Why Laos Is the Perfect Offbeat Honeymoon Destination

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If you’re planned out and partied out post-nuptials, there’s a gorgeously serene place in Southeast Asia where you can simply chill, soaking up exotic architecture and temples, not to mention rays; indulging in delicious food; learning the peaceful ways of the monks; and maybe chasing a waterfall or two. That idyll is Luang Prabang, Laos, a place many world travelers call their favorite destination in the east.

The pace is slow, unhurried, and entirely stress-free. That’s true from the very beginning of your trip, if you travel with Abercrombie & Kent’s bespoke Tailor Made program. They actually have someone to go through immigration and collect luggage for you, meaning you’re instantly whisked away to the hotel without any standing in lines or waiting around. (The same goes for other dreamy destinations they work in.)

Although the entire town of Luang Prabang is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, meaning buildings can’t be torn down and rebuilt in modern style, and there will never be a chain there, there is an intimate new hotel as of this year that creatively got past the strict rules. Rosewood Luang Prabang, designed by the celebrated architect Bill Bensley, was built around jungle waterfalls in the same French Colonial style as its surrounds, and even boasts tents on stilts in the valley, which are without question the most incredible place to honeymoon. You even get to walk on bouncy wooden bridges to reach them, each named for and themed around a particular Laotian indigenous tribe and filled with artifacts and plush bedding and accoutrement, plus large decks perfect for cuddling with your honey and stargazing.

Don’t miss the opportunity to have a couples’ massage in one of the spa tents, with windows in the floor under your faces so you can watch the trickling stream glide past. For those days you wish to do something, programming includes guided walks or hikes to monasteries and temples amid local villages.

Abercrombie & Kent’s knowledgeable local guides are valuable for at least a full-day outing—after a couple spent relaxing by an aquamarine pool, of course. It would be a shame to spend time in Luang Prabang without oohing and aahing over the countless golden Buddhas inside a handful of worth-it temples, architecturally unique from virtually every other Southeast Asian country’s. Vibrant glass mosaics, fanciful layered roofs and seriously gilded ornamentation make the hallowed structures—and the Royal Palace—true gems, especially for photography fans.

Read full article at Brides: https://www.brides.com/story/laos-honeymoon-destination-ideas

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