Nestled in the countryside just 14 km (30 minutes) from Luang Prabang (declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1995) this intimate resort is a fusion of Zen and Epicurean philosophies: Zen for the search of tranquility, Epicurean for the pleasure of the senses, all in a natural Lao setting.
The Resort opened in 2009 and offers a range of activities for those who enjoy nature and the natural world as well as relaxation in a stylish retreat. With its jungle surroundings, Zen Namkhan Boutique Resort is a tranquil haven of calm and quiet, with birdsong, the “put-put” of long-tails on the Namkham river, and elephant-trumpeting, the only sonic backdrops.
This ecotourism resort is for guests who want to experience the sounds, sights, scents and experiences of a truly Lao setting. We offer our guests the opportunity to have an authentic Lao experience without sacrificing comfort.
Zen Namkhan Boutique Resort subscribes to the highest principles of eco-tourism. Enjoy our unique ecological chlorine-free pool. This ecological pool is one of the first in South East Asia. We also feature a Lao herbal sauna room next to our swimming pool. Kayaking on the Nam Khan river and self-guided trekking are also part of the Zen Namkhan experience.
Special Offer: Book direct on our website OR book to our New Hotel at Maison Zen Aphay in the heart of LUANG Prabang
for 2 nights and get free 2 way transfer from Luang Prabang, worth $40!
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© Marcel Plaschke
Reviewed March 7, 2013
Our part had a great time in this beautiful place. A real Shangra La jungle setting. A highlight of a four week trip through Vietnam, laos,and Cambodia. The food was delicious ( but a limited menu, which did not bother us a bit.) Great curries, very nice wine selection. We enjoyed the staff, and the owners. The owner has good taste in music too! The yoga class by moon was challenging. The massages by the local village women were much better than we expected,Ina lovely setting. We walked down to the river at 7:30 am to see the elephants bathing, another high point of our travels. There are few caveats: 1) this area is very steep and the villas are spread across the mountain. If you have trouble walking or use a cane/ wheel chair, this would be challenging. 2) you must ask for an air conditioned room! If not, you will get a room that has no screens and you will need a mosquito net… One guest told me that he changed rooms three times before getting one that was reasonably safe from Mosquitos. 4) the pool was too cold to swim in, and it’s too green with algae for most people to swim in. Despite those minor points, this is well two nights and days to enjoy the jungle. Go soon before the new roads and railroads are completed, 2014′ which will bring huge numbers of people to Laos.
VendolaSanRafael San Francisco, California, TripAdvisor
Zen Namkhan – Highlight of our Trip
patricia817, La Jolla, California, USA, Thursday 26th of July 2012
Zen Namakhan – you must visit!
Caro201297, London, England, Thursday 26th of July 2012
Heaven on Earth
Phillip, Laidley, Australia (December 2011), Thursday 12th of April 2012
5 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2014
From the moment we arrived at Zen we that knew we knew that we made the right choice. The welcome was warm and we felt immediately immersed in the beauty of the natural surroundings.
We had booked ‘Plenitude’, a bungalow set in an isolated spot, accessed via a bamboo bridge through the jungle. Just crossing the bridge to reach our bungalow was an adventure in itself and arriving at it, perched on the edge of the mountain with breathtaking views, we realised it was worth the hike!
Our room with it’s huge balcony, tasteful decor and attention to detail offered the perfect balance of comfort whilst absorbing the natural surroundings. Waking to the sounds of the jungle and the sunrise over the montains was unforgettable. A certain level of fitness may be required to reach the dining area but the food made it more than worthwhile!
The infinity pool, whilst uncovential was a delight and offered the most stunning views across to mountains and a means of cooling down on a hot day.
As well as a varied and tasty breakfast menu, the evening options completely satisfied our tastes for SE Asian food, and was of a very high standard. Service was always excellent all round.
We spent 6 fulfilling days at Zen, relaxing and participating in local activities and would highly recommend a stay here!
Room Tip: Choose ‘Plenitude’ for the extra adventure and stunning views!
