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“Excellent value for money, very clean”
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Champa Lao
Ranked #13 of 100 Vang Vieng B&B and Inns
Reviewed 13 September 2013

We had a good stay in Champ Lao. The room was very clean and extremely good value for money. The fan was a bit noisy and the hotel is in a noisy part of town, but our room was towards the back and we heard no noise from inside.

The staff were really friendly and helpful.

The breakfast was a bit disappointing as the bread was stale, but that was the only problem we had with the place.

Room Tip: Choose a room towards the back for peace and quiet
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Nicole K
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Reviewed 26 June 2013

We walked in on a recommendation from our guesthouse manager in Vientiane. They had a bungalow available right next to the bridge.

It was very rustic: Bamboo hut on stilts with a corrugated tin roof, slatted wood floors, a bucket toilet, nearly outdoor shower, Mosquito nets over the beds, a light, and a fan.

All in the most beautiful setting you can imagine and at an unbeatable price.

The stairs getting down to cross the bamboo bridge across the narrow arm of the river to the island need to be taken carefully. This is not someplace you want to stay if you plan to be out drinking until after dark. But if you don't mind the local charm of the local-type of hut setting, this is a great place to stay a night or four.

**Note that there is the Champa Lao Villa and Bungalows across the street from each other, and presumably associated. This is for the Bungalows.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 June 2013

We booked one night through Agoda and the room/shared bathrooms are fine.

A bit off the Main Street, which is what attracted us in the first place, however not quiet due to the restaurant/guesthouse across the road BLARING karaoke from when we arrived in the afternoon to late evening. The speakers directly face Champa Lao so there is no escaping it.

However, my main issue with this guesthouse is the fact that when we got up in the morning, we had been padlocked into our room. This was not possible to do without a key, and as ours was in our room I assume one of their staff made a mistake and didn't realise there was people in the room. After knocking loudly and calling out for about 5 minutes a staff member finally came up and let us out. However there was no apology/explanation given, and the owner even tried to blame it on our friends saying they "must have been playing a joke on us". I don't understand how that would be possible seeing they didn't have a key to our padlock. It was quite terrifying and completely unsafe.

We moved to another guesthouse (which we were planning to do anyway, before the lock-in incident) and someone from Champa Lao turned up at our new guesthouse the following day waving a photocopy of my partners passport! I couldn't understand this as we paid our bill online, and didn't leave a mess as we were in such a hurry to get out of there! Our new guesthouse went to speak to Champa Lao to clarify what the issue was and came back saying we shouldn't worry about it as he was probably just pissed off he had lost his only guests.

Horrible experience, much better accommodation on the Main Street for much cheaper.

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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 June 2013

Champa Lao is a beautifully furnished and decorated haven just up the hill from the main town of Vang Vieng.

The rooms are beautifully decorated, shower good pressure, beds comfortable, free water, helpful staff, clean, air-con and fan, lots of hanging space, and a lovely hammock outside of your room with little sofa with cushions on.

You can tell they have gone to a lot of effort into the place and it has paid off, a little more expensive than the rest of Vang Vieng but you are out of town in a lovely hidden haven! Breakfast included just across the road at Champa Lao Bungalows.

Please note: the more guesthouse looking rooms are Champa Lao THE VILLA and the photos of rooms with bamboo walls are Champa Lao BUNGALOWS.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 June 2013 via mobile

Lovely guesthouse, 3minutes walk from the main restaurant/bar area so quiet in the evenings. Gorgeous garden and hammocks around to relax in. Good size room which we spent a lot of time in as unwell in vang vieng. Bathroom was clean and hot water worked perfectly. The owner was alway around and booked our onward travel for us. Breakfast is eggs and baguette with free bananas and tea/coffee at any time. This was really good value for money in a lovely area of town.

  • Stayed: May 2013
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Thank Alice161
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Reviewed 18 February 2013 via mobile

Lovely cute room upstairs with a shared bathroom. Nice relaxed area downstairs. Decent free breakfast and free tea, coffee and bananas was a nice touch. A haven in the roughness that is Vang Vieng.
Don't leave food out though. The mice ate all my Oreos! :)

  • Stayed: February 2013
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Reviewed 31 January 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for 2 nights and the service we received was excellent, the owner spoke very good English and made a nice breakfast which was included in the room price. I would definitely stay here again. Rooms were clean and tidy.

  • Stayed: January 2013
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Thank Amy H
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Address: By Song River, Vang Vieng, Laos
Region: Laos > Vientiane Province > Vang Vieng
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Ranked #13 of 100 B&Bs / Inns in Vang Vieng
Price Range: £27 - £67 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Champa Lao 2.5*
Number of rooms: 10
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