Amantaka | colonial meets spiritual

I've never been to Laos, although I once touched it — see the end of this article for the solution to that kōan. I've heard amazing things about Luang Prabang, a collection of adjacent villages that have been designated an UNESCO World Heritage Site for preserving the area's architectural, religious, and cultural heritage.

Two Virtuoso hotels provide luxurious accommodations for your visit to this area, Amantaka and Belmond La Residence Phou Vao. Amantaka has just 24 rooms, housed in French colonial buildings and is within easy walking distance to 32 picturesque temples, the Royal Palace, and night markets. Guests are invited each morning to experience the monks' daily meditative tak bat almsgiving procession. Our guests receive value added Virtuoso amenities at either resort — daily breakfasts, a complimentary massage, and more.

Laos is definitely on my bucket list. I've been to Thailand and Cambodia — and next February, I'll be journeying to Vietnam and Myanmar. Once I'm back home, Laos will be the number one priority for a subsequent trip to Southeast Asia.

So the answer to my riddle... how could I have touched Laos without ever setting foot in the country? Answer: several years ago, I spent an evening at Four Seasons Tented Camp in the Golden Triangle area of Thailand. Four Seasons is located on the Thai side of the river, Laos being on the other side. When Four Seasons' boat took us back to their dock at the end of my stay, I asked the attendant running the boat to take us over to the other bank so I could touch the grasses growing on the Laotian side of the river.

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