Muang La Resort
Muang La Resort
Muang La, Northern Laos, Laos
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 colourful 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
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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.
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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.
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, colourful and contemporary inside. With polished wooden floors, sleek white walls, designer furniture, jewel coloured 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 coloured 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.
Clare Barratt (Staff)
This resort completely blew my mind location, rooms, staff, food, it really exceeded expectations especially given its remote location. I found it very hard to fault it. If river view rooms are available these are a must! Although the garden view rooms are the same size, the view is amazing and there is so much local activity on the river, you can be entertained for hours just watching the going ons. There is a hidden pool on the island opposite accessed by a rather wobbly monkey bridge which is all part of the fun. There is also a bar here and a watch tower which is a great place to watch the sun set with a G & T in hand. The hot water spring baths were almost too hot but must be very good for you combined with a green tea. The food here is the best Ive had in Laos, they have a taster menu each evening using the freshest ingredients and it was delicious.
Ethnic Groups of Northern Laos
This is a fascinating full-day trek that explores both Hmong and Ikhos villages. The route climbs 1,000km above sea level and offers truly spectacular views of the luminous mountain scenery.
Ikhos Village Explorer
This half-day trip by 4x4 explores the most picturesque route along the banks of the River Nam Pak, visiting two Ikhos villages en route. The Ikhos people originate from Tibet and Yunnan in China and are some of the most isolated communities in Laos.
Muang La Cycling Discovery
This relatively easy but adventurous half-day cycling trip follows the banks of the River Nam Pak, exploring charming Khamu villages along the way.
Trek Muang La to Ban Phavie
Experience a 5-hour trek from Muang La to Ban Phavie that takes in incredible views of the River Nam Pak, terraced rice fields, jungle and small villages that pepper the banks of the river.
Indochina and Thailand for Teens
Chiang Rai, Muang La, Nong Khiaw, Luang Prabang, Siem Reap, Koh Russey
from £9200 pp inc flights & transfers for 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
Off the Beaten Track Indochina
Vientiane, Muang La, Nong Khiaw, Luang Prabang, Hanoi, Mai Chau, Tam Coc, Phnom Penh, Battambang, Siem Reap
from £6800 pp inc flights & transfers for 21 nights
- Visit the astonishing temples of Angkor, including Angkor Wat, with our specialist guides who are able to judge the busiest times at each temple and will ensure you reach each one just after the crowds have departed.
- Spend time in Battambang, Cambodia, a beautiful colonial town with a genteel old world feel.
- Get to know Cambodia's arty capital city, Phnom Penh that's brimming with cafes, restaurants and boutiques.
Off the Beaten Track Laos
Vientiane, Muang La, Nong Khiaw & Luang Prabang
from £3900 pp inc flights & transfers for 10 nights
- Explore the remote and hidden parts of northern Laos, perfect for adventurous families and couples
- Luang Prabang is an incredibly scenic, serene and relaxing place to unwind with the country's best hotels and resorts.
- Visit some of the most untouched hill tribe villages in southeast Asia
Location & directions
Muang La, Northern Laos, Laos
The hotel is located on the edge of Muang La, a small village in Oudom Xay Province in Northern Laos.
How to get there
14-hour international flight (one change) to Vientiane International Airport. From there it's a short flight to Oudom Xay airport and then approximately a 45 minute drive to the resort. Muang La also combines well with Nong Khiaw and is a 5-6 hour drive from Luang Prabang.