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“Not as good as promissed but over all ok.”
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Ock Pop Tok Villa
Ranked #25 of 260 Luang Prabang B&B and Inns
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“Not as good as promissed but over all ok.”
Reviewed March 15, 2012

It was descriebed as a familiar athmosphere that I did not feel.
For breakfast they always served only half of the food promissed. The bread I had to ask for every morning was grey once and never fresh.
The room where nice and mostly clean but small and rudimental for the price.
The staff was helpful but because of their bad English knowlege there were many missunderstandings. Even though they were friendly and tried their best. Still, if I hadn't payed in advance I would have changed the hotel after one or two nights. The management did not show up in 5 days. Not familiar and not client orientatied. It was not about the money I just did not feel welcome at this place. It could be because it is after the main season. Nevertheless I like that they support weavers especially also young women and think this is a unique and grat concept.

  • Stayed March 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed January 30, 2012

I joined a friend who was already staying at this charming and delightful guesthouse. Everything about it was inviting. The room was stylish, comfortable and clean. The balcony offered a view of the Mekong filtered through greenery. It was far away enough from the bustle, yet close enough to take one of the well-kept bicycles and have a pleasant ride into the town. The staff were warm and helpful, so when they requested we wait a while because the owner wanted to talk to us, we obliged. It turns out they'd double booked our room, and asked if we would be willing to relocate into town. Given the fact that they were all so very nice, we agreed. They said they'd found us a hotel on the river and we would be reimbursed the $15 difference between what we were paying. They would also take care of our transport.

We proceeded to purchase items from their store, then we duly set about packing to leave. This is where things began to go downhill. As we stood around waiting for their transport to arrive (20 minutes, or so) we were told the river room was not available. Seeing our distress, the staff member dispatched to see us off made hasty arrangements to join us to ensure we were happy. By now our morning was already escaping us. Anyway, we were taken to a hotel totally lacking in charm, and the only room available there was one with a double bed. We said we required two beds, but no, sorry, the room with two beds was booked.

We said that we found this unacceptable, and since I have visited and worked in Luang Prabang before, I suggested they try get us into a hotel that I knew about. After many phone calls and another hour passing we were taken to the Apsara, the hotel I requested. Ironically, it seems one of the owners of Ock Top Pop had attempted to contact the owner of the Apsara earlier but had not reached him.

I suppose my complaint is that we were hugely inconvenienced, and there was no follow through whatsoever from the owners of Ock Top Pop. Furthermore, to add insult to injury, they never so much as offered a 5% discount on the purchases we made at their store.

The story does not end here. A few days later we received an email offering a night's accommodation at the Apsara, courtesy of Ock Top Pok. We couldn't quite work out what that meant. After all, we had left Luang Prabang at that point and did not plan to return.

All this said, Ock Top Pok a totally gorgeous place, and you should seriously consider staying there, however make sure your booking is confirmed, and then stick to your guns, because no one will do you any favours in return.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
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edinburgh, scotland
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Reviewed December 15, 2011

We found this place by chance and are glad we did!

As others have mentioned, there are only four rooms in the villa, decorated in the style of the ethnic groups. two rooms face onto the mekong sharing a terrace (slightly more expensive than the other two rooms) and the other two face the front of the property. the villa is in the grounds of the weaving centre which is 5mins in a tuk tuk from the centre of town(or you can cycle on the free bikes if you feel enthusiastic:-) ) the centre has a tuk tuk that runs back and forth into town during the day and at other times, we just hailed one on the main road.

The rooms are very bright, clean, and beautifully decorated. there's no tv but we found we didn't notice! the staff are all fantastic, really enthusiastic and smiley and always willing to help with any requests. you take breakfast in the weaving centre cafe and it was lovely to watch the weavers setting up for the day. breakfast wasn't particularly extensive (mainly eggs,bacon and toast) and service wasn't always the speediest, but you know, it doesn't matter as the place has a way of just making you relax and get into 'laos time':-)

it's well worth taking a tour around the weaving centre as the skill and patterns are just fantastic. the hand made scarves and other weavings are very high quality and definitely worth buying to take home (they have a shop in the grounds and one in town).

Overall, this is a lovely, relaxing place to stay which is helping contribute towards creating sustainable employment and skills for locals. definitely worth a visit:-) it isn't the cheapest accommodation you'll find in luang prabang but it is worth it.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Leuven, Belgium
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Reviewed November 20, 2011

We stumbled upon this guesthouse and immediately fell in love with it.

-The room decoration shows some of their unique works, and the better rooms have views of the Mekong.
-The beds are great!
-It is 5 min by bike to the centrum, which are provided by the hotel (or a short tuk-tuk ride). On the upside this also means that it is a very calm area at night which isn't always the case in LPB center.
-Breakfast at the Mekong is superb (Gave me a feeling of ''really'' being in SE Asia, ...)
-Staff and management are very helpful, we felt more "at home" then in a hotel.
-You can see the weavers in action.
etc etc.

If we would have had the possibility, we would have stayed the entire week in this wonderful place. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed October 27, 2011

We were lucky enough to stay at Ock Pop Tok for 5 nights in one of their river view rooms which was wonderful. The room itself is decorated with handmade textiles that are made in the weaving centre and through multiple village projects that have been set up by the centre and which help local villages perfect a trade and increase their income. The textiles themselves are stunning and you can browse their onsite shop if you'd like to take some home with you. The room had both a fan and air conditioning so you're all set to deal with the heat outside. There was also a lovely balcony complete with lounging chairs where you can sit and stare at the Mekong.

The staff at Ock Pop Tok are incredibly helpful with lots of suggestions for things to do, breakfast is included and is delicious and there are free bikes to use for the 2km cycle into the centre of Luang Prabang. All in all we loved our time there and will definitely be back.

Room Tip: River view is slightly more expensive but the balcony is worth it!
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Heidelberg, Germany
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Reviewed October 21, 2011

This hotel has only four rooms, which are decorated in the style of four ethnic groups of Laos. The Villa is located on the premises of a weaving center (where local artists work during day time) on a quiet spot directly at the Mekong river. It is close to Phousi Market and it takes around 5 min with a tuk-tuk to the center of Luang Prabang.

Unfortunately we stayed here only one night and had to leave very early in the morning. Nevertheless I would like to mention the lovely and very helpful staff that prepared breakfast for us and arranged the transport to the bus station. We found pictures of the Villa in browsing Ock pop Tok Shop in Luang Prabang Center as there is no other advertisement we have recognized so far. We would definitely stayed there longer!

It is no guesthouse, so rooms cost a bit more. But given the lovely decorated, clean and spacious rooms its well worth the money. Breakfast is included as well.
Pictures& more information: http://www.ockpoptok.com/index.php/ock-pop-tok-villa

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Ock Pop Tok Villa
Address: Ban Saylom (opposite Phousi market), Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
Location: Laos > Luang Prabang Province > Luang Prabang
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #25 of 260 B&Bs / Inns in Luang Prabang
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Ock Pop Tok Villa 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Ock Pop Tok Villa is a Luang Prabang retreat on the banks of the ever changing Mekong River. The tropical gardens and the atmosphere offered by the local weaving studios and vistas make this an unforgettable stay experience in Laos. The Silk Road cafe serves the best of Lao home made cooking. Learn - Create - Shop - Stay- Eat. ... more   less 
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