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The Luang Say Residence: Colonial Jungle
When in Laos, go French Colonial Style in this flawless boutique Hotel. The lagoon-like swimming pool is the ideal refreshing spot. Because yes, Luang Prabang can be sweaty hot but you won't feel it on this beautiful oasis. They serve à la carte breakfast which is our favorite way to start the day. Wake up like a Laotian with tropical fruits and fish congee on your table.
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Manda de Laos: Tropical Heaven
Step into this surreal tropical paradise and eat submerged on lotus water ponds. This is veggie heaven, their mushrooms and papaya salad are incredible. A whole fish and the magret de canard are your next stops. The grand finale: the coconut creme brulee!
3 Nagas: THE lunch stop
Well done local menu in a beautiful Français Laotian ambience. It's your opportunity to try new flavors. So just do it ! You will be happily surprised. They make delicious homemade ice cream so leave a little room for it. Your cone will be the perfect accessory to walk the Sakkaline Road.
La Belle Epoque: La trés Belle Dîner
Inside The Luang Say Residence Hotel you will find this quiet restaurant with impeccable service, white tablecloth and a delicate menu. All you can ask for a romantic dinner by the palm trees surrounded by an elegant ambiance. The food perfectly mixes Europe and Asian continents plus you'll have an amazing wine selection.
Extra: Sweet tooth anyone?
Believe it or not, you can find delicious crepes in this Asian treasure thousand of kilometers from Paris. Pair them with tropical smoothies from one of the many streets food stands.
Oui oui, remember this was Indochine years ago so many foreign traditions are still alive on this humid lands. For another taste of french, Le Benneton Cafe makes excellent croissants and pain aux raisins.
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A little tricky to find but so worth it, after a long alley, you'll arrive to this truly unique bar. The view, the mood... everything is breathtaking. Just lay down on the asian mats staring at the horizon for as long as you want. Good for every time of the day, you can join their yoga classes, a fun beach volley game or just remind yourself how good pizzas and beer go together.
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Get your one of a kind handprinted silk at Ock Pop Tok, handcrafted pieces at Ma Te Sai or the most beautiful ancient wood antiques and Buddhas at Phatana Boupha Antique House. You will also find very talented silversmith artist all around Luang Prabang. Phothisack Rattanakone is one worth checking out.
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Luang Prabang is not a place for nightcrawlers. Go to bed early and wake up before the sunrise to see the Monks receiving the people's offerings. It's a magical moment worth a sleepy face. Once the magical ceremony is over head straight to the morning market where you will interact with local people bringing their products from around the area. Each shop has a different selection depending on what they grow. You might get some surprises !
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The Laotians respect the temples of Buddha by covering their knees and arms. Be prepare to take your shoes off at every temple entrance. So those new chic sandals may look perfect for the day tour but save them for dinner time.
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Photos by Diego Zuko | Text by Ceci Mendez