ASIA. LUANG PRABANG, LAO PDR.
An airy historic building in the ancient UNESCO-honoured city of Luang Prabang is the ideal setting to experience Lao culture first-hand – at least, that’s the premise of Amantaka’s extensive collection of cultural activities. Housed in a former French hospital, the resort is very much in touch with local history and tradition, inviting guests to learn the Lao art of textiles and weaving, take part in a baci healing ritual or join cooking classes and excursions to the town market. They’ll even arrange an outing to a Hmong village, complete with a chance to meet the chief and his family.