Lao, French and Persian Inspired Azerai Hotel Opens in Luang Prabang

Two-thirds of Laos is covered in rugged mountains, and within these mountains you will find some of Asia’s most charming towns and cities. Luang Prabang, is one of the lesser known and beautifully preserved living heritage sites in the world. The peninsula town is located in the north of Laos, 388 kilometers from the capital Vientiane. Formerly the capital of Laos, it has a spiritual soul that many are drawn to and is recognized as a cultural and religious centre for Theravada Buddhism. It is also a town that is home to a growing number of refined, architecturally respectful and excellently serviced hotels. The new Azeri Luang Prabang is one of them.

The first buildings on Azerai Luang Prabang’s unique site were unveiled over 100 years ago in 1914, on French National Day. They were designed as French officer’s quarters and were later adapted by the Laos government. The 53 room hotel seen here today was inspired by the town’s traditional Lao and French colonial architectures, 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.

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