tuk-tuk to take guests the short distance into town.


  • Laotian farm experience
  • Cookery classes
  • Board a traditional boat and visit the Chomplot temple, the Si Moung Khoum temple and the Tham temple cave
  • Traditional Baci ceremony


Luang Prabang, Laos

Best time to go

The best time to visit is in Spring and Autumn. Luang Prabang’s wet season stretches from July to September, but even then rainfall isn’t prolific. In the winter temperatures can dip to an average of 16 degrees in the coldest month of January.

Our thoughts

Perched over Luang Prabang, the hotel is the perfect starting point to discover the many treasures of Laos. The hotel can organise many local excursions, from a traditional Baci ceremony to cycling to nearby caves and waterfalls. Or choose to do nothing but admire the stunning lush valley below from the freshwater infinity pool.

  • Infinity pool
  • Spa
  • Boutique
  • WiFi


The Phou Savanh - Offering inventive French cuisine delicately enhanced with traditional Laotian touches, the chefs at Phou Savanh invite you to awaken your palate to a fusion of new flavours. Seated indoors in sophisticated comfort or amongst the glittering glow of lanterns and candles in the lush gardens, each meal is an experience in itself.

The Doc Champa Bar - Relax in the laid-back open-air lounge of the Doc Champa Bar with a pre-dinner cocktail or post-dinner liqueur. The sophisticated bar offers an ideal opportunity to stay indoors with friends or admire the beautiful sunsets from outside. The Doc Champa Bar is open daily from 1 to 11pm.

Five Hundred Candle Dinner - Delight in an unforgettable dining experience with the intimate Five Hundred Candle Dinner. Savour the flavours of Laotian cuisine with a distinctly French accent from the days when Luang Prabang was at the heart of Indochina. Set in the UNESCO Heritage garden, the soft light and intimate mood create a romantic experience never to be forgotten.

Junior Suites - With either king size or twin beds, the junior suites offer luxurious finishes and comfort. Suites include a sofa and coffee table and a spacious bathroom with terrazzo bath.

3 View options are available:

  • Garden View - Ground floor suites with view onto gardens or private terrace shaded by trees
  • Mountain View - Spectacular views of the Old City of Luang Prabang
  • Mountain & Pool View - At night, the views across the illuminated pool and glittering Phousy Temple are beyond compare

Phou Vao Garden Suites - Located on the first floor with garden views, suites offer a luxurious double bedroom with separate lounge area furnished in rich rosewood and nature cotton fabrics. With ultimate comfort, the suites are ideal for longer stays.

  • Swimming
  • Spa
  • Cycling
  • Cooking classes
  • Sunset boat cruise
  • Walking tours to surrounding sights

Children are welcome. Baby cots are free, but extra beds for older kids are extra. Baby sitting services are also available.

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