Lesser known Laos

We’re all familiar with Thailand and Vietnam, but how about neighbouring Laos?

With its sleepy atmosphere and charming people, Laos has a unique charm for adventurous travellers. But that doesn’t mean it’s reserved for backpackers only. In the northern mountains, at the sacred meeting point of the Mekong River and the Nam Khan, Luang Prabang – with its Buddhist temples, royal palaces and bougainvillea-covered French colonial buildings – is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the undisputed jewel in the country’s crown.

Discerning travellers looking for a place to lay their head in the city need look no further than new boutique hotel, AVANI+ Luang Prabang, which boasts a central yet quiet location, charming design and a warm welcome. But the best bit? The hotel’s AVANISPA, where a range of boosting, balancing, calming and purifying treatments based around traditional Laotian techniques have been designed to restore the body’s natural energy flows. Perfect after a long journey or a busy day of sightseeing.

Rates for a deluxe room start at £130 (minorhotels.com/en/avani/luang-prabang)