We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Nothing special”

Best prices for -
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
Souk Lan Xang Guest House
Ranked #60 of 264 Luang Prabang B&B and Inns
Sydney
Level 6 Contributor
134 reviews
80 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Nothing special”
Reviewed July 23, 2012

I'm not really sure what all the fuss is about with this place. It's a small dark-wood guesthouse - rooms at the back must be very dark (I had the 'light' room #1). They could certainly put more furniture into these upstairs rooms as they are large but only contain a bed and a couple of side tables. Because there's no glass on some of the windows, the aircon struggles to keep the room temperature below 28C. If only they put glass on all windows they could block out both noise from neighbours and heat. The showers are hot!

Staff are not the slightest bit friendly or helpful - I was only shown how the light switches worked but nothing else was explained to me (no town map, nothing useful). It seemed that customers were the last thing on the staff's mind while I was there. Breakfast is not included, which means it's not particularly good value.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Julie_L14
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

47 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    18
    21
    5
    1
    2
See reviews for
2
20
11
Business
0
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (10)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Indonesian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Slough, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed June 22, 2012

Booked one night here on a whim and ended up staying for 5, what a lovely guest house! Tucked away down a quiet lane near the river, we didn't see any other tourists while we were there. It seems to be at the opposite end of town from the very cheap backpacker places, so if you have had enough of everybody on the slow boat this is a great choice! The staff were really friendly, there wasn't always somebody around who spoke good English but we always managed to make ourselves understood. Room 1 was quite spacious, with aircon and a fan. The room also had a fridge and TV as well an an ensuite bathroom. I never did find out if they did breakfast but it is within walking distance of everything you need. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Bex003
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Auckland, New Zealand
Level 5 Contributor
71 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed June 12, 2012

This guest house is very good value for the money. We were in room 2 upstairs and it is a lovely big room with a double bed and a single bed, a fridge and plenty of hanging space. The room is however, quite dark. It also was very hot when we arrived and the aircon struggles to keep it cool.

It's in a good location, close to the river and only a few minutes walk to the main street. The wifi only worked some of the time.

We were there three nights and the room wasn't serviced, not even the toilet bin emptied.

A great place to see the monks at 6 am in the mornings.

Would recommend staying here in this lovely little town.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank brooks1098
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Portland, Oregon
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed June 9, 2012

Tucked in an alley between the Mekong and Wat Nong, this small guesthouse is reasonably priced ($15, $18 with breakfast) and in a quiet location that feels like a little neighborhood. I stayed in Room #1, which has several windows to help the darkness of the room (I have a feeling the rooms are dark here; the upstairs rooms are probably best). It's a renovated wooden house from the 1940s so it's got its quirks, but it also has a lot of character/charm. Tibay, the owner, speaks good English but when I was there he was gone most of the time so mostly dealt with his hardworking sister (she makes wedding/pageant costumes right there), whose English isn't great, but she is so helpful. She showed me how to make sticky rice and loaned me the inn bike for all of my 5 days. (A bike is a fantastic way to get around!) It can be hard to find - remember it's the alley between the Smile and the Shumpoo Travel agencies.
One last tip I was here in the slow season so I didn't experience what I've heard is tourist madness/pushiness in the early morning when the monks do their alms walk, collecting sticky rice for their daily meal. You can sit on the stoop 50 steps from the guesthouse, across from Wat Nong, and just quietly watch in the early morning as the monks come down the street in a long line of bright orange. I've heard it's a lot more quiet/special than being on the main road...if you can get up at 5 am, that is!

Room Tip: Try to get Room #1 for all the windows.
See more room tips
  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank lincoln327
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Canton of Bern, Switzerland
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed May 16, 2012

We stayed in this charming guest house for a total of 5 nights and were very satisfied with everything. Souk Lan Xang is a small family run guest house with very friendly and competent service. There was always at least one person present who spoke good English, so communication was never an issue.

