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Thongbay Guesthouse
Ranked #1 of 272 Luang Prabang B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 2, 2013

Had a great stay here. Beautiful bungalows set in a nice garden, each with its own little veranda where breakfast is served at the time you wish. The city with the sights is just a short bicycle ride away with the cycles available at the guesthouse. Great service from the heart. Will stay again next time.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 29, 2012

From the free pick up from the airport to our departure we loved every moment of our stay here. Intially I thought I'd gone deaf - following the chaos of Hanoi the peace and tranquility of Thongbay was balm to the soul!
The river side bungalows are delightfully situated so we weren't overlooked at all and the accomodation is just as it appears on the website - no photo shopped pics. The gardens are so beautiful and very very tranquil.
The guesthouse is located outside Luang Prabang but provides a very reliable free shuttle service into the town and it costs very little for a local tuc-tuc should you wish to stay in town later.
The staff were very gentle, friendly and positive, breakfasts were delicious and we cannot reccommend the laundry service highly enough - our travel weary clothes were returned clean, soft and fragrant!
Thongbay staff were magnificant ambassadors for Laos and we cannot wait to return.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 29, 2012

Our family just returned from an eight day stay at Thongbay Guest House and absolutely loved it. The location on the Nam Khan river is stunning. Each morning we were thrilled to start our day by eating breakfast on our porch over looking the river (and miss this ritual now that we are back home). The staff were always very friendly and happy and service was excellent. They were very helpful throughout our stay such as when we needed to contact tour operators and arrange transport. We thoroughly enjoyed the peaceful, beautiful setting just outside the city and the shuttle service provided made it very easy to get into town. The bungalow was spacious and there was plenty of room for our two young children to play. We were lucky to spend Christmas here and we were pleasantly surprised when a most lovely complimentary Christmas dinner was set up in the garden for all the guests. Our stay at Thongbay made our our holiday in Luang Prabang even more special.

Room Tip: Bungalows facing the river have the best views. We stayed in 205.
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 29, 2012

The guesthouse garden, bungalows and outside tables over looking the river were a relaxing and pleasant place to escape the busier town atmosphere.

The guesthouse is a little out of town but there are free minivan transfers from the guesthouse(6 times per day to town) and free bicycles to rent from the guesthouse to ride into Luang Prabang town (about 15 min bike ride at a leisurely pace). They even provided smaller sized bikes for our two children (9yrs old and 11 yrs old). There are many tuk tuks in town and a ride was about 30000kip for a family of four people back to the guesthouse.

The service and friendly atmosphere of staff was great, who offered helpful information openly. The guesthouse provided free Christmas Eve dinner for all the guests to share in their garden.

The free airport transfer from the guesthouse worked well, as they were waiting for us when we arrived.

Breakfast was delicious with a wide variety of choices. We especially enjoyed the bread (French baguette style) and Laos rice and noodle soups.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

We stayed here for three nights in November after travelling up from Vientiane & Vang Vieng. It was a welcome respite in our trip and provided us with comfortable, clean accommodation, lovely food and absolutely superb service. The staff here are genuinely enthusiastic about their hotel and never failed to be cheerful and help out where ever possible. The weather was very unseasonably wet so we opted for the minibus into the centre and tuk tuk back..no problem at all. The bungalows were well maintained, some might find them a little rustic but we found them perfect. We had breakfast sat overlooking the river and also on our veranda. They provide a laundry service for a very reasonable rate and the clothes came back smelling beautiful. The wifi worked best in the hotel reception or in the restaurant but we didn't find this a problem. The beds are firm but have good mozzy nets over and we both slept well every night. Each place we stayed in Laos was so different to the next, the rates here are good and I would recommend staying here for at least a couple of nights. I have given it 5 stars as the staff & owners were so lovely. They deserve every one of them.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

We stayed few days less than we were booked. We had move to the town due to karaoke music every night and big drumming sound on Tempe in the early morning. Sleeping soundly was bit ofa challenge. It's not adult of the guest house, it s one of the beautiful setting in Luang, staff were very helpful and breakfast was lovely and rooms are great.

It has beautiful garden with lovely plants all around. It's bit out of town but they have free shuttle to and from the town. We loved it except the notice we hardly miss!

Room Tip: Better try rooms not in the river front in case of laud sound in the night and early hours of mornin...
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 22, 2012

Thongbay Guesthouse, Luang Prabang was the perfect guesthouse. Cannot fault it. It was wonderful being located OUTSIDE of the city centre. I loved the riverside bungalow, breakfast served wherever you choose to be and the people were very friendly, gentle, flexible and an absolute delight...very Lao!!!! The young man who collected me from the airport was lovely. I hope his studies are going well.
I also thought the way breakfast was ordered on a whiteboard the evening before very personal, thoughtful and original. I have already recommended it to a couple who I met in Vientianne and they were thrilled.
Everything was perfect, even the way they reacted when a couple from South America had a problem. Nothing was too much for the staff. I had one small suggestion to make and it was considered and I believe very likely acted on in no time. I will return when I can.

Room Tip: Riverside best, garden lovely too
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled solo
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Address: Ban Vieng May, Vat Sakem, Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
Location: Laos > Luang Prabang Province > Luang Prabang
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #1 of 272 B&Bs / Inns in Luang Prabang
Price Range: $52 - $74 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Thongbay Guesthouse 2.5*
Number of rooms: 16
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