Me and my buddy were swarmed with tuk tuk drivers as we get off from our 12-hour bus ride from Houay Xai. We scurried to the main road as we commence our 2-kilometer wak to our home in Luang Prabang. The still sleepy city was dull and quiet. And as we’re getting nearer to Le Vang Bua Villa, we noticed a procession of men garbed in orange robes. And I realized that this was the traditional alms-giving ceremony for the monks. We sat somewhere and observed, thinking how lucky we were to have experienced this sacred ritual on our very first day in the city.
|Alms-giving ceremony in front of the resort|
We could’ve considered an accommodation near the night market or the UNESCO World Heritage City but we chose to stay on a residential area to have an authentic Lao experience. And the quiet neighborhood of Le Vang Bua Villa suited our desires. On the streets, children were getting ready for school as we went inside the open-style front desk of our home in Luang Prabang for four days.
The newly-built resort is situated near a lotus pond making it an ideal place for relaxation. It’s also near the Nam Khan River and we got to explore it on the following days. The resort has a swimming pool, restaurant and an intimate number of rooms (24 in total) making it the perfect retreat from the bustles of the city.
Our Deluxe with Balcony room (check rates) was located on a traditional Laotian house. It was one of the four rooms and we specifically wanted the one on the second level. As we opened up the door we noticed the room’s high ceiling; it was roomy but the wooden fixtures made it homey.
|Our spacious room for four days|
The en suite toilet and bath was huge with a hot and cold shower, bathtub and toiletries that were all provided for.
|En suite toilet and bath|
|The private balcony of our room | coffee nook | beer chill place|
After an hour or so, decisions were made; Mayweather won via unanimous decision. We were saddened by this fact and went back to our much needed hibernation.
|Pacquiao-Mayweather fight on free TV|
|Snuggly and comfy|
It was late when we decided to call it a day. The walk back home felt safe.
The next day promised to be a great one. We woke up early as planned and took a complimentary plated breakfast of toasts, eggs and fresh fruits. Coffee, orange juice and milk were also offered.
Le Vang Bua Villa offers free bicycles to their guests. You just have to ask for the keys from the front desk. We chose our bikes and explored the town that day. With the summer heat beating us on our way to the temples and other spots, we’re glad to use the bikes rather than walk.
Our four-day stay at Le Vang Bua Villa was lovely. We spent most of our time on the swimming pool or on our private balcony. All of the staff were very helpful with our needs in spite of the language barrier.
Le Vang Bua Villa (book online)
Ban Meuang Nga,
Luang Prabang District, Laos
Contact Number: (+85) 6.20.555.81949
Email Address: email@example.com