Are you looking for the authentic Vietnamese experience? No, not the one you've read about in Lonely Planet or by some "epic traveler" in a Fodor's forum - I'm talking about the true Vietnamese experience: pounding techno, abysmal service, and a rundown facilities at a price that is 3X what the place is worth. If so, this is your scene.
Upon arrival at this lovely "eco" resort, make sure to take note of the floral and fauna that makes Vietnam such a beautiful place. Notice the river and how peacefully all manner of plastic litter floats by as more and more is added each day.
After taking in the sights, take a 2 min. luke-warm shower and perhaps enjoy a cocktail before dinner and the evening's "traditional" dancing. If you're lucky enough to find some one who even attempts to help you, you're in luck. A warm beer is sure to come your way in no time. Take a few swigs and settle in on the flimsy bamboo furniture as this is not just a happy hour it's also training for your accommodations later. Yes the bungalows you'll be staying in are made from the same flimsy bamboo, so unless you're a 65lb Vietnamese lady, you'd better get used to the trampoline floor in your paper thin bungalow. The walls are equally as thin, so unless you're a Native Alaskan, it's better to stick to the warmer months lest you freeze at night.
But I digress, you're coming here for the traditional Vietnamese life, right? That can mean only one thing: techno. Nothing says "nature" and "eco" quite like the repetitive bass of the same song played over and over and over again while what can only be described as a cat being strangled karaokes into a mic to add to this incredible rural, cultural experience.
To top it all off remember that you're paying for this experience and at least $25/night (As a point of reference, in Laos we paid $7/night for better accommodations). At the end of the day, NASA's $600 hammers are better value for money than this.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Ban Lac Village, an ethnic Thai villageConsists of 4 standard River view bungalows and 4 standard garden bungalows. All are inspired by a traditional ethnic Thai stilt-house, built in 1966. The eco-friendly bungalows are on 2000 square meters of land with vegetable gardens, a fish pond and a living museum showcasing the traditional local daily life.At Mai Chau Nature Place- Riverside Bungalows, guests are welcomed and served as members of the family. Guests will live in the same way that people lived centuries ago. Communal life helps guest better understand the local customs from the past and help preserve the Thai traditions.The bungalows were built with local materials that are very friendly to the environment, such as wood, bamboo and palm leaves. Each bungalow has been designed for simplicity but also for coziness and has a spacious private balcony for relaxing or sipping tea, which is prepared for you. From here you can also enjoy the peaceful scenic countryside, green fields, gentle streams and animals grazing. Mai Chau Riverside Bungalows is the perfect place for escaping noisy, dirty, busy city life. ... more less
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