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Phone Praseuth Guesthouse
Ranked #3 of 261 Luang Prabang B&B and Inns
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South Devon, United Kingdom
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“Good option in Luang Prabang”
Reviewed February 4, 2013 via mobile

If this property was on the opposite side of the bamboo bridge it would probably cost ten dollars more.

Yes, the room at 20m2 with large furniture within it is 'cosy' but there is everything in the room that you need and you can place your rucksacks on top of the wardrobe to save space.

Yes, the shower is above the toilet, but this has been done to keep all the plumbing in one place and we didn't find it a negative just a bit of an oddity.

Yes, wifi is a little slow and we couldn't get Facebook / Skype etc, but we managed to get these in town (try the Scandinavian Bakery) so, again, no problem for us.

The breakfast options were good - they offered the usual choice of eggs, toast and noodle or rice soup (you had to pre-order the noodle soup the day before which wasn't a problem for us).

There were plenty of places within the building to relax, read, etc.

There are free bicycles for guests to use and the owner will organise motorbike hire, bus tickets etc at a very good price.

Our only negative comment was that on one occasion our laundry came back marked - it looked like my wife's shorts and my t-shirt were accidentally bleached with the hotel towels. The owner was extremely apologetic and even offered to pay for replacements which, I thought, was very honest of him. We didn't take him up on his kind offer but we didn't pay for the laundry.

We would return to the hotel and are happy to recommend it to others.

And, a good restaurant tip, try the Pizza at the English School, just round the corner from the guesthouse. The pizzas are fantastic and it saves a walk into town.

Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Beijing, China
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Reviewed January 31, 2013

If you want to escape crowds and have a good rest in the evening and look for really quiet place in Luang Prabang and, at the same time, in just 10min walk from town center; if you look for not so expensive but very clean and good place, you can choose this Guesthouse without any hesitations. Crossing Namkhan river by Bamboo bridge was our everyday's fun, but you need to check Bridge situation with Guesthouse for it exists only in dry season. Guesthouse owner Mr. Kamphone is an easygoing, pleasant man with a very interesting background. Place is very relaxing.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 25, 2013

We stayed here over Christmas. The room was nothing special but fine. There was a bit of wear and tear in the bathroom which seemed to have gone unnoticed by the cleaning staff but fine other than that. It was clean. The breakfast was good and it was great having free bike hire - the bikes were brand new and in excellent condition. When we arrived, we were told that there had been a mix up and the travel agency we had booked through had double booked. The owner was very apologetic about this (it was not his fault) and had arranged, at his own expense, alternative accommodation for our last night. While we were not happy about having to move, this was not his fault (we took it up with the travel agency) and the owner made it as easy as possible. We would recommend this place. It's in a great location, just across the bamboo bridge. It took us less than 10 minutes to walk from the guesthouse to the main street.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

Overall this guesthouse is a good option in Luang Prabang.
Pro's: Comfortable beds, decent breakfast, excellent free bikes (really comfy saddles and much better than the rusty ones that can be rented in the main town)
Con's: The giant king-size bed is great but it's far too big for the room, leaving little space for our rucksacks. The shower head is positioned above the toilet seat when there is plenty of room to position it on the opposite side of the bathroom. It is a little outside of town - it was fine for us as a couple but I don't think I'd have liked the walk home in the dark if I was a single female. It is also more expensive to get a tuk-tuk here from the bus station than to the main town. Wifi only worked in reception areas and not in our room.
We stayed in a different guesthouse on our return visit to Luang Prabang.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed January 18, 2013

We stayed here several nights on both ends of a trip north to trek near Muang Ngoi.

Like many reviewers, I feel there are many positives: comfortable beds, filling breakfast, friendly host, free bikes, and great rates compared to what we found in the main city.

We also experienced several negatives: our rooms weren't cleaned regularly/daily and for no logical reason (bathroom, t.p. and soap - making the bed and changing towels aren't really issues for us), the friendly host wanted to charge us MORE than we booked for through a booking website, t.v. reception is bad, rooms are on the small side and dark, shower head is literally mounted above the toilet.

A few other things worth mentioning: the bamboo bridge isn't as scary as the stairs leading to it; the walk into town isn't that long at all; their laundry service is slightly more expensive than we found in town, but our clothes smell great now.

Overall, the positives outweighed the negatives, but anyone booking here should know it isn't perfect.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Munich, Germany
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

We stayed 5 nights in luang prabang, but decided to go on a 2 day 1 night trip after 2 nights at phonepraseuth. The owner, a very nice and outstandingly friendly man ( just like the rest of the staff), kept our belongings save and did not charge us for that night.
The breakfast was good and you can choose from a small menu, the rooms were clean and nice. The guesthouse has bicycles for the guests that you can rent for free, which was amazing and fun, we drove into the center in just 5 minutes :-) overall one of the nicest places we stayed at on our south-east-asia-trip!!!!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed January 11, 2013

All you need to so is cross a simple bamboo bridge to the other side of the river, and find this place nearbye. You will pay 1/2 what you pay in the main area, for accomodations that are just as nice, and a 10 minute walk to the center of town. The cost to cross the bridge is less than $1, and the ticket is good all day. Free bikes, free airport transport, good/free wi-fi, good/free breakfest and wonderful host. A gem, waiting to be discovered by the slightly adventurous.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Phone Praseuth Guesthouse
Address: Unit 7 346, Old Bridge | Ban Phanluang, Luang Prabang, Laos
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Location: Laos > Luang Prabang Province > Luang Prabang
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Ranked #3 of 261 B&Bs / Inns in Luang Prabang
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Hotel Class:2 star — Phone Praseuth Guesthouse 2*
Number of rooms: 15
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