We arrived at the Pakbeng Lodge boat dock just before sunset on route to Luang Prabang on the Shompoo Cruise from the Houy Xai/Chiang Khong- Laos/Thailand border crossing. After a short hike up from the riverside with hotel porters carrying our baggage we reached Pakbeng Lodge perched high above the riverbank overlooking the Mekong below. I have to say that it is probably one of the best hotel locations I've stayed in. Our comfortable room was beautifully furnished with minimalist traditional Lao decorations but had a modern clean en suite bathroom. The view from our balcony was amazing looking up the Mekong with its islands and changing colours as the sun went down.
We had a 5 minute walk, before our included dinner, down to village which had an outback feeling but was showing signs of developing tourism. Dinner was excellent - Lao cuisine with French influence - served by friendly and attentive staff in a wonderful open plan bar/dining area with an outdoor deck looking down on to the river.
I would certainly recommend the Pakbeng Lodge for its location, ambience and service. My only regret is that this was an overnight stay and we had no time to explore the elephant camp across the river.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sitting by the bank of the Mekong, Pakbeng Lodge is halfway between the World Heritage Town of Luang Prabang, and Huay Xai, the main border crossing between northern Thailand and northern Laos, both towns reachable within a day by cruise.Attached to each of the Lodge's 20 Superior Rooms, 8 Deluxe Rooms, and 2 Suites, is a large terrace overlooking the river.The Lodge is an ideal point of departure for walks in the forest of an hour or a day, towards villages off the tourist roads. (Please see our section on Excursions.) It faces the Mekong Elephant Camp, which is dedicated to the protection of elephants in Laos. There, a wonderful opportunity exists to discover the life of an animal that contributes a strong element to the traditional culture, by participating in a walk or with their morning bath.The Pakbeng Lodge suggests you stay a few days in this protected area far from the beaten tracks. You will appreciate the comfortable atmosphere, the picturesque sunrise and sunset over the Mekong, and the comings and goings of the different boats that dock near the Lodge's beach. Your visit will consist of utmost relaxation but also of unusual encounters- an immersion into traditional Lao life. ... more less
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