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ThanaBoun Guesthouse
Ranked #187 of 257 Luang Prabang B&B and Inns
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“A Pleasant Surprise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2013

After spending a night at a very overrated hostel on the outskirts of town, we searched the night market area for a new guesthouse. We only checked a couple places, but stopped when we found ThanaBoun.

The walk-in rate was a reasonable $17 (a few dollars cheaper than the loud, slightly dirty guesthouse we were at previously). The manager was perhaps a bit gruff but we found him to be very helpful. He showed us a room downstairs and said if we came back at a certain time, he would be able to give us a nicer room upstairs for the same price. He was present, and impressively chipper, at 6AM the morning we checked out.

The room was really lovely. Large bed, among the softest we've had in southeast asia, with a lovely fluffy clean comforter, plus a flatscreen TV with a couple English channels. The bathroom was standard but very clean. Yes, the drain smelled. a lot. However, the drain also smelled in our other guesthouse in luang prabang, in many other guesthouses in laos, thailand, cambodia, and all over China. Just an unfortunate side effect of plumbing in developing countries. closing the bathroom door blocks the smell from the bedroom 100%.

All-in all, a great experience.

Room Tip: The rooms upstairs have bigger windows. the "view" is mostly of neighboring rooftops but i...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Nelson, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2013

It is very centrally located and and only a block away from the night market and palace. We found it quiet in the back building but we extended a night and we had to move to the front building which was a little nosier (mainly from the hotel staff) but not too bad. In the back building we had the same terrible smell mentioned in other reviews but only if we turned the bathroom fan on, if we left the fan off it was not an issue.

The staff are very inattentive, they are usually absorbed in their computer and don't seem that interested in helping you with activities, this is not a big issues though as there are plenty of other places only a few doors away that can take care of everything.

Overall it was a very good location, poor service at a fairly reasonable rate (mid range).

Room Tip: Back building, top level seems to be the best, Rooms B201 (front) - B204 (back)
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Napier, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2013

We stayed five nights here and it was ok, staff members are a little unfriendly and the bathroom did have quite a toxic smell every now and again (I think it comes from the shower drain). Evidently the smell was the reason why we found somewhere else to stay, as it did become quite unbearable. The positives are that the guesthouse is right in town and the room was quite clean and suited the westerners’ style.

Room Tip: Close the door to the bathroom will help with the smell.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2013 via mobile

The guest house is in a fantastic location. On the main strip, 2mins walk to the night market and surrounded by bars/restaurants/travel agents.

The rooms are clean, we had a large double bed, huge wardrobe tv and plenty of table space to unpack our things.

The room comes with drinking water each day (you have to ask for it), a little weird but the staff hand if over happily enough. Wifi is a login system, they give you a voucher at front desk, again, you ask for it!

We had no problem with service. The staff were always friendly, no sign of the infamous 'terrible boss' other reviews have mentioned.

You pay for your room upon arrival, this is fairly standard in Asia I feel.

For the $17 we paid per night, we have no complaints!

  • Stayed August 2013
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2013

I booked this place, then read the reviews...too late to back out I just hoped I got a 'livable' room. That said it was nice, it was clean, the bathroom did have a weird smell, but it wasn't sewage...maybe a mix of chemicals to fix the sewage smell?? For $20 a night it was ok.
The staff however are a nightmare. If they cracked a smile I'd probably assume the world had ended. If you ask a question about the town, do not expect a helpful response or indeed any response. It was the total opposite of anywhere I had stayed in Laos, where the usually cheery nature was something I came to expect.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Paris, France
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2013

Taking a first look to the hotel, it looks good. Pretty cheap, good rooms, great location, good bed etc... On the facility point of view, the only real thing is that the bathroom smells really bad.

Now, on the service, the desk man is ignorant, he knows nothing about his town. The bedrooms were not clean and I had to ask the desk man to give us fresh towels and water.

The most annoying thing was the fact that the hotel closed its doors at 10 PM leaving you outside like an idiot ringing to get in.

I would not recommend this place

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013 via mobile

The boss is horrible. You can feel it when he enters the room, all the staff have to change. They become tense and unfriendly, as if terrified of doing anything wrong.
Luckily the boss is barely ever there.
The room was okay, but the bathroom stank. Luckily we had air freshener to make showers bearable.

  • Stayed May 2013
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Property: ThanaBoun Guesthouse
Address: 48/3. Ban Xiengmuan Village Sisavangvong Street, Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
Location: Laos > Luang Prabang Province > Luang Prabang
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Ranked #187 of 257 B&Bs / Inns in Luang Prabang
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — ThanaBoun Guesthouse 2*
Number of rooms: 7
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