We stayed for 2 nights at this guesthouse. The staff are very friendly. They really do try their best to communicate with us though their English can be limited. Everyone is just so nice, from the manager down to the cleaner. The location of this GH is not at the "center." Meaning, you have to walk a couple of yards (1-3 minutes) to get here and this can work for or against this place. If you want relative peace and quiet and away from the bustle of LP, this is the perfect place for you. Symoungkoun is right in front of a monastery so you can be assured of serenity.
Complimentary tea, water (hot and cold) and coffee is served throughout the day and you can get a discounted rate if you book during the low season. They also offer bicycle rentals (the best way to go around the town) and tours.
If you want to do alms giving in the morning, you can order a basket of rice from the store next door for LAK20,000 (around US$2) and mats will be lent to you for you to sit/kneel on during the ceremony.
There is also no curfew so you can stay out for as late as you want. A stay-in receptionist sleeps on the couch in the reception area to let you in.
The room is clean but very basic with A/C and fan, tv, towels, private bathrooms, tissue and small bars of soap.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Symoungkoun Guesthouse is located along the mainstreet of Sisavangvong. It has 6 rooms right in the city and near to amenities such as banks/ATMs, restaurants/pubs, spa/massage, internet cafe, tourist office & tour agencies. Other famous attractions such Royal Palace Museum, Phousi Hill, Night market and a dozen of temples are all within walking distance. Every morning there are not less that 500 novices/monks walk past this guesthouse for the traditional alms giving, unique in Luangprabang. ... more less
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