Laos is an excellent choice if you’re looking to unplug in a rural location; the slow pace perfectly suited to self-care. Whether you’re looking for an at-one-with-nature escape or a calming spa break with a traditional Lao massage, there are enough wellness retreats in Laos to meet your needs. Take the stress out of looking for the best, they’re all listed below – and they’re all bookable on Culture Trip.
The Kingfisher Ecolodge sits in the Laos section of the Emerald Triangle in the southernmost province of Champasak. It’s immersed in wildlife, situated between the Xe Pian Natural Protected Area and the Beung Kiat Ngong Wetlands. Wellness here is all about reconnecting with nature. Go jungle trekking or mountain biking before an evening of stargazing from the porch of your bungalow. In the morning, head to the thatch-roofed, open-air studio overlooking the wetlands for meditation and private yoga classes.
If you find yourself in Xieng Khouang province (presumably visiting the Plain of Jars), it would be remiss to ignore the local hot mineral springs. Stay at the Hot Springs Resort – owned and operated by the Lao government – where you can bathe in the water piped in from the springs. The rustic resort has bungalows and electricity at night. Another spring can be found in Ban Xang, where you can bathe in the river where hot and cool waters meet.
Regina Beach contributed additional reporting to this article.