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Spicy Laos Hostel: It Could Not be Worse!!

This review is from a friend of mine who is on a trip to Luan Prabang in Laos right now.
The trip started from the UK by truck, with 22 people, it is now in the middle of the trip and several have said goodbye even though they paid lots to participate. It seems the company affords the least for each passenger and it is taking them to the worst places hostels.

This is how my friend describes their one night stay at this hostel.

We spent 27 hours getting here, more than enough ‘comfort’ breaks and stops to get food and water (as long as you liked noodles)

We eventually got to Luang Prabang, we have now found our first rat hole in Asia, the Spicy Hostel, we are in 2 dorms again,(10 in a room, mixed) and the place is awful.

This has to be the worst, but I feel sure there will be even worse to come.
WOW, it was a peasant’s revolt, everyone complained.
I thought it would look better come the morning, that was a mistake, its revolting, even pikey's wouldn’t live like this

This place is 18 on TripAdvisor, how could a place so dirty, disgusting and awful as this get that high, thank god we didn’t book in at number 35.

I don’t think anyone will eat here; the food preparation area is disgusting, dirty plates, bugs everywhere, even a bloody cat in and out of the room, no doors, and just 2 fans, it must be hard to find places as bad as this, but as the leader is using the Lonely Planet guide, I can now understand how it’s done.

I think its being done now to get people to leave the trip

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Backpacking
  • Written August 4, 2012
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  • Liatris1 profile photo Liatris1
  • Reviews: 145

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Lao Pako - Ban Lao Pako: Sleeping in the jungle by the river...

Lao Pako in 2001, now called Ban Pako or Ban Lao Pako, situated along a branch of Mekong River - We stayed in a nice bungalow with bathroom and balcony-terrace for 3 nights. We walked the jungle trails, and enjoyed the herbal steam bath and spring bath afterwords. We even deared to paddle in a very narrow wooden canoe (with no protection for the camera...) over the river for a walk in the jungle just across from our bungalow. And of course, we relaxed on our balcony or at the restaurant chating with the staff and other travellers.

This was in 2001, but I remember very vividly that we paid 1.3 million Lao Kip, in 5000 notes (!), for 3 nights +in a bungalow food, drinks and steambath. It seems like very much, but it's not.

River view, herbal steam bath and spring. Quiet except for the jungle sounds...

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Related to: Eco-Tourism, Hiking and Walking, Jungle and Rain Forest
  • Written July 27, 2011
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  • winga profile photo winga
  • Reviews: 28

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Vansana Plain of Jars: Phonsavan

The hotel is located quite far from down town, which is not neglectable since after sun set you cannot literally find any tuk-tuk to return to the hotel. The room was nice and comfortable with a balcony view of the countryside.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written September 5, 2010

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  • winga profile photo winga
  • Reviews: 28

4 out of 5 starsUser Rating

City Inn Hotel: Vientiane's Sleeping

The City Inn is centrally located. Rooms are clean and include modern furnishings. Some might not appreciate the concrete floor finishing. WIFI is available in rooms and there is a desktop with Internet connection in the lobby. Breakfast is satisfactory. The staff if very friendly but only two or three can speak English... Good value for the money.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written September 5, 2010

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  • hientonkin profile photo hientonkin
  • Reviews: 80

3 out of 5 starsUser Rating

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Don Chane Palace: A 5* hotel

I stayed for 1 night in Don Chan Palace, the hotel located by Mekong River bank and all open land surroundings, so good view if your room face the river. My Room face the front of the hotel.
The lobby is not well located, staffs are friendly.
Breakfast is good. Often big groups will stay in the hotel.
I think I would prefer somewhere smaller and centre located cause the walk back to the hotel is pretty dark from 9pm.

  • Opinion of Price: most expensive
  • Related to: Luxury Travel, Seniors
  • Written August 9, 2010

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  • SteenKR profile photo SteenKR
  • Reviews: 2

5 out of 5 starsUser Rating

Nong Kiau Riverside: Fantastic resort in Nong Kiau / Nong Khiaw

Travelling in Northern Laos CAN be an exhausting experience but there is a few highlights like Nong Kiau Riverside.
Nong Kiau is considered the most scenic spot in Northern Laos, it is a natural stopover for travellers as well as a great starting point for trekking, river kayaking, boattrips and MTB trips.
The sleepy village contains one de luxe hotel with spacious bungalows situated beautifully along the river. It features four poster beds, hot showers and the village's best restaurant.
The staff speaks excellent English and is managed by the Danish owner in a very democratic manner. This means they can take decisions and do their uttermost to offer a good service.
Enjoy your stay!

