We found it very difficult to get any info anywhere in Thakeat about doing the loop, wifi is practically non existent in the town (we heard just before we left that there is one restaurant that has it bunt the person telling us couldn't remember the name!!) We came from where we were staying to the Travel Lodge to use their Internet and get some food but the Internet wasn't working (is never working...) Luckily, other westerners planning/having completed the loop tend to stay here so we sat I the restaurant and chated with lots of people for a few hours about recommendations, experiences etc.. which proved invaluable as it was rainy season and all warnings/tips were gratefully accepted! There is also an excellent book at reception compiled by previous guests with extensive info and personal stories of their experiences of the loop. The Lodge also have a storage facility for backpacks (50,000kip for 3-4days) while you do the trip. A lot of people use Mr. Ku near the entrance to rent their bikes, but he tries to almost scare you into paying 10,000kip per day for bike with mechanical breakdown "insurance", but most of the pele we spoke to paid 60,000kip per day and had no problems. We spent one night in the Lodge when we came back from The Loop, food is nice and cheap (mixed veg salad and chicken fried rice were lovely!), people hanging out there are great, but rooms are not so great, shared bathroom facilities are quite good though.
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- Also Known As:
- Thakhek Travel Lodge Laos/Khammouane