Thong Bay Guesthouse in Luang Prabang Laos

Thong Bay Guesthouse Bungalow Balcony

Thong Bay Guesthouse
in Luang Prabang is one of the nicer places I have stayed while traveling in Indochina. This family run guesthouse is located just 10 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. This was something I did not have in mind when coming here so it was a good surprise.

Thong Bay Guesthouse entrance

Thong Bay Guesthouse is also not in town if you should know and to get to town, there are tuk tuks that take you to town for US$3/4 a trip. The plus side of this is that you are one with culture and nature when staying here and away from the main townarea.

Thong Bay Guest House compound

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

Bungalow 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 room beds

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.

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 weaved design and the entire place was made from wood except the bathrooms.

Extra 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.

Unique shower system with natural light

Even the shower area was amazing as it was made from stone with a skylight. Hot water, tiled floor, stone walls - it looked like a 5 Star resort bathroom minus the bath tub. Honestly, a very very good deal here for the price you are paying.

View 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.

Amazing Lao Breakfast

Thong Bay Guesthouse 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. Try the Local Lao Breakfast. The best ever!

My recommendation - Yes, yes, yes! Worth every cent!

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
  • Airport Transfers - $6 per trip
  • Trip to town - $3 per trip
  • From Airport - 10 minutes via tuk tuk
  • From main town - 10 minutes via tuk tuk / 30 mins via walk
Visit the official website of Thong Bay Guesthouse in Luang Prabang

Thongbay guesthouse
Mrs Lay Inthavong
Ban Vieng May, Vat Sakem
Luang Prabang - Lao PDR
Tel/Fax : (856-71) 253 234
e-mail :

Map of Thong Bay Guesthouse in Luang Prabang, Laos

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If you are heading to Laos to explore this beautiful country, check out some of the beautiful places to visit like the Pak Ou Buddha Caves, and the very interesting Luang Prabang Night Market. Also, explore the very  unique Lao Food while you are here as it is absolutely different and tasty. For a round up, here is 10 Things to do in Luang Prabang. If you are headed north and want a little bit of comfort, I would recommend you try out the Thong Bay Guesthouse in Luang Prabang.
Thong Bay Guesthouse in Luang Prabang Laos Thong Bay Guesthouse in Luang Prabang Laos Reviewed by David Jr on Sunday, November 01, 2009 Rating: 5


Mr. J @ said...

when want visit Sarawak?

Shelyn said...

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

David Jr 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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