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Thongbay Guesthouse in Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang Thongbay Guesthouse
The unique Thongbay Guesthouse in Luang Prabang is one of the nicer places I have stayed while traveling throughout Indochina.

This family run guesthouse is located just ten minutes from the Luang Prabang Airport, and I had the pleasure of staying at one of the bungalows facing the Nam Khan River and Phousi Mountain.

Because of the exceptional hospitality and experience I had here, I am doing this review of the Thongbay Guesthouse in Luang Prabang for anyone heading here.

Thongbay Guesthouse Review

Laos Thongbay GuesthouseThong Bay Guesthouse entrance

Located away from the main town area, the Thongbay guesthouse requires a local tuk tuk drive that take you to and from town for US$3 to $4 a trip.

The plus side of staying at this guesthouse is that you will be one with culture and nature, away from the noise and modernization.

Garden Area Thongbay Guesthouse in Luang PrabangThongbay Guesthouse compound

The reason for my stay here at Thongbay was that when I visited Vientiane, I stayed at their sister guest house called Thongbay Vientiane.

So, while I stayed there, I got to know about the Luang Prabang branch from the manager there, and immediately booked my stay before heading here via a flight on Lao Airlines.

On arrival at the airport, I was greeted by one of the Thongbay guesthouse staff who ushered me to my waiting Tuk Tuk Van.

The staff was super polite and friendly where basic English was used. I was surprised that the Lao people spoke decent English which was easily understood.

Nam Khan River Hotel GuesthouseBungalow units facing Nam Khan River

Reaching the guesthouse, they had a fairly large gate that kept you in privacy. Meaning a private compound guesthouse with well manicured gardens and landscaping.

I honestly had no idea how Thong Bay in Luang Prabang was going to look as the one in Vientiane was pretty decent.

When I saw the place here, I thought to myself, this is such a paradise for a bargain. Mind you that the bungalow with river view cost me only US$28 a night (2008 price).

Bungalow Villa Unit Thongbay GuesthouseBungalow room beds

River Bungalow Thongbay Guesthouse

Arriving at the bungalow, I could not believe how well taken care it was. Authentic walls, roofing and the area was spacious!

These bungalows come in doubles or triples (family room) and are carefully built along the hillside of the Nam Khan River producing amazing views.

They were out of doubles so we got a triple for the price of a double room bungalow. That was awesome Lao hospitality if you ask me.

Thongbay Guesthouse Room
The bedroom at Thongbay Guesthouse
The beds were much better than the Vientiane Thong Bay and the decorations were tastefully selected with various pieces of Lao silk placed around the room.

Walls were traditional weaved designed, and the entire place was made from natural wood except for the bathrooms.

Toilet at Thongbay GuesthouseExtra large bathrooms and well decorated

Walking into the bathrooms, I was pleased to know that it was extremely spacious and clean. Something that was really looked into. I could not find a fault here as everything was perfect.

They come with modern bathroom and toilet facilities, which are suitable for both westerners and Asians. A nice potted plant was also tucked in the corner, giving it some green.

Shower Room Thongbay GuesthouseUnique shower system with natural light

Even the shower area was amazing as it was made from natural stone with a skylight. Hot water, tiled floor, stone walls - it looked like a 5 Star resort bathroom minus the bathtub.

Honestly, I found this to be a very good deal for the price I was paying. In simple terms, they have managed to change the concept of traditional guesthouses to more boutique styled accommodations.

Room view from Thongbay Guesthouse Luang PrabangView of farmers from my balcony

I spent a good amount of time in the mornings observing the local Lao people going about their farming across the bungalow and Nam Khan River.

The locals have plots of land where they plant local vegetables and herbs. Down by the river, you would see Lao children playing with rubber tubes happily as if there were no worries.

Lao breakfastAmazing Lao Breakfast

The guesthouse here also has an awesome breakfast which is ordered the night before on a notice board, and it is delivered to your room in the morning.

A great system where before you go to bed, just go up to the notice board in the reception area, choose your breakfast and write it down on the board with your room number and time.

They then send it to you room in the morning with gentle knocks on your door calling out your name. I will vouch for the local Lao breakfast. Seriously, one of the best I have ever had on my trips to Laos.

Guesthouse Utilities:
  • Fan
  • Mini Fridge
  • Mosquito Netting
  • Private Bathrooms
  • Hot/Cold Shower
Food Served:
  • Lao Style Food
  • Western Style Food
Prices as of Nov 2009:
  • Garden Bungalow - U$24 - $28
  • River View Bungalow - US$29 - $34
  • Family Bungalow - US$35 - $40
Distances and Prices for Tuk Tuk or Walking
  • Airport Transfers - $6 to $8 per trip
  • Trip to town - $3 t $4 per trip
  • From Airport - 10 minutes via tuk tuk
  • From main town - 10 minutes via tuk tuk / 30 mins via walk
For convenience, you can also book a room at Thongbay Guesthouse in Luang Prabang.

Thongbay Guesthouse
Mrs Lay Inthavong
Ban Vieng May, Vat Sakem
Luang Prabang - Lao PDR
Tel/Fax : (856-71) 253 234
email : layinthavong@hotmail.com

Map of Thongbay Guesthouse in Luang Prabang


If you are heading to Luang Prabang in Laos to explore this beautiful country, you will easily need to spend at least a minimum of four to five days here.

Some of the beautiful places to visit in Luang Prabang include the Pak Ou Buddha Caves, which is known as one of the main attractions around here.

Also, for the food travelers, I would encourage you to explore the very unique Lao cuisine as there is much to experience, compared to Cambodia or Thai food. Things may look similar, but they truly are different.

I have also written a roundup of 10 Things to do in Luang Prabang, for those who want to know more, and narrow down what they want to do on a shorter stay.

For lodging, if you want a little bit of comfort, I would highly recommend you try out the Thongbay Guesthouse here in Luang Prabang.


Mr.J said...

when want visit Sarawak?

Shelyn said...

It's indeed a good deal with own banglow and a decent washroom.

Malaysia Asia said...

Mr.J, probably next year I should visit Sarawak.

Shelyn, yes it is. In fact, this was one of the best washrooms I have ever had in a guesthouse.


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