Rosewood Luang Prabang
The immerisve riverside and waterfall-view rooms and hilltop tents are havens of comfort, culture and creativity. Hotel cars can drive you into town and also pick you up. A massage in the Sense Spa tent is a treat: faceholes in the heated massage beds peer through glass windows in the floor overlooking the rushing river below. rosewoodhotels.com; doubles from US$820.
RESTAURANTS AND BARS
Snack on a tapas-style menu and sip pro drinks made with craft spirits like gin from Iron Balls in Bangkok or Australia's Four Pillars, and rum by Laodi in Vientiane. 525cocktailsandtapas. com; drinks from US$7.
Elephant Bridge Bar
Try classic cocktails with Lao ingredients at Rosewood's own bar that's perched on a bridge over the rushing Nahm Dhong River that flows across the property. rosewoodhotels.com; drinks from US$7.
Housed in a 1960s colonial building, this French-focused eatery has been a mainstay in town for almost two decades. elephant-restau.com; mains from LAK110,000.
Manda de Laos
This third-generation, family-run Lao restaurant blends legacy and innovation with dishes like mix-it-yourself laap moo, and coconut crème brûlée. Request a seat beside the lotus pond. mandadelaos.com; mains from LAK60,000.
Go for brunch, order the mangococonut French toast, a cup of the best coffee in town, and watch the river glide by. saffroncoffee.com; mains from LAK30,000. Silk Road Café
The diverse menu at this café within Ock Pop Tok's Living Crafts Centre is by former weaver chef Keo. It offers both healthy and traditional options, from DIY betel-leaf wraps and rice-paper rolls to the Weavers' Lunch: bamboo soup, Lao sausage and sticky rice. Tables overlook the Mekong. ockpoptok. com; mains from LAK29,000.
The Great House
Sebastien's authentic menu is full of rarely found royal Lao dishes. Breakfast offers Western comforts but also tasty local fare—go for khao soi, a typical Lao minced pork-noodle soup. rosewoodhotels.com; mains from US$6.
More explorer than guide, Sommay can take guests to authentic tak bat; the papermaking village Ban Sangkong; neighboring Nadueay farm, the source of many of The Great House's ingredients; treks to meet the Khmu and Lao Lum hill-tribes; a chance to sit down with the founders and play with the rescued pachyderms of MandaLao Elephant Sanctuary (mandalaotours.com); a visit to the sky-blue Kuang Si falls; and more. rosewood.com.
Ock Pop Tok
As well as two boutiques on Sakkaline Road, the Living Crafts Centre in Ban Saylom offers free guided tours of the weaving workshop, as well as half- to three-day courses that teach traditional dyeing techniques and how to weave your own scarf. ockpoptok.com. Trails of Indochina
A half-day walking tour takes in the city's heritage architecture and temples, including the glittering mosaic-adorned Wat Xieng Thong temple. trailsofindochina.com.