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Just Back: Luang Prabang

This UNESCO protected old town on the Mekong River is filled with temples, cultural heritage and spirituality. It’s also home to Indagare Index Adored property, Amantaka. “The service at the resort was so genuine, and the spirituality and kindness touched my heart,” says Indagare’s Sarah Minges. Here, she reports more from her recent visit to Luang Prabang.

Contact your Trip Designer or Indagare, if you are not yet a member, to start planning a trip to Luang Prabang. Our team can match you with the itineraries, accommodations, reservations and guides that are right for you.

How to get the lay of the land:

“Luang Prabang is best explored with a guide who can take you to participate in Sai Bat, an alms offering that happens every morning at sunrise (see top photo) followed by exploring some of the UNESCO Heritage Site’s 30 temples.”

The Memorable Moment: “I will never forget cruising down the Mekong in their custom local boat and being surprised with a floral offering for us to give at our visit to the sacred Pak Ou Budha Caves.”

The Restaurants

: “Every evening, Amantaka sets up a dinner around the pool and courtyard lit by hundreds of lanterns and candles, with live cultural music, and serving Laotian cuisine. This is not to be missed. And Tam Nan La Residence Phou Vao, A Belmond Hotel features some of the best cuisine—not only in Luang Prabang but in the whole country of Laos. Its dish with tender duck, called ‘From Beijing to Luang Prabang,’ served with a beautiful array of flavorful sauces, is a menu highlight. Another favorite of mine: Le Banneton is a traditional French bakery with pastries and sandwiches.”

The Casual Drink Spot: Rosewood Luang Prabang is set 10 minutes outside of town, but is absolutely worth the drive to see the stunning Bill Bensley architecture and the hotel’s Elephant Bridge Bar for a cocktail. Gin and tonics with local herbs are a specialty.”

The Souvenir: “

The best souvenir from Laos isn’t something you buy but instead something you are blessed with by a monk and community members during a Baci ceremony. Enjoy each white bracelet tied upon you with good wishes and good luck for at least three days before taking them off—but feel free to leave them on for longer for additional luck.”

The Viewpoint: “Hike to the top of Mount Phousi for the views over the entire town and Mekong.”

Don’t Miss: “Amantaka has a luxury tuk tuk that can take you around on a complimentary basis. I loved riding it to the night market for local cuisine and shopping for crafts.”

Don’t Forget: “It is also important to dress modestly for temple visits.”

Contact your Trip Designer or Indagare, if you are not yet a member, to start planning a trip to Luang Prabang. Our team can match you with the itineraries, accommodations, reservations and guides that are right for you.

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