Since returning home, we have recommended this comfortable hideaway to friends, I wish our time there had been longer.
After enjoying the old part of town for four nights, in a quality, central hotel, busily exploring markets, restaurants, waterfalls and other tourist attractions, the Mekong Estate was a lovely, laid back way to conclude our Luang Prabang holiday.
Two of us stayed in the Sunset house studio for three nights in the middle of July and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, even after coming down with a 24 hour tummy bug. The friendly staff were so attentive, and genuinely concerned, preparing rice soup for us, which was just what was needed.
I casually walked to the night market in the old town and back, past some interesting monuments, bakeries, soup stalls, Temples, silver stores, back packer accommodation, and, some major Government compounds, this took twenty minutes each way. Alternatively, I could have caught a tuk tuk for $2.
The Mekong Estate is situated in an area where non tourist population reside. Locally you find street food, small grocery shops, some Pharmacies, a bank and five minutes' walk away is a large locals market. If you had transport, there are interesting eateries away from the old tourist part of town.
The Mekong Estate has a 25 meter swimming pool with a waterfall, it was perfect for doing laps, or just gazing at the breathtaking Mekong view. Next to the Studio, we had access to a communal kitchen that had all the appliances one could need, and, fresh coffee.
I had read other reviews describing cocktails and snacks by the pool in the evenings. Not while we were there, this must be in the high season.
I didn't expect this place to be our favorite accommodation of the trip, but, it was.
I look forward to a further visit next time we're in Laos.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mekong Estate lives up to its name with five stately Lao-colonial style villas, all with a stunning vista of the majestic Mekong River and mountains. Each of the property's 10 well-appointed rooms and suites has a river view, private terrace and kitchen, and is designed to be your home away from home. Founded in 2005 as the first residence service in Luang Prabang, guests get to discover a local atmosphere and home-style comfort, an experience unparalleled to staying at a hotel in town. The rooms boast ample space, light, character and charm. Spacious living extends to the outdoors with verandas, immaculate tropical gardens, a 25m long swimming pool and of course, the property's namesake river. Quite simply, we have the best view of the Mekong in Luang Prabang; watch the world drift by and let time stand still. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mekong Estate Luang Prabang