I came to Luang Prabang for the 2nd time for friends' wedding. Since I stayed in town last time I wanted to stay somewhere quiet to enjoy the lifestyle that LP is known for. I am really glad that I did, b/c it made my experience in LP more delightful than the last.
The owners are welcoming and friendly. Lai and her husband and son picked me up at the airport in the evening and welcomed me to the guesthouse. Since it was evening they let me have my rest and leave check-in til later. I had dinner there, which was a steamed fish mouse with spices which was quite good and it was nice to relaxe and have couple glasses of chilled white wine in their beautiful tropical garden to wind down.
In the mornings I had breakfast on my veranda overlooking the river which was very enjoyable. And that's where I spent a lot of time just relaxing, reading, watching fishermen and children in the river. It was convenient to get to town, though a very hot bike ride (helped by wearing a traditional palm leaf farmer hat). Otherwise they can call tuk tuks for 20,000 for 1 person ride, or if more than 1 person 10,000 per person. You can negotiate on your own for less than that but I didn't mind having the convenience.
One morning it was buddha day, and Lai's mother and staff kindly let me help them make offerings with banana leaves and different flowers. That was a very special experience for me, and let in some insight to the local culture.
I had other friends staying at the Phu Vao, Grand Luang Prabang, 3 Nagas and other hotels. They are obviously very nice and comfortable and typical of the Asian colonial hotels that I love. I had stayed at the Raffles hotel in Ventiane, it was nice but I think in terms of value and the experience, Thongbay has the rustic charm and it is more personal. I also had friends staying at $10 a night guesthouses with air con, which is less (Thongbay has no aircon though with day time temperature at 38 it wasn't really a problem at night). I would not have traded the experience. You can tell that they care about their guesthouse, the amount of work they put in to nurture their garden for the past 9 years.
I had a great stay, and on the last day Lai was so sweet and presented me with a red scarf. That was a wonderful gesture. My friends that didn't stay at the guesthouse only wish that they did so.
I highly recommend staying here and avoid the throngs of tourists in town.
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