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“A fine place to stay.” 4 of 5 stars
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Thatsaphone Villa
Ban Choumkong, Luang Prabang 06000, Laos   |  
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Ranked #167 of 226 Luang Prabang B&B and Inns
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15 hotel reviews
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“A fine place to stay.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2012

Thatsaphone Villa was clean and quiet (there is some construction next door, but it's not intrusive). The staff did their job and the breakfast was good. Luang Prabang is beautiful, if sedate to the point of anesthesia. Thatsaphone Villa doesn't disturb this numbing tranquility.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Dorset, United Kingdom
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78 reviews 78 reviews
72 hotel reviews
Reviews in 69 cities Reviews in 69 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2012

We were surprised at the cost of staying in Luang Prabang, but found Thatsaphone a good option. It is basic, shower rooms small, but it is clean, comfortable and a good location in town. Staff were pleasant, don't speak much English, but one is an Arsenal supporter, so that is ok. There is a building site next door, but they didn't start work too early. We stayed a couple of nights and then came back for a night after our trip to Northern Laos.

Room Tip: If there is still a building site next door, get a room downstairs on the side away from the site.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2012

We were looking to spend between $30-40/night on a room in Luang Prabang, and I'm so glad we chose Thatsaphone. We paid $30/night in March 2011, and were completely satisfied. However, it should be said that if you're expecting super luxurious, 5-star service and details, you'd be disappointed. If you're an easy-going traveler who wants a place with a little character, a friendly welcome and some nice comforts, this place is ideal. As much as I enjoyed the air con, comfy beds with nice linens and friendly staff, the real knockout aspect for me was the location - down a tiny, quiet lane shaded with greenery and bougainvillea and other flowers. At one end of the lane is Th. Sisavangvong, the main drag in this part of town, and at the other is a wat with the most beautiful gardens in LPB. The leisurely stroll down from the wat to the hotel was a blissful part of each day.

Room Tip: See if you can arrange a room on the top floor.
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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2012

We booked for three nights but left after the first night. We paid $40 for a small upstairs bedroom. It was cleanish but very tatty. The bed was good. The main problem was the bathroom and plumbing. This hotel had the smallest en-suite i've ever seen. It was dingy and had many un-cleanable surfaces. The sit-out area needed a clean but it made little differance as it faced a noisy building site. Breakfast was OK and staff were pleasant.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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10 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2011

We were a walk-in booking in the wet season, and the rates were very reasonable - $15 for the room - nice, comfy, mosquito nets, air-con. Perfect location in the middle of everything, but very quiet at night. Would definitely go back.

Room Tip: Ask for one of the rooms upstairs that opens onto the nice verandah. I think they pricing is all the...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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67 hotel reviews
Reviews in 62 cities Reviews in 62 cities
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2011

I think we paid $40 per night for this guesthouse. You get a lot less for your money in Louang Prabang than elsewhere in Asia, so I can't complain too much. Rooms just felt a bit crummy. We had a room on the ground floor and we were very disappointed with it. The staff were friendly, although keys to the rooms are kept in the reception on a wall that anyone can pass by so we did not feel completely safe here

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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72 hotel reviews
Reviews in 74 cities Reviews in 74 cities
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2011

The guesthouse, an attractive traditional building, is in a perfect location in a quiet leafy lane off the main street of the old town. A good night's sleep is guaranteed. Some bedrooms are very small indeed, and the bathrooms are badly finished with homemade plumbing. There are other signs of inattention to detail: some lights dont work properly, and shutters dont close well. But, unless you are very picky, it is quite easy to forget these lapses and enjoy this guesthouse for its truly restful character.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Ban Choumkong, Luang Prabang 06000, Laos
Location: Laos > Luang Prabang Province > Luang Prabang
Hotel Style:
Ranked #167 of 226 B&Bs / Inns in Luang Prabang
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Thatsaphone Villa is a fresh, new guest house in Luang Prapang, one of the prettiest and relaxing cities in South East Asia. Opened in 2008, we welcome guests from around the world with a traditional Laos smile and hospitality. Your pleasure is also our pleasure. We know that you will have an enjoyable stay at our well-furnished guest house. Thatsaphone Villa is owned and managed by a young Lao team and is perfectly situated in the city centre. ... more   less 
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