One of the best areas to stay in Luang Prabang is on the peninsula along the Nam Khan River. Here you’ll find Villa Laodeum Nam Khan View. With just seven rooms and an excellent location, this family owned guesthouse is reasonable value, especially in low season. We recommend one of the four rooms that boast a balcony and river view.
Many assume the Mekong River is the optimal area to stay in Luang Prabang but the stretch of road along the Nam Khan is quieter and classier than the Mekong, with nicer places to stay, tranquil scenery, a lazy pace, less traffic and fantastic dining options. Villa Laodeum Nam Khan View is 20 steps to the main street and an easy 10-minute walk to the night market.
Room #5 (deluxe triple with riverview) and #6 (deluxe double with riverview) on the second floor are the best. They have a shared balcony overlooking the street, trees and the water. We’d also have no complaints staying in Room #2 (deluxe triple with riverview) or Room #1 (deluxe double with riverview) on the ground floor. They also have a terrace, though it is beside the hotel entrance and closer to the road which means less privacy.
All rooms are an adequate size – the king size bed does take up a large part of it. The rooms are plain with pale yellow walls, wood furniture and dark wood floors. There’s minimal decoration, which will suit those who prefer zero clutter. It has the amenities you would expect at this price: air-con, flat screen TV, WiFi, mini fridge and tea/coffee making kit. The bathrooms have modern fixtures and a large shower.
Room #7 and #8 are on the second floor at the back of the building. The balcony overlooks the neighbours’ rooftops and it isn’t interesting or pretty. These rooms are slightly cheaper. Room #3 is the least desirable. It’s perfectly fine – it has the same interior as the others – but with no balcony or view, it pales in comparison.
Breakfast is served on their deck overlooking the Nam Khan and this will be one of the most memorable parts about your stay. The riverfront is what you are paying the premium for. Lotus Villa, for example, is not on the water but it’s slightly cheaper and has more common space and charm. Still, if you compare how much the luxury hotels on the river like The Belle Rive, Hotel Villa Deux Rivieres and Mekong Riverview go for, Villa Laodeum Nam Khan View can give you a slice of the experience without the price tag.
The only red flag is there’s an empty lot for sale right beside it. When it’s sold, no doubt it will become another guesthouse, which means a few months of noisy construction.
Don’t confuse the hotel with Villa Laodeum, an older sister hotel near the Mekong with the same owner. The rooms at the Mekong location are smaller and cheaper.
Address: Kingkitsalath Road, Ban Khili
T: (071) 213 299;
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º8'38.57" E, 19º53'46.31" N
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Room rates: US$50 to 100
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Deluxe double room|
With balcony/riverview $60 low/$90 high
|Triple air-con private bathroom||US$70||US$100|
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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