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Sanctuary Pakbeng Lodge
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Pakbeng
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Brisbane
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82 reviews
54 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Amazing Surprise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2014

We did an overnight here while doing the two day journey down the Mekong from Chiang Khong to Luang Prabang. It was a wonderful two day trip highlighted by the amazing hotel in the middle. The hotel is high up on the bank above the river but it was no effort for the porters to take up (and in the morning back down) our luggage. We arrived late afternoon. The room was a little basic but excellent at the same time. we had a room with a good sized verandah. We ate a nice dinner and breakfast in the terrace that looked out over the river. in the morning before we left we had time o cross the river and have an elephant ride. If you are travelling that section of the Mekong this is a place not to be missed!!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Naples, Florida
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19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2014

It is a bit further away from everything else - which is a good thing. Remember most people are coming here from the slow boat on Mekong. So being away from the backpackers might be a good thing.

The only dig is that there are only a few rooms with A/C so depending on the time of year you are visiting this might be a problem. We were originally in a non-Ac room but after sweating for most of the day we were in need of a little more creature comfort.

Out 1 night here was great. Good food and very friendly staff/owner. June is definitely the slower season so the place was basically ours.

Room Tip: All rooms face the river so no worries. See my comment above if it is hot and humid (Laos) then ask...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2014

We spent one night stopover on the boat trip from Chiang Khong ( North of Thailand) to Luang Prabang ( Laos) in last April. After full day on the boat trip along the mekong river , Pakbeng Lodge gave us the wonderful night in the peaceful mekong! The service of the hotel was lovely! The hotel manager are very helpful and friendly! He took care us very well and gave us free offer upgrade to the nice room with overview of Mekong river. We have a great dinner at the hotel restaurant. It was one of lovely dinners in Laos. What a pity we had only one night here. We will come back and spend one week at this hotel for relaxing in the future. We will recommend our friends to stay here if they travel in Laos. Thank you very much for amazing memory of Pakpeng! We will come back again!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2014

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.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Vientiane
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74 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2014

Pakbeng Lodge is beautiful lodge, located on the Mekong riverbank with absolutely breathtaking views .
GM Mr. Stan and his team go out of their way to make your stay at comfortable as possible.
Both lodges and restaurants are well designed, perfectly clean and have well assured the nicest beds in the region.
Nice complimentary breakfast with waffles and homemade bread.

Because of the remote location of Pakbeng, you will arrive late afternoon and will have to leave early morning. Instead of just staying overnight, I highly recommend to stay an extra day/night to enjoy what Pakbeng lodge has to offer. Don't miss the opportunity to visit the Mekong elephant camp.
Elephants are treated with great love by both management and caretakers. You will not find a similar experience in the region where you will can take a beautiful ride and can even bath in the mekong with the elephants!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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438 reviews
61 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2014

We stayed at the Pakbenhg Hotel for one night as part of an organised tour and were very impressed. Admittedly the visit didn't start too well with a steep climb from the boat mooring up to the Hotel (although there was plenty of help available for luggage) but thereafter the stay was very good. Once up the hill the location and views over the Mekong were lovely. The rooms were decorated completely using bamboo which made them somewhat dark- additional lighting would certainly have been a benefit. Although there wasn't air con, the netted windows provided adequate ventilation. There also wasn't any TV which we didn't find a problem as there didn't seem to be many English channels available generally in the area. The shower was served by an individual gas boiler that was very efficient but a bit sensitive to control. The hotel is located 5 minutes from town that has lots of backpacker guest houses and some interesting and quirky shops. As a medium sized group we found that there wasn't enough seating in the lounge area so some of us had to stand, service at the bar was also a bit variable- I had to go and find someone to serve me another drink during dinner. The food was excellent by the way.

Room Tip: Ask for a room overlooking the river ideally on the upper floor
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2014 via mobile

We saw this place as we went past on the river and knew we wanted to stay there. Although we are on a budget, after seven hours on a boat, we decided to treat ourselves, saving money by not taking breakfast and intending to purchase something in the morning from a local cafe. Upon check in, we were advised a complimentary breakfast would be included after all and we would be driven back to the pier in the morning in good time.

We were bought welcome drinks and taken to our upgraded room, right at the very highest level of this beautiful hotel. The views and the silence were stunning. The room was wonderfully appointed, and l adored the French infusion in the architecture. It really added to the class of the room. It was lovely to open up the entire wall to the balcnony and view the Mekong from bed.

We went to get a drink in the upstairs bar, again overlooking the Mekong and got chatting to the manager, a lovely French man who was very concerned we had everything we needed. We mentioned we were intending to go out and get some dinner. Five minutes later, he came back and said as we looked so comfortable, we could take advantage of a complimemtary set menu for dinner if we wished. Which we did! The staff were so friendly - l was surprised to read other comments lamenting them for not speaking English more proficiently. As we are in another country, in my opinion, it is not for the staff to learn our language, and politeness can still be conveyed though smiles and gestures. We had at least learned the Laos words for hello and thank you so managed to get through a very pleasant meal before taking our glasses up to our balcony for a great nights sleep.

Breakfast was plentiful! Waffles to start, followed by eggs, toast, fruit and juice. The only criticism l would make is that a hotel of this calibre could offer real milk as opposed to coffee mate. That is the only criticism l have of the entire stay.

I would not hesitate to stay again.

Stayed March 2014
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Stanislas F, General Manager at Sanctuary Pakbeng Lodge, responded to this review, 5 April 2014
Dear Thumpergirl,

Thank you very much for making the Pakbeng Lodge your stopover in Pakbeng. Writing on behalf of our team, we are very pleased that you had a wonderful stay with us. I have passed on your review to our staff and it is one of the best motivation tool.

With our best regards,

Stanislas Fradelizi
General Manager
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Property: Sanctuary Pakbeng Lodge
Address: | Ban Done Khame, Pakbeng, Laos
Region: Laos > Oudomxay Province > Pakbeng
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Pakbeng
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Sanctuary Pakbeng Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 30
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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