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Thatsaphone Guest House
Ranked #105 of 261 Luang Prabang B&B and Inns
Helsinki, Finland
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“Nice location, friendly atmosphere.”
Reviewed 6 August 2011

It's on a small lane just steps from the main street and night market. The location is perfect, very quiet and peaceful but close to the action. There's a nice terrace on the 2nd floor. From here we could hear the monks in the nearby temple while reading and enjoying drinks. Our room was small, but clean and tidy. The bed was comfortable and it was made daily. Very slow wlan is included. Water is a problem as some other reviewers have pointed out. Sometimes the water pump just stops working and you have to report this to the reception in order to get on with your shower. Breakfast is offered at an additional cost, but there are lots of very nice coffee shops around the corner so think twice before deciding to have breakfast at the hotel. I think it's a very good budget choice and i would stay here again. We first booked for 3 nights but ended up staying 6. I would recommend to pay a bit more for a room on the second floor as you will have direct access to the terrace. First floor doesn't have as nice atmosphere.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled with friends
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 31 May 2011

Such a peaceful lane. I'm the only guest here, and 2 other guesthouses in this lane appear empty. This looks the nicest. Just 50m from the main drag, and maybe just a 100m the opposite way to the Mekong - via a pretty deserted Wat. Paid $15. Should've haggled more... Enjoyed it.

  • Stayed May 2011
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 26 April 2011

Nice place to be, friendly and supportive staff. Central in Luang Prabang, but in quiet street.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled solo
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 23 February 2011

The location of the guesthouse is right in the center of everything but it's on a small quiet street which keeps the noise out. We were in the room right next to the lobby and we heard no noise from outside.

The guesthouse has character. The rooms have great furniture and beds. The TV had many channels and we had a choice to use either a/c or fan. The staff was very friendly and helpful. We loved our stay here.

The rating is 4/5 because the bathroom could've been bigger and there were a some ants crawling around in our toileteries. Still, we looked at many guesthouses in LP and thought this was the best value.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 21 September 2010

I was able to walk off the street and secure a downstairs room for $US 15, but I wouldn't think this is usual. Problems were there was no window view, no TV remote, and no fridge - all provided at another nearby guesthouse I stayed at previously for the same rate. However, the bed linen was very clean and comfortable and the ensuite well-maintained. Internet access is available free via a computer in reception. The staff here are exceptionally welcoming and helpful, and I would say overall this place is a good value. The location is superb, in the heart of the old quarter.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled solo
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Cairns
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Reviewed 16 September 2010

I stayed at Thatsaphone for 5 nights in early September 2010.

The guest house is well located in a quite Soi (no vehicle access except for motobikes) which goes to Chuomkong temple, 2 minutes walk from the main street (Sisavangvong Rd) and about 3 minutes to the Mekong Esplanade.

Rooms are economically priced ($20 for an upstairs room and $15 for a downstairs room). Upstairs has easy access to a balcony with some tables and chairs for relaxing but when I visit again I would probably stay in the cheaper downstairs rooms.

The only thing I thought that was lacking was that there is no fridge in the rooms.

Free wifi is available but is not high speed. Laundry is done on site and is very cheap.

The staff were extremely friendly and helpful and spoke good English.

For those wanting to contact the guesthouse the email address is tsp_villa@yahoo.com, phone number is 856-20-55671888. Emails were answered promptly.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled solo
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Sydney
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Reviewed 15 February 2010

When we arrived in Luang Prabang, we stayed a night each at 2 other guesthouses (Muonglao @ $20 - good value, but a bit of a hike from the main drag) & 1 on Khem Khong on the Mekong stretch (forgotten its name) @ $16 - also good value but very poor layout bathroom-wise. We decided to lash out for a few days and settled on Thatsaphone - $30 for an upstairs room. The location's perfect - quiet but very central - just 50m.from the action on Sisavangvong. Our room spotless, with very elegant furniture, crisp linen and a comfortable( !) bed. The adjoining balcony is perfect for the evening G&T, overlooking the neighbouring beautiful & typical LP buildings - slightly decaying thatched or rusty gal iron roofs, woven bamboo or limewashed plaster walls with colourful shutters & nicely detailed teak timberwork. You get the picture. Thatsaphone's small garden's great for relaxing over the modest but perfectly adequate breakfast included in the room price. Free internet in the reception area and very competent and pleasant staff. However, the place does still seem to be suffering from the water supply problems described by other reviewers. Warm enough for a shower, but tends to cut out completely at inconvenient moments such as when you've got a whole headful of shampoo lather, resulting in an undignified, dripping but necessary wander downstairs to report the situation to Reception. Insignificant, though, when you look at what else you're getting. By the way, I'd go along with a previous contributor who suggested that you shouldn't panic if you don't have a hotel lined up before you hit town - even in peak season. Just find your way to Khem Khong (near Ounkham Road for example) and comb the waterfront and/or the backstreets & lanes up towards Sisavangvong. This is how we found Thatsaphone. The area is close to shops, restaurants & the Night Market, and there are dozens of accommodation possibilities in all price ranges. ( Don't think of it as being like tourist areas anywhere else. It's all very low-key and Lao.) You could probably leave your gear with one of the outdoor restaurants along the Mekong while you go hunting if you didn't want to lump it around with you.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled with family
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Property: Thatsaphone Guest House
Address: Main Street, Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
Region: Laos > Luang Prabang Province > Luang Prabang
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Ranked #105 of 261 B&Bs / Inns in Luang Prabang
Number of rooms: 6
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Thatsaphone Guest House Hotel Luang Prabang

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