What we say:
Away from the main guesthouse area, Villa Nongduang (previously Thong Bay Guesthouse) is a sanctuary of beauty and tranquility. Guestrooms are located in traditional wooden Lao buildings set in grounds graced with banana trees, coconut palms and several salas for relaxing in. The most basic rooms have beds on low wooden platforms and share bathrooms, while the deluxe rooms have air-con, private bathroom with hot water, and beds fitted with bright local textiles. As charming as the setting is, it's a bit of a hike to the city centre and rooms aren't great value. Staff offer a range of extra services including laundry, bicycle or motorbike rentals, bus tickets and meals. Villa Nongduang was formerly the Thong Bay Guesthouse and, although they still offer a cooking class, it is not operated by the same people.Check rates around Vientiane best price guarantee!
Contact details:Ban Nong Douang. T: (021) 242 292 F: (021) 213 938
What we were quoted
|Type of room||Low season||High season||Notes|
|Dbl fan private b'room||160,000 Kip||200,000 Kip|
|Dbl fan share b'room||120,000 Kip||150,000 Kip|
|Dbl air-con private b'room||180,000 Kip||250,000 Kip|
Added to Travelfish on: 5th July, 2004
Last visited or updated on: 6th August, 2010
Read Villa Nongduang reviews
Rated 2 out of 5
Based on 6 ratings and 6 reviews
We turned up on the off chance after a recommendation from some other travellers and got a lovely room in a very well furnished guesthouse with lots of character. Paid $20 for a big clean room with mozzie net, en suite shower (can't remember if it was hot)and balcony. Peaceful garden with nice food and beer. The staff were friendly, they organized us a tuk tuk to the bus station for 5am, although they didn't know how to get to Kong Lo on the bus.
Villa Nongduang reviewed by GandN (Total reviews: 9) on
Don't bother booking
We booked well in advance as we wanted to rendezvous here with friends. Said they had lost record of our booking and were booked out. Friends stayed there and said people with bookings were being turned away at least once a day. GH operator attributed the problem to their ISP, which has got to be a lot of ..... !
Villa Nongduang reviewed by srsdj (Total reviews: 11) on
The place was run by a NZ guy and his Lao wife when we visited. We stayed in the most expensive room available (USD20) and it was definately overpriced. The bed was just a mattress on the ground (no clean sheets), you had to go outside to reach the bathroom and the place was not clean. Even though we booked online to stay two nights we returned the next night after sight-seeing to find that they had kicked us out of our room and claimed we only booked one night. They packed up all our stuff and we didn't notice until a couple days later that our good torch was missing. The owners were quite rude (especially when we returned the second night) and the food and drinks were overpriced. Also beware if the guy offers you some of his Lao-Lao whiskey. It is very strong and he only offers it because he thinks it is funny to watch tourists be sick.
Villa Nongduang reviewed by Mars (Total reviews: 6) on
owen & angie
Don't bother! This place may have changed ownership recently. The European owner we dealt with was indifferent and arrogant. Our room was infested with mosquitoes, and we had to ask for repellant and a coil. The food was ok but expensive and we were overcharged for a downstairs room with no windows. Go to town and get a better deal anywhere. Above all, stay away from this place until the owner learns about value for money!
Villa Nongduang reviewed by owenb (Total reviews: 2) on
No booking for us :(
I arranged to stay here via their website and even double checked via email they had our booking 2 days before. They said they would pick us up at the airport for $5 but did not show, so we got a taxi and turned up but they said they did not have our booking despite me clutching an email from THEM to me saying 'your booking is confirmed etc'. They had rubbed our names out but would not admit to the mistake so we had to find other accommodation - which to me was a better option anyway. Thongbay is too far out if you want to wander around Vietiane. I stayed at the Chanthpanya and it was GREAT
Villa Nongduang reviewed by alison (Total reviews: 13) on
An amazing house
We just loved our stay at Thong Bay -- our upstairs room was simple but big enough and charming, with a lovely open lounge area (hammock, chairs, pillows, etc) just outside our room. I sat out here and watched an amazing electrical storm with lots of rain early one morning, very cool! Shared bathroom was spotless, and there was no one else sharing during our stay. A bit of a walk to town center, but I think we preferred to stay out in this quiet, friendly neighborhood. Service was very good as well -- definitely recommended.
Villa Nongduang reviewed by CunningMcFar (Total reviews: 45) on
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