By Mavis Teo
Something is brewing in the cultural city and former royal capital in the north of landlocked Laos. In the space of three years, quite a few luxury hotel brands have joined a scene previously dominated by Belmond and Aman. Rosewood group’s tented luxury camp will open there later this year. French group Accor has just opened the five star Sofitel Luang Prabang in addition to its boutique hotel Three Nagas. When Adrian Zecha, founder of legendary luxe brand Aman and hotel visionary chose Luang Prabang as the destination for the first outpost of Azerai, a new brand that he created post-Aman, more people started to serious notice of Luang Prabang. Even regional airlines are joining the party. Singapore Airlines’ subsidiary, SilkAir’s launch of direct flight (and bringing with it, the first business class options available to Laos) late last year, with a brief stop at Vientiane on the outgoing flight, filling a gap in a route currently dominated by budget airlines. Now that flying to Luang Prabang has become easier than before, there are more reasons to check it out.