Saturday, January 15, 2011

Luxury tented camp comes to Luang Prabang in Laos

Opening in Spring 2011, Shangri-Lao will offer an exciting new travel experience in a country that is fast shedding its backpacker image and becoming the next hotspot on discerning travellers must-see list.

With eight uber stylish tents, freshwater pool, spa treatments and fine dining, Shangri-Lao is set to be one of the most enticing experiences in the Laotian jungle.

From its base on the banks of the Huay Sae River Valley, Shangri-Lao will offer an unforgettable experience trekking through jungles and valleys on elephant, horse, bamboo raft or foot. The treks follow a journey undertaken by renowned 19th century French explorer, Dr. P. Neis, who was on a mission to survey the 'Moi Tribes' who lived in one of France's first colonies named 'Cochinchina'. Hidden in a paradise valley behind Luang Prabang province, its aim is not only to give visitors an authentic experience of an old colonial-style camp and expedition, but also to preserve the unspoilt beauty of this area for future generations with the help of the local people and the government.

There will be two camps, built in traditional oriental style with western comforts that both blend with their surroundings and offer stunning views. The first, close to a traditional Lao village, is located on the banks of the river and the second is situated in a clearing in the jungle of the Huay Khot Valley. All tents, furnished with beautifully handcrafted 19th century style furniture, sit on permanent hardwood floors and come complete with western bathrooms and whirlpool bathtubs. There will be a gourmet restaurant whose expert chef and team will serve Laos and Western dishes to suit all tastes. There will also be a selection of traditional Asian spa treatments to choose from to help unwind after a hard days trekking, a flowing freshwater pool, and a sun terrace where cocktails will be served while guests savour the breathtaking view over the Nam Khan River and the Namno Mountain Chain.

The Huay Sae River Valley has been leased by Shangri-Lao from the Laos government for the next 20 years, and it is the only company allowed to operate treks in the area. Shangri Lao will be responsible for the protection of the river valley and hopes that through its careful management and local, national and international support, it will bring back many of the animals that used to live in the area.

Both tented camps are under currently construction and are expected to open as a soft launch at the end of February/March 2011.

The camps can be booked through Diethelm Travel Laos

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