About this listing
This is a single room with a fan. There is a large single bed and a fan. There is also a bathroom, but it isn't en suite. The other rooms are all en suite, so you shouldn't find yourself waiting. I offer cooking classes and I want you to be happy.
I 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.
If you have any special requirements, do let me know. I really want you to feel relaxed and happy during your stay.
You are welcome throughout the house, there is a balcony, a sitting room, several dining areas, and a kitchen. I hope you'll make yourself at home. The only restrictions are other bedrooms, and, if I'm teaching cooking, and you aren't in the class, you won't be able to use the kitchen at that time.
Interaction with guests
I live in the house, and I have 4 staff working for me. We will help you in any way we can.
This is a quiet neighbourhood, near the Mekong and a major road that makes it convenient for town and the embassies.
The area is quiet, near the Mekong, and just off one of the main roads in town (the road that runs between the airport, the town centre and the bridge to Thailand. It makes it easy to get transport (though I have a bicycle you are welcome to borrow, and an agreement with a motorbike rental company in town that they will bring motorbikes to my house if you want to rent one, so it's easy to get around). I'm in the area most westerners live in town - near most embassies.
Other things to note
The river is about 200 metres away - it's lovely to stroll along the Mekong at sunset.
More than anything, we want you to relax and enjoy yourself. With that in mind, we want to make sure you'll be happy with us. Vientiane isn't a late night place, so you'll probably not want to stay out late, and if partying late is your thing, this probably isn't the place for you.
For mine, and the other guests sake, I want to have a quiet, peaceful and restful home. For this reason, please arrange to check in before 11pm at night and to check out after 6am. Thank you.
There are two balconies upstairs and a couple of tables and chairs outside where you can smoke, but not in the house itself.
There is lots of fridge space so if you have any food or drink that isn't completely sealed, please leave it in the fridge or kitchen so that we don't get ants in the house.
I will need a copy of your passport, or to take a photograph of it for the village chief.
To make sure your room stays just perfect, it'll be cleaned most days. Vientiane is a dusty city and to keep dust to a minimum, this is important.
Please don't move the router. Internet is available through most of the house and in the common areas. Sometimes the internet in Laos can get a bit shaky, but normally this is temporary. I have 4G but, as with all developing countries, it can sometimes run a bit slower than you may be used to.