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Your dream destination in Luang Prabang

is uniquely situated on a high bank overlooking the Mekong River in the village of Ban Don Kao, located on the outskirts of UNESCO World Heritage Site Luang Prabang.
This is a splendidly isolated and romantic hideaway surrounded by lush tropical gardens.

JUMBO GUESTHOUSE is ideal for individuals or couples who work in Luang Prabang or contemplating travellers or for those who just want to escape the touristic hustle of town. Families with children are always welcome here!
Ban Done Kao is a semi-rural village where you can still feel the authentic traditional Lao spirit and see nature all around you.
It’s roughly 15 minutes to the center of town by tuk-tuk or 25 by bicycle.
Two bicycles are available for free! If you prefer to be more mobile, we can recommend you a reliable scooter or motorbike-shop in town.

Mekong during rainy season


There are two scenic terraces partly shaded by trees directly overlooking the river.
They are perfect places to practice yoga or meditate.
Luscious gardens surround the entire property.
During dry season there is a direct access to a sandy beach just a short walk down the stairs from the living room and terraces.

We have 3 comfortable bedrooms (two upstairs and one downstairs) all of them with simple en suite bathroom with shower, sink and WC.
There is also a large upstairs veranda and sitting area which provides a perfect place to read and for children to play.
The sala or living room is an airy, open space for our guests to eat, converse and relax.

Keeping up with the times, we have installed WLAN in all rooms and around the house!

We have several sociable cats and dogs. This accommodation is particularly suitable for animal lovers.


An Austrian, Monica was born in Brazil, studied social anthropology and worked for many years with refugees and newcomers who came to Germany.
From 2007 she ran the JUMBO GUESTHOUSE in Hongsa, Laos and recently relocated to Ban Don Kao, Luang Prabang in July 2016.

“It was my best decision ever to move to Laos. I fell in love with this charming and still laid-back country.
Why? You have to slow down here to live a good life!”

Monica lives at the guesthouse and speaks German, English, Lao and some French.
She is happy to provide suggestions for things to do in Luang Prabang and northern Laos.
She can recommend restaurants and answer your questions with regards to the country, its people, their cuisine and culture.



In the Lao language the river is called the Mae Nam Kong. Mae nam means river – literally translated as Mother of Waters. Our terrace and living room features a singularly spectacular viewpoint of the Mekong, especially looking southward, where you can feel the energy and strength of this broad powerful river as it rolls and flows to the South China Sea all the way from Tibet.
Watch the river traffic – small fishing boats, sleek medium to large passenger boats and big river freighters that go all the way to China. Take in the green hills and mountains that surround the Mekong.
And you will feel like you are part of this natural spectacle, may it be in the morning when the fog rises on the water or in the evening when the setting sun paints the sky a multitude of different colors on the opposite shore.
This location is a dream destination!