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Apartment in Luang Prabang

Posted by postbridge on 21/8/2009 at 00:49

Any ideas on how I can find self catering apartment in Luang Prabang.I want to go for a couple of months Jan and Feb and cant find much out there

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Posted by seagypsy on 21/8/2009 at 03:07

You mean like service apartments in Chiang Mai and Bangkok?
None that I'm aware of. Sure there are some dorms associated with Suvanaphoum U. but not for use by tourists. No such thing as condos or time shares but give it time and maybe in 5 years or so some deep pocket investors might give it a go. Otherwise, you could always negotiate a long-term stay at a guesthouse which I did for several 6 months period until my home was built.

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Posted by seagypsy on 21/8/2009 at 06:13

BTW, I think there are service apartments in Vientiane though. Close to the Novotel area or there abouts.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 21/8/2009 at 06:52 admin

Only place I can think of is Mekong Estate -- but it ain't cheap!

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Posted by seagypsy on 21/8/2009 at 11:34

somtam,
Hey, that place is directly across from l'Elephant Restaurant in LP! Forgot about that place. It's more a villa than an apartment. And come to think of it, there are private villas that can be rented long term in LP. Forgot about that market. Good point!

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Posted by spikybrain on 21/8/2009 at 15:45

Last time I was there (late 2008) I saw a number of signs in the cafes alluding to mid-term rentals. I'd wait till you got there and sus something out.

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Posted by postbridge on 25/8/2009 at 01:01

Hi Folks.Thanks for all the info.You have all been very informative.Had a look at Mekong Estate but it is well expensive.Although our budget is more than an 18 year olds gap year we aint that rich.I was hoping for maybe a small villa or something for about $800 a month.Sounds like pitching up and having a look around may be our best bet.

Thanks Again

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Posted by seagypsy on 25/8/2009 at 01:50

U$800 should get you something pretty nice in Luang Prabang. I know one expat couple who are renting a two story house with 2+ bedrooms upstairs and a rooftop patio for only U$500/month. They've got a long-term lease and the house itself is only a few years old.
Yep, I think it's best to show up, get your bearings as to where you want to live, and take a look around because I've seen some homes with rental signs in the windows.

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Posted by mmmmbeerlao on 8/10/2009 at 11:12

Get into town and talk to the guy who runs the Lao Lao Gardens BBQ restaurant. Im sure he would be happy to help you. Him and his freinds are great people. He could help you for sure

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Posted by travelinchen on 2/2/2011 at 16:53

my husband and I are looking for a flat, apartment or suite to
stay in Luang Prabang in July and August 2011,before we move back to Berlin. The
place should definitely have a double bed, a desk and a chair and

internet, and it would be great if it had a kitchen or soome kitchen
facilities (but not necessary) and a living room. Size should be at
least 40 sqms.

Our budget is USD 500 incluing bills.

Does anyone know about such a place or have an idea how to look for one from home? (obviously, I put these things into google, but didn't really find anything)

thanks!!

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Posted by Tira on 12/2/2012 at 09:35

Travelinchen and all, can you let me know if you found something for your July/August stay? I am planning on going to Luang Prabang in April for 4 to 5 months and would very much like to find a small apt that has kitchen facility and, hopefully, hot water/shower ;-P Any help is much appreciated. Thank you all

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Posted by Oztravels on 7/3/2012 at 22:06

We found a nice small house (US$300 per month). Like most of the places we have found it just takes a few days wandering around asking at shops, bars etc. (just stay in a guest house in the mean time) Also in the old town there are quite a few 'house for rent' signs. You will pay a bit more in the old town though.

Cheers

David

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Posted by Tira on 8/3/2012 at 00:48

David, Do you have a contact info as I will be going end of March and that prices sounds really good.. How was it / was it furnished, kitchen etc.? Thank you for your feedback. Tira

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Posted by Oztravels on 8/3/2012 at 01:04

Hi Tira. Sorry I should have been clearer. We are still in the house until the end of June. As I said you just need to wander around town and chat with people. I know the owner of the Icon Klub mentioned a house thats available in the old town Look for her Facebook page and ask.

