Pricey but with its charms
Xieng Mouane Guesthouse is comprised of two buildings set around a lush garden.
Like its neighbour Sayo Xieng Mouane, it has old world touches like shuttered windows, French doors, old photographs and some antiques, but where Sayo Xieng Mouane feels like a heritage villa, Xieng Mouane feels closer to a guesthouse. At the front is an old colonial-style house whose lovely rooms feature hardwood floors and antique decorations. The bathrooms are up to modern standards with hot showers and Western toilet. Rooms in the newer annex are smaller and fewer in charms and not worth the price being charged. More luxurious rooms on the upper floors have balconies overlooking the garden. Drinking water is replenished daily and there’s free tea and coffee. Xieng Mouane’s rates are high for such small rooms. But if you are set on that heritage feeling, just make sure you get one of the older rooms.
Address: 86/6 Ban Xieng Mouane, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 252 152;
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º8'13.25" E, 19º53'37.47" N
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Room rates: US$20 to 50
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||180,000 kip||280,000 kip|
|Superior double room||500,000 kip||600,000 kip|
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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