"The The 20 meter freeform swimming pool at The Luang Say Residence offers guests a cool, relaxing retreat. Cushioned sun beds are shaded with replica umbrellas once used when explorers rode elephants through the Laotian hills. Surrounded by tropical foliage, with a friendly, helpful team on hand to serve drinks and snacks, a day by the pool is the perfect way to unwind or take a break from trips and tours around the town.
LOUIS DELAPORTE (1842 - 1925)Delaporte was an explorer, seaman, skilled draughtsman, and companion of Doudart, from whom he succeeded as the Chief of the Mekong mission. Delaporte provided numerous colour prints of this expedition, led a research mission to the Khmer monument and published his memoirs in “Voyage au Cambodge” (a trip to Cambodia). The statues and prints that he sent back to France increased the awareness of Angkor. He brought back to Paris the biggest collection of Khmer art and then managed, for several years, the “Musée Khmer”, which is part of the Trocadéro Museum in Paris.
HENRI MOUHOT (1826- 1861)Mouhot was a French naturalist and explorer, commissioned by the British Royal Geographic Society and the first westerner to promote Angkor’s treasures to the public. In March 1861, Mouhot went to Laos to explore Luang Prabang where he was welcomed by the King. As a naturallist, he collected a number of insects and was the first to discover one of the most beautiful species known as ‘Scarabees’, and therefore the Mouhotia Gloriosa, is named in his honour. Unfortunately exhausted by his trips, Mouhot died in 1861 of malaria and was buried near Luang Prabang. In 1867 a French missionary, led by Commandant Doudard de Lagree, raised a modest monument on the grave of his courageous compatriot. The Commandant wrote in his report : “We found traces of our compatriot’s influence in many places, so we thank him for his upstanding character and natural benevolence, with which he gained the esteem and affection of the natives”.
DOUDART DE LAGREE (1823 - 1868) & FRANCIS GARNIER (1835 - 1873)
Both Lagree and Garnier were Marine Officers, the first was a Captain and was responsible for the protectorate of France In Cambodia, whilst Garnier was one of Asia’s first western settlers, and the liberator of Hanoï. The two men became famous for running an expedition across the Asian continent, known as the ‘High Mekong Exploration’. They opened a commercial route to China and also helped establish diplomatic and ties to the region. Thanks to their scientific, political and military activity, they initiated the French presence in this region which soon became known commonly as Indochina, to which they dedicated their lives.
AUGUSTE PAVIE (1847-1925)Pavie was an ex-sergeant from the Royal Infantry, who joined the post and telegraph unit from where he was sent to Cambodia and stayed for 11 years. His exploratory and diplomatic skills led him to becoming a Senior Clerk of this administrative area, and the first French Vice Consul in Luang Prabang (1885), Consul (1889), then Consul General in 1891, until he became a Minister in 1892, but resided in Bangkok. Finally in 1894, he became the first Governor-General and plenipotentiary minister of the newly formed French colony of Laos. On retirement in 1904, Pavie went back to France and assembled his souvenirs and wrote about his observations in a book titled “La Mission de Pavie”.
All these explorers are featured in our gardens, and our pavilions are named after them..