Good luck

Cheers

D

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Posted by ProjectLP on 8/3/2012 at 03:35

Hello Tira,

I saw few houses for rent in the peninsula. If you are interested, please find a way to contact me and I will provide you the phone numbers that I noted during my last trip to Luang Prabang. Or I can introduce you to a local that has a very good knowledge of the properties for sale; so I presume he knows the places for rent also.

Unfortunately, it may be difficult to conclude a deal before physically going to Luang Prabang. I think the best is to go there first and stay in a guesthouse until you find something that you like.

Good luck !

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Posted by Tira on 8/3/2012 at 08:19

Thanks Oztravels and ProjectLP. Unfortunately I don't know how to contact you but I've changed my setting which might make it possible for you to send me an email directly. In the settings I set "messaging" to "enable". No idea if this would actually work.

Maybe we could meet once I'm in LP, will arrive on Apr. 3. As you suggested, that is what I had planned, to stay at a Guesthouse for the beginning and then look around.

As I'll be volunteering for a few month, don't know yet where, I'll try to get an inexpensive accommodation, like the $300 is really good.

Do let me know if it is possible for you to contact me or maybe you want to change your setting so I can contact you. I will see if I can find out another way to contact you directly.

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Posted by ProjectLP on 21/3/2012 at 03:33

Hello Tira,

I confirm that I am still not able to contact you by Travelfish. I did change my settings and it seems that it is now possible to contact me. If you are still unable, you can contact me through other methods. Just look carefully.

I am sorry that I cannot provide you the phone numbers of the houses to rent through this site. I don’t know if it is permitted and I don’t know the owners of the houses; they may be upset. I also have no idea of the rental fee, but I believe 300 USD per month should get you something quite comfortable.

If you already found a long-term accommodation, enjoy your stay in Luang Prabang !

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Posted by lostinlaos on 8/8/2012 at 03:47

You cannot legally rent houses in LPB without a work visa , the police and village cheif will soon be sniffing at your door ...and now most Laos want one year rent upfront.....my advice go to guesthouse ....

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Posted by Tira on 12/8/2012 at 09:23

Thanks, lostinlaos, for your feedback. You are correct, but I found out that until the police comes knocking at your door one is ok. Then they might/will probably just tell you to leave right away, but no further action is taken by the police unless you are not willing to move. I have rented now for a few months and nothing happened, but I'm also in the process of getting the B2 visa. Still looking around though. Thanks again, Tira

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Posted by Tactiletextile on 22/8/2012 at 11:39

Dear Tira: I will be travellin to Laos in September for town months, and my situation is very similar to yours (Will be in LP for two months, looking for a place to stay for $250-$300 per month). I am curious about what you have discovered during your stay and if you have any contacts?

Dear David/ Oztravels : Are you still in your house? I see in your post your intention was to stay until the end of June, and like Tira I am interested in the house you are staying in.

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Posted by Tira on 26/8/2012 at 11:13

OztravelOs, I have, in the meantime found a place but wonder about the house you were staying in as I might want to move to a different place. Is there a way to contact you directly? I am still in LP. Thank you. T

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Posted by Tira on 26/8/2012 at 11:19

Tactiletextile, Unfortunaely I don't have any contacts for you but as David and others said, once you are here it's best to just drive around and call the numbers posted everywhere. The thing is, though, if you don't have a business visa it might be a bit tricky as the police can come and ask you to leave within 24 hours. You may know that already. Don't know what your situation is, if you have a job here. Is there a way I can contact you directly? Maybe we can hook up at some point and I can give you some leads. T

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Posted by Tactiletextile on 28/8/2012 at 07:03

Thanks Tira. Can you message me directly through Travelfish? I'm coming in September, would love to meet you.

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