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“Chaotic restaurant but ok hotel”

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Thakhek Travel Lodge
Reviewed November 22, 2012 via mobile

We arrived at 11pm after our bus was very late, but were relieved to find someone (sleeping!) behind reception who could check us in to a room. Double with fan and private bathroom was 90,000 kip, versus 60,000 for the same but with shared bathroom. Double with air con and own bath was 110,000 kip. This doesn't include breakfast. Tuk tuk from bus station cost 20,000 kip per person.

Their contact details have been updated, as the email and phone number on Lonely Planet is incorrect. Phone number is 051212931 and email is thakhektravellodge@gmail.com.

Wifi is very good, at least in room
7 where we were. Hot shower is great and room was very spacious with good furniture and comfy bed.

Restaurant service is awful, staff write down your order but it either arrives wrong or not at all. They will make sandwiches as a packed lunch on request which is great if you're heading off on the Loop.

Log book is full of other travellers' advice about the loop which is really helpful. They won't get bus tickets for you, so you'll need to get them yourself the day before or the day of travel. Mr Ku is also very helpful about renting motorbikes and map of the loop.

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Reviewed July 30, 2012

We stayed here as it seemed to be the cheapest place based on advance research and it seemed like they catered to backpackers going off the Lonely Planet description.

When we arrived it seemed like they were suffering from the 'low season syndrome' ie where the place is mostly empty so they just give up and can't be bothered to do their jobs. Sadly, we've been to a few places like this where they pull out all the stops in high season and get the positive reviews and $$$ but then just give up when it gets quiet. Either that or they found themselves in the Lonely Planet and so will just rest on that for eternity.

The staff always seemed to be playing on their phones or listening to music or watching videos on their laptops. There was free wifi here but it was terrible and was probably deliberate as you had to pay to use the PC hooked up to the ISDN line.

The food was also terrible. In fact I think I had the worst meal I'd had in the whole of my stay in Laos here. It wasn't a personal taste thing it was just really bad food!

The first room we were given had a broken fan which made a loud clunking noise. They only had a twin to move us to. They were foam matresses and one of the matresses had a huge chunk missing from it making it difficult to sleep on so my girlfriend and I had to share a single bed. The rooms are in dire need of an overhaul!

The 'lodge' is also miles away from the centre of Thakhek (not that there's much there) and there is absolutely nothing in the immediate vicinity. Only stay here if it's for a single night before heading out to do 'the loop' if you've done you're research and are happy to rent from the guy based here. We didn't so can't comment really although did notice that bike rentals were cheaper at other places.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Iammmattdoran
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Reviewed June 15, 2012

+ very friendly place
+ backpackers meeting point
+ bar
+ rooms OK
+ nice garden
+ nice terasse
+ beautiful "the loop" book with experience from other travellers

- a bit overpriced (especially motorbikes rental)
- quite far from center and bus station

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 16, 2012

We stayed at the Travel Lodge for a night before starting "The Loop". The place itself is nice and really good to meet other travellers and obtain information about the motorbike trip from the Logbook (by the way: we made good experiences with the bikes from Mr. Ku - fair price, good quality!) The food at the restaurant was ok, but small portions at normal Laos prices.

On our departure day we unfortunately had some really bad experience with the staff:
We wanted to take an overnight bus to Pakse which leaves the bus station (about 4km away) every hour. The staff offered to take us to the bus station for 15.000 Kip per Person. Shortly before the departure they suddenly changed the price to 50.000 per person. As it was already 30 minutes before the departure we did not have any other choice than either taking their offer or to RUN (quite a lonely and unlit street).
This is a behaviour I would not expect at a Backpackers Hostel as they purposely tried to rip us of and did not mind to let two girls walk quite a long distance during the night.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Lena K
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Reviewed January 24, 2012

After reading in the Lonely planet that it was great for the food we were disapointed. The portions were small and with ordering food it is a mess there. They make many mistakes with several things. When we ordered breakfast they came with not enough eggs, they didn't had any more eggs, also there weren't oranges so the just gave us lemonade instead of real fruit juice. We discussed a discount on the breakfast and got it, also we got 2 real fruit shakes. Only afterwards we discovered the fruitshakes were charged for on the bill.

Also we found the bed very hard, the price of 90.000 kip is too much. They also have rooms for 60.000 but they are almost always occupied.

Appart from the food and the concrete bed it is a great place to stay, they also have a fireplace and the free wifi is good. Nice place to meet other travellers. We checked the other guesthouses and they weren't any better so if you are in Tha Khek we still recommend to stay in Travel lodge.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Lau1983
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Reviewed January 8, 2012

During my trip to Laos, i overnight at the Travel Lodge 2.
This is a new boutique with brand news rooms fully furnished and well appointed.
Wifi, AC and flat screen TV with international channels are available.
Place is quited and clean. It was a wonderful stay and a very good break on the way Vientiane-Pakse.
To know more, visit the following blog :
http://thakhektravellodge2.blogspot.com/2011/11/thakhek-travel-lodge-2-boutique-hotel.html?spref=fb
Owner speaks english and you can book by email or mobile phone.
I highly recommend this new option in Thakhek.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Roger B
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Reviewed November 12, 2011

First the good news: great value rooms, very clean, nice vibe and a campfire at night. The Lao style decoration is very pleasant and the room we had was bright.

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The staff couldn't care less (except the cleaning ladies, because it is spotless). Every order you place seems to be an unfair burden on their poor shoulders. In the morning the coffee machine was suddenly broken, so no espresso was served, only nescafé. Just cleaning the machine would have solved the problem, but the guy just couldn't be bothered to take the effort. Half the (quite highly priced) menu was not there, including bananas, which they sell across the street.

The laundry service is a rip-off for 20k/kg (rest of Lao was 8-10k/kg) and the motorbikes for rent are much more expensive than those in the city (100k vs 60k/day). The place is a bit far from the city center (3 km), and they're clearly cashing in on their remoteness. A minor annoying thing is the 20k deposit for a towel (come on!) and the 5k storage fee for the bags if you're doing the Loop.

We decided to move to a guesthouse in the center for these reasons. It is a shame, because this place could have been perfect, if the staff would try just a little.

Room Tip: The 50k double and twin rooms with shared bathroom are excellent value. The dorm has windows around...
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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Ronald D
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Address: | Ban Vienvilay, Route 13 south between km 2 and 3, Khammouane, Laos
Location: Laos > Khammouane Province > Khammouane
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Ranked #10 of 29 Specialty Lodging in Khammouane
Price Range: $10 - $10 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 18
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