This was our third visit to Luang Prabang in as many years but Lao Lu Lodge would have to be our best guesthouse experience so far.
Arriving by slow boat from Huay Xai via Pak Beng we were gratified to find that Lao Lu was only a short 5 minute walk away from the boat ramp, located on a small side street adjacent to the morning fresh food market (location hint: directly opposite Manichan Guesthouse).
From there it is only an equally short walk to the main street bustle, the night market, Mount Phousi and the plethora of restaurants and shops along the Mekong road.
Noticing our travel-worn condition the owner considerately ushered us straight to our room so we could relax, unwind, and do our formal check-in later. We stayed in a corner downstairs fan room (101) which had numerous mosquito screened windows opening up onto the immaculately maintained front and side gardens. For us this was a big plus because we like to have lots of fresh air and light in our rooms.
After experiencing a number of hard mattresses on our way from Chiang Mai the king-sized bed at Lao Lu was a blessed relief as was the beautifully appointed en suite bathroom. Seven blissful nights sleep ensued. It must be noted, though, that we personally don't mind the occasional cock crow and dog bark; we come to S.E. Asia to escape the incessant background drone of city life. Travelers who require a somewhat more sanitised experience should book a remote generic resort (or just stay home).
The staff at Lao Lu are friendly and helpful without being too intrusive. Room-cleaning and provision of toilet rolls, fresh towels, bedding, and bottled drinking water is available on demand rather than requiring the guest to vacate their room at a regular time each day. Another advantage, we think.
Breakfast is not included in the tariff however, a small set range is available from their own kitchen on request.
All in all, a blissful seven nights stay for barely more than AU 20.00 per night (we were given a 5% long-stay discount).
Stay there. You (and they) deserve it.
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