Muang La Resort – Muang La
Set on the banks of an idyllic river and hemmed in by green mountains, Muang La Resort is an oasis of peace and tranquility in North Laos. Nestled amidst lush landscaped gardens, the property consists of six villas built in a mixture of wood and bamboo.
Each room is individually designed and named after a local ethnic group – Lenten, Ikho, Hmong, Akha, Khamu and Tai Lu – to reflect the multi-cultural character of the region. The interior is filled with Lao textiles and artwork thoughtfully designed and crafted by local artisans. Rooms also feature small private balconies to take in the sights and sounds of the picturesque environs.
Overlooking the Nam Pak River, the stylish restaurant serves Lao specialties based on ancestral recipes to tantalize discerning palates. The exceptional menu is matched by an equally fine selection of wines and cocktails. To dine in exclusivity, opt for a meal in an exotic riverside garden accessible only by a buffalo-drawn dugout canoe or in the middle of a river island opposite the resort.
Muang La Resort also features a unique elevated spa with water channeled from a natural hot spring, perfect for soaking tired muscles while enjoying superb views of the surroundings. Invigorating massages are rendered by experienced hands in the comfort of the open-air thatched roof pavilion. Varied excursions are available, ranging from visits to untouched villages to light treks around the spectacular mountains to 4x4 drives across the scenic countryside.
Whether you are seeking a restful vacation in a secluded location or a discovery journey of northern Laos’ cultural and natural magnificence, Muang La Resort makes a perfect base.
Natural hot spring
Excursions including village visits, trekking and biking
Restaurant – Lao and Thai cuisines
Muang La Resort address in North Laos: Muang La District, Oudomxay Province, Lao PDR
It is located a 40-minute drive from the Oudomxay airport or a 5-hour speedboat journey from Luang Prabang.
Who should go?
Our advice: the remote Muang La Resort in northern Laos is recommended for travelers looking to experience Laos beyond its established destinations. A stay at this property offers insights into Laos’ colorful ethnic groups and unspoiled natural heritage. This eco-resort offers an intimate and serene stay, perfect as a base for light trekking adventures or simply for recharging batteries.
When to go?
The hot season (March to May) and the onset of the rainy season (June to July) is ideal for exploring the mountainous north as temperatures remain moderate at these higher elevations. Winter nights can get rather chilly in the highlands of northern Laos.
Where is it?
Muang La Resort is nestled by the banks of the Nam Pak River in Oudomxay province northern Laos. It is located a 40-minute drive from the Oudomxay airport. It is also accessible by a 5-hour powerboat cruise along the Ou River from Luang Prabang.
What's not to be missed?
A traditional Lao massage in the thatched sala. A sunset dip in the natural hot springs spa. A traditional Lao meal at the riverside restaurant. A visit to nearby Kamu villages on foot or by bicycle. Participate in a Baci ceremony.
Muang La’s restaurant boasts an exceptional menu of Lao culinary specialties matched by an equally fine selection of wines and cocktails. Guests get to select their own preferred venue for meals, whether it is by the riverside terrace, lush garden or in the middle of a river island opposite the resort.