When we arrived in Luang Prabang, we were unsure where to stay. We walked around on the main road and passed by 3 Nagas by Sofitel. We decided to check it out and were really impressed with the facilities, so decided to stay here during our time in Laos. The biggest plus about 3 Nagas is the location. It is right on the main road in town and walking distance from almost everything you would want to visit in Luang Prabang.
The hotel is a culmination of three different buildings, all of which are protected UNESCO world heritage buildings. This means that they are all original architecture buildings and preserved to maintain the authenticity. The buildings are of the original French colonial architecture. Being that these are protected sites, there has not been any modern updates such as sealing the Windows or doors or remodeling of the bathrooms. As such, there are some bugs that can get into the room, so you are provided with a mosquito net. This didn’t really bother us as we were so memorized by the authenticity of the buildings.
We felt that we were transported to when they were originally built in 1903. The bed was very comfortable and the rooms was very spacious. The original bathrooms had a tub and shower. We were always provided with extra amenities such as a toothbrush, sewing kit and anything to make our stay more comfortable. We also had a private terrace to relax on with lounge chairs. The garden in the center of one of the buildings is very tranquil and makes you feel like you are no longer in a busy town, but in a rural area.
Breakfast was included in our stay and it was some of the best breakfast we have had on our trip so far. Our first day Steven ordered the congee, which was cooked to a perfect thick texture and served with a salted egg and pork. I had the **. Second morning we ordered the Nem Khao, a steamed rice crepe stuffed with pork, carrots and mushrooms, and the Khai Hor Khao, a Lao omelette stuffed with steamed rice. All of the breakfast dishes were so amazing. The food at 3 Nagas is none to be missed. It is vey authentic and delectable Laos cuisine.
As a guest at 3 Nagas, you are granted access to the Sofitel facilities just outside of the main town of Luang Prabang. We did not have time to take advantage of this, but heard from friends staying there that it was very nice and a great place to relax if you have time during your stay. If you are visiting Luang Prabang and looking for an authentic experience, 3 Nagas is the choice for you. From decor of the hotel to the incredible food, you will feel like you are part of the local community the second you arrive.
Follow your tummy…
-Jess and Steven
May 10-12, 2016