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Mekong Estate
Ranked #37 of 69 Hotels in Luang Prabang
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“For robust travellers, as good as it gets”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2013

Don't usually feel a deep sense of loss on leaving a hotel, but we did here. We had a vast house to ourselves that was kept stocked and immaculately clean by friendly staff, and the most magnificent views over the 25 metre pool to the Mekong. Total seclusion yet a 10 minute (free) bicycle ride from probably the best town I've visited in the Far East. There was some music coming from the village but I'd rather feel part of local life than tucked away in a gated, faceless resort and it all stops at 11.30pm because of curfew. The people here were keen only to ensure we had a great time. Thanks to them, we did.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Tampere, Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2013

Five days in paradise, a.k.a. Garden Loft, Mekong Estate. What a beautiful place. Our own little house next to Mekong river. Mekong views from bed, living room, kitchenette. Breakfast every morning on own veranda. All very clean. I never wanted to leave.

Airport transfer included, bicycles for guests (free of charge), free WiFi, minibar, safe, hair dryer.
Nice pool with Mekong views as well. Very good service.

Location is fine, 10 min. slow bike ride or 2€/5 min. tuk-tuk ride away from the center. Sometimes can get a ride with a hotel car as well.

Very much recommended, although this paradise might be best kept a secret? ;)

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2013

Stayed in the Bamboo Suite and Garden Loft with friends. The staff was great, food was good, the rooms were excellent. Only draw back was the renovation work going on in the Mekong river. We were informed earlier and got a discount on the rooms. Lesson learned is to get rooms further away from the river if renovation work is going on again. Noise from the trucks and all traveled fast and loud to our rooms.

Room Tip: Bamboo Suite - Nice room layout. Felt like a really nice apartment. Two things I didn't like, 1...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Dehra Dun, Uttarakhand, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2013

I must have spent 20 hours doing accommodation research for Luang Prabang and I must say it paid off. In my opinion Mekong Estate is by far the best and most atmospheric place to stay in LP! I saw many of the other resorts, tried the spas at Phou Vao, de la Paix, Maison Souvannaphoum, had lunch at Amantaka and did walk-throughs of Three Nagas, Satri House and Luang Say. In my opinion, none of the places wins over Mekong Estate's combination of the wonderful atmosphere (luxurious yet warm - which oddly enough seems to be a hard combination to come by in LP), swimming pool, directly situated by the Mekong, and the lovely decor of the rooms and houses. Some details:

Rooms: my room (terrace room in Sunset house) was beautifully decorated in luxury Lao style. It had plenty of closet space and was extremely clean and well kept. The private terrace where your breakfast is served was so serene and lovely and overlooked the Mekong as well as the pool.

Pool: the pool area is great and this is hard to come by in LP if you don't want to stay in one of the much more stiff places (some listed above) and pay a small fortune. As most people are out and about during the day it was fairly quiet around the pool and very peaceful.

Staff/breakfast: I mostly dealt with the staff when they came and served me my breakfast every morning. They were all very sweet and nice. Breakfast was good and you get a few different options from an á la carte menu. It should of course be noted that there is no restaurant at Mekong Estate and that there is nothing within a few minutes walking, you should be prepared to hop on your bike or take a tuk-tuk. Supposedly you can pre-order evening meals to your room from some outside contractor, but I never tried this option.

Location: yes, it is not situated in town, but if you want a swimming pool, no hotels will be in town (because of UNESCO regulations). I liked riding the free, good quality bikes that Mekong Estate lends you. For me it took 8-10 minutes to ride in to town and it's flat and easy. I thought the traffic was fine. I seriously cannot believe some of the reviewers on here that complain about the fact that the hotel is on a dirt road in a normal Lao neighbourhood. To me, this is a bonus of this hotel as it is a great opportunity to see how some of the locals live and all the neighbours seemed very friendly.

Atmosphere: it is laid-back, yet exclusive. I didn't see any places in the area that were able to combine that. It is very small and feels more like you're dream apartment than a hotel. The garden is lush which adds on to the cosy feeling of the place.

All in all - from what I saw (and I did get around a fair bit to other places) this is BY FAR the best place in Luang Prabang. I can't believe there is not a wait list for the rooms. I plan on going back!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2013

My family and I had a wonderful time at Mekong Estates with our daughter, 2, and son, 5 months. They staff – Toey and Nan and the rest of staff - where so kind and helpful it made our stay that much more enjoyable. They provided us a child seat for bikes and it was easy 5-minute ride to town. The hotel grounds are beautiful and it is nice be slightly outside of town to get a bit of quite overlooking the Mekong River. Note :the pool although refreshing for a dip after a hot day is not heated and does not have a shallow end for very young children however the grounds are good and the view from our terrace made it perfect for a family stay.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2013

A beautiful quiet hotel, right on the banks of the Mekong. Perfect as a base for exploring Luang Prabang. You are far enough from town to be away from the hustle and bustle of tourists, but close enough for a 5 min tuk tuk ride. Not advertised in Lonely Planet, this was recommended to us by a retired French Commando! We are glad we took his advice!
The architecture of the chalets is modern colonial and the lush surroundings well maintained. It feels that you have the place to yourself.
Tuoy the manager and Khamphanh the owner couldn't do enough for us. Initially there appeared to be no rooms available, but a direct email to Khamphanhand he managed to accommodate us.
Tuoy would come by every day and ensure we had everything we wanted, dispensing advice on cost of tuk tuks, to what to visit and even booking restaurants on our behalf. Great personal service.
This is a great location after a busy day seeing the sites, to relax and watch the sun go down over the Mekong. We now wish we had stayed longer and would definitely go back.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2012

After a week in Siem Reap my friend and I arrived in Luang Prabang but were not happy with the hotel we booked. We walked around the town and then decided to check this place out as we had seen it on the net but were apprehensive about it being out of town. We could not believe how beautiful it was when we arrived. The place is a sanctuary and so easy to walk or catch tuk tuk into town. It was a great place to relax in the middle of our trip. Doyshen couldn't do enough to help us, the staff wee lovely and we had the best massage there by Suieshi. Our sunset house was so spacious with beautiful rooms , woodwork, verandahs and views. The view over the Mekong is superb, the pool is lovely, the gardens and chickens all gorgeous. It is twice as good as similar priced places in town . This was a treat!

Room Tip: all the rooms are superb and look better than in the pics!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Mekong Estate
Address: Ban Saylom | Mekong River Bank, Luang Prabang 06000, Laos
Location: Laos > Luang Prabang Province > Luang Prabang
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Luang Prabang
#7 Romantic Hotel in Luang Prabang
#8 Spa Hotel in Luang Prabang
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Mekong Estate 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
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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