Top ChoiceLodging in Nong KhiawMandala Ou Resort
This stunning boutique accommodation in cinnamon-coloured chalets – six facing the river – has imaginative features like inlaid glass bottles in the walls that allow more light, contemporary bathrooms and swallow-you-up beds. The owners are friendly and there's a terrific Thai and Western menu, the town's only pool and a yoga deck used by Luang Prabang Yoga, which runs monthly retreats here. There's also a herbal sauna, which is perfect for the cooler winter nights. Find it just a short stroll from the bus station.