La Résidence Phou Vao Celebrates ‘Festival of Lights’ to Commemorate the End of Buddhist Lent

A custodian of timeless heritage, La Résidence Phou Vao, A Belmond Hotel, Luang Prabang launches the Immerse & Rejuvenate experience for intrepid travellers and adventurers, to celebrate Laos’ most anticipated season – the end of Buddhist Lent (Boun Awk Phansa). The new experience includes a special Buddhist Lent menu, daily yoga sessions, two spa treatments and cultural immersions. 

On 29 October, The Festival of Light (Boun Lai Heua Fai) will see travellers and locals alike delight in the parade’s magical atmosphere, where wax candles and paper lanterns illuminate the UNESCO heritage town of Luang Prabang.

Guests of La Résidence Phou Vao can witness the Festival of Lights parade and immerse themselves in its buzzing energy during their stay. 

A Weekend of Cultural Immersion and Rejuvenation 

Following the annual Run For Children: Luang Prabang Half Marathon, which raises funds for the Lao Friends Hospital for Children, providing free high-quality medical care to over 15,000 children each year, La Résidence Phou Vao has curated an exclusive package designed to reinvigorate runners for a swift and relaxing recovery. 

The Immerse & Rejuvenate package includes the marathon registration fee, a nourishing meal plan and a recovery support programme with tailored wellness experiences – including meditation sessions, stretching and yoga – in partnership with some of the region’s renowned yoga bars. 

The hotel’s award-winning Mekong Spa offers bookable sessions, such as the Energising Massage and Dry Massage, focused on deep tissue recovery and relaxation. For the wild at heart, the package also includes memorable cultural experiences, including the Monk Chanting Activity, designed to uncover the beating heart of Luang Prabang’s local culture. 

The Art of Eating Well 

In homage to the end of the Buddhist Lent, the hotel’s flagship restaurant Tam Nan will launch a Buddhist Lent menu inspired by the pureness and natural simplicity of temple food, delving into Luang Prabang’s sacred culture and time-honoured heritage. 

The culinary experience will be forged with Tam Nan’s signature revival of age-old Laotian tradition, by way of slow cooking methods and a legendary ‘Heart-to-Table’ concept led by Executive Chef Larisa Vesterbacka. Meals are purposefully tailored to the nutritional needs of marathon runners, ensuring optimal natural electrolytes to recharge quickly. 

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