Come for the views
There are two types of rooms at Villa Merry I: those with views and those without, and you definitely want the room with the view -- otherwise it’s not worth coming this far out for a mediocre room that costs $30.
The rooms overlooking the Nam Khan are worth the 10-minute walk from town. These rooms boast large wooden beds with hard mattresses, air-con, free WiFi and clean hot water bathrooms with showers that look like space capsules. The rate also includes a hearty breakfast. But the winning feature is the fabulous balcony, a tranquil spot overlooking the river. There’s no better place to unwind and few people are able to enjoy the Nam Khan so privately so close to town. The rooms feel shabby and are in need of TLC, and we’re also not fans of the grimy looking carpet in the hallways. But if can overlook the wear and tear, consider coming for the views.
Address: Nam Khan riverside, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 252 325;
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º8'26.52" E, 19º53'13.2" N
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Room rates: US$20 to 50
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dbl air-con private bathroom|
$35 with river view
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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