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Maison Dalabua, Manda de Laos - providing perfect getaway, culinary journey highlights in Luang Prabang
Welcoming Visit Laos Year 2018, Vientiane Times is publishing a series of feature articles and photographs inviting you to experience the authentic nature, culture, history and hospitality of South-East Asia’s Simply Beautiful Laos.

Beautifully designed rooms located in lush green surroundings and a restaurant serving specialties from all regions of Laos are part of the unique charms of Maison Dalabua Hotel in Luang Prabang province.
The hotel’s three natural ponds and the trees and crops all around are a hit with guests who come to get in touch with nature and relax in the friendly environmental.   

Owner Ms Toune Sisouphanthavong.

The Owner, Mrs Toune Sisouphanthavong, told Vientiane Times on Tuesday, “When customers come to stay with us, they like the nature around them and feel like they are in a tropical environment.”
Located at the World Heritage Site within That Luang village, the three-and-half star Maison Dalabua has 40 rooms. Each room has a different design, including classical styles, and the restaurant, Manda de Laos, features specialties from all regions of Laos.    
Mrs Toune said the total area of the hotel is 6000 square meters, but the actual area being used is small while the three natural ponds occupy some zones of the plot.
These ponds are among the 256 ponds registered in the UNESCO list. All construction activities are inspected by the World Heritage office.
The hotel’s developer keeps the ponds natural and clean. They have some aquatic species and a drainage system has been developed to prevent waste water entering the ponds. The ponds are a very important part of the business operation, Mrs Toune said.
“For Manda de Laos restaurant, it is very important to offer various good Lao dishes with international service. This works to our advantage,” she said.   
Since opening its doors to the public in 2011, the hotel has witnessed a steady flow of guests because it has a good relationship and connection with the business partners.
The hotel receives between 1,000 and 1,200 guests every month, and 99 percent of them like the natural surroundings and the warm welcome, Mrs Toune said.
Guests can easily access all sorts of facilities while staying at this charming boutique hotel because it is located in the city centre. It takes just five minutes to walk from the hotel to the local night market.
Maison Dalabua has welcomed tourists from every continent in the world. They have come from Japan, Australia, America, Singapore, South Korea and France.
Besides focusing on its business operations, the hotel is also a place where students of hotel services from Laos and France practice their skills and share their knowledge with the hotel and restaurant staff.
Mrs Toune said “Receiving students to practice their work is our policy. Every year, we receive two French students who work with us for six months. One person is assigned to the hotel and the other to the restaurant.”
Every year, the Lao National Institute of Tourism and Hospitality also sends one Lao student to train at the hotel.
Mrs Toune is optimistic about the growth of tourism in Laos, particularly in Luang Prabang province, which is one of the top tourist destinations of the world. She said that tourism in the region is expected to grow in the future.
In the past, the hotel was usually busy with the flow of guests from October to April while the other months were very quiet because of the green season.
“But now there are a lot of visitors in every season because the business sector has changed its slogan for the ‘low season’ by calling it the green season instead. The rainy season is a good time to promote the beauty of nature,” Mrs Toune said. 
She said tourism in Laos would get a further boost if there were more direct flights from other countries. “Having good logistics between Laos and other countries would bring a lot of advantages to the tourism industry,” she said.
Laos is currently connected by direct flights to Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, South Korea, Singapore and China that bring a large number of tourists to the country.
Cheap airlines such as Air Asia offer more choices for customers travelling to Laos.
In addition, the ongoing Laos-China railway project is very important for Chinese nationals travelling to Laos.
Maison Dalabua is one of the hospitality providers that is ready to cope with a  possible increase in tourists after the official launch of the Visit Laos Year 2018 initiative this week.
The grand event, to be held on the same day as the That Luang Festival, will promote the diverse historical, cultural and natural attractions of Laos to the world.   
Competition between entrepreneurs in the hospitality industry is key to encouraging the sector to provide quality services to customers.   
“We are very excited about the celebration of the Visit Laos Year and are always ready to welcome guests to Luang Prabang province. We have always been well prepared and our standard of service has been high since we opened the business.”

By Manichanh Pansivongxay
(Latest Update October 28, 2017)


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