Muang La Resort
Muang La Resort
Muang La, Northern Laos
Located in the gloriously untouched hills of northern Laos, Muang La Resort is a beautiful boutique retreat that provides access to one of the most untouched and pristine regions of Southeast Asia. It's one of Laos' hidden gems.
At a Glance
A stylish and comfortable boutique retreat in a very wild part of Laos
Fantastic excursions on offer, including mountain biking, hiking and 4X4 safaris
Located close to some very authentic and colorful Akha and Hmong tribal villages
Fantastic food considering its location, mainly serving Laos and French fusion cuisine
Easily combined with Vientiane and only 4-5 hours from Luang Prabang
Make sure you ask your hosts about the Akha market, which only happens every week or two. If you're lucky, your stay may fall on market day, in which case you can pop along!Scott Dunn team
Muang La Resort sits in the wilds of northern Laos, home to gloriously green hills dotted with untouched hill-tribe villages. It's easily one of the best places to experience and learn about authentic hill-tribe cultures in Southeast Asia, as the area is largely unexplored by tourism.
The resort itself is perched on a wild river flanked by dense jungle. It's an idyllic and very peaceful setting; the striking views are worth the journey alone. The 10 rooms, spread through 5 villas, are built using traditional Laotian techniques, however they are modern, colorful and contemporary inside. With polished wooden floors, sleek white walls, designer furniture, jewel colored textiles and terrazzo bathrooms, Muang La easily offers the most spoiling rooms north of Luang Prabang.
When staying in Muang La, most guests will spend their time exploring the area. Trekking, cycling, cookery classes and 4X4 jeep safaris are among the most popular excursions available from the resort. If you're lucky you might catch the Akha tribal market as well! For those who enjoy a bit of pampering there are wonderful natural hot water pools as well as a spa room for a relaxing massage.
Despite being so remote, Muang La Resort offers some of the best service and food in Laos; think 5 course Laos/French fusion food in the evenings and quality picnic lunches when you are out exploring.
Getting there isn't too difficult to either; there's a flight from Vientiane to nearby Oudomxay, it combines easily with Nong Khiaw and it's approximately a 5-6 hour drive and scenic boat journey directly from Luang Prabang.
We feel that Muang La Resort really is a one-of-a-kind property that opens up a glorious part of Laos. It's also ideal for adventure enthusiasts who enjoy a slice of comfort and those interested in hill-tribe cultures.
Each room is named after the hill-tribe communities that are local to the area; they all share a similar design of brightly colored fabrics and high vaulted ceilings. There are 6 Garden View rooms in total that are spacious, clean and very comfortable. Each overlooks the tropical gardens and are adorned with woven fabrics and boasting recently renovated bathrooms. The 4 River View rooms are a little larger and have large balconies with fantastic views. These also have large terrazzo bathrooms. Katou and Lamet are ideal for families as these have a shared lounge area with a coffee machine that overlooks the river. These are also fantastic options for honeymooners as they are furthest away from reception, giving couples a touch more privacy.
Families and children are more than welcome at Muang La but we feel it's particularly suitable for families with teenagers who love the outdoors. For a small additional charge, the hotel can provide baby cots and extra rollaway beds if needed.
There's a wonderful restaurant that spills out onto a deck overlooking the river, serving breakfast, lunch and a wonderful a-la-carte dinner. There's also 2 natural thermal pools and a small massage room.
Location & Directions
Muang La, Northern Laos
The hotel is located on the edge of Muang La, a small village in Oudom Xay Province in Northern Laos.
When to go
Laos enjoys a warm, tropical climate year-round. The cooler, drier months of the year are from November to March; however, temperatures rarely drop below 22°C during the day. Humidity is highest between May and September, when sunbursts follow tropical downpours and temperatures can climb to 35°C. However, the average year-round temperature is a pleasant 25°C.