Sits on a beautiful site. The units are quaint. The bathtub/showers are deep steps and not for anyone who is unsure of footing. The dining area is covered but open with good food and good choices. It is located on the other side of the river from downtown. You must either walk or scooter across the high bridge that spans the river just at the end of the property. There were loose boards on the pedestrian walk ways. However, there are taxis to take you around to the vehicular bridge and drop you off in town.
We got up early one morning and attended the giving of alms to the local monks. This is a daily 6 a.m. Parade of the monks draped in their orange robes. They walk with a strap over their shoulder which is attached to a covered food bucket. They life the cover as they pass you. This allows you to put some type of food in their bucket. Our group had sticky rice ready for us when we arrived to the sidewalk. You make a small ball of sticky rice and drop it in. They depend on the townspeople for their food.
We also went to an elephant refuge while here. We rode them and learned about their plights.
The hotel is a bit out of e mainstream but that isn't always so bad.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Le Bel Air is a unique hotel in Luang Prabang, Laos and indeed most of the world. It is located less than five minutes drive from the airport, nestled in two hectares of unspoilt garden and natural vegetation, along the banks of a major river. The centre of town is a short walk, the air is fresh and quiet. The river a never ending, ever changing painting of tranquil rural life, Laos style. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Bel Air Boutique Hotel Luang Prabang