Day 4 (PM): Travel to Luang Prabang
Same with our travel arrangements to Vang Vieng, a van was supposed to pick us up at the guesthouse at 3PM. But we got bored so we decided to walk to the Wonderful Tours Laos office where we we booked our tickets. The van was spacious because there were empty seats. However, our companions throughout the whole trip so it was impossible to fall asleep. The road the Luang Prabang was full of curves and turns which our driver expertly navigated.
I really enjoyed sightseeing along the way because of the mountain views. We made 2 stops within our 5-hour trip. Our driver stopped at a gas station a few minutes outside Vang Vieng to gas up and to let us buy snacks for the trip. The second stop was for the wonderful view deck when we were halfway to Luang Prabang. It felt like we were so high up in the mountains and we could see the silhouettes of the mountains of Laos all around. The area was so cold so we didn’t stay too long.
We arrived at a transport terminal in Luang Prabang around 8 PM. Our guesthouse was a few minutes drive away so we hired a tuktuk to take us there. After some haggling, the driver agreed to drop us off at our guesthouse for a reasonable rate. But even though we showed the address and the name of the guesthouse, we still a hard time searching for it. The driver dropped us off at the Night Market because he thought our guesthouse was located along the same street and vehicles can’t enter the Night Market. It was our first glimpse of the night market and we were a bit distracted by everything that was on sale instead of focusing wholly on finding where we would sleep that night. LOL.
Our Accommodation: Jasmine Ville GuesthouseFinding Jasmine Ville Guesthouse was a challenge for us. I incorrectly assumed that tuktuk drivers were familiar with all of the accommodations in Luang Prabang, but this was clearly not the case. We only had the street name for the guesthouse and we didn’t print out the map. We entered the Night Market as our tuktuk driver instructed but we didn’t find Jasmine Ville Guesthouse. We asked for directions from the locals but they kept pointing us in different directions. Jayvee volunteered to search for it on her own and we waited for almost an hour before she came back for us. We were looking in the wrong area, and there were two Jasmine Guesthouses in Luang Prabang which made it more confusing. LOL.
Once we figured out where it was, we were happy with the location. It was walking distance to the sites we wanted to go in Luang Prabang and it was located from the main street which meant that it was quiet at night 🙂
We were assigned 2 rooms during our stay. Jayvee left a day earlier so we got transferred to a room for 3 during our last night.
I loved Jasmine Ville Guesthouse for the same reasons as our stay in Maylay Guesthouse. Our rooms and bathroom were spacious and clean. The WiFi worked great. And the breakfast was hearty. Aside from the array of breakfast meals we can choose from, we were also each given a smoothie and a plate of fruits for our group. Continue reading