Watch the monks from your window
Villa Senesouk is a two-building guesthouse with whitewashed exterior walls and dark wooden accents.
It’s located on the main street in the heart of the peninsula, in an area with a high concentration of temples including stunning Wat Senesouk directly across the road. The roadside building with the main entrance is in fact a heritage building and has been well maintained, so the rooms here are excellent value for the price and location. They look and feel slightly older but are elegant with understated teak furniture, white walls, colourful local textiles, air-con and sleek bathrooms with hot showers and bowl sinks. Get one of the rooms at the front and you get a shared balcony/terrace, a top spot to observe the morning alms or for some midday relaxation. On the flip side, if you are looking to sleep in, you will certainly hear the temple drums and the noisy tourists-turned-paparazzi taking photos of the monks.
The second two-storey building sits behind, separated by a courtyard, and is more private. It’s a modern build but strangely, the rooms have a more dated feeling. Perhaps it has to do with the walls being completely covered with high-gloss solid wood panelling. The seven rooms are larger though, and definitely feel indestructible. They come with TV, desk, mini-fridge, air-con and a more modern bathroom.
All amenities such as towels, bathrobes and drinking water are supplied and refreshed daily. Breakfast is not included but there’s tea and coffee at reception. This is a fantastic little guesthouse and very reasonably priced especially given the prime location. And because of this, it is often booked up so do try to book in advance.
Address: Sakkarine Rd (opposite Wat Sene), Ban Vat Sene, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 212 074; F: (071) 212 074
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º8'30.84" E, 19º53'43.08" N
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Room rates: US$20 to 50
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||US$25||US$35|
|Deluxe double room||US$35||US$45|
Cindy Fan is a Canadian writer/photographer and author of So Many Miles, a website that chronicles the love of adventure, food and culture. After falling in love with sticky rice and Mekong sunsets, in 2011 she uprooted her life in Toronto to live la vida Laos. She’s travelled to over 40 countries and harbours a deep affection for Africa and Southeast Asia. In between jaunts around the world, she calls Laos and Vietnam home where you'll find her traipsing through rice paddies, standing beside broken-down buses and in villages laughing with the locals.
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