So Vang Vieng is not the party town it once was - still plenty to do here though. We booked this place to be a bit out of town as we were afraid of noise, but this is not a concern anymore as the town basically closes at 11 and isnt't that rocking anyway!
We stayed 3 nights and soon got bored of the 15 min walk to town, it is even tricky to get a tuk tuk from near the hotel, so you have to walk to town to get anywhere. On route you will pass many other hotels at very cheap prices, some of which apparently are very nice.
This was our most expensive hotel in Laos and was supposed to be a relxing treat after days of travel - how wrong we were! There is a noisy place across the river from hotel where Asian's party. The curtains are useless at light eliminiation and lawnmower starts up around 8am thus denying any chance of a lie in, maybe this is the plan as they stop serving breakfast at 9.30!!! We're supposed to be on holiday! Staff only speak limited English, which when compared to locals in town is pretty poor (given this is supposed to be a superior property). They were pleasant enough though.
On a positive note the setting i and garden s lovely and pool open late is great. Breakfast at restaurant is a pleasant start to the day (despite the earliness of it), however they do not maximise this location and restauarnt was always closed, so we couldnt even get a drink (no fridge in rooms either). We bought beers from the one pub nearby, which shut at about 10:30, so took beers doen to riverside and enjoyed our hotels views. Silly situation.
Bathroom was very good for the hotel class.
So being by the river you may imagine a mozzy issue, so what do they do - they leave big old gaps around the door, and a floor with gaps in it. We had a bug spray and plugged the gaps with towels, mats and pieces of paper, which did the job.
Cleaning staff did a decent job but did not clean sheets every day they just remade bed and rotated sheet around. One day they didn't lock the door to our room afterwards. Thankfully nothing was stolen. Outside people can pay to use pool, which means it can get busy.
Bus tickets from hotel are expensive compared to agencies in town.
Not at all a relaxing place to stay which is a shame given how good it should be. Only hotel on this trip which I would not recommend - but Vang Vieng was great! (Go to Blue Lagoon, cave trips, and of course tubing!)
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