At Villa Phathana, the rooms were very nice and the included breakfast was delicious but that wasn't what was so special about the hotel, it was Saeng and Wang. Saeng and Wang were the 2 receptionists at our hotel. At first they were very nice, by just talking to us. Later on, we started goofing around with them and eventually discovered Wang's interest in the game of Hangman. We also got Saeng's email address and we started to email. At the end, we also got Wang's email. When we left Luang Prabang, one of the worst things was leaving our new friends.
Eventually, we learned what their working shifts were. Saeng worked form 3:00 PM till 7:00 AM. Wang got there at seven and was therefore there during our breakfast time. After breakfast we would sit down at the table in the lobby and play hangman, tic-tac-toe, word games or drawing games with Wang. He always beat us in hangman though because he had practically memorized every word in his English-Lao dictionary!! Whenever we would get back to the hotel late at night, Saeng would be in his little sleeping bag under mosquito netting waiting for us. At the end of our stay in Luang Prabang, Wang gave us each a Christmas card and a bag of three hair bands and a nail-clipper. We had a very enjoyable stay there!!!