40 square meter bungalows with river view and hot showers
Excellent restaurant
Great and friendly service
Own adventure company, Green Adventure

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Backpacking, Mountain Climbing, Hiking and Walking
  • Written November 5, 2009
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  • Reviews: 5

4 out of 5 starsUser Rating

Phashoke Guest House: Phashok Guest House in Luang Prabang

I stayed at Phashoke Guest House in Luang Prabang for 3 nights. It is located at the lane between the famous cafe JOMA and the post office.

Double Room with Fan & Private bathroom (low season): 50,000KIP/night
Twin Bed Room with Fan & Private Bathroom (low season): 60,000KIP/night

Attention: NO SMOKING

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written June 27, 2008
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  • Reviews: 2

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Rivertime Resort and Ecolodge: Relaxing riverside location

The bungalows at Rivertime Lodge are nestled in the trees with views of the Nam Ngum river. In fact, you take your meals on the river at the floating restaurant. The bungalows are tidy and well-provisioned with table and chairs and a private sitting out area. The bathrooms are special with pebble floors allowing the water to filter through naturally. There are plenty of activities to do, or not, as you choose. A short 15 min forest walk and a children's playground are available onsite or you can cross the river for a short guided forest and village walk. Internet is free for guests. The staff are friendly and helpful. This was a great place to stay at the beginning of my trip and would also make a great place to finish a trip for a couple of days of relaxing.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Family Travel, Jungle and Rain Forest
  • Written June 21, 2008
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  • Reviews: 2

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Rivertime Resort and Ecolodge: Relaxing riverside location

The bungalows at Rivertime Lodge are nestled in the trees with views of the Nam Ngum river. In fact, you take your meals on the river at the floating restaurant. The bungalows are tidy and well-provisioned with table and chairs and a private sitting out area. The bathrooms are special with pebble floors allowing the water to filter through naturally. There are plenty of activities to do, or not, as you choose. A short 15 min forest walk and a children's playground are available onsite or you can cross the river for a short guided forest and village walk. Internet is free for guests. The staff are friendly and helpful. This was a great place to stay at the beginning of my trip and would also make a great place to finish a trip for a couple of days of relaxing.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Written June 21, 2008

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  • RVKiwi profile photo RVKiwi
  • Reviews: 5

5 out of 5 starsUser Rating

Tadlo Lodge: Fabulous TadLo

This place is fantastic! It's about 80km from Pakse, the bus will drop you off a couple of km from the village - walk. We planned on staying at Tim's but so it appeared did everyone else, we loooked in at the other places but none of them appealed and finally arrived at the most expensive - Tadlo lodge. For US$20 incl b'fast we took it for two nights. Really, really nice. Once again views to the river, and the peace and quiet we'd grown accustomed to by avoiding the regular backpacker accoms. The owner was an excellent guy (thai i think) and his young apprentice who served out fabulous b'fast was ever so endearing. There's not much to do except relax, take a dip in the river, go for an elephant ride. But it's nice. Watch out for the mozzies though! Our bathroom was just lovely but we couldn't enjoy it for the buffalo sized mozzies who multiplied on entry! The owner will kindly come and spray as many times as you ask:).

Lovely views to the river. The restaurant is excellent and the service very very good.

  • Opinion of Price: most expensive
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Adventure Travel, Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
  • Written March 22, 2008

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  • RVKiwi profile photo RVKiwi
  • Reviews: 5

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Can't remember the name: Nong Khiaw piece of luxury

Fantastic! A beautiful bus trip from Luang Prabang and we arrive in Nong Khiaw. Where you get off the bus, walk across the bridge and on the left hand side is the hotel we stayed at. I can't remember the name but you won't miss it as it's the only one on the left. Take the path and go to the reception/restaurant. We got a brand new bungalow here for US$20. The bungalows are super large with a two double french doors opening out on to the balcony. The view is incredible, again looking over the river and across to the karst mountains. Breath taking. The bed was a four poster a very comfortable. The bathroom - beautiful. When we stayed they were still building more bungalows, things move slowly in Laos so they could still be building them now! The price we got was really good, another couple checked in just before us and paid $25 for the same type of room. It's worth it, and b'fast is included. We ate in the had dinner and lunch in the restaurant and a few beers, it's really nice there and the employees are friendly and helpful.

