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Luang Prabang, Laos
Best for: Culture History, Honeymoon, Imagine Favourites
Live the colonial lifestyle at the UNESCO-listed 3 Nagas tucked amid the Buddhist temples, luscious palms and traditional stilted wooden houses of central Luang Prabang, a wonderful old hotel full of romantic charm, calm and character.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Located between the banks of the Mekong and the Nam Khan River in the heart of Luang Prabang, the 3 Nagas offers unique accommodation in three UNESCO-listed buildings full of Lao heritage, but with modern amenities. Outside sits the hotel’s vintage burgundy Citroen and inside the antique wood, period furnishings and beautiful Lao silks, all combine to create a real taste of old-world colonial lifestyle. With just a total of 15 rooms and suites the vibe is intimate, and we think it makes a great base for couples looking for characterful accommodation in Luang Prabang. In a central position in the Old Quarter, the 3 Nagas is on the path of the morning alms-giving procession, Tak Bat and is a 25-minute drive from Luang Prabang international airport.
The accommodation is spread across three buildings, two of which are on the opposite side of the road. Khamboua House was built in 1903 during the height of the French colonial period and the garden backs onto the banks of the Nam Khan River, while Lamache House was built in 1898 to house the royal family, before being converted into an ice cream factory in the 1930s. The buildings were beautifully restored in 1995 and now house spacious and charming rooms full of Laotian heritage and atmosphere. The generously-sized 15 rooms and suites have antique wooden flooring, exotic dark wood furniture, four-poster beds, seating area, modern bathroom, lavish silk fabrics and private balcony or terrace, overlooking either the street below or the gardens. Amenities include Wi-Fi, air-conditioning and mini-bar, but there are no TVs. Suites are more spacious and there is room for an extra bed should it be required for families or larger groups. The 3 Nagas Restaurant offers refined fine dining and is thought to offer some of the best Laotian cuisine in town and there is also an onsite café, the Ice Cream Parlour.
Well-located for exploring the temples, Royal Palace Museum, night market and nearby caves and waterfalls, the 3 Nagas provides complimentary bicycles for sightseeing. For a greater range of facilities including an outdoor pool, spa and fitness centre, guests can take advantage of the free shuttle to the Naga’s sister hotel, Sofitel Luang Prabang. For those that would rather stay somewhere more characterful than outright luxurious, we think the 3 Nagas is exceptional, providing unique accommodation in the heart of the city.
When to go
November to April is the best time to visit Laos with dry and warm weather, with March and April being the hottest months. October and May are also good months to visit with only a bit of rain. July to September are the wettest months in Laos.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Things to do
Mandalao Elephant Conservation Experience
Enjoy time with adult elephants in this wonderful half day morning experience, located about 40 minutes from Luang Prabang. This is a small and shared educational experience that is a fantastic way to learn about these incredible creatures.
Private Sunset Cruise
Take a private cruise along the Mekong at sunset. Enjoy drinks and snacks and watch the colours change as the sun sinks towards the horizon, and take in the beautiful scenery around you.
Tak Bat; Morning Alms
Rise early and travel to the roads outside one of Luang Prabang’s monasteries. Here you can witness the monks emerging at dawn to collect their alms for the day, with their saffron robes creating a bright contrast against the soft morning light.
This evening you will have the chance to take part in The Baci, one of the oldest traditions in Laos. This ceremony is believed to balance the spirits in the body, and to bring good luck and health to participants.
Visit the Phathok Cave
Accompanied by a guide, explore the historical Phathok cave, a fascinating and poignant reminder of the impact of war upon this region.
Half Day Cycling Tour of Luang Prabang
Take to two wheels to explore the delightful Luang Prabang. Explore cultural highlights including the Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre, Royal Palace and two of town’s most impressive temples; Wat Mai and Wat Xieng Thong.
Full Day Trek to Hat Sao and Boat Cruise
A full day trek to through the picturesque scenery and rural villages surrounding Nong Khiaw, including a leisurely scenic boat cruise up the Nam Ou River.
Kuang Si Waterfalls
Venture out of Luang Prabang to visit the picturesque Kuang Si Waterfalls. Trek to the top, swim in the pools, or simply sit back and soak up the beautiful surroundings. You can also visit the Free the Bears Sanctuary and Kuang Si Butterfly Park.
Luang Prabang Full Day City Tour
Accompanied by a private guide, spend the day exploring the charming UNESCO protected town of Luang Prabang, taking in the Royal Palace, glittering temples, fascinating Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre and panoramic views from Mount Phousi.
Pak Ou Caves
Enjoy a private two-hour cruise up the Mekong by longtail boat to visit the mysterious Pak Ou Caves. The caves conceal thousands of Buddha statues, varying in shape, size and design.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Luang Prabang, Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh & Siem Reap
Experience the best that Indochina has to offer with this remarkable journey. Take in breathtaking scenery, charming towns, buzzing cities, ancient history and modern cultural, travelling through Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia.
Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai/Golden Triangle, Luang Say Cruise, Luang Prabang, Champasak
This extensive, action-packed itinerary is floodlit palaces and glittering skyline in Bangkok, temples nestled in the forest, hill tribes and rice fields in Northern Thailand, and sunset river cruises, limestone cliffs and cascading waterfalls in Laos.