The setting of this rare in-town Aman is breathtakingly beautiful, especially when lit by hundreds of paper lanterns in the evenings. Unlike the remote Amans you do hear sounds from the local neighbors just outside of the resort walls (rooster and music, sometimes school children as there's a school immediately adjacent to one side of the resort), but to me it adds charm to the whole experience. The hotel arranges a fantastic array of excursions and cultural experiences - the cooking class and river boat ride to the caves are two favorites. The cooking class was very well-planned: it's set at a scenic organic farm off-site, you get to visit a local morning market and do the prep yourselves, so you feel like you actually learned something. The boat ride on a private longtail fitted to Aman standards was simply a delight. I've seen similar scenery in Guilin, China, but there you'd have to share the river with countless other boats overloaded with tourists and blasting canned commentary from loudspeakers. Here in Luang Prabang you only occasionally run into another boat, and it's incredible to experience it all in privacy... Come visit soon though I hear they're extending the airport and will be offering lots more flights soon.
Even though we visited during high season and the hotel was quite full, the management very graciously accomodated our request for a room change. Speaking of rooms, here there are two types of pool villas so be sure to book the Khan pool villa which is much superior to the regular one. Of course if you're lucky enough to book or be upgraded to the Amantaka suite (the earlier rave reviews seem to be all about this room), don't say no...
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