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New and Underpriced in Luang Prabang

  • alohafromjo-

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    I've just finished a very enjoyable two week stay in Luang Prabang, Laos. It was my first visit, and I was lucky enough to find a room at a newly opened hotel, Le Bel Air. The hotel is in a beautiful setting on the banks of the Nam Khan River just accross the "old bridge" from the town.

    It's super-cozy with just 10 units and an easy 15 minute walk to the center of town or 5 minutes on the complementary bicycles; a great trade for the peaceful countryside atmosphere. The grounds are beautiful and well kept. The staff is very friendly and eager to please.

    The room rate, $60, was much lower than comparable hotels in town and included a wonderful complementary breakfast...a choice of Lao or made to order "American" style. The bacon was the best I've had in my 3 months in Asia, and the outdoor dining area overlooking the garden and the river beyond was a super way to start the day.

    They serve a very good Lao menu for lunch and dinner. I met several people who just stopped for an aftenoon drink in the garden. The comfortable chaises were a great place for an afternoon of reading, napping or just watching the river go by.

    There were so many pleasant surprises I don't know where to start. The room was a comfortable, nicely furnished, lots of space for hanging clothes, and soft cotton robes that even fit my 6 foot frame. The bathroom was spacious, modern and well equipped...with a huge tub. The bed was comfortable with soft linens and a real down comforter!

    For a few extra dollars, the private bungalows are a real deal. Spacious, well appointed, a private varanda and lots of light.

    I'm beginning to sound like a travel writer...did I mention the free airport shuttle service and free WiFi? So suffice to say that for under $75 per night, this is a great place to stay that I would definately visit again and again. It's so much nicer to wake to the sound of a rooster than a motor bike or delivery truck!


    #1 Posted: 11/12/2008 - 13:31

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  • brucemoon

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    Gee, for that price it'd have to be gold plated...

    #2 Posted: 30/12/2008 - 07:50

  • weiwei22

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    12th January, 2009
    Posts: 3

    Somehow the website doesn't seem to work, does anyone know how to book directly with the hotel?

    Is agoda the best online booking option?

    #3 Posted: 12/1/2009 - 21:12

  • chrispyrolls

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    Location United Kingdom
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    this one works:


    #4 Posted: 13/1/2009 - 03:26

  • weiwei22

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    12th January, 2009
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    it does! thank you!

    #5 Posted: 13/1/2009 - 11:00

  • wanderingcat

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    #6 Posted: 16/1/2009 - 09:50

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