Luang Prabang, Laos
At a Glance
Just a short walk to Luang Prabang's night market, glistening temples and restaurants
Stunning buildings with real colonial charm
Beautifully designed rooms that are filled with antiques and luxurious fabrics
As with most of Laos, staff can be a little slow but we feel it adds to the charm
Peaceful fragrant gardens with two crisp swimming pools
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
November to April is the best time to visit Laos with dry and warm weather, with March and April being the hottest months. October and May are also good months to visit with only a bit of rain. July to September are the wettest months in Laos.
To start planning your vacation to Satri House
Sitting just 10-minutes from the center of town, Satri House is one of Luang Prabang's prettiest boutique hotels. The antique filled rooms, crisp pool and fragrant gardens make this an idyllic haven with a fantastic location.
Satri House is a stylish and intimate boutique hotel with just 31 rooms and suites that sit within luminous gardens, lily ponds and shimmering pools. The property sits down a quiet lane and is surrounded by local houses; it's not uncommon to see locals playing petanque right outside the hotel.
At the heart of the property is the main building that dates back to the early 1900s; it was once the residence of Prince Souphanavong and is now a UNESCO protected Heritage House. New additions have been added to the hotel over the years, but these buildings blend seamlessly into the original architecture.
The 31 rooms and suites are divided into Deluxe Rooms, Junior Suites and Satri House Suites. They are all wonderfully decorated; think Farrow and Ball shades, antique rugs, wooden shutters, unique artifacts and silk cushions.
The Deluxe Rooms are situated in the garden buildings. These have balconies or terraces with views over the charming gardens. The Junior Suites are a little larger and benefit from bathtubs and a bit more space. These are ideal if you need an extra bed. The larger Satri House Suites are located within the UNESCO protected Heritage House; these are naturally a little more historic and therefore a little more expensive. All of the rooms enjoy beautiful wooden beds, thick indulgent mattresses (not always the case in Laos!) and crisp white sheets. We found the rooms incredibly comfortable without being overly luxurious.
In the evenings most people tend to enjoy the plethora of restaurants in Luang Prabang (L'Elephant and Tamarind are must tries!), but if you fancy a night in at the hotel there is a wonderful restaurant serving modern Asian and French cuisine.
For an easy and relaxing afternoon we recommend trying the small but serene spa; the well-priced Indo-Chinese massage is their specialty and ideal after a morning's tour. You'll also find a herbal steam room, cool pool and a Jacuzzi as well.
Satri House is a real gem and ideal for those wanting to be within walking distance from Luang Prabang's glimmering temples. Like many hotels in Laos, service can be very slow in Satri House, but we feel it adds to the Laotian charm.
The 31 rooms and suites are divided into Deluxe Rooms, Junior Suites and Satri House Suites, each charming and tasteful in style.
Children are very welcome to stay at Satri House and extra beds can be arranged for children under 16 at an additional charge. However, there are no specific facilities available for them.
There's an attractive restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and an a-la-carte dinner both inside and outside, depending on the weather. The large gardens are home to two turquoise swimming pools, and several sun loungers, and you will also find a glorious library near to reception. The spa offers a range of treatments. WiFi is available at Satri House but don't expect perfect reception.
Guests staying at Satri House are just a stone's throw away from the hub of Luang Prabang. Here potter the quaint streets and enjoy the sights of this famous Laotian town.
Clare Barratt (Staff)
Satri House is a wonderful boutique option within walking distance of the center. I thought it was a charming and very comfortable place to stay. The staff were very friendly and helpful, the grounds well maintained and there is a very reasonable sized pool which is quite rare for being so close to the center due to Luang Prabang being a UNESCO site. I thought the Deluxe Rooms were actually better than the suites as most of them have balconies which is preferable, the rooms are also all slightly unique too which gives them a personal touch. A great option if you want to be near the town and have a pool and it is also reasonably good value!
Books Not Bombs
Sadly in Laos, books are often a luxury few can afford. Spend the day learning about the people and organizations trying to change this, bringing education and a love of reading to local children.
Cookery Class at Tamarind
This shared excursion takes place at Tamarind, one of Laos' most celebrated restaurants. The lesson teaches you how to cook Lao food, but you'll also learn the habits and customs of the Lao people too.
Elephant Experience at MandaLao
This wonderful morning experience takes you to a local elephant sanctuary just 40 minutes from Luang Prabang. You'll learn all about the majestic creatures and will feed and walk with them along tropical paths and through rice paddies.
Gourmet Breakfast at Kuang Si Waterfall
Rise early to enjoy Kuang Si Waterfalls at its best with a gourmet breakfast picnic overlooking the emerald water.
Kayaking on the Mekong
Spend the day leisurely paddling along the mighty Mekong, admiring the picturesque scenery, and visiting some of the more interesting sites along this stretch of one of Asia's most famous rivers.
Kuang Si Waterfalls
Visit local markets and villages before heading out to the glorious Kuang Si Waterfalls, an idyllic spot that's ideal for swimming.
Living Land Organic Farm
Spend an interactive morning at the Living Land Organic Farm, which is a rice farm. A local farming guide will teach you about the methods and you will have ample opportunities to give the methods a go yourselves!
Luang Prabang by Bicycle
Cycling through Luang Prabang is one of the best ways to experience this small, safe and charming city, so we've created a full-day cycling tour that gets you down the tiny winding streets to the sparking temples and out to the local villages.
Luang Prabang Full Day Tour
Enjoy a full day tour of the fascinating UNESCO protected city of Luang Prabang, exploring the Royal Palace, shimmering temples, ancient streets and traditional art and ethnology center. The day culminates in a climb to the top of Phousi Hill.
Luang Prabang Walking Tour
Enjoy a walking tour of historic Luang Prabang with a local guide. This is one of the best ways to see and experience the hidden secrets and gems found in this wonderful town.
Private Baci Ceremony
After another of your excursions you have the opportunity to participate in a private Baci Ceremony, which is a ritual in Lao culture used to celebrate important events and occasions.
Responsible Luang Prabang
This completely unique and educational experience explores Big Brother Mouse, an innovative social enterprise in Luang Prabang that is committed to educating children by publishing and distributing books.
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Location & directions
Luang Prabang, Laos
The hotel is ideally located in Luang Prabang’s Old Quarter, just a short walking distance from the major tourist attractions, on the path of the morning alms-giving procession.
How to get there
14-hour international flight (one change) to Luang Prabang International Airport. Satri House is approximately a 25-minute drive from the airport.