When the tuktuk driver dropped me off at a temple, I thought he brought me to the wrong place. A group of Germans then approached the same tuktuk driver, so I asked them if I was indeed at Villa Maydou
. They assured me I was in the right place, and pointed me towards the reception inside a two-story house with the numbers 1936 inscribed on the facade.
This signage was on the other side facing the road to Nam Khan Bridge.
The tuktuk driver dropped me off inside this temple’s compound
Tucked between a temple and the Nam Khan Bridge, Villa Maydou is located in a quiet area a bit offf from the city center.
It’s sort of a compound with 5 traditional Lao houses separated by lush gardens for privacy.
I immediately fell in love with the ambiance.
One of the 5 traditional Lao houses
Pathway to the restaurant
Lovely seating area near the reception
Bikes guests can use free of charge
I arrived earlier than the check-in time so I had to wait until the room was ready. While waiting, I was served freshly-squeezed pineapple juice.
My room was on the second floor
My own veranda
I was booked in a pool view room, which is part of 2 new additional buildings.
I had a veranda with couch and plush pillows where I had – as the name implies – a view of the saltwater swimming pool.
Double doors and windows with elegant French cremone bolts added a bit of flair to the rustic room.
Dark wood flooring, cream-colored walls, and jewel tone accents adorn the room.
I enjoyed walking around barefoot (even though there were slippers provided), but the creaking sound of the wooden flooring made me worried that I might be disturbing the guests downstairs.
The bed was decked in beautiful Laotian tapestry.
The room was spacious with high ceiling, and plenty of windows which allow for natural light into the room.
The usual amenities are present like flat screen TV with cable channels, air conditioning unit, telephone, cabinet, and personal refrigerator.
There’s also a working desk with enough power outlets for your electronics.
The WiFi can be unreliable — abysmal, to be honest (as is mostly the case in Luang Prabang), but it wasn’t really a big deal for me at the time because I just wanted to relax after traveling for 2 days on a slowboat.
I had to use the AEE camera
just to get a whole shot of the bathroom because it was a tad small. I wish they made it bigger given the large size of the room.
The tub doubles as the shower space. And even though there’s a shower curtain, the water from the shower inevitably splashes onto it, and eventually spills on the floor.
Other than that, the room was fine for me.
You can only hear the sound of crickets at night.
They serve a good breakfast set, too, which consists of eggs, ham, a bread basket with spreads, fresh fruits (in season), coffee, and fresh fruit juice.
L: Lemon Butter Chicken for dinner (room service); R: breakfast set
The Laotian staff are courteous and nice, but you have to be patient when making some requests because of their limited English proficiency.
Overall, I would recommend Villa Maydou for travelers looking for a relaxing stay in Luang Prabang.
Ban Meuna – Luang Prabang