In recent years, Laos has evolved into a diverse and sophisticated tourist destination, offering a wide range of services, which cater for all visitors needs. The country has rapidly responded to the global recognition it received when Luang Prabang achieved UNESCO world heritage status and has embraced its former fame as a charismatic refuge and spiritual centre. Accommodation options continue to keep up with the ever increasing number of tourists, providing an assortment of appealing choices. The city and its surroundings now enjoy everything from culturally satisfying home-stays to eco-lodges and exquisite boutique hotels and resorts like the recently launched Luangsay Residence.
Laos best accommodation options incorporate chic French émigré residences and renovated classic houses. The latter preserve the mood of bygone Lao living, complete with authentic décor and local crafts blended with modern furnishings. The bonus amenities of WiFi access and cable television make these destinations homes away from home, while the rustic ambience of the buildings and environs preserves a sense of locality.
At the top of the accommodation hierarchy, luxury hotels like Luangsay Residence are encircled by stunning scenery and allow guests the ultimate in relaxation and faultless facilities.Twenty first century amenities are fused with the regal elegance and the increasing popularity of destinations outside of the cities has led to a rapid emergence of river cruises and eco-lodge developments. These provide guests with the opportunity to see and stay in the heart of Laos lush countryside, while still having easy access to all the metropolitan benefits, whether a day trip around the historic centre, or an evening spent wining and dining in top restaurants.
Along with the obvious draw of the dramatic scenery, guests also choose river cruises because they offer an enlightening insight into local culture through visits to local villages. Some provinces are yet to be explored, such as the National Protected Area and the northeast region, which has many traditional Hmong communities. River excursions can be easily arranged with Luang Say Residence and Mekong Cruises. Their boats stop off at cosy accommodation by the river and provide comfortable onboard facilities. The tours take in clandestine caves, riverside temples and villages sans tourism. Although the mass tourism market is ever increasing, a river trip through Laos remains one of South East Asias most exciting and remarkable voyages.