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Khampa Nomad Ecolodge and Arts Center
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

Angela is an amazing person and she is surrended by an amazing staff. Every one is so nice and we felt very confortable... like home. Angela helped us to organize a trip in the grassland. We will never foget this amazing experience and landscape.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Mikael D
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Reviewed 7 May 2014 via mobile

This is the most special guesthouse I've ever stayed in. The atmosphere is so good, makes you feel like at home. The rooms are in good taste and very comfortable. The food is good and special even though need to wait for it... We stayed there just when they opened again after winter break so there were some problems with the water tubes, but it didn't affect the great time we had there.
Also Tagong is the best place we've been to in sichuan!

Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
Thank nimrodb209
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Reviewed 16 November 2013

My sister and I recently traveled through Tagong and were so glad that we found the Khampa Cafe. The (American) owner and (American and Tibetan) staff are all incredibly nice, the facilities are much better than what I expected in such a remote place, and the food always hit the spot. We really appreciated the electric blankets, because the nights were definitely chilly. In the mornings, we enjoyed breakfast on the patio, watching the town come to life and sometimes playing checkers with the owner's adorable daughter. Tagong is a great place to spend a few days, as there are plenty of sights within the town and easily accessible day hikes. If you are debating whether or not to spend a day or two (or more) in Tagong, definitely do it. And there is no better place in the town for Western travelers than the Khampa Cafe.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank Heather M
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Reviewed 10 November 2013

I absolutely loved this place! The staff were really friendly and spent a lot of time sharing their experience of Tibet with me. This is by far the best place to stay in Tagong! And I would advise you book before hand as they only have a couple of rooms. I had the best experience doing the homestay, going out with the nomads on a horseback and staying with them was truly amazing! The guesthouse is cozy, and comfy with delicious food. I was a little frightened of walking around the town as there are a few big stray Tibet mastiff dogs around my friend got bitten whilst walking through the town lucky enough it didn't break the skin, the hostel suggested that we carry sticks when hiking to protect ourselves. Good tip! I plan to return next summer!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled solo
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1  Thank Roxy W
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Reviewed 1 October 2013

Tagong is absolutely beautiful. If you ever get the chance, you MUST go! The Tibetans are such generous, kind people, and Tagong is the real Tibet. Very little Chinese influence here, apart from store signs in Mandarin and bargaining in Yuan.

Khampa Cafe and Guesthouse is a small place (4 rooms?) with a cafe and art store. The rooms are decorated in true Tibetan style and have electrical mattress heaters, because it's COLD in Tagong (we were there in May, and it snowed). Bathroom is shared, squat style, but quite clean. We didn't use the shower, but it looks like an old wooden bathtub. Cute, but not sure how you can keep that thing clean. In any case, the water is hot, and that's the most important thing.

Before we arrived, we emailed Angela, the American owner, to ask about the weather. She said "you never know in Tibet," which is true. We had extreme cold and very hot sunshine in the two days we were there. She wasn't around the first day, and the second day she was busy, but I think she does help travellers a lot with their inquiries, especially if you ask her before arriving. She has downloaded the Tibetan calendar (which is different from both the Chinese and Western calendars), so she can advise on dates for horse racing festivals in the area.

All in all, we liked the guest house. the food was pretty good, the room really cute, and the staff friendly. What we missed was a little more information about the area and we had looked forward to asking Angela a million questions about Tibet, the Tibetans, etc. But it wasn't really her fault she wasn't there the first day.

Our best experience was walking to the nunnery, getting lost, and visiting an old lady who only spoke Tibetan, but invited us to her home, where we stayed a couple of hours chatting and laughing without understanding a word of what the other was saying.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank KristiDNYC
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