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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!


Laos Tuk Tuk

The first time may be a little confusing, because it’s a splendidly isolated hideaway!

But it’s really not difficult to find. In fact, it’s really quite easy.

We are 6 kms from Luang Prabang town center,
9 kms from the Southern Bus Terminal and 2 kms from the Northern Bus Station.
The airport is 5 kms away and the boat landing is only 2 kms from

We will arrange a pick-up service for you via tuk-tuk from all the above-mentioned locations! The tuk-tuk driver waiting for you will have a
sign and will bring you directly to the guesthouse in
Ban Don Kao.

Please contact me

Luang Prabang, LAOS
(N19.91341 E102.16683)

Phone: +856 (0)20-56856488


Email: mail@jumbo-guesthouse.com


Monica loves good healthy food! She is a passionate gourmand and takes great pleasure cooking for her guests
You can help her create meals just for you!

If you wish you can eat at JUMBO GUESTHOUSE ON THE MEKONG- just tell Monica in advance!
If you are vegetarian, vegan, or require lactose or gluten free groceries Monica will accommodate your dietary preferences.
Please speak with her and she will see to your needs.

Her breakfast is memorable. Beside of good coffee and tea you start with a huge bowl of fresh fruit salad, scrambled or soft boiled eggs and ends with warm baguette with homemade jams out of tropical fruits from Laos. The breakfast is included.

There is always an open invitation to join her in the early morning to go to the nearby fresh food market and see what the Lao people eat at home!

The Kitchen

Fresh Mekong fish

Annette and Pierre the creators of this dream destination