Old-world elegance on a flashpacker budget
This guesthouse has a lot of character at a flashpacker price.
You can tell it’s something quite special from the moment you enter and see the lobby’s pretty vintage tiled floor, bookcase of antique documents and hallways full of old black and white family photos and colourful painted portraits. The highlight of this charming guesthouse are the rooms located in the main colonial building, which oozes old-world elegance. The rooms have antique furnishings including a vanity, table and chairs. They feature large French windows, hardwood floors, air-con, fridge, cable TV, WiFi and rock hard beds. The bathrooms are nothing to write home about but they are large, have a mirror, hot water shower and they’ve made some effort with decorative tiles. The best rooms have acres of space and high lofty ceilings. The upstairs rooms have views of Wat Xieng Mouane across the road where you’ll see monks come and go throughout the day tending to their business.
The cheaper rooms are in a separate building at the back garden of the property and should be skipped. The cubbyhole sized rooms don’t get a lot of natural light and feel dingy. The exposed brick walls do give it character but actually cause the room to feel damp and cold.
The more expensive rooms are a great place to stay for those on a budget wanting a heritage feel. Breakfast is included in the tariff. You’ll find this guesthouse on a fabulous rarely trafficked lane, just a road up from the Mekong.
Address: Xatikhoumman Rd, Ban Xieng Mouane, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 252 614;
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º8'11.76" E, 19º53'35.16" N
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Room rates: US$20 to 50
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room|
|Superior double room|
Downstairs. $40/$60 upstairs.
Downstairs. $50/$70 upstairs with balcony.
|Deluxe double room||US$65||US$80|
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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