The views are stunning. The quality of the rooms fantastic. Treat yourselves.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Romantic Travel and Honeymoons, Hiking and Walking
  • Written March 22, 2008

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  • RVKiwi profile photo RVKiwi
  • Reviews: 5

4 out of 5 starsUser Rating

Bungalow Thavonsouk: Vang Vieng

Tumbling off the bus from Vientiane on a disused airport runway a couple of touts meet us eager to tell us about their accomodation on offer. Don't imagine for a second that this is anything like getting off the bus in Thailand or Cambodia, the touts are gentle and respectful here. We looked at a colour brochure for Bungalow Thavonsouk, close to the river and prices quoted US$3-8 we eagerly boarded the guys jumbo and so glad we did! Everything is close in Vang Vieng, if you know where you're staying it's not a long walk, so the ride took only a minute or so to a riverside location. We chose a bungalow set back about 20m from the river, with uninterrupted views of the glorious mt range for $8! The room had a very comfortable double bed wutg mosquito net which we didn't need to use. There was a fan which we didn't need either as it's fairly cool at night there (june). The rooms are a little damp and musty but you'd be hard pressed to avoid that in Laos. The room is fronted with large windows looking out to a gorgeous view. The attached toilet and shower is indeed basic, but clean and functional. There is a verandha also. You can get a non-view bungalow for $4 but why not spend the extra money? it's very quiet here, away from the 'tv bars' and backpackers. The restaurant is on a deck over the river and serves good food. I forget whether b'fast was included but it's cheap enough not to worry either way. I definately recommend this place. During high season expect to pay at least double the price we got.

The view is outstanding and the sunrise and sunset gorgeous from the room and also from the restaurant.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Backpacking, Hiking and Walking
  • Written March 22, 2008

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  • RVKiwi profile photo RVKiwi
  • Reviews: 5

3 out of 5 starsUser Rating

Riverside Hotel: Vientiane lodgings

This place is what i rate as 'just fine' meaning it's very clean, beds are comfortable, is secure, and the price is 'fine'. Our first visit we took a double room with a window looking at a brick wall for US$16. We were far too hot and sweaty to bargain and after a quick inspection we took it for two nights. The air-conditioning is very welcome. I would recommend this hotel to business travellers or budget travellers like ourselves. Yes you can stay in a backpackers hostel/guesthouse down the road for a couple of dollars, but trust me it's worth spending the extra money now if you plan on being in Laos for long. Only thing is b'fast is not included, but you can grab a yummy filled baguette down the road for next to nothing so it's not a major issue. You can organise visa's and bus tickets at hotel reception but they're not particularly personable so we chose to go elsewhere.

We came back for one night on our way back through Vientiane and this time paid $20 for a river view room. We had to call down to reception to have our towels changed upon check-in as they didn't look too clean, but other than that it was fine. But i think $16 is really all the hotel is worth.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Backpacking, Budget Travel, Business Travel
  • Written March 22, 2008

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  • glasstech profile photo glasstech
  • Reviews: 14

5 out of 5 starsUser Rating

Auberge 3 Nagas: Luang Prabang secret...

June 27th '06 we arrived in Luang Prabang and to our hotel late afternoon. An old french villa that had been renovated and turned into a boutique hotel. With 7 rooms only, all in wood floors and beautiful furniture there was a great feeling to this hotel. The restaurant was amazing and had the best pastries I have eaten any where. Nice people, good service, great location for down town and perfect for offering morning rice to the barefooted monks at dawn. A truley amazing experience.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Luxury Travel, Adventure Travel
  • Written December 29, 2007
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  • glasstech profile photo glasstech
  • Reviews: 14

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Pakbeng Lodge - Pakbeng: Comfy perch over the mighty Mekong

We arrived at the lodge just before sunset and were still able to enjoy some cold beers and lao-lao while over looking the Mekong below. Very simple accommodation run by a french guy who was always ready to help. Dinner was on the terrace. Rooms were very simple but comfy for the one night.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Luxury Travel, Adventure Travel
  • Written December 29, 2007
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Terrace view over the Mekong

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