I organised to stay at Sala Phae, Easter 2009 and it was the best holiday. Laid back & easy would be the best way to describe it. Organising it was the hardest thing - email is not always a reliable thing in this part of the world. The hotel I stayed in Pakse, helped me out by ringing them to ask about accommodation the night before I arrived. I really wasn't too worried - I had done some research and there were a number of places to stay but none like Sala Phae - floating right on the river. There are 3 different types of accommodation within in the Sala Lao group - the French residence in a gorgeous restored french house; bungalows and then the floating rooms. My room tilted slightly but it was large, clean and comfortable. There was a balcony with deck chairs and the room did have a hot water shower. Breakfast was included and it was delicious - eggs, baguette, fruit, coffee. I could dive off my balcony into the Mekong [getting out was a little harder] if I got too hot during the day. I read lots while there, swam with the dolphins, went tubing on the Mekong, hired a bike, slept, ate [I love Lao Food - best spring rolls and laab at Sunset Bar next door to Sala Phae] and drank Beer Lao. Looking at the list to describe the trip is difficult - no nightlife around Sala Phae [not like Don Det], no spa or shopping, some cultural and sightseeing and its not really set up for adventure. There was only electricity between 6 and midnight which was not a bother but I see from the website that they will be on the electricity grid in June 2009 - I really hope not much changes because of this as it was truly a great holiday, one of the most relaxing holidays I've ever had.
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