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  • Reviews: 5

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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

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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: Adventure Travel, Luxury 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: Adventure Travel, Luxury Travel
  • Written December 29, 2007
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  • ShonaM profile photo ShonaM
  • Reviews: 12

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Thong Bay Bungalows: Luxury on a shoestring in Luang Prabang

We travelled SE Asia for six weeks and this was the absolute best place we stayed in! The bungalows are spotlessly clean, spacious and beautifully decorated, and the beds are super-comfy. All the staff were lovely, always friendly and eager to help. It's a little way out of the town, but you can walk it in about 20 minutes or hire bikes for a dollar a day to get around. Best bit is the balconies overlooking the river - we would sit and watch the sun go down with a beer, or have our breakfast there in the mornings. A palace at a total bargain! Go go go!

The central garden area was lovely, and the views from the balcony were amazing (see my Luang Prabang photo on my Laos page for evidence of this!). Beautiful coloured wall hangings and 4 poster beds also a highlight!

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Arts and Culture, Backpacking
  • Written September 5, 2007
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  • frank1967 profile photo frank1967
  • Reviews: 8

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.: Say Nam Khane guesthouse in Luang Prabang

Here is an unassuming little gem. In a renovated colonial on the banks of the Nam Khan River, Say Nam Khan is basic but centrally located, with its own quiet, riverside charm. Rooms are small, with comfortable beds and wood furniture. Nothing here is plush. Bathrooms are basic tile, with shower-in-room. The recent renovations mean clean parquet flooring can be found throughout. The hotel is close to "Restaurant Row" and has a laid-back balcony area for watching the sun go down.

rooms from 20$ to 35$.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written August 21, 2007
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  • frank1967 profile photo frank1967
  • Reviews: 8

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Thavisouk Resort: Thavisouk Resort in Vang Vieng

Thavisouk Resort, also known as Les Jardins de Vang Vieng, is a complex of simple Lao style bungalows in a lovely garden setting beside the Nam Song river. Guests can relax in the riverside restaurant with sala seating and watch river life go by, or take a swim in the cool waters. This peaceful retreat is just 5 minutes walk to the centre of Vang Vieng

Very very nice vieuw from the Nam Song and the mountains
Rooms between 4$ and 20$

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Written August 21, 2007
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  • frank1967 profile photo frank1967
  • Reviews: 8

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Douang deuane hotel: Douang deuane hotel in Vientiane

This is a clean and basic hotel with 30 rooms.In July 2006 we paid 21$ for a room included breakfast 2 persons.The rooms are not new but o.k. with twin beds.Hotel is near the Mekong and close to center of town

Facilities Area:around town
Credit cards :MC-V
Rooms:A/C TV and minibar

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written August 21, 2007
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The Cold River Guesthouse: Great guesthouse in Luang Prabang

Excellent small guesthouse with great views in a colonial style building. Very friendly staff who even organise a weekly feast with the guests. Bananas provided too.

Very clean and well run, highly recommended place to stay. Stay in the upstairs room with balcony view of the river and ceiling fans with great shower. Comfy beds and very clean.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Backpacking, Singles
  • Written June 14, 2007

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  • Reviews: 333

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Souksun Guesthouse: Souksan Guesthouse

There is electricity at Don Detch during 6.30pm to 10 pm only.
River breezes keep the rooms pretty cool most of the day even without fans.
Morning on the sunrise side and afternoons on the sunset side.

Magnificent sunset here.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Road Trip, Backpacking
  • Written June 7, 2007
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  • Reviews: 1

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Sabadee Guest House: Cheap accomodation in Vientian

If your on a budget this is the place to go. It only $2/18000kip a night. The shower isn't anything spectacular but it does the job. The people that run the place live there too, so you have to be quite and theres a curfew which is at 11:30.

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  • Written March 11, 2007

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  • ytanay profile photo ytanay
  • Reviews: 35

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Ban Sabai Bungalows: Riverside Bungalows in Vang Vieng

The bungalows are off the main street in Vang Vieng yet within a short walking distance to the bars and restaurants. I paid USD25 for a standard room with bathroom attached. It has a lovely balcony overlooking the Nam Song River.

