Did you just booked a trip to Laos or planing one? You aren’t too sure what to book since the choices are quite far from each other and different styles? Here’s the newest addition to Luang Prabang with the opening of an AVANI Hotel.
Luang Prabang has the reputation of being a backpacker’s destination. Laos in general isn’t known yet to be visited by itself, but mostly combined with an Indochina trip started from Viet Nam. With the combination of being protected by UNESCO and being not as popular as the neighbouring countries, Laos hasn’t commercialized too much its attractions. With that being said, not all hotel brands have landed there yet, if they are, they are all quite unique in their genre and offering.
Where is AVANI+ Luang Prabang located?
Travelling to Luang Prabang has not always been easy until recently with airlines offering more routes towards Laos. Air Asia, located in Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur has opened up the route so that if you book in advance for flights under 100$US return. Once you land in Luang Prabang, the airport is very small. You will get your Laos visa on arrival and be greeted by your driver of AVANI hotels. The transfer will take a short 10 minutes and you will be quite happy that it has the most premium position in town, located in front of the post office and popular night market.
How to get around from AVANI+ Luang Prabang?
If location is important to you at all in a hotel then you have come to the right place. You are 20m from the night market; add to that 150 stairs and you are on the famous landmark of Luang Prabang that is Phousi Hill. Even though you are right in the hustle bustle, the design of your room will make it sound proof of the street noise. The mighty Mekong River is only a few blocks away if you want to watch the world go by down there. The hotel provides complimentary push bikes that you can use to ride around the city. We recommend taking them for an afternoon and do some temple hopping along the peninsula. If biking is less of your thing, walking around is quite easy and the tuk tuk is your prime choice if you need a ride. Taxis or private cars will cost you significantly more considering the fuel price in Laos and its premium nature.
Restaurants at AVANI+ Luang Prabang
AVANI+ Luang Prabang has one restaurant – Bistro – that is a fusion of the French colonial heritage with the authentic Lao dishes. It has plenty of competition in the food stakes but they certainly deliver. Breakfast includes a buffet of sides and you can choose from a host of mains. Upstairs is the cozy Bistro Bar, a cozy little bar on the second floor as well if you fancy some evening drinks while sitting on the balcony looking down to people walking by. One thing that we can say about Luang Prabang is that it is a food lovers heaven. Hundreds of street vendors line the streets nightly and sell some of Laos best food so make sure to explore that! There is also the Pool Bar if you fancy drinks by the pool during the day.
AVANI+ Luang Prabang Facilities
The AVANI has all the basis you need to make your stay enjoyable. The pool is large and quite enjoyable to do laps. It is rarely full considering people in Luang Prabang like to get our and go for walks! There is a conference room which is regularly busy with conferences and meetings, a fitness centre that has all the equipment needed for a holiday workout, as well as a spa which has single and couples massage rooms. The price for massages around town are affordable starting from ~4$US, but you know that will be nothing compared to a memorable treatment at the AVANI. For an unforgettable time, you can book a sunset cruise down the Mekong River. If you are not too much of a planner and like things organized for you, the AVANI team offers bespoke activities to the waterfalls, the caves, etc. Note that we suggest you to insist on going earlier and changing slightly the itinerary to avoid crowds. As mentioned earlier, there are complimentary push bikes for guests.
Insider tip: The Main Street on which is the night market closes down to transport when vendors starts to set up their stalls, so ride through there before 4pm!
AVANI+ Luang Prabang Rooms
Avani offers 53 rooms that spread across 2 storeys of this old French living quarters. There are 2 types of rooms, in addition to suites. You will want to book a room with the view to the gardens and courtyard with the pool. These rooms have a balcony and a siting area so you can enjoy a morning coffee. Big French louvered doors keep all the light out and give you privacy. The lowest rate for this room is at approximately 180$USD. You can compare prices on Booking and Agoda for the best deals for AVANI+ Luang Prabang. If you need help in planning and/or booking your trip, do not hesitate to contact us.
The hotel doesn’t distribute bottled water, but in glass bottles. Amenities are wrapped in paper instead of plastic. There is hardly any plastic used on the property which is great. Tours and activities provided by AVANI+ Luang Prabang supports local tourism, making sure they are part of the sustainable tourism initiative.
Our AVANI+ Luang Prabang experience
Picture this, waking up to the smell of warm bread and coffee being brewed in a large French colonial boutique hotel with greenery everywhere. Sounds pretty good right? Even though we had plenty of rain during our stay, the staff went out of the way to make us feel at home. We enjoyed having the large pool to ourselves and to be honest enjoy a good swim while there is rain. Things we really enjoyed were the cookies for our coffee and banana chips being refilled daily and the incredible location which enabled us to just walk out for 2 minutes to get some delicious coconut pancakes from the street vendors!
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