I would like to visit LP in the first week of November but it seems the only hotels that are available (according to various and sundry booking sites) are ultra expensive. I'm looking for a decent, clean, centrally located place, preferably in the old quarter. Is it possible to do a walk in at that time of the year and get anything other than a basic guest house? Not that I'd mind, but my wife has rare vacations and expects a little more. I'm willing to pay up to 120 U.S. or there abouts. Do you think anything in the four star or so range will be available?
Also, is LP worth a week? I mean, I can sit and drink beer and watch the river flow by forever, but I have a wife who likes to, well... do things.
Thanks in advance for your advice.
#1 thehomebayboy has been a member since 7/9/2010. Posts: 3
Early November is usually not terribly busy before things pick up start of December. There are quite a few places well above the backpacker guesthouse comfort level in the roughly $50-60 range which, although not four-star, might be pleasing enough to the Mrs. I've stayed at & can recommend a few places:
Saynamkhan Hotel http://www.saynamkhanhotel.laopdr.com Stayed in the top corner room for $35 a few years ago. If you can get that room it's pretty sweet but probably more like $50 these days.
Sala Luang Prabang http://salaprabang.salalao.com
I recently sent a large group of young folks there and it got unanimous rave reviews. Great location and $55-65. Phone (071) 252460 Fax (071) 252472 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sayo River http://sayoguesthouse.free.fr/sayo-river.php
Have stayed there several times, another nice riverside place. Get the "big balcony room" if possible, $50 high season, and other rooms $30-40. Sayo have two other flash guesthouses nearby.
If you haven't already, cruise the Travelfish listings for LP here:
Thanks, Captain_Bob, you're a super hero. I'll have a beer Lao in your honour.
#3 thehomebayboy has been a member since 7/9/2010. Posts: 3
Early November is a ways from peak season, so you shouldn't have much difficulty finding a 4star room within your budget. Bob's suggestions are good and I also give a thumbs-up to these ones in the heritage district:
Ban Lakkham: http://www.travelfish.org/accommodation_profile/laos/northern_laos/luang_prabang/luang_prabang/all/3719
La Maison de Xanamkieng: http://www.travelfish.org/accommodation_profile/laos/northern_laos/luang_prabang/luang_prabang/all/3716
If you plan to be there a whole week, you might want to consider a weekly rental from Mekong Estate whose apartment-style suites are gorgeous: http://www.travelfish.org/accommodation_profile/laos/northern_laos/luang_prabang/luang_prabang/all/3715
Also, since it won't quite be peak season when you're there, you can definitely get lower prices at the 4star hotels by walking-in than by booking online because they'll have empty rooms. I'd suggest booking 2 nights or so in advance so you're not homeless on arrival, then taking a look around at what your options are (especially if you're going to stay a while). Just take a walk through the heritage district and by the river and when you see a place that looks charming, go take a look at the rooms and rates. Just be aware that if you do want to stay at Mekong Estate a booking is a must -- they're private houses/apartments so there isn't a reception area. If you just want to view the properties, you can call them once you're in Luang Prabang .
OK, moving on to your second query: The great thing about Luang Prabang is that there's a lot of activities you can do. If you're content to just drink a Beerlao by the Mekong River all afternoon, your wife can sign up for a cooking class, to visit a traditional weaving village, join a tour to one of the nearby waterfalls, go on a bike tour through the countryside, visit an elephant centre, etc. If you like peace and quiet, the tiny town of Nong Kiaow is the ideal distance away for a side-trip (2 days is plenty). There's some very comfortable accommodations there too (if you go even further to Muang Ngoi , accommodations get more rustic - it's hard to spend more than $10 on a room there).
Check out http://www.travelfish.org/location/laos/northern_laos/luang_prabang/nong_kiaow for info about the town and http://www.travelfish.org/accommodation_profile/laos/northern_laos/luang_prabang/nong_kiaow/all/3737 for comfy & romantic accommodations
Thanks for the excellent info and advice.
#5 thehomebayboy has been a member since 7/9/2010. Posts: 3