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“a beautiful quiet location” 2 of 5 bubbles
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Vang Vieng Eco Lodge
Ranked #44 of 96 Vang Vieng B&B and Inns
Pijnacker, The Netherlands
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“a beautiful quiet location”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2010

First of al this is a very good location if you want a great view and a quiet stay.
The eco lodge is 7 km out of town and so you can avoid the party’s to 5 am. The staff is very helpful, but only one speaks English and that is enough. Be patient and everything is easy to go.
The staff can arrange a tuk tuk to city centre for about 40.000 kip (one way). Back the prices are a bit higher, maybe 50.000 kip.

We had a bungalow and it was not very new anymore, but with muscitonet and balcony. You can get breakfast, lunch and diner at the eco lodge and drinks can be served at your bungalow (food we didn’t try).

The construction is still going on and that is the reason why our stay ended not that good. On our last night there was no water in the bungalow. After a day of tubing you want a nice shower, but ok there was no water and it will be fixed the next morning (the day we are leaving). Next morning there was no water in the bungalow and it couldn’t be fixed before we left.

it could be a 4 star review if the water was working, because of the view and the quiet stay. The bungalows are a bit high priced. Ask for the bungalow with the best view.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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London
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66 reviews
38 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2010

We loved our stay here. The location is gorgeous and the balconies overlooking the river were great. The restaurant does great food, check out the red curry.
The rooms are VERY basic - we only had one working light bulb and that was after pointing out that none were working.
It was probably a bit overpriced for what it was, but after the tacky madness of Vang Vieng it was a welcome relief.
I'd only recommend staying here if you want to do nothing for a couple of days. Make sure you have a good book!

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Alex_Sonic
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Central Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2010

We arrived in Vang Vieng after dark by bus. Tuk Tuk driver did not want to take us there. Another wanted 80,000 for the trip. We nogotiated down to 60,0000. We were met by a cheerful woman at the lodge who showed us to our bungalow. We had a nice dinner at the lodge. The next morning there was no one around to help lwith travel arrangements. the waitress called someone from her family to take us to town. There were no motorbikes to be rented as we expected. We just did not realize how remote this site was.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank WhyDel
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Moss, Norway
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2010

We pre-booked our bungalow before arriving Vang Vieng. This is not recommended as there are several good offers at arrival. Eco lodge is too far from the centre to walk, so you need to take a tuk-tuk, cost about 40.000 one way. Good rooms with air condition in the city have a price around 80-120.000. Its not very economical to book a bungalow here. But the positive sides, a great view of the river and you feel like you are blending in with the local village. They are renovating the place a bit at the moment, maybe both kitchen and restaurant area will look better in the future?

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank KSS19
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Vientiane, Laos
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2010

The service at this Eco-Lodge was excellent from the beginning. As soon as we arrived we were welcomed immediately by the owner and shown to our room. The room had an amazing view of the river and was very spacious. The beds were extremely comfortable and were beautifully decorated with Lao Silk. The food was very delicious and authentic. I live in Vientiane and came to Vang Vieng with my girlfriend for a visit. She is Lao and enjoyed the food and the experience of the Eco-Lodge as much as I did. The Eco-Lodge is a bit out from the town which is great because you can avoid all of the late night FaIang noise. I was very surprised when they offered me some medicine when I had a terrible headache. The headache wasn't related to my stay or the hotel at all, but the hotel staff was VERY accommodating to me. They even delivered some of our meals when I wasn't able to leave the room. I would DEFINITELY return here. Amazing place, Amazing View. Excellent hospitality.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank anglina
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New York
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112 reviews
84 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 230 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2010

If you're looking to really get away from it all while visiting Vang Vieng, then the Eco-Lodge is for you. We paid $25/night for a bungalow with a back deck that overlooked the Nam Som River. Breakfast was included. Dinner was available for about $3.50/person. There is nothing around except for a small "village" that you walk through to get to the main road, which is about a 15 minute walk. There is a small store on the main road where you can buy water and other small supplies.

Drawbacks? First, the price. $25 is a lot in Laos. And compared to the guesthouses we stayed in in Vientiane ($18) and Luang Prabang ($30) the Eco-Lodge was VERY expensive for what they offer. Second, if you want to visit the town of Vang Vieng and you don't have a motorbike, you'll have to call for a tuk-tuk to pick you up. And since it's a 15-20 minute ride it costs 30,000 LAK (about $4)/person. So it cost us $8 each time we went into town and another $8 to return.

There's hot water in the bungalows but no A/C and no real ventilation, even with the overhead fan going and the windows and doors open, so there was no staying inside during the day (which was fine because we were out all day long), but the nights were mercifully cool. There are also a lot of mosquitos, being so close to the river, and sitting on the deck at sunset became a challenge. Bring your DEET!

For my wife, staying here was one of the highlights of our travels in Laos, an "authentic Lao experience." For me, I think I was caught up thinking: "We're paying $25/night for this?"

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank AndyouandI
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Beder, Denmark
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21 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2010

We have just come back from a totaly wounderful trip to Laos, and the place we keep talking about is this little place out in the middle of now ware, it was so quit and peaceful, the hospitaliti off the staff was exceptionel, the food was the best we got in Laos and that says a lot. And it gave the therm from earth to table a wery dierect meaning they went out and pickt the herbs that they used in our food just outside the resturant.

Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Vang Vieng Eco Lodge
Address: Ban Vieng Samai | 7km north of Vang Vieng., Vang Vieng 0100, Laos
Location: Laos > Vientiane Province > Vang Vieng
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Ranked #44 of 96 B&Bs / Inns in Vang Vieng
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Hotel Class:2 star — Vang Vieng Eco Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 6
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