The SpaceI love this part of the world and I want you to love it too. I do have extra mattresses and other rooms, if you have kids too - just let me know. I want you to feel at home in my place and to relax, read, cook, explore, play with my dogs, or take cooking courses. I run the courses with an excellent Lao cook so you'll have the authentic food, and be able to understand everything, come away with substitute ideas for the foods that aren't available at home and we can adapt the dishes to your taste. The cooking courses are run at an extra cost, but feel free to ask about anything you'd particularly like. They run on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings and cost $35 per person.
We can also organise soap making classes a baci (traditional welcome, leaving, marriage, engagement, travel, etc.) ceremony for you, with a few days notice.
If you have any special requirements, do let me know. I really want you to feel relaxed and happy during your stay. Guest AccessYou'll be our guest and you'll have access to the house. We want you to have a wonderful time here. Interaction with GuestsWe will be around for you as much as we can. There should be someone in the house almost all the time. We want to help you to get the most out of your visit so we'll help with ideas, thoughts, directions, transport and in any other way we can.
I love helping people find the Vientiane (and Laos) that is not shown in the guidebooks. The NeighborhoodThe house is just a couple of hundred metres from the Mekong, which is great for an evening walk or a beer as the sun sets. It is also near most of the embassies. The road is almost always quiet, except for faint noise from the temple during festival times, but really near the main road that runs from the bridge connecting Laos and Thailand. It's convenient for town and easy to find. Buses run to town and out to the Friendship Bridge and Buddha park from the top of the road (about 100 metres) every 15 minutes and there are plenty of tuk tuks there too. There are lots of simple Lao restaurants in the area and within one or two kilometres are a large market, and French, Thai, MK, True Coffee, Mexican, Indian and pizza restaurants. There are also extensive options for take out.
Vientiane is heaven for foodies with superb, but reasonably priced restaurants offering food from around the world.
In the morning, the monks from the temple at the top of the road will be out collecting alms from local people who will set up the food and prayer mats outside their houses to welcome them and receive blessings. Maybe go for an early morning walk to watch the sun rise over the lake, see the alms giving and then check out the market as folks arrive to buy their food for the day. You could even join the monks for worship and breakfast at the temple.
There are Lao herbal steam rooms around, but I like the one at Sokpaluang, just next to the temple and about 2 kilometres from the house. Set in a forested area, the herbs are picked each day and the steam room is a simple Lao structure with a room for steaming, an area for drinking their herbal tea, and an area for Lao massage. Most Saturday afternoons, the monks also hold meditation sessions at the next door temple.
I have a lovely woman who will come to the house for a manicure and pedicure for just $6 and we can also arrange for you to have a massage at home from high quality, masseures. While you are here, have a hair wash - it is an amazing experience - 30 or 40 minutes of scalp, neck and shoulder massage, leaving you with shiny hair.
Or learn how to make soap at my place - a charity provides soap to help in basic hygiene in rural Lao (and even in hospitals) so your contribution will further their work and leave you with a bar of hand made soap.
And of course, we run the cooking courses - Lao food, western food and kids cooking classes here.
I want you to have a wonderful time here. Getting AroundTuk tuks are easy to find just a short walk from the house, or we can call a tuk tuk or taxi to the house. We can also help you to rent bikes, if you prefer to get around that way. I have a bicycle you can borrow as well.
The market, paddy fields, lake and Mekong are all just a few hundred metres from the house. Town is five kilometres away. Other Things to NoteThere are three very friendly, clean, loving dogs who live in the house.
I can speak intermediate French and Lao.