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A place to slow down. Disengage. An opportunity to live as deliberately as Thoreau, if only for a day or two, fronting the essential facts of the natural world. Beyond the confines of a compound made ...

A place to slow down. Disengage. An opportunity to live as deliberately as Thoreau, if only for a day or two, fronting the essential facts of the natural world. Beyond the confines of a compound made up of mosquito-free safari tents and stilted, thatched pavilions, Lao beckons.

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    • Luang PrabangDelightful Little Town
    • The Destination Unlike other alluring destinations in the milk coffee-colored Mekong River. naturalist-explorer Henri Mouhot knew Southeast Asia, where legions of fellow Its wats, the architecture of its royal it, a World Heritage Site in 1995. The travelers can overwhelm the integrity of palaces and its ubiquitous wooden town’s Buddhist aura emanates from a the place itself, Luang Prabang still feels houses create a timeless ambiance that plethora of irresistible wats, or pagodas, fresh. A town on the make. A city yet to almost feels forgotten though hardly and from a daily, early morning trudge be discovered.Once the royal capital of woebegone.UNESCO declared this for alms through town by saffron-robed2 Laos, Luang Prabang nestles up against “delightful little town” as the French monks.
    • In a single glance, the town can be beneath the flanks of dramatic ridges, to the sea, is a metaphor for the languid embraced by summiting, via 355 steps, some cut with stairways that lead to yet appeal of the town itself. Listening to the one of the Luang Prabang’s principal another temple. Teak trees flutter their rice grow feels like obligation here. As attractions — Mt. Phou Si. From here, pale, skimpy foliage from the banks does a visit to one of the city’s many wats. the buildings seem subsumed by coconut while the occasional elephant, led by an The city’s most renown wats - Mai, Pa trees. Indeed, regulations prohibit new able mahout, wades into the water for a Huak – date to the 19th Century, though buildings from rising higher than the bath.The languor of the Mekong, here in many claim older pedigrees and most3 trees’ leafy bowers.The Mekong sweeps the midst of its 4,350-kilometer journey feel like relics.
    • The city itself claims an ancient pedigree, where the Lao kings lived until the Pathet Ou, a cave in a bluff on the river keeps a emerging onto record sometime in the late Lao takeover in 1975.Today, the royal pantheon of small Buddhist statues. 7th Century. The French, who assumed palace is a museum, housing holy icons, UNESCO hailed Luang Prabang as the protectorate status over the region in paintings and china. Another, more “the best preserved city in Asia” when the the 19th Century, recognized Luang fantastic collection of relics lies upstream organization inscribed the destination in Prabang as the capital of the Kingdom. along the Mekong in the Pak Ou Caves. 1995. Nothing has changed about that4 In 1904, they helped build a royal palace At the Mekong’s confluence with the Nam since.
    • Villa MalyA Residence of Charm
    • The Concept The homelike ambiance of the Villa French decamped for Europe, leaving The anchoring villa  at Villa Maly, Maly  has a royal pedigree. This is what Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam to fend Plumeria, was built in 1938 by His we know. for themselves as independent nations. Royal Highness Khamtan Ounkham, What endures in the former colonies a grandson of a Lao king, Kham Souk In Southeast Asia, the great divide from before the 1950s is as captivating Zakarine, and the first of his seven wives, between the colonial and modern eras as relics from another age. And so it is Queen Pheng. Khamtan Ounkham was6 opened in the 1950s after the colonial with Villa Maly. born in 1909.
    • Like many well-to-do Laotians of the pursued a career in government. The young prefect married his cousin, day, Khamtan was sent by his father This was the ineluctable choice for Princess Khampieng, who was born in to Hanoi, where the boy made his way a well-educated young man of royal 1911. Like her husband, Khampieng through the colonial educational system pedigree. He served as prefect of the was schooled in the colonial system. from the age of 7 to 20. His success as At 18, she was named an auxiliary provinces of Vientiane, Luang Prabang a student won him an appointment to instructor in the girls’ school of Luang and Sayabouri. In a surviving photo, Prabang. She devoted her life to national France where he continued his studies Khamtan is a dapper administrator education and climbed through the ranks for three more years. whose fashion cues, from bow tie to sport until she became principal of the first Upon his return to Laos, Khamtan jacket, he took from the Europeans. class in 1962.7
    • The Grounds A wonderfully mature tropical garden mango, ginger, orchids, lilies, gardenias, linger, whether with a cup of coffee after blooms all about the grounds of Villa Maly. mango trees and others. breakfast, or on a stroll after dinner. Stepping stones meander purposefully It’s the sort of botanical garden that In the midst of Villa Maly is our singular among the plantings, showing off a should have identifying placards, an pool, and an ample pool deck, perfect for8 profusion of   tropical life - frangipanis, aim we plan to satisfy. It is a place to sunbathing or a late afternoon apertif.