Only gripe was that the water pressure in the shower was really low so it was quite frustrating when i had to wash my hair!

Reservations recommended. Some bungalows have bathtub. You can also book through the Green Discovery office in Vientiane or Vang Vieng.

Great view
Lovely setting

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
  • Written February 16, 2007
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  • ytanay profile photo ytanay
  • Reviews: 35

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Thaveesinh Hotel: Huay Xai

I stayed in their cheaper rooms which cost me THB250 per night (the better rooms cost THB400), with bathroom attached. They have hot shower which came in handy because it was really cold when i went there in February. Breakfast is not included but you can get it cheaply and they have breakfast on the rooftop where you can see across the river to Thailand.
Cheap and fast laundry is just up the road from the hotel. There's a stall selling excellent fruit shakes, coffee, pancakes and noodles just outside the hotel.
This hotel is 6 years old and is run by a family that also has a shop selling handicraft next to the hotel. Service is relaxed.
I left my backpack with them when i went for the Gibbon Experience and they kept it well.The owner gave me a ride to the airport from the hotel because his son was also going on the same flight. How kind!

Value for money
Clean
Can catch the monks collecting their morning alms from the balcony
Breakfast on rooftop
Reliable

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Backpacking, Study Abroad, Budget Travel
  • Written February 16, 2007
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  • Reviews: 35

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Mali Namphu Guesthouse: Good deal in the centre of Vientiane

Mali Namphu is conveniently located near the Namphu Fountain, where most amenities, restaurants and bars can be found. It's within a short walking distance to BCEL (for reliable currency exchange), ATM, the Mandarina spa, the Mekong river, temples, cheap laundry, the institutional Scandinavian Bakery, Green Discovery office for great adventure trips and lots more.

It's unassuming facade hides a beautiful courtyard within where you can have breakfast which is included in the room rate.

Staff is friendly and went the extra mile for me. I had to leave very early in the morning, before breakfast started, and was going to miss it if not for the staff who bothered to pack me some fruits and bread with jam for my journey. I thought that was really nice because I'd stayed at another place by the river which cost more and they denied me the free breakfast because i had to leave 30 minutes before breakfast started.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Backpacking, Budget Travel
  • Written February 16, 2007
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  • IlariaBK profile photo IlariaBK
  • Reviews: 21

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La Maison Souvannaphoum: Pure luxury

Our last night in Laos we really splurged: our hotel room (garden room, 1 king size bed, first floor with balcony, free wifi) set us back $240 ($200++). Yowsa! The hotel is historic and really beatiful with all the nice stuff and extras (great breakfast for 4 included), one of the two pools in Luang Prabang, welcome drinks,....but I can't say it's worth that kind of money. The room was very nice (with slippers, bathrobes, turn down service, great linens....) and beautifully decorated, but it was small and nothing out of this world. We asked about a babysitter and they were going to charge $18 dollars an hour! In Laos! Crazy. I would go back if it was $100/night...maybe.

  • Opinion of Price: most expensive
  • Related to: Family Travel, Spa and Resort
  • Written January 5, 2007
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  • IlariaBK profile photo IlariaBK
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Villa Sokxai: across from 3 temples

We stayed at the Villa Sokxai for 2 nights. We had a 'VIP room' with one large bed and one single bed for $50, for 2 adults and 2 kids. The room was very basic, with A/C, fan, TV, and very spartan furnishings. The linens are quite worn and the beds are pretty hard. The blankets were thin and we were cold at night, so we asked for more and got some nice comforters, which smelled great (just like their towels!) The staff is very friendly and helpful. Breakfast, which is pretty good, is served outside on the balcony, very nice! The location is great: right across from the temples so you can watch the monks from the upstairs balcony and just step outside for alms offering and taking pictures in the morning. That also means that you will hear the loud gongs at 5am and then the chanting...I probably would not stay there again just because there are so many other places to try out, but I was satisfied.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Family Travel
  • Written January 5, 2007
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