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Thongbay Guesthouse

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Photo of Thongbay Guesthouse, Ban Vieng Mai, Wat Sakem, on the banks of the Nam Khan River, Luang Prabang. , Luang Prabang

What we say: 4 stars

Situated on the banks of the Nam Khan, upriver from town between the motorbike bridge and the “new bridge” leading to the airport, Thongbay's stylish bungalows are a refreshing alternative to bricks and mortar guesthouses. With thatched roofs and bamboo and wooden walls, the bungalows look rustic but are actually quite sturdy and well-maintained and still offer some modern comforts such as an ensuite bathroom. Bathrooms combine wood, stone, brick and tile and all have hot water showers. Each bungalow has a private balcony with brightly coloured cushions to lounge on and some balconies overlook the river, providing stunning views. All this, plus a lush tropical garden makes this feel like a nature retreat only a 10-minute drive from town. The warm welcome from the staff and the peaceful, beautiful surroundings easily make up for the 25-minute walk into town, though in hot season you’ll definitely want to take advantage of the free shuttle service that runs at certain times of the day. When we visited, the schedule was almost hourly. Shuttles back to Thongbay run in the evening, with the last one being at 21:30. WiFi, a communal riverside terrace, bicycle rental, airport pickup and set menu breakfasts are all included making this a great full-service deal.

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Ban Vieng Mai, Wat Sakem, on the banks of the Nam Khan River, Luang Prabang.  T: (071) 253 234 
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What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Bungalow fan private b'room 45 55 Garden view
Deluxe bungalow 50 65 River view

Added to Travelfish on: 26th May, 2004
Last visited or updated on: 3rd June, 2015

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Cindy Fan is a Canadian writer & photographer living in Laos since 2011. She's the author of So Many Miles, her blog about diving in, discovering and creating a narrative about the world, one story and adventure at a time.
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Ban Vieng Mai, Wat Sakem, on the banks of the Nam Khan River, Luang Prabang. 
T: (071) 253 234

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