We stayed in "The Loft" at Mekong Estate for 3 weeks in September. From the time we were picked up on arrival from the slow boat until the morning we left we had a most welcoming, relaxing and interesting stay. The Loft is actually a small open plan cottage (check out the website) with a microwave and 2 burner stove, if you really want to cook. There is a dressing room leading to the bathroom. There is more wardrobe space than I have ever seen in any hotel in the world. There is a large covered deck/porch leading out to the beautiful gardens and facing directly onto the Mekong. It truly is a home away from home, except at home there is no charming Nee bringing your breakfast every morning, cleaning the house and doing your laundry, no young management staff Dokxone or Tui coming to ask what you plan to do today, no young gardeners or housekeepers waving Sabaidee as they pass by, and no Yasouli to welcome you home at the gate every night! We were invited to the staff picnic to watch the boat racing and went in a convoy (bikes/scooters/cars) to a nearby village for this and had a very pleasant afternoon. My husband made good use of the lap pool twice a day and borrowed a bike to cycle into town. Yes, the estate is a bit out of town, but if you like walking it only takes about 20 easy minutes (we are in our late 60s) and you do see a lot of daily life as you walk, morning or night. If you get too tired there are always tuktuks passing at the end of the lane which leads from the estate through the village. Yes, the lane is dusty and potholed but the neighbours are friendly and always smile and say hello, and you never know you may see pigs or goats being taken from a boat at the river landing and through the village on the way to market. We also saw some monkeys. We only heard the dogs as we arrived home. We slept like logs apart from one night when the temple drums struck up around 4.30am. We gave in at 6.30am and made our way to the local temple and were glad we did as we were able to witness alms giving with no other tourists crowding the monks.
We highly recommend Mekong Estate, especially The Loft. September would be an ideal time to go - we hardly saw any rain, and not too many tourists. Go with an open mind and heart and you will thoroughly enjoy your stay. Trish
- 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