Muang La Luang Namtha - YLN001

This serene mountain escape in northern Laos, perched beside a glistening river, in the remote hills of northern Laos, Muang La Resort is one of the country's loveliest retreats.

Muang La is the perfect opportunity to sample a genuine off the beaten track tribal experience in north Laos but with all the home comforts and delightful luxury that one might crave after an afternoon or morning of trekking.

As you arrive along a tiny track, you are instantly soothed by the sounds of the Nam Pak river and greeted by warm, smiling faces. The idyllic village of Muang La is on your doorstep, and local life is very much part of your experience here. Don’t be surprised to see villagers bathing in the river and working their paddy fields, and Buddhist monks crossing the rope bridge for the daily alms-giving ceremony.

The hotels ten rooms are located in wood and bamboo buildings, that fit in perfectly with their surroundings. Inside you'll find local art and woven fabrics, high ceilings, piping-hot showers and all-important balconies to capture the spectacular surroundings.

The rooms, which are named after local hill-tribe communities, are decorated in different tribal colour themes with jewel-coloured cushions, locally woven textiles, lampshades and traditional art.

There are 6 Garden View rooms. Lenten and Akha are twin-bedded and feel light and airy with silvery white walls, polished wooden floors, high vaulted ceilings and small balconies looking out to the lawn. Their bathrooms have showers only. The other 4 rooms (Tai Leu, Lao, Hmong and Khamu) also face the garden and have recently renovated bathrooms with large tubs and separate showers.

The 4 River View rooms have large balconies and are extremely spacious inside. Ceilings are extremely high, and with retro-style furniture and brightly coloured fabrics, they are more eclectic in design. The bathrooms are huge with double sinks and oversized bathtubs. Katou and Lamet are furthest from reception and feel very private; they are ideal for families as they have a shared lounge area with a coffee machine.

Your stay includes breakfast and dinner. The dining area is rustic and open with a large deck overlooking the river - it has an African safari-lodge feel and dinner is an impressive affair, with a daily changing 5-course set menu. The food is a fine fusion of traditional Lao and French flavours. Breakfast is a Western meal, and less impressive than lunch and dinner, though certainly filling with everything from fluffy breads, croissants and pastries, to eggs and bacon.

10 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
£40 - £60 per room per night

2 steamy natural thermal pools
Half board (breakfast and dinner included)
Air con

"A real gem! So much more to the hotel than we were expecting with its hot spa, watchtower and swimming pool in the middle of the river. Outstanding food too!" - Fiona F, March 2018