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The Luang Say Lodge
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Reviewed January 17, 2014

Stayed here for one night whilst sailing down the Mekong. The lodge looks very good when approached by river. It's best to leave heavy luggage overnight on the boat and carry your hand luggage up to the lodge - about 150-200 yards up a sandy slope and a few wooden steps. Accommodation is in individual lodges which are very comfortable. The shutters open to give a lovely view of the river. Before dinner, local children did some national dances.
Dinner was quite tasty and as soon as I said I was vegetarian a different meal was prepared for me. Breakfast was good.
As this place is so peaceful and relaxing it's very easy to get a good nights sleep and wake up refreshed.

Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 14, 2014

Travelling back from Luang Prabang to Chaing Rai Thailand, we took a 2 day rivercruise (not to be mistaken by the word cruise...it is a wooden open boat), with one night in Luang Say Lodge. Luang Say company offers great service and all staff is very friendly. The guide on our boat had a lot of knowledge, spoke very well english (australian) and clearly liked sharing his knowledge to whom was intested.The boat was half full, so there was plenty of space to walk around and view the Mekong surroundings from various points of the boat. Seating is very comfortable and eveything was kept very clean. Food aboard was very well prepared and tasted very good! During the trip you'll visit a town, buddha cave etc but to us the views of the Mekong river were the best.
Luang Say lodge is somewhere halfway the trip. You can leave your luggae on board of the boat, so prepare a small overnight bag (also nice, because from the river to the lodge is a steep path). When the boat arrives, checking in is very smoothly arranged. Small wooden houses, nice beds and.... a lot of mosquitos. So bring strong DEETspray.
We definitely recommend Luang Say company and this amazing cruise!

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 12, 2014

After crossing the 'border-bridge' from Thailand to Laos, we proceeded to board the Luang Say boat. Beautiful wooden spacious boat, toilets, nice food, and refreshments on board. Very nice scenery floating down the Mekong river. Stopped in a couple of local villages, accompanied by helpful guides from on-board. Overnight 1st night at Luang Say Lodge - beautiful wooden elegant and romantic eco-lodge in Pakbeng. We opted for the 2 nights and 3 days, staying second night in Kamu Eco-lodge before spending 3 days in Luang Prabang town, Laos.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 31, 2013

This is a place that you will stop at en route from Thailand to Laos via the Mekong.

It's one of those unforgettable places - we only spent a few hours there, overnight, but I know it's a place we will remember with fondness!

It's basic, the rooms are clean and very comfortable, with a large bed and a mosquito net to keep the bugs away. The lodge is perched up above the Mekong which flows fast downstream. You can hear the water through the night and the birds and other wildlife awaken you from a wonderful restful sleep.

Dancers entertain you over a drink before dinner. The restaurant serves good clean basic food and the staff readily carry the cases up and down the steep steps to and from the boat.

This is a great experience - try it!

Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 27, 2013

We stayed at the lodge as part of our 2 day cruise from Houei Say, on the Laos/Thailand border, to Luang Prabang. The accommodation was truly colonial with hardwood rooms built on a walkway running alongside the river. The owners have employed the local villagers, encouraged them to grow vegetables for the lodge & taught them the traditional tribal dances, which have been forgotten, & can be seen in a show at the lodge. The buffet dinner & breakfast were excellent, as was the friendly service.
Of course, the main attraction was the actual river cruise, which was totally breathtaking. The boat had comfortable chairs & a small area back & front in which one could sit too. The lunches were very adequate, as were the fruit platters in the afternoon. Water, tea & coffee were free. The guide was informative & we stopped at 2 riverside villages, which were fascinating, & the Pak Ou caves where there are over 6000 buddhas!
This is not a cheap cruise but it was well worth the money.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 26, 2013

We took the boat from Luang Prabang to Houei Say. As we booked the trip only 2 days in advance, the gave us a nice discount. The 2-trip on the boat was good organized, food ok but nothing fancy. Accommodation was a nice wooden bungalow, touristic dancing show, buffet ok.
For the price we paid, it was ok. Without the discount, we would be a little bit disappointed. Recommended for people +50, otherwise check the other tour operators like "Shompoo".

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 7, 2013

Stayed here as part of the Mekong river cruise. Nice place but the 2 days spent traveling on the river was tremendous. Only 3 of us going up the river. Food was good on the boat and at the hotel. Taking the river cruise is a lovely way to see Laos and highly recommended.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled solo
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Address: | Ban Don Kham Village, Pakbeng 0406, Laos
Location: Laos > Oudomxay Province > Pakbeng
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Pakbeng
Price Range: $112 - $230 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Luang Say Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Since 1999, our custom built luxury river boats have travelled on the Mekong in Laos between Luang Prabang and Huay Xai. We are renowned for offering a unique cultural journey and an opportunity to understand more about life and nature along the legendary river. As part of our 2 days cruise, you will spend the night at Luang Say Lodge, and experience the fiery and romantic sunset from your luxury teak and rosewood bungalow along the river. ... more   less 
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