Chanthapanya Hotel

No.138, Norkeokoummarn Rd., Van Mixay, Chanthabouli District, Vientiane, Laos
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Great place to stay in Vientiane

by IlariaBK about Chanthapanya Hotel

We stayed here for 2 nights and would definitely go back. The hotel is fairly new and central to everything. It was 4 us: 2 adults and 2 kids in a regular room: so they gave us one huge bed, whichworkedgreat for us. The rooms are nicely decorated and comfortable: nice furniture andaccents, with tv, aircon, slippers, super soft duvet....even WIFI!!! The bathroom is very basic andsmall, but clean. The manager (owner?) Eddie speaks great English and is very accomodating: he moved us to a better room (4th floor) after the first night. He found us a nice babysitter too. For $40, it's a steal. Breakfast is basic but pretty good and service can be slow, but that's not a huge deal. I definitely recommend it!


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by TogetherTrips

can I use THB (Thai currency) for all my trip in Laos?

Re: Money

by seagypsy

The answer really depends upon where you're traveling in Laos. If you're sticking mainly to the tourist destinations of Vientiane, Vang Vieng, and Luang Prabang, then yes, you could probably get away with just using Thai bahts but bear in mind that you do lose a little bit since they'll round down to your disadvantage when giving you change back in kip. However, if you're headed to off the beaten path areas, then you'll still need the local currency Lao kip.
Overall, I recommend exchanging Thai baht into Lao Kip to use for every day transactions. It's just easier and you get better value for money. And don't go dropping a 1,000baht note to purchase a small item like bottled water. It irritates the Lao to have to 'break' a large Thai note unless it's for a substantial purchase amount.

Re: Money

by TogetherTrips

Thank you for your reply. I will cross border on Nong Khai border. Where can I exchange some money fromThai to be Kip?

Re: Money

by seagypsy

There's an exchange place after you clear Lao immigration. I would not exchange too much and think you'll get a better exchange rate once you're in central Vientiane. If you've got very little luggage, you can catch the #14 Bus into central Vientiane and it stops at the Talat Sao or Morning Market Bus Station.
BCEL Banks tends to give the best exchange rates. Their main branch office is on Phongkham Street and it's between the Nam Phu Fountain and the Mekong River. They also operate an evening or night time exchange both at the end of the block too.
If you want, you can pay for the transport into central Vientiane (for tuk tuks or shared vans but I don't think the #14 bus will accept thai baht) with Thai baht and wait until you're in town to exchange.

Re: Money

by shariecheah

Yes you can. No problem bcos the shopkeepers will tell you the price of items or even foos in 3 currency ie THB, US$ and Kip..No problem !

Re: Money

by shariecheah

Yes you can. No problem bcos the shopkeepers will tell you the price of items or even food in 3 currency ie THB, US$ and Kip..No problem !

Travel Tips for Vientiane

Laid back

by Hewer

Vientiane is a quiet city and is very different from other capitals in South-East Asia. It's probably the only place I'd be game to rent a car. Everything is fairly tame and it doesn't have the fast moving, chaotic pace.

This photograph is of Heng Boun Rd. at 5:30pm on a Friday afternoon. This road runs parallel to the Mekong four blocks back and would be considered one of the major roads in the city center. This should give you an idea of how relaxed the traffic situation is there.

Lao vs. French Cuisine

by Rodan44

There are two types of cuisine that dominate in Vientiane (and Laos in general), Lao and French. The former obviously being the traditional cuisine of the Lao people, and the latter a remnant from the days of colonial French Indochina.

Authentic Lao cuisine is similar to the Issan cuisine found in the bordering regions of northeast Thailand. The staple of Lao cuisine is khao niaw (sticky rice), which is a glutinous rice that is typically served in small woven baskets with every meal. It is eaten with your hands by rolling some rice into a small ball and dipping into any accompanying dishes. Next to khao niaw, the other essential ingredient in Lao cuisine is pa daek, a pungent fermented fish sauce that is used to flavor and salt most dishes. One of the most common Lao dishes you will find is Laap, which is a combination of chopped meat (chicken, duck, fish, pork, beef) with onions, chillies, fresh herbs, and spices. The Lao prefer laap seua, where the meat is chopped and served raw, but tourists will be served the version with cooked meat (for obvious reasons). In fact, much traditional Lao food is served raw.

As for French cuisine in Laos, Vientiane in particular has many fine French restaurants serving everything from haute cuisine to rustic country fare, and there are also several upscale places that serve excellent French/Asian fusion cuisine. In addition, several French cafes can be found in the city, serving cafe and patisseries. Invariably, such restaurants cater solely to tourists and expats, as the average Lao could never afford such luxurious dining. Still, even local Lao cuisine has been noticably influenced by the French, as evident by the availability of French-style baguettes, pate, and sausages in the local markets and street hawkers.

Lao Buddhas

by richiecdisc

With over 58% of the population considering themselves Buddhist, Laos has been highly influenced by the neighboring Thai and Khymer societies. I found the Buddha images in Cambodia the most appealing but those in Laos were also a sight to behold.

Feet rules

by SumTingWong

Don't point the bottom of your feet (bare) at anyone or anything sacred. This is also a very important rule. Specifically, by the culture, pointing a bare heel is very bad and extremely disrespectful. The bottom of the bare feet are considered the most unholy part of the body. And there is good cause also: Laotians accept the fact that bare feet are meant to be dirty. Laotians are very clean and shower sometimes more than three times a day, but the bottom of their feet are always dirty. Squatting toilets only affect the bottom of the feet. This is why the bottom of the feet are unholy so don't point them at anyone (including pictures and or statues of the Buddha, and famous monks). Be warned, if you break this rule, even accidentally, Lao people will be disgusted with you, normally the Lao are very forgiving and understanding but this one is very bad, although may seem silly to you.


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Address: No.138, Norkeokoummarn Rd., Van Mixay, Chanthabouli District, Vientiane, Laos