Incredible jungle experience 10km from the city centre, staying and dining with English host and Lao hostess (born-in-a-cave daughter of revolutionary aide to the Red Prince) immersed in Lao history, amazing house, beautiful garden, sublime pool
The house is surrounded by jungle and sits atop a pond filled with fish, with the sound of splashing water from the fountain/waterfall. The most frequent expression from guests as they enter is ‘Wow’. It has the wow factor. The house is spacious, with three bedrooms (two of which are available to rent) and is linked to the outdoors by the deck over the pond and the outside gallery upstairs, running the length of the house and fringed with orchids.
Guests can go everywhere, but are asked to respect the privacy of the host's and hostess’ suite. The garden is also fully accessible: there are two other residences in the grounds - the guard’s house and a cottage which may not be accessible if occupied.
Interaction with Guests
Mike, your host, will collect you from your point of arrival in Vientiane, will guide you in the city if desired, and, along with his wife, Xoukiet, will share pre-dinner drinks with you on the deck and will dine with you. You will be expected to live as an integral part of the household.
We are 10km out of the city centre, in a rural village with a beautiful Wat (temple) and friendly neighbours. The village is developing as a residential area, but density is very low and natural vegetation still predominates, especially in our garden! This is still a very peaceful area, with the main sounds the noise of the birds, cicadas, waterfall, etc - as everywhere, there are cocks crowing and dogs occasionally barking.
We provide one trip into town and back per day, if desired, at a time to suit you. It may be with our vehicle (Toyota double-cab pick-up) or with a locally-owned tuk-tuk. Depending on time of day, expect the trip to take 30 minutes in each direction.
Other Things to Note
Our intention is to provide a complete experience - living, local transport, relaxing, drinking, eating, in one all inclusive price - there are no extras, unless you want to come and go several times to the town. For this reason, the prices quoted are per person, not per room.
We hope that our guests will feel fully at home and treat the place as their home - they are welcome to help themselves to snacks and drinks as required. Please bring glasses etc back from the poolside.
Smoking is allowed on and outside in the garden and the deck only.
We have dogs - and a variety of other life forms - and we prefer you not to bring your pets
We have a few modest treasures on display and we like them to remain intact after guests have gone!
We had a lovely stay at the Jungle House. Mike and Xoukiet were excellent hosts and Xoukiet's fish larb was one of the best meals we had in Laos! The breakfasts were also very nice and were taken on the landing looking over a very charming pond and garden. Be advised the house is a ways out of town. Mike is great in terms of dropping you in town and bringing you back but if you end up coming home at a late hour, tuk tuk drivers won't know it so you'll be relying on google maps.
Jungle House is a very special experience. The Boddingtons are genuinely welcoming and work to create an inclusive environment where guests and hosts mingle to share stories and observations on the world and its quirks. I had a lovely relaxing 3 days during which I swam, walked, read, watched the fish, marveled at the ferocious rainstorm, ate delicious Laos food and chatted in the evening with a Mikes special G&T in hand. This was my first Airbnb experience and I enjoyed every minute of it.
My room was comfortable, clean and the countryside quiet was only disturbed by the occasional noisy gecko and neighborhood dogs.
Of the colonial style communal areas my favorite for relaxing was the deck overlooking the fish pond.
I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a relaxing interlude.
Dear Lady Jingly! Thank you so much for this lovely appreciation. So sorry not to have you back here last evening, when you could have enjoyed the contributions of an Australian contingent! Another time, another time, we hope, and we shall try to arrange some early pumpkins.
This was our first trip to Laos, and we couldn't have asked for better representatives of the country than Mike and his wife Xoukiet. Everything folks have said previously in their reviews still holds true- giant drinks, GREAT food and wonderful conversations made this a memorable stay. The house is spectacular and comfortable at the same time.
This was our first time staying at a B&B style location, and while we had some reservations, we met some great people along the way. Overall, an outstanding stay, can't recommend Jungle House B&B highly enough.
We had a wonderful stay with Mike and Xoukiat. Xoukiat cooked a lovely meal every evening . Mike was a great host and wonderful company. The house was beautiful with the pond. Mike was helping with anything we needed. Wonderful beyond words. We are simply grateful.
Mike is een geweldige gastheer en deed er alles aan het ons naar de zin te maken.
We hebben 2 gezellige avonden met hem gehad onder het genot van de perfecte gin tonic.
heerlijk gegeten ook !
Oh, Anouk, you are really taxing my Dutch! Nonetheless, you say the kindest things and I shall save a very special G&T for the next time.
Yes, we shall have to address the whole water and electrticity issue in Jungle House, sooner rather than later.
Many blessings on you both.
This place has been a highlight of all of my travels thus far over the past 12 years; I've told all of my "worthy" travelling friends about it, and I only wish I could have shared it with them (maybe someday I will). As most people will say, Mike and Xoukiet are amazing hosts (with just the right dash of humour and sarcasm), and are able to make anyone feel at home. Dinner was great, and even though they have to accommodate various dietary requirements, they do this extremely well (e.g. don't be afraid to ask for more chillies if you like your food spicier). However, some of my favourite memories from my stay have to be the "arguments" over history and politics at dinner, and random road trips into town with Mike that turned into hysterical Laotian driving/history/culture lessons (with stops at a few hidden gems like the Vietnamese phở shop along the way). If you're used to staying at hotels alone, or you're just starting out in Laos and you're not sure where to go, I encourage you to take the opportunity to give this place a chance. I met extremely interesting and friendly fellow travellers I may never have talked to in any other setting, and I learned more about the history of Laos in a week of lounging around aimlessly than I would have on any arduous/expensive tour.
I had great stays in Mike's Jungle House. It was a smooth start of my journey in Laos for about 3 months, and it was very pleasant to talk with him and Sukieh, his charming wife. Also great to meet other guests - I met only two persons in total, it was good to me though. :)
Mike had lots of stories and life experiences that I could share you in some aspects, and it was really enlightening for me. I was there alone, and the Jungle house is also great for a solo traveler like me.
I already miss the lovely pond, amazing Gin and Tonic, and also hot drink for cold. The atmosphere of Jungle house is peaceful, quiet, and relaxing. I highly recommend this place for all travelers.
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I am an Englishman who has worked in Laos since August 1994 and lived here since February 2002. My work has been devoted to people with disability: I established the national prosthetic and orthotic service named COPE in 1997, and ten years later set up the COPE Visitor Centre which has been consistently the No 1 Trip Advisor attraction in Vientiane. I also set up the Lao Disabled People’s Association, and worked for four years with the National Regulatory Authority for the Lao Unexploded Ordnance Sector.
I am married to Dr Xoukiet Panyanouvong, the foremost Lao authority on human trafficking, who now leads the United Nations Action for Cooperation against Trafficking in Persons (UN-ACT) in Lao PDR. Xoukiet is the eldest daughter of Pimpho Panyanouvong, who was aide de camp to Prince Souphanouvong, the Red Prince, during the revolution. She was born in a cave hospital in the Pathet Lao Headquarters in Viengxay, Houaphan province.
I am a keen amateur historian of Lao PDR, and especially have studied the causes of the conflict.
Staying with us, over drinks on the deck and around the dinner table, you will have the chance to explore Laos, its history and its present circumstances.
To stay with us means living in our home as our personal friends. You are not treated as clients, but as members of our family, received with warmth and friendship. Business transactions are minimised: you pay one all-inclusive price and we attempt to meet all of your requirements whilst you are with us.