Our room was very clean and cleaned daily upon request, had a comfortable bed, good AC and a TV with some cable movie and news channels in English, as well as a WiFi connection (that could have been a little faster but was okay). Two small complementary water bottles were provided on a daily basis.

The guest house was also very well located in historic Luang Prabang, close to Wat Nong and next to the Mekong River. It is in a quiet back alley, indicated from the main street along the Mekong only by a little signpost. If you are interested in seeing the monks collecting alms in the early morning, you just need to walk around the corner past Wat Nong to the central main street. Both handicraft and night markets are within walking distance, as well as plenty of restaurants and travel agencies.

For all the above reasons Souk Lan Xang is also very good value, with breakfast included (only the fruit platter could be a little more generous). We would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Patrick-Katia
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Chicago, Illinois
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed May 1, 2012

We booked Souk Lan Xang in Luang Prabang to celebrate Lao New Year. The location of the guesthouse was great. It is difficult to find, only a small sign points you down the alleyway to the entrance. The rooms are large with air con and hot water. The staff is friendly but doesn't speak English very well at all, so asking questions about getting around or requesting things during your stay is near impossible. The breakfast in the morning is simple, but nice to have waiting for you when you wake up in the morning. It is in walking distance from the main markets and city center, but far enough outside of it that you can sleep well.

Room Tip: Make sure you request a room upstairs, other guests complained of bad odors from the downstairs room...
See more room tips
  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank RTW42012
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Cabarete, Caribbean
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed April 1, 2012

I stayed at this guesthouse for more than a week. I was quartered in one of the ground floor rooms, that are relatively compact, jet comfortable with AC.

I didn't feel too chipper on the flight from Chiang Mai (my right wrist was swelling up), so the next morning I went to the local clinic. I got a bunch of medication, but by the afternoon I felt worse. The manager of the guesthouse referred me to a local doctor, that spoke english, more medication. Two days later still feeling as bad as ever (may hand was now swollen large from the wrist forward), she passed me on to a colleague, that diagnosed me with a tropical infection: Cellulitis of the hand... With Antibiotics, anti-inflamtories and painkillers I started to feel a little better, the swelling abating over the next week.

It's a bit of a story, and I only tell it to illustrate that I was confined to my room/ bed for many hours day and night. The fact that I could get more TV channels than in northern Thailand was a plus. The staff was helpful and breakfast was decent. The central location helped also since I could walk to a number of restaurants close by. The Mekong river was just a stone throw away, down the little alley and across the front street, lined with café's, restaurants and shops, the closest buddhist temple on the backstreet. You get the picture...

Room Tip: The upstairs rooms/ suites are more spacious. Floors are wooden so you hear the sealing creaking (gr...
See more room tips
  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Silvan-Cabarete
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Travelers also viewed these Luang Prabang hotels
0.0 mi away
Villa Mahasok Hotel
Villa Mahasok Hotel
#21 of 264 in Luang Prabang
101 reviews
0.0 mi away
Maison Vongprachan Hotel
Maison Vongprachan Hotel
#10 of 152 in Luang Prabang
34 reviews
0.0 mi away
Thongbay Guesthouse
Thongbay Guesthouse
#1 of 264 in Luang Prabang
970 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.0 mi away
Le Sen Boutique Hotel
Le Sen Boutique Hotel
#2 of 69 in Luang Prabang
760 reviews
0.0 mi away
Zen Namkhan Boutique Resort
Zen Namkhan Boutique Resort
#1 of 1 in Ban Xieng Lom
238 reviews
0.0 mi away
Mekong Riverview Hotel
Mekong Riverview Hotel
#3 of 69 in Luang Prabang
808 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Souk Lan Xang Guest House? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Souk Lan Xang Guest House

Property: Souk Lan Xang Guest House
Address: Unit 02 No 20, Group: Xeing Thong, Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
Location: Laos > Luang Prabang Province > Luang Prabang
Hotel Style:
Ranked #60 of 264 B&Bs / Inns in Luang Prabang
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing