Romantic, secluded and charming are words often used to describe The 3 Nagas in the historic town of Luang Prabang in Laos.
Comprising three superbly restored historic UNESCO World Heritage buildings more than a century old, The 3 Nagas was restored in 2003 and blends contemporary style with the buildings’ original architecture, seamlessly connecting the past and the present. A stay allows guest to embark on a timeless cultural journey of discovery amid the hotel’s warm and inviting ambiance, within the luxury of its collection of spacious rooms and suites, and in its authentic Lao cuisine with some of the finest destination dining in Luang Prabang.
The hotel is ideally located in Luang Prabang’s Old Quarter, just a short walking distance from the major tourist attractions, on the path of the morning alms-giving procession. Laos is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and considered one of the last remaining gems by most travel cognoscenti. Graceful arched roofs of temples emerge from the morning mists at the brink of sunrise and the peaceful chants of Buddhist monks resonate throughout the quiet street at dawn. Indeed, any stay in Luang Prabang would not be complete without witnessing or partaking in the “Alms Giving Ritual” every morning at 6.30 am.
The rooms in The 3 Nagas have high ceilings, exotic dark wooden floors, four-poster beds, silk fabrics and traditional weavings ooze elegance, style and character. A beautiful courtyard garden beside the Nam Khan River plus an acclaimed fine dining restaurant, serving exquisite Laotian food, make The 3 Nagas the perfect place to relax and enjoy the serene Lao lifestyle.
The 3 Nagas hotel is located right at the beginning of what is sometimes called Luang Prabang’s walking street. This comprises of a wide array of local craft shops, small cafes and restaurants; most open air but protected from the elements by shop house roofs and cooled by ceiling fans. Several side streets will also lead you down to the riverside, an area with an equal choice of small wine bars, guest houses and restaurants. A night market which opens most nights is located at the end of this street.
A walk of no more than 10 minutes along this street from our hotel in Luang Prabang will bring you to Royal Palace Museum, and no more than two short blocks further on are the night markets which begin to bustle into life around 5.00p.m. every day.
The 3 Nagas luxury hotel in Luang Prabang, Laos is a perfect marriage of contemporary design and Lao heritage, featuring exotic-wood floors, traditional “torchis” walls and clay tile roofs.
Simplicity reigns, with elegant touches and attention to the smallest of details that add to the unique charm of this boutique hotel in Laos. There is a sense of intimacy here with just 15 rooms and suites located in two separate houses. Eight rooms are located in The Khamboua House, a jewel of traditional Lao architecture. Built in 1903, it opens onto a beautiful 500-square-metre garden edging the Nam Khan River.
Here you can relax and enjoy glimpses of the serene Lao lifestyle. The other seven rooms (including two suites) are located in The Lamache House, built originally in 1898 to host the then royal family, and converted into an ice-cream factory in the 1930s.
Following recent restoration, its heritage has been thoughtfully preserved through the use of traditional materials and construction techniques, working in harmony with 21st century comforts to create a uniquely stylish and relaxing environment in our luxury hotel in Laos.
History and Environment
The 3 Nagas, Luang Prabang welcomes you to the ancient town of Luang Prabang in northern Laos, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1995. The seat of kings for much of her history, this small jewel-like town is known as the cultural centre of Laos, its rich heritage apparent in monasteries, monuments and the traditional costumes still worn by locals.
Life moves at a languid pace here and time-honoured traditions continue. Early risers will be treated to the sight of streets lined with temple-bound monks in their saffron-hued robes, receiving alms from the faithful.
The town is sited on a peninsula at the confluence of the Mekong and Khan rivers, surrounded by peaks and dense foliage. From a distance, only golden-spired stupas can be seen emerging from the lush greenery. At the heart of Luang Prabang rises Mount Phousi, a 150-metre-high rocky outcrop with forested slopes, dotted with sacred shrines and stupas, and offering spectacular views of the town and surrounding landscape. If you are feeling energetic, trek up the stairs to the top of this hill just before sunset to catch the dramatic colours thrown by the setting sun onto the golden stupas and pagodas dotted around the town of Luang Pranbang.
Because of its compact size, Luang Prabang is easily explored on foot, by bicycle or boat. Visit the many temples and the Royal Palace Museum within the town itself. Or take a Luang Prabang tour to nearby sights such as the stunning Kuang Si waterfall and park just half an hour’s drive away. Adventurous travellers will find numerous options for exploring the area further including hill-tribe and mountain treks, kayaking and eco-tours during your Laos holiday.