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V Mala Lao House

Utterly charming

Main road, across from Mekong Inn T: (020) 9754 5787 

V Mala Lao House

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V Mala Lao House is not on the river but if you’ve ever wanted to know what it’s like to live in a traditional Lao wooden house, here is the chance—it’s also cheap, clean and tasteful.

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Located on Muang Khong’s main road (one road back from the river), V Mala is a wooden building raised on pillars surrounded by a large garden. The building, which likely originates back 70 or 80 years, doesn’t look like much from the outside, however, inside oozes of heritage appeal.

Simple but very well kept.

Simple but very well kept. Photo: Cindy Fan

These kinds of traditional houses built on stilts are becoming increasingly rare in Laos or those you see have fallen into disrepair. The traditional family abode has been adapted into a guesthouse, each room converted into a simple private room with bed, fan, mosquito net and windows with wooden shutters, all resting on sturdy dark floor boards.

It’s the tidiness and little details that are icing on the cake, details such as bedside stand with lamp, little writing desk and mirror. Another room we saw had a luggage rack and whitewash walls. No two rooms are the same, each has a different personality.

Lao style living.

Lao style living. Photo: Cindy Fan

The central corridor/balcony has been made into a quaint common space with tables, chairs and a view to the greenery. The owner, who speaks some English, clearly has taken care to keep things natural and tasteful.

It won’t be for everyone. For some a room without a private bathroom is a room without a private bathroom, whether it is old or new, made of concrete and tile or wood. And for some, the river is the big selling point for Don Khong. Others will be utterly charmed.

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Type of room, low and high season prices
Dbl fan share bathroom
50,000 kip
50,000 kip
Room: Dbl fan share bathroom, low season: 50,000 kip, high season 50,000 kip. Notes:

Where is V Mala Lao House

V Mala Lao House
Main road, across from Mekong Inn
T: (020) 9754 5787 
Coordinates (for GPS): 105º51'13.49" E, 14º6'47.09" N
Room rates: Under US$10

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