Luang Prabang, Laos
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Somjith Guesthouse Luang Prabang Reviews
Mr Somjith’s little hotel Apr 14, 2014
We moved to this place since it was close to our first hotel and it had a significantly lower price. The hotel is located in a very small alleyway which leads down to the main road along the Mekong River and another small street which connects the street down at the river and the other main street in Luang Prabang. It is only a short walk from the main attractions like the night market, several of the wats and the royal palace of the city. Down at the river you’ll find several restaurants in easy walking distance and there are additional restaurants not too far away in the opposite direction as well.
The hotel is family run and a man is constantly present at the reception to take care of the key - I suppose it is Mr Songjit himself. The hotel consist of an old building with a few rooms and a newer two floor building with about four rooms on each floor. The newer building is looking more attractive than the older one with a balcony up on the first floor and a veranda down at the ground floor - both of them had chairs out in front of the rooms so you could sit up there and enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee or tea on the balcony.
Unfortunately it is very high season in Luang Prabang due to the water throwing time of the New Year so there isn’t any room available in the new building for the first night so we have to stay in the old building. Furthermore the price of the room is at least double of what it would have been a week before or after our stay - so Luang Prabang isn’t really dirt cheap during our stay.
The room is located right next to the reception - but we don’t hear anything from the reception area - on the other hand we quickly realize the separation of the ground floor and second floor doesn’t consist of anything major - hence we can easily hear every time anybody walks across the floor on the top of our room or talking. There isn’t much in the way of furniture in addition to the two beds inside the room - at least the fact there is two beds ensures that there is somewhere to put the bags so we don’t fall over them like we possible would if we had just left them in some random corner of the room.
Unfortunately there is no breakfast included in the room rate - but during our stay we ended up heading down to the main street to watch the monk collecting alms very early in the morning so we were down at the area with the restaurants anyway so it wasn’t a major problem.
On the second day we decided to move the new block and get a room on the top floor with the balcony. There were both good and bad things with this move - the new room is smaller but on the other hand we got easy access to the balcony with the chairs and the coffee making facilities for an early or late cuppa.
Part of the Wet start of the year travel blog
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