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Glamping in Luang Prabang, Laos

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Tucked in the heart of the city of Laos, the Rosewood Luang Prabang is a breathes a fresher glamping style, combining Laotian and French design that fulfils anyone’s Instagram dreams!

Luang Prabang is one of the very few cities in Southeast Asia that still holds on to its physical connection to it being a royal city in the past. The city is not guarded by any form of skyscrapers, there are barely a vast roadway in sight and the Buddhist temples are interconnected through pathways. The city makes one feel closer to the nature around it—the mountains and the life of the river. This feeling translates to Rosewood, which is situated outside the city.

Rosewood sits on a park of paths and wooden suspension bridges that runs along several flower patches of ginger flowers, frangipanis and other structures until they reach the series of safari-style tents. The tents, which are raised on stilts, are accompanied by amazing emerald mountains that goes all the way back to the horizon.

The Rosewood was designed by famed architect, Bill Bensley. Bensley, is responsible for many properties in Southeast Asia, such as the Shinta Mani brand hotels in Cambodia and the Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle in Thailand.

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The site can accommodate 46 guests in its rooms, suites, villas and tents. The accommodations are made to appear like a Lao villa from the 1890s, resurrecting a French-colonial chic. The villas is also a reincarnation of Auguste Pavie’s home, France’s first vice-consul in Laos.

Rosewood is meant to be a getaway away from the busy cities of the world. Instead, the atmosphere is more of like a private house rather than a resort, making you feel like a guest of Pavie. Portraits of the Frenchman is framed around the site, and with very little information given out, it leaves visitors curious on who Pavie was. Answers to many of the questions asked by the visitors are scattered along with the portraits.

During night time, visitors are serenaded by frogs singing. You can spend the night sitting on a handmade-lacquered chair by the study table topped with antiques. Rosewood’s style is taken from a selective-romance from the French and Laotian influences.