Sofitel Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang, Laos
At a Glance
Peaceful retreat in the heart of the UNESCO heritage town of Luang Prabang
Indulge in head-to-toe pampering at the luxurious spa
Bicycles are available to guests, and cycling around Luang Prabang is a great way to explore
French colonial style combined with traditional Laotian touches, reflecting the rich history of the area
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 Sofitel Luang Prabang
Sofitel Luang Prabang, formerly Hotel de la Paix, is a crisp, contemporary and very cool retreat, close to the center of Luang Prabang. With glamorous suites, sun-dappled walled gardens and large crisp pool, it's an ideal place to take refuge and relax.
Built on a heritage site in the former royal capital of Laos, the Sofitel Luang Prabang marries colonial charm with contemporary luxury beautifully. It's one of most indulgent properties in the region. Fully restored buildings from a 100 year old prison form part of this unique hotel; the newer additions are completely in-keeping.
French colonial style abounds at Sofitel Luang Prabang, with large courtyards, landscaped gardens, reflecting pools and fireplaces providing a welcome retreat in all seasons. Individually designed suites create sanctuaries of private space and sumptuous comfort. Set against a backdrop of stunning mountains, Sofitel Luang Prabang promises a secluded and restful stay, embraced in the warmth of Lao hospitality.
The Sofitel Luang Prabang offers dining options on-site and also at its sister hotel 3 Nagas, which is located just five minutes drive from the hotel. The authentic cuisine of 3 Nagas restaurant, has been hailed far and wide.
For those who wish to relax, the mosaic tiled pool, flower laden gardens and soothing spa ensure you come away feeling completely refreshed.
Luang Prabang is an area of great historical, cultural and spiritual significance with some of the most breathtaking natural scenery and idyllic village life. Perched on a peninsula at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers, the old town is a captivating pageant of traditional Lao architecture and European influence with faint echoes of royalty, woven around a tapestry of ancient temples.
Each of the 25 luxury suites is designed to send you back to the future, seamlessly interweaving colonial heritage and contemporary chic. Traditional Lao accents, bold flourishes, elements of wow and whimsy complement private walled gardens, with lavish pools in the larger suites. Suites also enjoy all the modern conveniences you would expect with HD TV, DVD player, iPod docking station and WiFi internet connectivity. All suites also feature: bathroom with twin vanities, rain shower and large bathtub, outdoor dining facilities, air conditioning, ceiling fans, bathrobes and slippers, safe, air conditioning and tea and coffee facilities.
Children are welcome at Sofitel Luang Prabang but please be aware there are no specific facilities except babysitting which can be arranged on request.
The Sofitel Luang Prabang offers guests the option to dine on site or at its sister hotel, 3 Nagas, or you can of course opt to head into the town.
Overlooking the lush courtyard at Sofitel Luang Prabang you'll find Governor's Grill that specializes in authentic Laos fusion dishes. Breakfast is served a-la-carte in the restaurant or on the sun terrace which is partially covered by a tented canopy.
There's also the option for cookery lessons, yoga, Pilates and private candle lit dinners.
Luang Prabang is a wonderful city for exploration on foot or by bike. Being the world's only World Heritage town there is much culture to be seen and learned. Verdant riverbanks, glistening temples, the Royal Palace Museum, the night market and nearby caves and waterfalls are just some of the ways to pass the time.
Jules Maury (Staff)
Hotel de la Paix is a geometric design of four wings enclosing an emerald green lawn and black slate pool. Cool rooms with soaring ceilings, some with private pools link the quadrangle. Once the colonial prison of the French, the rumour was prisoners never wanted to be released from such a peaceful and striking place! Perfectly located to walk or bike into the center of town.
Katie Kennard (Staff)
This French colonial building is very spacious. The rooms are aligned around the outside of the grounds, allowing each suite to have its own garden area or pool. This hotel offers total privacy, however if you do want interconnecting rooms, the partition between the gardens can be removed. The 25 by 9 meter pool is hugely inviting. The Spa is exceptional and the library has an impressive collection of books. It is joined to the bar, which is an added benefit and I can see you could get very comfortable in here.
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.
Indochina and Thailand for Teens
Chiang Rai, Muang La, Nong Khiaw, Luang Prabang, Siem Reap, Koh Russey
from $11200 pp 16 nights
- This is an action-packed itinerary that explores lesser known parts as well as highlights of Indochina. Taking in Laos' undisputed highlight and UNESCO protected Luang Prabang, the remote hills of Northern Laos, the temples of Angkor in Cambodia, and offering plenty of time at the end to relax on Cambodia’s island beaches, this journey perfectly combines culture with adventure, making it an ideal family trip.
- A unique tour of Indochina that's brimming with active and educational experiences, that are perfect for teenagers
- Visit the UNESCO Word Heritage sites of Luang Prabang and Angkor Archaeological Park all in one trip
Location & directions
Luang Prabang, Laos
Located just 5-minutes from the central area of town, Hotel de la Paix Luang Prabang is situated in a peaceful residential area.
That said, most of Luang Prabang remains quietly residential and the town retains a village atmosphere reminiscent of small towns during the 1940s & 50s. Traffic in Luang Prabang is limited to pedestrians, push bikes, scooters and tuk-tuks.
How to get there
14-hour international flight (one change) to Luang Prabang International Airport. Hotel de la Paix is a 15-minute drive from the airport.