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Luang Prabang- centre of town?

Posted by amz155 on 20/1/2007 at 07:34

I've been reading (for the 100th time!) the reviews of the guesthouses in LP. Some GH's locations are mentioned as being a "10 minute walk in to the centre of town?. Just wondering what area is considered the "centre of town". Ideally we'd prefer to say within a 10 minutes walk, so within what boudanries should we be looking. (then again, I'm thinking that LP is not that big a town so nothing is so far away from the centre of town...)

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Posted by somtam2000 on 20/1/2007 at 07:47 admin

By Centre of town we mean near Mount Phousi -- at the base of the peninsula bit that juts up between the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers.

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Posted by spy on 28/1/2007 at 01:05

It's a small and beautiful town that is great to walk around. So anywhere on the peninsula is good for access to the centre. The main street is a long run that goes from the base of Mount phousi where the market is (the busier bit) to the tip of the peninsula where it is quieter but very pleasant.

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Posted by LancasterLad on 2/2/2007 at 21:45

The problem we had with LP was on arrival. The VIP bus from V V arrived at the Southern Bus Station at about 1700. You get surrounded by Tuk Tuk drivers who are all on a back-hander. We got taken to a place down by the Mekong. It was a bit of a dive and cost 18 dollars a night but at that time of day and with loads of people arriving at about the same time you dont really want to be wandering around looking for accom. We accepted the dive and that evening wandered round town looking for somewhere more permanent for a few nights. We ended up at the Tam Tam Gardens Hotel for a week which for 15 dollars a night on the main street was a bargain. I thought LP is being spoiled by the 1000s of mopeds that scream along from all directions.

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Posted by mosquitofeed on 7/2/2007 at 04:08

Anyone looking for somewhere to gather themselves together before heading out of Luang Prabang should try and check out a lovely place a few k's out of town, a few dollars in a tuk tuk, or they will pick you up. Four of us turned up at these lovely bungalows for a couple of nights and ended up staying 9 days. The guys who own it are really great, speak good english and they serve up some excellent simple Laos food as well as some top notch hospitality. They do a lot for the community and are more than happy for visitors to get involved.
Website is basic but all their details are on there, we found out from some guys we met in the Bokeo province who'd been there, super chilled..
Don't miss out.

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