Mang was our driver from Luang Prabang to Nong Khiaw and advised us during the trip to stay at his lodge.
We had a quick look around and decided to give it a go: it was less than 10 minutes walk from both the bus station and the bridge (the center), it was clean, charming, had indeed an amazing view and was just USD10 a night ex breakfast!
We stayed 3 nights in room 1, first room in the ground floor.
There are 6 rooms in total split over 2 floors: ground floor and first floor. 3 of them have double beds.
They all have hot water, which if you ask me, is a great deal especially if you've travelled Laos on budget.
There is a little 'bar' area with two hammocks adjacent to the lodge where Mang's wife serves breakfasts and where you can buy beer Lao, water, biscuits, etc.
Mang also runs a little tour agency, right after the bridge. We did two tours with him: the 100 waterfalls (a nice walk in the country side with 2 stops in local villages, and that also includes a boat trip) and the bamboo rafting where you actually participate to building your own bamboo raft and go down the Nam Ou River while enjoying a yummy BBQ (wish I could spice the meat the way they did, it was simply to die for).
The lodge is a friendly family owned place, where people come and go but take the time to share their experiences.
We really enjoyed our stay there and highly recommend it. We quite liked that it was a bit away from all other lodges and hotels, as it felt a bit more authentic: you have walk down a little ground path to reach it (bring your flash light, you'll need it at night!), right along the Nong Khiaw school, which gives you the 'everyday life' feeling.
Only downside maybe is that the walls are a bit thin, and the mattresses are on the hard side. But then again you fall asleep to the sound of the river...
There is no wifi but it's on Mang's to do list :)
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