Villa Lao Traditional House

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Villa Lao Traditional House
Villa Lao Traditional House

Formerly known as Thong Bay and Nongduang, Villa Lao Traditional House is a property with character. Built in the 1950’s, it offers a unique experience for travellers though the increased rates make it hard to fully recommend.photos_28523_520419

As the name suggests, the two buildings feature traditional French-Lao architecture, with wooden floors, shuttered windows and breezy common space with garden views.13566867

The deluxe rooms on the second floor have a colonial home feeling and they are the best, with small balcony, big windows, natural light, air-con, TV, fridge and desk. The bathrooms are looking tired though.297249_15052909340027994005

The superior and standard rooms are grossly overpriced: They are plain basic boxes with a small window, white walls, tile floors, fluorescent lighting and zero charm or warmth. Only stay in this room if you plan on spending most of your time in the garden, which is the big selling point of this property. photos_28523_520421The private, tranquil garden has chairs, loungers, hammocks and picnic tables. Breakfast is included in the price, but bicycle rental is not which is cheeky considering guests need it to get around. 297249_15082108350034744632

Those appreciating gardens over rooms will love this place, but in terms of value, take the deluxe room or stay elsewhere. Auberge Sala Inpeng and Lani’s House by the Ponds have a similar feel and are better.

Another: Villa Lao Wooden House