Overall a good location in Phonsavan while you arrange and go on a trip to the Plain of Jars, decent size room, clean, everything works and is just off the main street where the restaurants are. But two things I found. Firstly we arrived by minivan from Vang Vieng, and, as is usual in Laos, the terminal is some way out of town. As it was raining we were pleased to see a man holding our name on a piece of paper. We were taken to the hotel and the man turned out to be the owner of a nearby travel agency who had got our name from our booking. As it happened he had excellent English, was knowledgeable about the area and although we did not feel at all obligated we did book our tour with him, and were pleased with it.
The second thing to be careful of is the breakfast in the restaurant on the fifth floor, an odd case of East does not quite meet West. Congee and a cold bain maree holding implausibly red frankfurters and congealed fried eggs. My wife was sick as soon as we returned to our room and I started to feel ill as the minivan set out for Luang Prabang, six hours of very winding road later and I had regretted every kilometre that I too had not vomited immediately after eating.
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