Balconies from some rooms provide privacy from which to watch monks collecting alms in the early morning
Housed in three UNESCO-listed buildings, history is all around
With just 15 rooms, there is an intimate atmosphere and plenty of attention from the doting staff
What To Know
Serenity rules here; this isn’t the place for noisy children or teens
The old buildings mean creaky floorboards and the Lao rise very early in the morning, bring earplugs
The pool is more ornamental than practical
Parking on site
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Luang Prabang’s best looking hotel in a UNESCO historic building with a buzzy restaurant and a garden on the Nam Khan River
Designed by French-Canadian architect Pascal Trahan, 3 Nagas epitomizes classic colonial chic. Built in 1903, it has been painstakingly preserved among giant jackfruit and mango trees. Heavy timber doors lead into rooms with traditional ‘torchis’ walls (a mixture of mud and natural fibers). Hot pink and orange silk fabrics make the rooms pop, while pictures of the Buddha look down serenely.
Bed and Bath
Eight rooms are located in The Khamboua House, a classic timber Laotian house, while the other seven rooms are in The Lamache House, which was built in 1898 to house the royal family (and later functioned as an ice-cream factory in the 1930s). Bedrooms are simple with gauzy mosquito nets that hang above the pillowy four-poster beds. Heavy rosewood-on the floors, the ceilings and for some lucky guests, balconies-are in keeping with local style, while framed pencil sketches of old local buildings and elephant statues further set the scene. The bathrooms, with tub and shower, are simple but have everything you need.
The lush garden edging the Nam Khan River is the spot for a shady read in the afternoon. After sunset, guests migrate to the cute al-fresco bar at the front of the hotel for a Lao Beer, or two, or perhaps a Lao Lao Sling with rice wine moonshine. Known for authentic Laotian cuisine, the hotel’s main restaurant, Les 3 Nagas, is so good that many globetrotting types cross borders just to dine here. For a more low-key experience, the laid-back Mango 3 serves Asian-Euro fusion dishes with a dash of French flair. Dining is an early affair in Luang Prabang and both restaurants close at 10 pm.
In the Area
From the hotel, it is a mere two-minute walk to boutiques like the Ock Pop Tok Flagship Store where you can shop for ethical textiles. A few more minutes walking will bring you to the Royal Palace Museum, and a couple more blocks to the Traditional Arts & Ethnology Museum, which highlights rare and local cultural objects. In search of more culture still? Head to Jean-Pierre Dovat’s Project Space which hosts exhibitions and events over three floors and four exhibition rooms.