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Luang Prabang length of times and hotels

Jan 24th, 2008, 04:14 PM
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I don't know if the fellow who was a jeweler had a personal issue with the Ramayana hotel owners, but I'm I SAW this hotel with my own eyes and it is absolutely beautiful. It was killing me that I was at the Villa Santi. The Ramayana is right next to the national museum--you can't get a better location. It is tiny--only 20 rooms. There is a spa, no pool, but the Villa Santi doesn't have a pool either and it cost twice as much for old, dark rooms. I think you would be crazy look any further. Besides, you can let us all know how it wes!

Seriously, it is beautiful.

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Jan 24th, 2008, 04:21 PM
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I agree..we do not know the motivation for the rant about the hotel that I received, so perhaps that should not dissuade anyone and perhaps I should not have mentioned it. One other place I did look at is on the Mekong and begins with a "C"..I am sorry I do not have my Laos notes right here but it is in every guidebook.(guidebooks mention that it books out early).they were charging $75 double and the room looked nice...
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Jan 24th, 2008, 06:28 PM
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i stayed in Apsara and loved it! very nicely furnished rooms, great restaurant/bar, great location. it was a block behind the main drag and it was nice to come home to a quieter part of LP, sit in the open-air bar and enjoy the evening. good staff. no problems with anything. room are big - recommend 2nd floor.
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Jan 28th, 2008, 01:38 AM
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Just two days ago (Jan. 26, 08) I checked out accommodation in L.P. from Bangkok. The favorite places were booked out, and one gave me the e-mail address of a new place,
"Villa Treasure". I e-mailed them, within 30 minutes there was a response that they had one room left for $70, and I then booked a flight for the next day.

It's raining, so I am here under the moskito net, never did I have a faster wireless connection (free). It is upstairs, super clean bathroom, shiny dark wood floors, TV, AC, nice garden downstairs, two large beds which I don't need because I am by myself, but I enjoy the size and airy feel of the room. It is about 300 meters further out than Maison Souvannaphoum, and I am glad to get away from the people wandering around town. No problem walking in the evening. It's a room which simply feels good.
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Jan 28th, 2008, 02:04 AM
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I just want to say that I am with Eks here and try whenever possible to stay in places that are not only run by, but owned by, local people (yes - I know it's hard to be sure - but let's just say smaller places are more likely to fit the bill).

Eks - I remember Fabrice too - he has a shop full of lovely things!

Gloria - a great thing to do in LP is hire a bicycle. The centre is very compact but there are also places to see that would involve a hefty walk, and besides, you come across the unexpected. It's as flat as a pancake apart from that hill in the middle, so ideal pedalling territory.

I think I was there for four full days not including day of arrival (at 5.00pm) and day of departure (at 8.00am). And it was about right. But 4 days, 5, or 6 - it's only a matter of degree. If you're not squeezing time from another destination, then why not?

Enjoy. I am sure you will.

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Jan 28th, 2008, 09:49 AM
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Just checked Villa Treasure's website and it looks nice. How far away from the town center is it?
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Jan 28th, 2008, 02:03 PM
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Looks like its pretty well situated, Gloria - closer than the MS to the "center" where the Royal Palace is located - you would do just fine there. You won't be able to observe the monk procession in the morning from there as its not on the main road but its a very short walk.
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Jan 28th, 2008, 02:32 PM
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gloria---i think you would be most pleased with a stay at the pansea pho vhau (sp??)residence....slightly out of town but delightful
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Jan 28th, 2008, 03:16 PM
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Bob, in Gloria's original post she says that she wants to be in the middle of LP so she can walk. The Pansea nice as it is (and we highly recommend having a meal there by the gorgeous pool), won't work for her.
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Jan 28th, 2008, 03:50 PM
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Right, Craig. I also don't want to spend the money for the Pansea since I know me -- didn't like the 4 Seasons in Chiang Mai because of its location. I like to be in the middle of things -- not a resort person which is why I am not going to Anantara now that I'm planning this trip MY way rather than catering to a friend.
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Jan 30th, 2008, 03:46 PM
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Just to follow up, the hotel I mentioned above (where I had looked at a room) is Le Calao. But I am not sure that this would be your best bet, as others have mentioned places with your requirements that might be nicer... You cannot beat the location of Le Calao, though. The room I saw was very nice but nothing fancy...I thought it was a good bet at about 70 US single; $5 more for a double.
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Feb 1st, 2008, 09:38 PM
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I just came back from a wonderful holiday in Laos. I did stay at the Ramayana in LPB. I had a room at the front. The room itself was kinda dark. Decoration is beautiful though. In the morning it is noisy because they have the morning market right next to the hotel, so be prepared to wake up early! They serve breakfast in their outdoor restaurant in the morning.
I rather would have seen an indoor restaurant because it can be quite chilly.

Everything worked though (water almost too hot sometimes) just the room was sometimes a bit damp and smelly and you have to like hard mattrasses. (like i do) The spa is not there yet and according the manager it would be there in march and they will build an indoor restaurant too.

The hotel is very conviently located (everything walking distance) and i recommend this to anyone who's doesn't mind the noise in the morning and is not too picky.
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Feb 7th, 2008, 08:20 PM
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It's been 3 years since my solo trip to Luang Prabang, one of my favorite destinations ever. I arrived by air with no reservations and hitched a ride into town with a British couple. They were staying at the 3 Nagas, but that hotel was full. The staff kindly allowed me to leave my luggage there while I walked around to find a place to stay.

The Villa Santi was full, but their resort a few miles from town was available, so I booked in there for 2 nites. It was kind of a pain to be so far out, but the hotel was wonderful and the breakfasts were fabulous. I took their free shuttle back and forth to town.

I spent most of my time in L.P just walking around looking at everything. It's a fascinating town, full of little back lanes, brick pathways, beautiful vegetation, lots of little cafes and shops. I looked over all the hotels in town and found a real gem.

I ended up staying at the Sala Prabang for 3 more nites. I lucked out and got an upstairs room on the front side of the hotel facing the Mekong River. Yes, the restaurant is across the street, but it's a quiet street and it's really no hassle to stroll across the road. I LOVED this hotel, right in the middle of town.

One evening I went out on my little balcony and accidently locked myself out of the room. I had to call down to people passing by below to get "rescued." It took a while to find someone who spoke English and I asked them to please go inside the hotel and have someone come into my room to open the balcony door from inside.

On my last morning in L.P I did possibly one of the dumbest things ever. I wanted to simplify my luggage handling, so I brought one suitcase downstairs and put it in an area off the lobby with several other bags. I then went out to take one final walk around town. When I returned, my bag was gone! A German tour group had departed and assumed my bag was part of their group. To make a long story short, somehow the hotel staff tracked down the German group and retrieved my bag - a minor miracle for sure. They brought the bag to me at the airport, by motorbike. I was so grateful I gave the guy ALL my leftover local currency as a tip.

You can easily see why I highly recommend the Sala Prabang and I'm surprised no one else has mentioned it.
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