    • Sweet Dreams“With the rooms at the Villa Maly, we’vetried to evoke the ambiance of a spaceremembered by a great writer, by aMarguerite Duras or a Noel Coward. Andoh, this was where I stayed during mytime in Indochine…”Eric Verschelden,designer of the Villa Maly9
    • Deluxe Rooms Pool view - 4, Garden view - 1 All of the deluxe rooms occupy space in the The furnishings in each of the rooms home at the heart of Villa Maly, now known was specially designed for Villa Maly and With king beds, wonderfully subdued as Plumeria but once the residence of crafted by artisans in Saigon. The desks, the colors and ample natural light, the deluxe Princess Khampieng and Prince Khamtan bedsteads, wardrobes and tables each add rooms rank as the Villa’s most exquisite and their children. to the singular ambiance of Villa Maly.10 accommodation.
    • Superior Rooms Pool view - 13, Garden view - 15 The rooms do share similarities in Some superior rooms boast a king sized hardwood floors, vibrant colors, slate- bed; others offer a pair of beds. All promise Each of the superior rooms at Villa Maly walled bathrooms, flat screen televisions a very individualized experience. can lay claim to its own distinct appeal, and views of the gardens or pool. featuring custom arrangements and11 distinguished artwork.
    • The DiningAt Villa Maly, our menu dabbles in theculinary traditions of the East and West,with a scattering of French standards anda little bit of Lao adventure.While you may be lured for a dinner ortwo beyond the confines of Villa Maly,we do urge you to experience the setmenu at Le Vetiver one evening. Thisis real Lao cuisine by an exceptionalLao chef.12
    • Nava Mekong Dining on the mighty Mekong is to 5:30 pm and motors downstream to traditional Lao river boat also embarks being in Luang Prabang what walking moor near a traditional village where every morning at 10:30 am for a four- over the Brooklyn Bridge is to being traditional Lao dancers perform age- hour lunch cruise. During this cruise, in New York. Essential. To ensure you old sets that include interpretations the Nava stops at the Pak Ou Caves for don’t ‘miss the boat’, we’ve launched of the royal ballet, rural life, folk adventuring among the 4,000 sacred the Nava Mekong, the foremost regular tales and legends. The boat returns Buddhist statues and images scattered dinner cruise opportunity in the royal at 9 pm.Widened at the beam to about the two limestone grottoes. 13 capital. The cruise embarks daily at accommodate 10 four-top tables, the
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    • Le Vetiver Villa May’s own culinary options are a We do soups, salads and sandwiches good base for exploration. The hotel’s as well. Though our menu is not kitchen serves a mix of Western and extensive, what we do we do well. Eastern dishes, from Italian favorites, Likewise, our wine list. It’s short but local fish to green curry, fried glass vibrant, with excellent vintages from noodles prepared Lao style and Europe to Australia.15 Chinese fried rice.
    • Sindad On a balmy Luang Prabang evening, At our Sindad, our servers will whet We’ll fire up the grill and leave you to what could be better than a poolside your appetite as they parade tantalizing cook selections to your liking. Meanwhile, barbecue and hotpot in the midst of cuts of well-marinated tenderloin, we’ll leave a steaming hotpot to simmer its Villa Maly. ribs, pork, shrimp and fresh seafood delights. Our wine list complements both16 to your table. the grill and the hotpot.
    • Henri Mouhot’s BarOn the ground floor of Plumeria at VillaMaly, there is Mouhot’s.A bar, yes. But it’s more than that. It’s anout-of-the way watering hole for those whowant a quiet drink, and those inclined to lifta glass in the memory of the bar’s namesake,Henri Mouhot.After the French naturalist Mouhotrediscovered Angkor, he traveled throughLuang Prabang and fell prey to malaria.But rest assured, there is plenty of quinine(tonic water) behind our bar!17
    • The Spa As we are a boutique hotel, so too we With Marelli fans, vibrant, tropical We’re ideally suited for one guest at a offer a boutique spa experience. In colors and hardwood floors, our spa time but couples can be accommodated, our two-table, poolside venue, our two trades on the same charming aesthetic and the four-hand massage is an option. therapists practice time-honored spa at large in our rooms. We do recommend pre-booking.18 techniques.
    • Please contact us for more information:c/o BP 78, Luang Prabang , LAO PDRTel: (856) 71 253 902 /903/904Fax: (856) 71 254 912julien@appletree-asia.comwww.appletree-asia.com
    • Kamu LodgeBy Apple Tree Hospitality Laos
    • The Concept In the heart of the Lao jungle, on the However swift-moving the flow beneath Thoreau, if only for a day or two, fronting banks of the Mekong, Kamu Lodge our bluffs, the Lodge is an eddy in the the essential facts of the natural world.  strikes a delicate balance between rushing currents of our age. Beyond the confines of a compound tourism and the maintenance of the A place to slow down. Disengage. An made up of mosquito-free safari tents and21 region’s cultural and ethnic heritage. opportunity to live as deliberately as stilted, thatched pavilions, Lao beckons.