My stay at Zen Namkhan was nothing short of wonderful. As some of the other reviewers mentioned, if you arrive at night in the dark, your expectations aren’t properly set for the astounding views and hotel grounds that you’ll wake up to the next day. I arrived at night and it was pretty chilly. Thankfully the rooms have two fluffy…
The main thing to know is this place is out of town and inconvenient because of that but it is fantastic in every other way so don’t let that put you off, just be aware. The scenery is stunning -out of this world beautiful views and lovely bungalows with a traditional feel but clean and extremely comfortable. Awesome food, lovely staff, quiet and tranquil. An experience. Family friendly but also perfect for couples. Not really for young backpackers wanting to ‘party’ but every other demographic will say it was a highlight of their holiday. Five stars
My wife and I had been in Laos for 2 weeks hiking, kayaking, and generally running around, and we decided to end our trip here — and boy was it worth it. Zen Namkhan resort is in a gorgeous setting in the mountains outside of Prabang. Each guest has their own private bungalow (some are connected to other bungalows, some are standalone), but they all have their own balconies overlooking the valley and mountains beyond. The rooms are very spacious with large bathrooms and hot rain showers. The pool area is very peaceful with lounge chairs etc and there is an upstairs library with books and wifi. The staff are really helpful and extremely. The restaurant serves western, Lao, and pan-asian food, and while I’m typically skeptical of such a wide variety of food on a menu, I didn’t eat one thing that was bad. The pad thai, green curry, spring rolls, and Lao food was all great. You can do some day-trips from the hotel, either a walk down to the river, through the valley and by an elephant encampment, or you can take a boat and visit some of the waterfalls and rice paddies nearby. If you’re looking for a lovely place from which you can do some activities, this is a great option. If you’re looking for a peaceful place to just relax, then you’ve found it here too. You won’t regret it!
Quelques amis et moi sommes allés passer 3 jours à cet hôtel et que j’aurais préféré pouvoir y rester une semaine entière. Le personnel est incroyable et très serviable. La cuisine est l’une des meilleurs que j’aie jamais mangé! Vaut certainement là si vous êtes à la recherche d’un bel endroit tranquille pour une escapade d’un excellent repas. Il faut essayer les Mok Pa !
We had so much fun staying here, great spot for exploring the countryside. We had the opportunity to hike, kayak and ride elephants. Remember this is an Eco lodge and you will not be disappointed if you want adventure and fun. The management really cares about making sure you enjoy your stay, they are so helpful in planning activities. Meanwhile you will not find a better smoothie or juice around and make sure you have the fish in banana leaves!!!!
We had a great time at the Zen Namkhan Boutique Resort. We felt very welcome and the resort and it’s surroundings are stunning! We definitely felt zen when we left there. We would highly recommend this Boutique hotel and come back if we got the chance!
Séjour du mai 2016 – voyage en amoureux
We had an enourmously pleasant stay at the Zen Namkhan resort. In the jungle, yet not too far from Luang Prabang. A pool with natural water. Pleasant cottages with river view. The hostess – Evelyn – went out of her way for us. From the resort we did some great trips, where also Evelyn was a great coach. 5 of 5 starsReviewed
Absolute stunning! Better than the photos. The views you get here are out of this world. The manager Evelyn was very welcoming and helpful, she’s full of life and a lovely person. All the staff in fact are wonderful friendly people. The Eco pool is a unique and marvelous concept that definitely needs to be checked out by anyone who goes to this hotel. I stayed in the bungalow and loved it, I sat watched the view on my balcony for 3 hours and couldn’t get enough- it’s the perfect place to unwind and relax. A lovely lovely place to visit! If you have the chance to visit – DO IT, you won’t regret it!
amazing jungle resort, great design idea – bravo to the owner, amazing view and surrounding, clean, very nice staff, bit far from the city but close to river from where you can visit villages and elephants, absolutely must go
A great found with a capital F. It is all breath taking; the surrounding nature, the views, the bungalows, the eco fundaments etc. I consider this as one of my favorites. Far away in extreme beauty of nature, with top class comfort, this is the jungle experience you whish for. Pure bliss.