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Thakhek Travel Lodge
Oxfordshire
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“Expensive”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2013 via mobile

Ok, so its a good Tuk tuk ride from the bus station and from central Thakhet. Bit of a pain. On arriving it seems like a nice place with tasteful rooms and A huge bathroom but unfortunately our bed was hugely uncomfortable- felt every spring in the mattress and the fan on the wall was useless. The mosquito net was too small for the bed and the sink was partially blocked. Several of our friends booked rooms where the aircon and fans dsnt function and one had to make a choice between electricity or water in his bathroom as you couldn't have both together! Showering in the dark for him.

The hotel is a good place to meet people though, perhaps they're so cross with their rooms that they all congregate and drink outside!

I think you can get a more reliable room in central Thakhet as we did on returning there after biking he loop.

  • Stayed February 2013
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Banbridge, Northern Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

Our double room was big with a massive bathroom. They have a nightly fire pit which was great to meet other travellers. Food was ok, price was about 80,000k per night I think. Far out of town but good for a stop over. I would go back ifi was in thakhek.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2013

in fact, i had a good first impression of the travel lodge. but there are many things which didn't fit.

i spent twon nights there. one night in a double room which was 90k and pretty nice. diner was okay. afterwards, we did the loop and we got mr. ku suggested. they are playing together and he's renting way overpriced motorbikes. you get the same quality for half the price in the city.

the second night, after the loop, i spent in the dorm. the dorm is like a birth station. everybody sees in. the beds are hard and over-used.

the toilets and showeres were not clean and not in good shape. the breakfast was bad and the wifi was never working. furthermore, the staff is not really friendly. their system is also quite bizarre and random.

all in all, i can't recommend it. better stay in the center and not in the travel lodge.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2013

Adjacent to the Thakhek Travel Lodge, I found this hidden gem in Thakhek (10 minutes walk from Thakhek centre, right opposite the Minde-J Hotel) for a 3-days private retreat in 3 Jan 2013. Uniquely differentiating itself from other travel lodges in Thakhek, Villa Thakhek is surrounded by beautiful landscape away from the busy streets. While the Thakhek Travel Lodge is widely known as popular spot for backpackers and outdoors sports lovers, Villa Thakhek shares the same registration desk while located just right behind the lodge providing extraordinary sense of tranquility with a small garden for relaxation. Besides the green surrounding, I particularly like the wooden ceiling that keeps the room cool even under the hot sun in the noon; and friendly service from English-speaking front desk personnel of Thakhek Travel Lodge also help made my day. Anyhow, a small setback is, I’ve noticed no clear sign by the entrance of Villa, and my “tut-tut” driver has been able to locate it only after 2-3 rounds passing the frontage. Internet connection is available but as it’s something common in Thakhek, connectivity interruption does happen. Transport wise, I’ve rented a bicycle (from Mr. Ku) to travel within the Thakhek town in the first day, it costs me 30,000KIP/day which I thought is slightly expensive, but by end of the day I think it is still a wise option if to travel within town. Somehow if you wish to travel out of town to the “Loop”, to visit caves or go for other trilling outdoor games, then renting a motorbike (100,000KIP/day) from Mr Ku can be a better choice, as what I did for my 3rd day of stay. While I will likely come again for personal retreat; for business travel, I may still opt for Riveria Hotel where there is spacious business meeting place, but of course only if you have much bigger budget for spend for.

Room Tip: Travel by "tut-tut", try gather a few persons if not can be expensive.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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Muara, Brunei Darussalam
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2013

This wasnt my first choice as it was too far away from the city center but I had no choice because I was on a budget and there wasnt anyone who could speak English at my other cheap choice. I chose their cheapest room. I wouldnt want to stay in it again after one night. Its jail like with only one dinky bed and table. There are no room to put your things and I wouldnt dare switch on the lights while I'm it at night because the windows are translucent. The door seriously needs replacement because I always struggle to get it open. You dont have a private bathroom. You have to share. The lights in the shower doesnt work and the toilets are dirty. You have to put in a deposit for towels - which i think its just ridiculous. Since the 'lodge' is far away from the city you have to eat at their restaurant. Food was decent but it takes a long time.

Room Tip: Dont choose their single rooms - no private bathroom, no towels. Feels like prison.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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Hanoi
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2012

The rooms are nice and spacious, and the food in the restaurant is good as well. But by comparison the prices are high and alternatives are somewhat far away. The internet connection is shaky, and reservation by phone seems to be chaotic from what I observed. Mr. Ku next door has reliable, though expensive scooters for "the loop".

Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

  • Stayed November 2012
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Property: Thakhek Travel Lodge
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 28 Specialty Lodging in Khammouane
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Number of rooms: 18
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