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“Decent food, slow service, above average price”
Review of Vongmany

Vongmany
Ranked #11 of 15 Restaurants in Nong Khiaw
Cuisines: Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
South Pole
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63 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Decent food, slow service, above average price”
Reviewed January 13, 2014

I had dinner at this restaurant one night in January. The place wasn't packed, but there was a group of some 10 backpackers and a few other customers at the same time. It took about an hour before the food I ordered arrived. The backpackers seemed to be served their meals one by one, which made for a somewhat comical coming and going of people at that table.

I had the fish stew, which was decent but not great. The fish itself was well cooked but didn't have much of a taste. The stew contained a decent balance of spices (though a tad high on lemongrass) and some vegetables. It was more flavourful than, say, a bowl of pho, but nothing out of the ordinary. I didn't consider it worth the 25,000 kip it cost, especially since there was a fantastic Indian restaurant just next door with lower prices.

  • Visited January 2014
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Paris, France
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178 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“You can find cheaper for the same service”
Reviewed January 12, 2014

I stayed 1 night in a double room with riverview

Pros
- Beautiful river view
- Good location (15 minutes from bus station and near the river)
- Friendly staff

Cons
- Food is not so bad but the portions are too small
- Breakfast not included
- Wifi doesnt work in the room and the common area is closed after 22h

  • Visited January 2014
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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206 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“Some of the best food I have ever had anywhere in the world”
Reviewed January 3, 2014

Try the Lao food here, it's amazing! The family who run this place are wonderful, the prices are embarassingly reasonable.

The fish that they serve here has remained in my head as some of the best food I've ever eaten anywhere

Visited December 2013
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Portland, Oregon
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256 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 557 helpful votes
“Restaurant good, guesthouse just average.”
Reviewed December 16, 2013 via mobile

Vongmany is both a restaurant and a guesthouse, so will I will review both here since they don't currently have a lodging entry on Tripadvisor.

RESTAURANT:
The food was good. The staff were friendly. Prices were average. As others have said, it took awhile for the food to be prepared so expect a somewhat long wait.

GUEST HOUSE:
I booked my room on Agoda and ended up paying almost double what other people paid who just showed up which was kind of annoying. The guesthouse area is a newish building that has two levels. The prices I heard quoted to walkins were 80,000 kip for lower level rooms and upper level rooms without a view. Rooms with a nice view of the river on the second level were supposedly 150,000 kip. All the rooms are fairly similar inside with either one large bed or two smaller beds. Rooms on the north side of the building (the restaurant side) pick up the WiFi, but not on the other side.

The rooms are fairly basic and lack character. Plain white walls and a serious lack of decor. Lighting was terrible and consisted of a single dim fluorescent tube on the wall which wasn't enough light to read by when in bed. The beds were ok, but nothing special. The room was fairly clean and had hot water and a small fan (no A/C).

The only highlight of the guesthouse was a nice view from the upper balcony and very friendly staff. I looked around town and found a few places with nicer rooms for the same or less cost.

Overall this place was just ok. I didn't really like the look or feel of my room, but there was nothing terrible about it. They seemed willing to go down on price, so if you want a clean and cheap room and don't mind a dimly lit white walled box, then perhaps this is your cup of tea. If you like nicer decor, a private balcony overlooking the river, comfy beds, good lighting, etc; perhaps you should keep looking (I did, and I found somewhere I was much happier with).

  • Visited December 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Lovely rooms, nice staff and restaurant”
Reviewed December 4, 2013 via mobile

Really spacious and clean rooms. We had a side room but the wraparound balcony meant you have a lovely view of the river regardless. Had breakfast and a dessert in the restaurant and both were really good.

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Thank jodes1989
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