Muang La

Summary

Located in a quiet corner of northern Laos and well off the beaten tourist path, Muang La Resort offers a true escape from the busy cities in a remote and tranquil haven. Surrounded by lush rain forest and on the banks of the Nam Ou River, there is a deep sense of calm and peace. The natural hot spring that runs alongside the resort has supplied healing waters to the nearby village for thousands of years and gives the spa experience a unique touch. This eco-lodge is the perfect place to fall off-grid, relax and enjoy the natural surroundings of breath taking Laos. 

Highlights

  • Get off the beaten track into the rainforest and Laotian countryside
  • Visit the spa fed by a natural hot spring
  • See genuine culture at the nearby villages
  • Take a bike ride in the town and surrounding countryside and experience traditional Laos
  • Explore the surrounding forest for local birds and the tropical garden for an array of butterfly species

Location

Northern Laos, Laos

Best time to go

Laos has great weather and can be visited all year round, but it will be rainier in the summer season and colder in the winter months, especially further north.

Our thoughts

This lodge is a rare gem and an absolute treasure to visit. The eco-lodge principles have ensured that the surrounding natural environment and local culture are integrated into the daily life enhancing the experience for all. With only 10 rooms there is plenty of privacy, and exploring the indigenous forest or the nearby village and rice paddies gives a great insight into Laotian life and the surrounding environment. What better way to spend a few days relaxing in luxury than at this quaint riverside haven, champagne in hand and savouring the brilliantly lit sunsets. 


  • Restaurant
  • Transfers by 4 X 4 
  • Mountain Bike Hire
  • Porters
  • Internet (at reception)
  • Languages spoken: Lao, English & French
  • Concierge and security 24 hours

The Transient Restaurant has a concept of ‘transient’ dining, which means you can take your meals wherever you like. The cuisine is a combination of Lao-Thai specialities with a fusion of flavours and tasty delights. The traditional dishes have accents of aromatic herbs and coconut and are deliciously fragrant. Each night offers a different menu with 3 options of tasty meals to choose from. For those seeking a traditional food adventure, there is an option to dine with the local villagers in one of their homes; or enjoy a cookery course on traditional menus at the lodge.

The restaurant itself is on a large wooden deck overlooking the river but there are many secluded nooks and private alcoves to explore the transient dining options, whether dining on your private balcony, a corner in the gardens or on the small island facing the lodge. 

Set in the tropical gardens, the properties 10 bedrooms are located in four separate wooden villas. Rooms have en-suite bathrooms and a private terrace overlooking the countryside, garden or river.

Rooms are furnished with local wood made by the expert local craftsmen of Oudom Xai giving a hallmark of originality to the lodge. Lao art pieces, paintings and sculptures add to the design along with colourful fabrics (all locally created) giving each room a unique identity and feel. The rooms each correspond with Laotian ethnic groups as a tribute to the varied culture of the country. 

  • Walking
  • Bike Rides
  • Workshop of tastes cookery course
  • Spa
  • Sundowners on the Sunset Deck overlooking the river
  • 4x4 Excursions to surrounding villages and Nam Pak River
  • Massages
  • Relaxing hot water spa and traditional sauna
  • Baci (Welcome Ceremony)
  • Dance Shows

Due to the remote location of the lodge, it is not recommended to bring young children to the area although a baby-sitting service is available on request. Teenagers would however enjoy the activities


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