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Review of Maylyn Guest House

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Maylyn Guest House
Ranked #5 of 96 Vang Vieng B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great place, lovely location!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2014 via mobile

Really nice place, ran by friendly and helpful owners. Nice setting just by the river, the bungalows are the best rooms available here. Good food and drink, relatively low in price.

Would recommend to anyone who wants to be a bit further away from the main area of Vang Vieng... it's much more chilled and relaxed!

Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Victoria, Canada
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86 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2014

Planned to stay 3 nights and stayed longer with a tough decision to move on to our next stop. The honor system was used for meals and drinks and worked really well. Restaurant serves excellent Laos dishes. Great staff who were attentive and helped us book all types of tours, excursions and tickets for similar or cheaper than in town. Bungalows are very clean and well equipped with hot or cold water as you choose, also c/w large mosquito nets on the beds and fans in the rooms but it cooled off at night by the river so no need for air con. The gardens are really lovely, including a small private area across the small bridge. Very peaceful with a nice set up with private balcony bungalows with great views of the river and mountains. Across on the quiet side there was a funeral going on next door so it was louder than normal but overall a great choice. We took the free walk bridge across the river and enjoyed the walk along the river and views along the way. Good food in the restaurant and the sweetest little kittens ever! We named them as they took up residence on our balcony before we left. We took advantage of the laundry service and were pleased with the results. Wifi only works in the restaurant and has a strong signal but it was nice to have a break from that so I didn’t mind that it wasn’t in the rooms. The ever-present rooster was crowing but that is constant in Laos. Close access to Blue Lagoon, cave exploring and hiking to the top of the mountain for the viewpoint, etc. Much quieter than on the main side of the town and was excellent value for money.

Thanks Joe for your hospitality and the great stories! Would definitely stay here again – highly recommended.

Vang Vieng has a long history of being a party town but this has quieted down some in recent years. We loved it for all the outdoor adventure and beauty that it has and would suggest that they market it as such and kill off the party scene label and rap. There are still parties if you look for them and they aren’t hard to find but there is a lot to do that doesn’t involve “happy” drinks or tubing down the river. If we’re ever in Laos again we’ll probably be back.

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2014 via mobile

We arrived into town at 9pm on New Year's Eve. It was a horror of yellow tourist signs and drunk people everywhere.  It was dark and we had no map but eventually we found the river and crossed it with a hope for some peace.  Maylin was really lively. The hosts even opened the kitchen so we could eat.  

80,000kip for twin (room 25). 

PROS
Great views
Relaxing atmosphere and lovely gardens
Brand new rooms (we were the first to stay there) 
Clean place 

CONS
Standard poor shower pressure
Washing was relatively expensive here 

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Barbados
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32 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2014

Although the party scene in Vang Vieng has recently quietened down, Maylyn Guest House offers a peaceful haven from the town itself. My wife was feeling a bit sick so we stayed in the new rooms (80 000kip), concrete and with en suite bathrooms, not the bungalows, which are simpler and made of wood. Situated across the river and set in lush gardens with loads of butterflies, this is THE place to chill out, lie down and read a book or just do nothing. With friendly staff, simple but good food, if you want a quiet, relaxing retreat, this is the place for you.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Providence, Rhode Island
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2013

Only spent 3 days, but it was magical. the view is simply amazing and the staff is very friendly. Although i could be a bit bias since this is my aunt's resort. Hi Joe and Aunty!! My uncle Hatsadee is basically the host he speaks very little english but loves to help and answer questions. And honestly you can't beat the price, and make sure to check out the garden you have to walk across the bridge to find serenity. I could go on and on but i won't, i hope everyone enjoyed their stay.

P.S. they have FREE Wifi, a must; and the signal strength is so great. So you can skype back home or post your pics on facebook!

Love you guys!

-Beebe :)

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Lisbon, Portugal
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2013

The best and most beautiful place i stayed in Laos ;) The Owner Joseph was extremely nice, the bungalows are amazing, the view is breathtaking and the Maylyn restaurant serves good and traditional food. I already recomended to all my friends who are planning to travel to Vang Vieng. I miss already this place... Thank you!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Haiku, Hawaii
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50 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2013

Maylyn Guest House was a beautiful place to stay across the river, away from the party atmosphere of Vang Vien. The cottages were very basic with bamboo walls that you could see light coming through but the mosquito net provided was the best I've seen in Asia. Hat the manager was friendly and oh so helpful. Food was OK for breakfast and not having to go anywhere and internet was available most of the time. You can rent bicycles or motorbikes close by for exploring the area. What a deal, paid $6.25 USD for a cottage with shared bathroom! Wish I could have stayed longer.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Additional Information about Maylyn Guest House

Property: Maylyn Guest House
Address: route 1320 | hurnyay village, Vang Vieng 1003, Laos
Region: Laos > Vientiane Province > Vang Vieng
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 96 B&Bs / Inns in Vang Vieng
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a budget guest house/mini eco resort.We are on the edge of a village our rear faces towards the Karst mountains. We are located next door to the beautiful and expensive Vieng Tara Hotel. We have a variety of rooms some are simple basic timber frame and bamboo bungalows for people who want a more authentic SE Asian experience and we do have more conventional masonry rooms for those who need them. The main appeal of our place is the location, the views and of course our Garden which at times is full of butterflies. Early wet season is best for the butterflies. I recognise that we may not be what everyone is looking for but many people love us.. ... more   less 

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