Khoum Xieng Thong Guesthouse is a pleasant surprise.
Located on a lane beside Wat Xieng Thong, it looks like nothing special from the outside and if you were walking past you’d probably dismiss it as a cheap place. But pop your head around the front building and you’ll enter a tree-filled garden with a guest or two looking totally relaxed reading a book. There are different categories of room and the size and quality matches accordingly. The two basic fan-only rooms in a lesser bungalow at the front of the property are available for 80,000 kip but excludes bikes. Some rooms have tile floor, others have old but sturdy hardwood floors. All get natural light. Effort has been made with the furnishings and accents making this a step up from your typical backpacker guesthouse. Rooms have WiFi and guests are allowed to use the bikes for free. Room three and six at the end of the building are absolutely enormous, with high ceilings, big windows that let in tons of light, four poster bed, white linens, wardrobe and enough space to do some cartwheels. It’s a top spot hidden from the masses. Be warned though: if you’re a light sleeper, you will get a wake-up call at dawn from Wat Xieng Thong’s drums.
Address: Ban Phone Houang, Sisalenrmsak Road, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 212 906; F: (071) 212 906
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º8'30.3" E, 19º53'47.55" N
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Room rates: US$20 to 50
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dbl fan private bathroom||US$10||US$10|
|Standard double room||US$20||US$20|
|Deluxe double room||US$50||US$50|
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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