The Mekong Estate is a great place to stay. Fantastic location and absolutely impeccable service. My wife and I arrived there by plane in mid February 2010. We were met by the owner, a charming, infinitely courteous and helpful man who speaks excellent English. Our room was charming; beautifully decorated and furnished in Eastern style. The comfortable terrace, where we sat for drinks in the evening and had breakfast served every morning, has a wonderful view over the Mekong. Our only disappointment - nothing to do with the Hotel - was the astonishingly low level of the river, which meant vast areas of sand instead of water. Lack of rain is partly to blame, but a large Chinese dam upstream seems to be the main culprit. As a result Chinese farmers are taking large quantities of water before it reaches Laos or other parts of SE Asia.
Sadly this also meant that our planned river trip to Chiang Rai couldn't take place and we had to fly north instead. Our host could not have been more helpful as we re-made plans. He even ferried us around so that we could make new travel bookings.
We could say lots more about this lovely place - suffice it to say that we highly recommend it to anyone. It's not cheap, but you certainly get what you pay for, and more. And Luang Prabang is a pretty outstanding town to visit. Unmissable!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mekong Estate lives up to its name with five stately Lao-colonial style villas, all with a stunning vista of the majestic Mekong River and mountains. Each of the property's 10 well-appointed rooms and suites has a river view, private terrace and kitchen, and is designed to be your home away from home. Founded in 2005 as the first residence service in Luang Prabang, guests get to discover a local atmosphere and home-style comfort, an experience unparalleled to staying at a hotel in town. The rooms boast ample space, light, character and charm. Spacious living extends to the outdoors with verandas, immaculate tropical gardens, a 25m long swimming pool and of course, the property's namesake river. Quite simply, we have the best view of the Mekong in Luang Prabang; watch the world drift by and let time stand still. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mekong Estate Luang Prabang