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Wednesday 25 May 2022

Hotel offers put a spotlight on the lure of Laos

Laos is a fascinating-looking Asian nation that has long been on my "to visit" list. 

As Laos reopens to travellers with a lifting of all entry requirements for vaccinated travellers, Avani+ Luang Prabang Hotel (above), has launched a new three-night package for those wanting to stay on the banks of the Mekong River. 

Regular readers will recall I was impressed with recent stays at two Avani+ properties in Thailand.

Luang Prabang is a UNESCO World Heritage site with French colonial influences from the 19th and 20th centuries. 

It also features a lively night market, temples, pagodas and the climb up Mount Phousi for the best views of the city.  Visitors will also see orange-robed monks walking the streets, collecting donations for their monasteries. 

Avani+ Luang Prabang is constructed around a swimming pool that acts as a resort centrepiece to a  heritage hideaway. 

The reopening package starts from $US110 per night in a deluxe room for two people and includes a minimum of three nights' accommodation with breakfast for two and return airport transfers, one sunset boat cruise with Mekong Kingdoms; one sunrise alms-giving experience and 20% discount on Anantara Spa treatments.  

Accor, meanwhile, is the largest international hotel operator in Laos, with hotels and resorts under the Sofitel, MGallery, Pullman and ibis brands in both Luang Prabang and Vientiane. 

The Sofitel Luang Prabang (above) was originally built as a French Governor's residence in the 1900s, and is a UNESCO-protected boutique hotel with 25 suites, each with an outdoor bathtub or pool in a private garden. 

Nearby, 3 Nagas Luang Prabang – MGallery has just 15 rooms and suites in a restored teak wood building, while Pullman Luang Prabang sprawls over 16 hectares of landscaped gardens with views of the surrounding hills. 

The administrative capital during French rule, Vientiane is the largest city in Laos. Located in the heart of the city next to the Nam Phu Fountain, ibis Vientiane Nam Phu provides a base from which to explore the nearby historical monuments, Mekong Promenade and night market.

Luang Prabang and Vientiane are connected via a high-speed railway, with journeys taking less than two hours.

Accor is offering travellers to Laos a 10% discount and complimentary breakfast. Travelers can book the 'For the Love of Asia' offer for stays at Accor hotels across the country until December 31. 

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