Ansara combines quiet sophistication with local tradition; elegant yet relaxed, it exudes the warm and inviting feel of a private home while professionally addressing guests’ needs for comfort and practicality. Located on a quiet lane in the centre of the historic capital, the hotel is just a short stroll away from the legendary Mekong River and a number of local popular sites of interest.
The 28 rooms and suites are styled with elegantly understated décor featuring a blend of traditional Lao and contemporary Asian designs. From the luxurious hand-woven silk headboards and cushions to the wood and rattan furnishings and floorings, to the striking black and white photographs depicting images that capture Laos’ fascinating culture.
The hotel features three food & beverage outlets including La Signature which has fast earned the reputation as one of the finest French dining experiences in Vientiane. Guests can choose between dining indoors, in the air-conditioned comfort of an elegantly set up atmosphere on the first floor, weather permitting, ‘al fresco’ at the roofed terrace on the ground floor or at a table in the adjoining garden.
A number of local sites are within easy reach of the hotels doorstep including the Patuxai or Victory Monument, one of the most recognisable landmarks in Vientiane. A quiet stroll around the town can take you around Nam Phou fountain, the central point of Vientiane with its myriad cafes, tailors, souvenir shops and restaurants while of course, the Mekong River boasts stunning vistas of the sunset, perfect for sundowners.
Famous for its cuisine a local cooking class is a fabulous way to experience the local culture, and lessons by the river teach you about ingredients used in Lao food while preparing a variety of popular Lao dishes using traditional implements and techniques.
Guided cycling tours are highly recommended in Vientiane while the Orchid Farm is an incredible sight. Wild orchids are also very popular and a day can be spent exploring the areas natural beauty with a botanical specialist in the great outdoors of the National Biodiversity Conservation Area (NBCA) of Phou Khao Kwai.