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Hotels in Luang Prabang and Motorbike Hire

  • ron67

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    What is a good hotel in LP near the market, shops and restaurants up to $50 per night for April 2009?

    Is it possible to rent motorbikes in Luang Prabang?

    All answers most appreciated.

    #1 Posted: 30/12/2008 - 06:20

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  • brucemoon

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    ron

    Can't help with hotel, but though the 'authorities' command that there be no moto rental (to keep locals in work), you can arrange to get one.

    Try:

    http://www.bike-rental-laos.com/bikes.php?moto=14

    http://www.remoteasia.com/Rental.html

    http://www.greendiscoverylaos.com/motorbike/rt.html

    There is a daily charge, and sometimes a charge to ship to LP.

    cheers

    #2 Posted: 4/1/2009 - 06:12

  • Driftless

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    Although the powers that be have smacked down, you CAN arrange motorbike hire through Green Discovery - (either paying for delivery, or if they happen to have some dropped off from a one-way from Vientiane). Don't personally know about the others.

    And for $50 a night, you are waaay overshooting your lodging market. You can get plenty of good, quiet, clean, (new), guesthouses for 100,000 Kip (about $11 US).

    #3 Posted: 4/1/2009 - 17:59

  • chinabased

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    As of Jan 2, 2008 the motobike rental price was USD 25/day in LP. Most guesthouses/hotels can arrange a motorbike-- they may have a contact with a rental place and accompany you over.

    Luang Prabang Bakery is the closest guesthouse to the night market along the main shopping street. I enjoyed staying on the OTHER side of Phosi (Si Mountain) away from the main street at Muong Lao Guesthouse.

    #4 Posted: 5/1/2009 - 12:14

  • brucemoon

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    chinabased

    That's good news to hear.

    I noticed on:

    www.bike-rental-laos.com/bikes.php?moto=14

    that they have 'big' bikes (ie. 250+cc) for $25, but also smaller bikes down to $10/day.

    Did you happen to notice whether the guesthouses were limiting their access to only big bikes, or could arrange smaller bikes as well?

    cheers

    #5 Posted: 5/1/2009 - 12:46

  • markyeo

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    I can't really recommend a hotel, but I can recommend a really decent guesthouse.

    Its Rattana Guesthouse. Its in a pretty good location, yet slightly off the long main road (Chao Fa Ngum Road, Sisavangvong Road, Sakkarine Road -- they're all one long interconnected road), so very nice and quiet. Near the LP market, and a fantastic bakery around the corner, Joma. It is located at the end of Chao Fa Ngum road and a great starting point to walk towards Sisavangvong and Sakkarine.

    The travelfish link for Rattana is: http://www.travelfish.org/accommodation_profile/laos/northern_laos/luang_prabang/luang_prabang/all/1282

    And its official website: http://rattana.laopdr.com/

    If you crave for creature comforts, the more established mid-range hotels along the main road may be better for you.

    Overall, Luang Prabang is a rather touristy place. Fantastic for photo-taking rather poor for shopping. However, the food at the night market is great. Check out the barbeque fare there, it's really delicious.

    #6 Posted: 5/1/2009 - 17:49

  • chinabased

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    Brucemoon

    http://www.luang-prabang-hotels.com/

    I used the above website + commentary from trip advisor to get a cursory idea of the guesthouse/hotel/villa situation in Luang Prabang. There are many more places are available that do not appear on this list. FYI, I did later conduct a transaction via this side. For Vang Vieng, I arranged a hotel through this website using paypal.

    rgds

    #7 Posted: 6/1/2009 - 08:05

  • austral31

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    Does anyone know,

    I have found places in Vientiane that hire 125cc bikes/mopeds for 70 000 KIP a day but you are only supposed to take them 20km from the city centre.

    Where can I hire small bikes, without serious offroad capabilities like those on the sites given by brucemoon, that can be taken say 50km from the centre?

    Or is my only option to hire from one of the places mentioned by brucemoon.

    #8 Posted: 6/2/2009 - 15:51

  • ron67

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    Thanks everybody for all answers , much appreciated,and
    Three chears for travelfish.
    ron67.

    #9 Posted: 8/2/2009 - 08:32

  • regina5

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    Austral31
    was in Vientiane last week, Lots of places to rent a bike, paid 180'000 Kip for a shifted scooter 110cc for three days, nobody mentioned not taking it further than 20 km from the city center. We rode a lot further than that!

    #10 Posted: 15/2/2009 - 02:02

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  • austral31

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    Hi regina5,

    Thanks for your post. Do you remember the name of the place you hired from and did you pre-book or just turn up?

    Cheers

    #11 Posted: 15/2/2009 - 10:33

  • callao

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    if you are renting a motorbike in VTE, PVO on Fa Ngum road has 125cc shifted bikes and automatic scooters for about $10 a day or 250 dirtbikes for 20-25, or if you are planning to do a long trip the mini market across from green discovery and Khop Chai Duo bar Phimphone market has larger bikes and allow you to take them wearever, don't know the prices but many people rent bikes there, PVO was good when I rented a bike a couple of times, they want to keep your passport or a cash deposit don't get a chinese bike if possible get a honda or suzuki, as the chinese ones are prone to breakdowns, callao

    #12 Posted: 16/2/2009 - 23:02

  • BigRoss

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    Just backing up what Callao said. Earlier this year, I had to hire a Chinese Shengma, because it was the last bike in Tha Kaek. In 46 years of motorcycling, I have NEVER ridden such a piece of rubbish! Bad brakes, slipping clutch, bad steering, dubious suspension and half the accessories had given up the ghost. Hold out for a Japanese or even Thai model.

    #13 Posted: 17/2/2009 - 18:29

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