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JAN-FEB 2019

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IN BLOOM I travel PHOTOS COURTESY OF ROSEWOOD HOTELS T THE CONFLUENCE OF THE MEKONG AND Nam Khan rivers, tucked away in a mystical valley, sits the serene town of Luang Prabang, Laos. Much like the rivers themselves, it's an exciting merger of cultures as well. The city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was once the capital of the Lan Xang kingdom, as well as an important settlement for French Indochina. The result is a fusion of Lao and French colonial history, beautifully preserved architecture, and a rich religious heritage. Laos is still somewhat of a hidden gem, having a sense of purity and authenticity that makes it feel less affected by tourism than its neighboring countries. This was the reason I added Luang Prabang —and the alluring new Rosewood hotel that recently opened just outside of town—to our Southeast Asia honeymoon itinerary last summer. We visited during monsoon season, and thus our afternoons were filled with torrential downpours. But the advantages of experiencing this magical place off-season and nearly void of tourists far outweighed the inconvenience. Before the inevitable daily showers, we cruised with ease to nearby sites, visiting Wat Xieng Thong (a Buddhist temple built in 1560), hiking up Mount Phousi, and spending a day at an elephant TOP: The new Rosewood hotel in Laos is just outside of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang. ABOVE: The interiors of the hotel take inspiration from ancient Laotian temples as well as French colonialism. Southeast Asian Gem A new Rosewood resort near the town of Luang Prabang in Laos is elegantly immersed in the landscape and steeped in the native culture and French colonial history A 20 | J A N U A R Y/ F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 9

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