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Villa Lao Wooden House
Ranked #36 of 70 Hotels in Luang Prabang
Sydney, Australia
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9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“A lovely treat”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2013

We're travelling for several months in SE Asia on a tight budget, so at $30US per night this was a splurge for us. But totally worth it. The room was nice, wooden panelled, cleaned each day with a stylish, well stocked bathroom. The bed was incredibly comfortable, I will fondly recall that mattress.

Breakfast was simple, fruit, omlette, and bread, but fresh. The location is excellent, right in the heart of the old town but on a quiet side street. It's also on the walking route that the Monks take in the mornings.

For the reasonable price of 250,000Kip, Mr Vong took us to the Waterfall, provided towels and water and waited whilst we explored for a couple of hours. You could go for cheaper, but its a 50minute bouncy drive and we were happy to splash out for the convenience of leaving when we wanted to, as well as air con and 4WD suspension!

Room Tip: We were on the ground floor, and I believe upstairs rooms were a bit more spacious. Also be prepared...
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Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
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40 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2013

After travelling about 11 month in sout-east-Asia, this place was not just a place for sleeping, for us it was a TREAT. The outside area is very nice and beautiful and perfect to rest after walking through Luang Pranbang.

The rooms are very nice, made out of dark wood which makes it very cosy. The bed was unbelivable comfy and huge. We slept like babys. We had a fridge with some drinks, a TV, ac and a fan. They provided shampoo, showergel and soap. Hot water in the shower, beautiful bathroom.

Futhermore we realy liked, that the place only have 6 rooms, so it was a private and silent atmosphere.

The breakfast was nice, bread, butter, jam, eggs, coffe/tea an juice.

Management and staff was very friendly and helpful, service was very quick.

We highly reccomend the wood house!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Melbourne, Australia
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2013

We were very surprised by our luck in finding this accommodation. The location was exceptional, with the alms taking place in front of the villa. it was also quiet! the building, was superb, beautifully timbered inside and out. all was pared back and exceptionally clean and organised. it seemed even the sheets were ironed. they leave nothing uncared for. breakfast was terrific. the manager very very lovely. thank you!!! we hope to be back!

Room Tip: we would try the upper rooms next time.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Aussie
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13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2013

Lao Wooden House is great value for money. Centrally located, this motel is easy walking distance to all that Luang Probang has to offer. The many river front restaurants on the Mekong, the night markets in the main street, the early morning visit of the monks seeking alms, the sunset spectacle from phousi hil and the many Watt....Temples. The owner couldn't have been more friendly or helpful. He organised a day trip of local tourist attractions for us and our 2 friends in his own vehicle at a very reasonable rate. The room rate was reasonable and included a lovely breakfast of fresh fruit, eggs, bread, butter, jam, juice and tea and coffee. All very fresh and well prepared. The only draw back was the noise between the rooms and the early wake up calls of the the wandering roosters which would have been a problem anywhere in Luang Probang.

Room Tip: rooms are all a bit noisy
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, England, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2013

Well located hotel, near the markets, shopping area and restaurants. The room has an average size but also very comfortable. There are bikes for hire, the staff is very friendly, the breakfast is just good. Ask for the rooms upstairs where you can have more privacy

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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118 reviews
83 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2013

Good breakfast with fruit, fresh bread and choice of eggs and lots of coffee. Room big and clean, but bedside table not by the bedside. Bed is big and comfy. With door and window shutters closed it is very dark which would make for ideal sleeping conditions if it wasn't for the early morning cockerel calls! Has a fan as well as air con. Monks pass by in the morning, but the owner told us 6.30 which would have meant we missed it, fortunately we double checked with his son the night before, who told us correct time of 5.45. Shower is very good pressure, however there is no bathtub (as described on booking.com description.) This does not bother us, but is worth a mention in case you really wanted one!

Location is really good, short walk to Mekong river with its restauarnts etc, in other direction you have the main street to PhuSi hill and the night market, surrounded by temples. About 15 minute walk to Utopia bar and 'nightlife street'. Near a famous restaurant that all the tuk-tuk drivers know, which is useful after late night bowling! We had no issues getting in at about 1am, which we hear can be an issue at other LP guesthouses.

Not many places to hang things. The map they provide is not very good, best to bring a print out from home or use the guidebook.

The exchange rate to kip is quite bad (about 3% loss) so best to pay in US$.

Transfer to airport relativey expensive at about twice what the tuk tuks quote, but is a hassle free option in an air con truck.

You can find far cheaper accomodation in Luang Prabang, but this is a very decent place. Would recommend as long as you bring earplugs!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Laos
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10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2013

We initially booked 3 nights through Agoda and extended another. We actually wanted to extend by another 3 nights but they were fully booked!
Lovely location set in the heart of the Old Town but within walking distance to the main road and riverfront.
Nice and spacious room, there are only 9 in total so they are well maintained (we stayed in 2 different ones, both lovely) and a good breakfast each morning - fruit, choice of eggs and a baguette with juice and tea/coffee.
Really friendly staff always happy to help.
Word of warning, the main gate closes at midnight so a few nights we returned later we had to scale the wall! But most places in Luang Prabang close at 12 anyway so there shouldn't be many problems!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Villa Lao Wooden House
Address: Ban Wat nong, Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
Location: Laos > Luang Prabang Province > Luang Prabang
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#5 Best Value Hotel in Luang Prabang
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Villa Lao Wooden House 2.5*
Number of rooms: 6
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