I will be in Luang Prabang for 5 nights over xmas. I hoped to book a GH in advance as I presume it will be quite busy in December. I've read the travelfish article, but still can't decide! I'm looking for somewhere around $15 a night, which is clean-ish with a friendly atmoshphere. I'd be very grateful if anyone has any recommendations? Rattana GH and Oudomphong both look quite good if anyone has any info on these?
#1 banana8 has been a member since 27/7/2010. Posts: 10
On the other side of the big hill in town, so a little off the track (which can be nice to get away from the 'bustle') is Cold River Guest House, right on Cold River. It is run by a very friendly family - though they are strict on the curfew. The guest house is super popular with Japanese backpackers, some guidebook gave it a grand write-up. The bathroom was very clean and I really enjoyed the people who stayed there - It was well under 15$ but that was in 2007, however you might be looking for something more mid-range with private bath.
Hi thanks for the advice! I e-mailed the Cold River GH, as that was actually my first choice, but they are already full (so it is obviously very popular!). I'll have to keep looking. I'm not too worried about a private bath, but realise that it has got a lot more expensive recently.
#4 banana8 has been a member since 27/7/2010. Posts: 10
should still be quite a bit of accomm in LPB in the USD15 range (considering that there were still rooms to be had for ~USD10 or even less during the Dec 2009 peak season). all depends on what your minimum requirements are (fan vs AC, ensuite vs. shared bathroom, etc). but such cheaper places usually do not accept reservations - too many no-shows.
Coldriver GH has ensuite twin rooms in the rear building (ground floor with river view 80-90,000kip in 2008, not sure what the rates are now; 2nd floor river view rooms are more expensive). it's on the Khan river (not Cold river), near the old motorbike/bicycle/pedestrian-only bridge. along the same lane are a few other guesthouses, & there are more down a parallel lane. they house quite a few long-term volunteers.
so far all i've heard about Oudomphong is positive, but have never checked it out myself. it's right smack in the middle of a neighbourhood where just about every other house is a guesthouse - there are many many more than what is listed on Tfish. go to hobomaps.com --> maps of Luang Prabang --> look for the area behind the Post Office - bearing in mind that even hobomaps is not exhaustive, you'll get an idea of just how many guesthouses there are. search the names on blogsearch.google.com & you'll find what others who've stayed there have written about them.
Thanx Wanderingcat! That map is great. There are hundreds of Guest houses! I'm sure I'll be able to find something.
#6 banana8 has been a member since 27/7/2010. Posts: 10
what time of the day will you arrive in LPB?
mid-morning to early afternoon is the best time to hunt for rooms - after many have checked out to keep moving along the Huay Xai-LPB-Vang Vieng-VTE trail, & before the next boat-load arrives from Pak Beng...so if planning to arrive in the evening, could consider booking your first night, & then hunt around the next morning.
My g/f and I have just been to Luang Prabang and stayed at a place called Phonsovake Guesthouse. I might be wrong about the name but it's the street just off the Joma Bakery and is the first on the right. We stayed there for 3 nights and it was great. The rooms were well kept with TV and aircon/fan depending on what you want and what made the place so nice was that it was family run and the family were lovely. There is a computer there which you can use for free too and we paid 70,000 kip a night roughly $10
#8 robmac has been a member since 31/7/2010. Posts: 1
My friend and I just checked out of the Oudomphone Guest House 2 (Lonely Planet Mekong Guide features Oudomphone Guest House. No. 2 is next door)- and we couldn't have better things to say. There's always someone there should you need anything, and they are very centrally located. Our room with two twin beds, a hot shower, and towels was 60,000 kip a night- about $7.50. It's no frills, with little kid sheets, but it's all you need if you're backpacking. It was one of the cleanest, most friendly places we've stayed. It's located at: 65/4 Ban Houaxieng near Kaemkong Road. Tel: (856-20) 5314459. On a map, it's between the post office and the Mekong.
#9 amoore321 has been a member since 29/10/2010. Posts: 1