L’Étranger Books & Tea is a place wherer you can linger for hours. Its shoes-off policy encourages neighbourly lounging amid wicker sofas and soft pillows. Named after Albert Camus’s novel “L’Étranger” (The Stranger), the bookstore and lounge has a nightly 7pm movie screening. Guests feel at home in the cosy and small house of rosewood in Ban Aphay just opposite the Royal Palace/Main Street in Luang Prabang. This laidback place is founded by a Québécois filmmaker and her partner in 2011 and has risen to become one of the town’s sanctuaries for restful breaks. You can chill at the 2-storey house with its teas served in a proper pot, delicious Western cuisine, and books that you can both buy and swap.