AZERAI: An Elegant and Affordable Luxury Hotel, Luang Prabang – Laos

It was my first visit to Luang Prabang, Laos, so I chose the Azerai Hotel based on its location. As it turns out, it was the right choice, as the Azerai is in the heart of ancient Luang Prabang and walking distance to the National Museum, Grand Palace and Night Market. It’s also only 15 minutes away from the international airport.

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Azerai hotels offer affordable luxury combining simple elegance, refined design, discreet and attentive service, in places of unique beauty and cultural interest.
When I arrived, I was greeted by Pak Bagi, an ethnic Balinese Indonesian who is familiar with the Indonesian language, (with a Bali accent 🙂 Immediately, I felt I was in Bali! The room I stayed in was clean and comfortable with complete in-room amenities, including snacks and souvenirs every night.

The most prominent hotel in Luang Prabang, the Azerai’s design also looks like a villa or resort in Bali. It blends contemporary, classical and traditional Laos cultural architecture with French, around a large swimming pool.

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Azerai is an elegant hotel located in the heart of the tiny and ancient town of Luang Prabang, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. It lies approximately 350 meters above sea level in Northern Laos at the confluence of the Nam Khan and Mekong rivers. Crowned by verdant mountains and housing over 30 Vats (temples), former royal palaces and scenic ponds, it is considered by many, the cultural nucleus of Laos.
The hotel was the first built about 100 years ago and then renovated in 1961. It is owned by Indonesian hotelier, Adrian Zecha, the owner of the Aman hotel group, known worldwide. No wonder, all the services here were very professional. Although Azerai is an affordable hotel, it offers a luxurious experience.
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Azerai in Luang Prabang is a handsome and architecturally respectful luxury hotel, offering contemporary elegance in a prime location, just steps from the main street. Reflecting the fascinating fusion of Luang Prabang’s cultural heritage with the current desires of today’s intuitive and savvy luxury traveller.
I stayed for three nights, and that was not long enough for the various activities in Luang Prabang, all of which are organised by Azerai. Coinciding with the annual Boun Ok Pansa (Lights Festival) and Lai Hua Fai (Fire Boats), I watched a full moon parade event, from the Azerai Bistro restaurant balcony.
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The hotel is built around a leafy courtyard with a 25-meter pool, surrounded by comfortable loungers and an old shade-bearing Banyan tree with a sacred legacy.
Every morning at 5:30, hotel guests are given the opportunity to follow the ritual of an alms giving ceremony with food, prepared by the hotel, to be distributed to Buddhist monks.
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Unravelling the hidden treasures of this town takes many days. In addition to daily spiritual participation in alms giving rituals, there are a variety of excursions and adventures to enjoy. 
I also like the restaurant menu in Azerai Bistro, from breakfast to dinner. 
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Dining at Azerai Luang Prabang is centred around the Bistro restaurant which serves a number of dining areas to suit all moods.

All the hotel employees were very kind, friendly and always helpful. Starting from finding atuk-tuk, for transport, to arranging my trip to the Kwang Si Waterfall, recommending prices and good local eating places outside the hotel. Very satisfied!
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A time for simple elegance.
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AZERAI LUANG PRABANG
P: +856 71 262333
E: info.luangprabang@azerai.com
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