On a recent cycling trip through Laos, we had cycled up highway 13 from Vientiane, and finding accomodations beyond Phon Hong was zilch. We saw the sign for the Nam Lik Eco Village with a small sign for bed in the corner and as we'd already cycled 85K in 110 deg F heat, we were wanting to find something quickly. The turnoff was another 9K (although the sign said 7K) and finding the place was not easy. Other than the 1 sign for the turnoff, then another small hard to read sign at a curve in a village, there were no more signs until we found the entrance. We'd come to a junction in the road after crossing a bridge and had no idea which way to go and had already gone the 7K indicated on the road sign on highway 13. Finally, we found the entrance and rode to the "village". Immediately, I was totally disappointed. We went down and asked the price of a bungalow and was told $25 USD for 1 person. I considered this to be extremely expensive given the fact that there was no AC, no TV, no WiFi and no hot water in the bath. We figured that we had no other option because the nearest accomodations from there was the 9K back to the main highway and then another 20K plus to the nearest guest house. Just kind of felt like we were being taken advantage of. We had cycled through southern Laos several years ago and had stayed at a basic bungalow (electricity, shower and mosquito netting) for $5 USD a night. So I have to agree with the gentleman from Berlin, that this was very expensive place to stay.
Now, given that, I do want to say that the two women who were really running the place, were extremely friendly and the young woman was a great cook! She fixed us a plate of stir fried chicken with vegetables and rice for $9 (again, very expensive).
I would not recommend the place, unless you're wanting to just sit in a hammock during the day or sit in the river.
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