- Simple & characterful historic property
- Great value for money in central location
- Walk or cycle to temples and markets
- Elephant sanctuary, waterfall and cave visits
Situated in the heart of Luang Prabang’s historic peninsula is Chang Inn, a unique and charming boutique guest house set in a French colonial bungalow that’s been standing for over 100 years. It’s full of history and charm and is certainly one of the more delightful properties in the area - it’s as much a part of the city’s heritage as the many nearby temples. Part of the Burasari chain, which has properties throughout Laos and Thailand, Chang Inn offers simple yet comfortable accommodation and great value for money.
There are just eight rooms at Chang Inn and each one of them has been lovingly designed with Indochinese decor. Guests can choose a Deluxe or Superior Room - both options offer wonderful views of the city’s bustling streets and sights of cultural interest. All guests receive a complimentary welcome drink on arrival and have use of a bicycle with which to explore the city’s many popular attractions and hidden gems. Amenities common to all rooms include air conditioning, a minibar, bathrobes and a satellite/cable TV. Rooms are handsomely decorated with rich wood-panel flooring and bespoke furnishings, and the property is dotted with heritage handicrafts.
Chang Inn is in a superb location for exploring the city and discovering its many sights and wonders, such as the night market, the Royal Palace and Wat Xiengthong, a lavish Buddhist temple with ornate shrines and lush gardens. As well as having more than its fair share of historical sights, the city has plenty of charming cafes and restaurants serving all kinds of local delicacies; there’s also a good number of shops selling local wares, trinkets and souvenirs. One of the city’s longest established traditions is the daily alms procession, a very sacred Buddhist tradition that starts as the sun rises; it passes right by the Chang Inn’s front door, giving guests the chance to observe this particularly special local ritual. There are also plenty of natural attractions to discover in and beyond the city, from the educational Elephant Village Sanctuary and the three-tiered Kuang Si Waterfall, to the spectacular Pak Ou Caves and Mount Phousi, which is centrally located and offers breathtaking city views.
The hotel doesn’t have much at all in the way of facilities, save for its welcoming on-site coffee shop. Children of all ages are welcome, although note that while there’s plenty for families to do in and around town, there are no designated children’s activities or babysitting service available on site.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)
The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.
Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!
Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good
Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.
Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.
Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.
Pippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019
Once again you organised a really good holiday for us.
If there was one criticism it was that there were too many flights. I don’t know whether you could do Bangkok first, Chiang Mai, then fly down South?
Your drivers and Guides - all really good. The variety of transport on the tours in Bangkok and Chiang Mai; we all loved.
Tamarind Village - Our room was a bit of a squeeze, with the 3 of us and 3 big suitcases.
Lisu Lodge- I enjoyed our time here. Going forward I would suggest only 1 night or they need to have some more activities. I liked how we ate on the floor, the food was really good. Staff very friendly. We liked the cycling, tea plantation, trekking and white water rafting.
Riva Surya- good location.
Elephant Hills- we loved looking after the elephants, the lake was also a really good experience. The guides were informative and looked after us well. The resort locations and tents were perfect.
Santiburi - amazing; we upgraded to a beach bungalow which was fantastic. The hotel is in a stunning location, the facilities and the service was impeccable. Sam has some private Thai boxing lessons, which he loved. We had cookery lessons and used the paddle boards. A perfect end to quite a busy holiday.
Natasha L reviewing Thailand Family Adventure on 24 September 2019