Luang Prabang was the last stop on my two month journey through Viet Nam and Laos. I arrived late evening on the bus from Vientiane and stayed one night at a guesthouse recommended by some traveller I'd met. It was very basic and on the busy main road. The next morning I went for a walk along the river to find something more to my liking. There are plenty of small guest houses on that street; some where already full. Then I spotted this traditional corner house with a discreet sign "rooms available". I stepped into the lobby of Muonglao Riverside Guesthouse and was immediately taken by the genuine hospitality of the friendly manager and his staff. Had a look at the two available rooms on the first floor; spacious, spotlessly clean, beautifully polished teak clad walls and floors, simple, traditional furnshings, aircon and tv, small but well appointed white-tiled bathroom with hot shower and a balcony overlooking the street and the gently flowing waters of the Mekong beyond. I didn't have to look farther; I booked room no.4
I'd planned to stay 3 days, ended up staying for nearly two weeks.
The outdoor restaurant across the street is owned by the same guesthouse, offers excellent food throughout the day, local fare as well as some western dishes to wash down with a cold BeerLao, lovely pancakes and good cappuccino. For a change of venue for breakfast, lunch or dinner, there's a string of other restaurants along the riverside. Cafe Mekong Fish became one of my favourites.
Temples, shops and art galleries abound in the vicinity. The street, by the way, is neither too busy nor noisy. By 9.30pm the whole of Luang Prabang starts shutting down for the night, with few locales staying open till late, still only a short stroll away but on the opposite side of town.
With so many guesthouses in the area the choice ultimately comes down to "location", "comfort" and "quality of service" at "reasonable rates". Muonglao Riverside scores on all counts. I
wholeheartedly recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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- Also Known As:
- Muonglao Riverside By Villa Xandria Hotel Luang Prabang