THE DE­TAILS

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HO­TEL

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

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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.

L’Ele­phant Restau­rant

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.

Saf­fron

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.

AC­TIV­I­TIES

Rose­wood Ex­pe­ri­ences

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.

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