    • Primitives paths lead to remote villages.Through a wonderland of flora and fauna.Upriver and down, the allure of Laolooms large, whether you’re checking inat the Pak Ou Caves, where pilgrims haveplaced thousands of Buddhist statues orby some timeless village that looks muchthe way it did when French explorers firstplied these waters in the 1860s. Our full board package feature returntransfers from Luang Prabang toKamu Lodge. 22
    • Sweet Dreams Two of the world’s top-three hotels sun.   However rustic the look and feel, lit. Every lodge features a white-washed accommodate guests in safari tents... just Kamu’s mattresses guarantee a good stone annex, and the familiar trappings like Kamu Lodge. Our 20 free-standing night’s sleep.In the spirit of sustainable of a traditional bath. Hot water flows lodges are hybrids actually. Thick-walled lodging, solar panels fixed to the roofs from Kamu’s shower heads. And there’s tents shut out the elements while a sturdy gather just enough juice to keep your ample space to maneuver about as you23 thatch roof guards against rain and fan turning all night and your interior make your daily ablutions.
    • On the apron of every lodge, a thatch-covered veranda and its rustic easychairs encourage passive enjoyment ofa timeless view over the slow-movingMekong. Our full board package featurereturn transfers from Luang Prabang toKamu Lodge. 24
    • The Dining Perched on a bluff above the Mekong, of Lao.At dinner, feast on fish harvested the fruits you passed during your trek that dining at Kamu Lodge is a cultural from the Mekong. On pork raised by local day.Likewise, lunch is a local affair. The experience all its own. In this unique, farmers. On beef and buffalo and curry pork, beef and vegetable dishes vary with stilted pavilion, guests dine as local Kamu flavored Kamu style. Most of the rice and the season, and availability. What doesn’t villagers frequently do. In the open air. produce is grown within walking distance. vary is the local appeal. You’re eating what25 Under thatch. On cuisine borne in the heart And the fruits you eat at dinner may be the locals are eating.
    • At breakfast, we deliver comfort foodsfamiliar to Western travelers. TheAmerican breakfast is long on eggs andbacon. The French breakfast favorsbaguettes and jam.Beyond dining, thebar at Kamu Lodge is a thirst quenchingexperience whether your beverage ofchoice is locally distilled or importedfrom abroad. Our well-stocked bar rarelyfails to satisfy. 26
    • The Location Thirty kilometers upstream from In his book about a landmark journey scrubbed by slash-and-burn agriculture, Luang Prabang, the Mekong channels from the river’s source to its delta, the wagon train of globalization had yet between the dramatic flanks of Lao hills, modern explorer Edward Gargan to venture.” scenery that very well may be unrivalled describes this stretch of the Mekong in the river’s 4,350-kilometer journey this way: “Here, wrapped on both sides27 to the sea. by jungle, sometimes dense, sometimes
    • The Community Everybody loves the idea of low-impact doing what we can to empower the Kamu. life as the Kamu live it.Such a visit is vital travel. But so few actually embrace its Our lodge neighbors Ban Nyoy Har, where and life-affirming. Walk about the village tenets. At Kamu, we do. We’re all about a 63 families make a living in traditional on a Saturday morning when children low-impact footprint. We work on a small Kamu fashion. They fish; they farm; they are everywhere at play, and everywhere scale. We’re intimately involved in the harvest teak they’ve planted, after 15 or delighted by your visit. They’re learning economic developments of neighboring 20 years. No visit to the Lodge is complete about you, and you’re learning about28 villages. We’re educating our guests. And without a visit to Ban Nyoy Har. This is them. We’re building bridges.
    • A million things always seem to be in theworks here. A villager braiding strips ofbamboo into a cylinder for rice. Anotherscooping harvested peanuts from a tarpto a bamboo basket.  And yet anothershaping a door frame. And everywhere,dogs and pups, pigs and piglets,chickens and chicks.Between the lodgeand the village, our rice field takes in twohectares. The villagers work this field.And our guests work this field, harvestingwhat’s known in the region as white gold.Our efforts, and your visit, help supportthis traditional way of life, stimulatingsustainable economic development. 29
    • Please contact us for more information:44/3 Ban Wat Nong, Kham Kong Rd,Luangprabang Lao P.D.R.Tel & Fax: ( 856 71 ) 260 319Mob: (856 30) 5 140 315 (856 20) 6 032 365info@kamulodge.comwww.appletree-asia.com