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Laos Honeymoon Guide: Dream Destinations & Romantic Resorts

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With its unbelievable beauty, Laos is a magical destination for a romantic honeymoon offering equal parts adventure and relaxation. Tropical wilderness, rivers, waterfalls, mountains, trekkable jungles, pristine lakes, emerald rice fields and recreational activities galore await honeymooners seeking an intimate escape into the quiet of the unspoiled natural world.

Encounter the humble Lao people, with their friendly smiles and their unhurried way of life and make your honeymoon even more special by staying in some of Laos’ charismatic boutique hotels. Here are 7 destinations to inspire your honeymoon itinerary, as well as some honeymoon-worthy hotel recommendations to help you plan your vacation.

rural beauty

1. Escape to the rural beauty of Muang La

A small town perched beside Nam Pak River in the remote rural north, Muang La is a great escape for honeymooners seeking a peaceful ambiance away from the crowds. It’s a place surrounded by misty mountains and lush forests; all you can hear is the sound of nature.

The five-star Muang La Lodge sits where the Nam Pak river cascades gently through a forested valley. The beauty and tranquility of this out-of-the-way destination is captivating; it’s the perfect place to spend some honeymoon days and nights together in secluded luxury, well away from the relentless rush of everyday life.

You’re already way off the beaten track, so you can simply settle down, breathe deeply and enjoy wanders through the rice fields, visits to rural villages where little has changed for centuries, picnics in the forest, and long soaks in the natural hot springs.

champassak temple

2. Visit charming Champassak

The town of Champassak overflows with rustic charm and ancient treasures. Once a royal seat, the grandeur of these bygone times lingers in the architecture found in the town center where you will find the elegantly crumbling relics of French colonial buildings.

Imagine waking up to panoramic views of the Mekong sunrise, or emerald paddy fields alight with the glow of morning. A jewel on the banks of the Mekong, the stunning River Resort at Champasak is a Laos honeymoon haven of luxury with 28 spacious villa-style guestrooms and two infinity pools as well as an onsite restaurant and spa. From here, you can travel by land or water to see historical ruins, river islands and majestic waterfalls, or even journey by elephant into the surrounding hills.

mekong meander

3. Meander down the Mekong River

A Vat Phou Cruise along the Mekong is a wonderful way to connect with your surroundings, not to mention precious uninterrupted time to relax and reconnect with each other. Set out from Pakse on the colonial-style ‘Vat Phou’ Mekong riverboat for a gentle journey to see one of the region’s most remarkable treasures, the mythical Khmer-era ruins of Vat Phou, while voyaging through a magnificent, enduring landscape that looks out over the foothills of Champasak province.


4. Go Irrawaddy Dolphin spotting at the 4000 Islands

The Four Thousand Islands, or ‘Si Phan Don’ is a laid back, sleepy, charming little gem of a place nestled at the foot of Laos on the Cambodian border. As the name suggests, the area comprises a magnitude of tiny islands scattered in the vast Mekong Delta, most of which are uninhabited and far too tiny for roads. In fact, the area has not long had electricity.

While you are here, you can go on a morning kayaking trip to see the famous Irrawaddy Dolphins. Cycle together from coast to coast on these little islets, explore timeless fishing villages, ride to remote Buddhist temples, and tuck into lunch with welcoming locals, before finishing each day with a cold BeerLao as you snuggle up together in a hammock to watch the sunset. There’s little much else to do here … but that’s kind of the point.

temple luang prabang

5. Explore the fairy tale kingdom of Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang, the royal capital of the fairy tale kingdom of Laos, is an enchantingly quiet town, dozing in ancient splendor on the confluence of the majestic Mekong and the Nam Khan rivers. This tiny city, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1995, is a blend of ancient and modern, urban and wild, making it one of Laos’ best-loved destinations.

Rise at dawn to see saffron-robed monks file silently through the streets, collecting alms in silver bowls from kneeling local worshippers. You may well be tempted by the enticing aromas wafting through the air from the bustling morning market as the stallholders cook breakfast for the work-bound passers-by.

Hidden in the jungle, just outside of the town, Rosewood Luang Prabang offers luxurious honeymoon accommodation, including tented villas designed to celebrate the explorer spirit. Lao tradition and French colonial style are sensitively woven throughout the design and architecture, including the use of indigenous materials and locally inspired artwork.

Large decks are perfect for stargazing while cuddling up with your loved one. A cascade of waterfalls and a river runs through the heart of this exotic retreat, so don’t miss the opportunity to have a couples’ massage in one of the spa tents, where windows in the floor offer a glimpse of the water flowing below.

kuang si falls in laos

6. Relish a gourmet picnic breakfast at the Kuang Si Falls

Every traveler who has had the chance to explore Luang Prabang would probably tell you to visit the famous Kuang Si Falls, and for a good reason. Lined with saturated moss and green vines, in an almost impossibly idyllic glade, the immense waterfall tumbles over white limestone tiers, dropping into three levels of shallow pools, where the inviting, cool azure waters beckon you for a dip.

The falls are a popular tourist attraction but if you get there early, you may have the place to yourselves. Top up the charm even further by tucking into a delicious gourmet picnic breakfast as you soak up the sounds of the forest and the cascading water. Now, what could be more romantic than that?

air balloon in vang vieng laos

7. Up, up and away in a beautiful balloon

Reminiscent of a rural riverscape scene from an old Asian silk painting, Vang Vieng crouches low over the Nam Song against a backdrop of serene cliffs and a tapestry of vivid green rice fields. The heart of this valley is filled with towering karst mountains that seem to pop up out of nowhere. There are mysterious caves to explore, lagoons of turquoise water to dive into and sheer cliffs to climb.

If you’re searching for a more untethered view of Vang Vieng’s spectacular countryside, then a dreamy flight in a hot air balloon over the beautiful Song River is a must-do for your perfect Laos honeymoon. At sunset, the aerial view is simply breath-taking, with the last golden rays of the sun blanketing the town, casting a warm glow over the rice paddies, the colorful tin roofs, and the magnificent mountain peaks. The epitome of romance.


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This entry was posted April 27, 2021
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