Les Jardins de Vang Vieng
What we say:
Newly built, Les Jardins de Vang Vieng so far has no real garden to speak of, but the location is right by the river and a bit of a walk from the centre of town, which shows promise. Run by the very organised Thavisouk Guesthouse, the wooden and bamboo bungalows are fan cooled, with a few pieces of furniture and a largeish balcony for enjoying the view. A restaurant has a terrace with seating out over the river. The staff speak good English and are very attentive to customers', but have frequently been known to use fairly devious means to lure customers, such as telling people their first choice of Guesthouse has closed or is full.
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Contact details:Moung Song Village. T: (023) 511 340, (020) 5623207 F: (023) 511 340
What we were quoted
|Type of room||Low season||High season||Notes|
|Bungalow fan share b'room||4 USD||4 USD||Tumbledown shacks|
|Bungalow fan private b'room||8 USD||8 USD||Upto $10|
Added to Travelfish on: 29th August, 2005
Last visited or updated on: 9th October, 2006
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Rated 3.5 out of 5
Based on 3 ratings and 3 reviews
Stayed here for 3 nights and were very pleased we did. The location is ideal, we stayed in a bungalow right on the waters edge, with lovely views of the river and the mountains beyond. It's a short walk to the centre of the strangeness that is Vang vien, just far enough out to avoid most of the noise from the riverside bars. The bungalows are basic, but comfortable. The beds aren't as bad previous comments suggest, and the cold shower was fine. There is however a lot of building work going on, but you'd be hard pressed to avoid this almost anywhere in Vang vien, There was some confusion about who owns the various different bungalow operations in this area, the office for the riverside bungalows is right next to them. There is another set of bungalows behind that are owned by another family, and furhter back still some brand new concrete bungalows under the same ownership as the riverside bamboo affairs we stayed in. It all seems to be under the same name, le jardin d'organique. Staff were always on hand to help, and spoke good english.
Les Jardins de Vang Vieng reviewed by trevorwallis (Total reviews: 7) on
The hardest beds ever!
We stayed only 1 night in Les Jardins de Vang Vieng. They only had one bungalow available, and the'd put in an extra matrass for our 3 kids. The beds were extremely hard, there was no comfort at all. We payed 8$ for the bungalow and 2$ for the big matrass. The food in the restaurant was expensive and nothing special. We moved to the neighbour, Villa Nam Song for much better beds! The garden and location of Les Jardins de Vang Vieng is very OK, it vieuws the footbridge and the mountains. The gardens are well kept, but the bungalows are missing comfort. At the time we stayed here there were a lot of building activitities, they were building bigger and more luxuary bungalows.
Les Jardins de Vang Vieng reviewed by boschgoesasia (Total reviews: 4) on
Beautiful and good value, staff a bit hit and miss though
We stayed at Les Jardins de Vang Vieng for four nights and had a beautiful air con bungalow, with a private hot water shower and western flush toilet. The bungalow was spotless and the bed a big white cotton number with a big mosquito net, although there weren't many mossies getting into the room anyway. The view was amazing and looked right out onto the river and the mountains on the other bank. We paid $15, which was a bit over our $10-12 budget, but it was good value considering the other places in Laos we have stayed. Initially, I rang the Thavisouk Guesthouse to book an air con room, and was quoted $15 but on arrival at the Thavisouk Guesthouse we were informed that we weren't booked in there and the tuk-tuk driver took us to Les Jardins, obviously we now know that they are in cahoots, but this wasn't made clear on the phone. The first two nights were very quiet, with a very distant hum of music from somewhere, but this died down about 10.30pm and was too quiet to keep us awake. The third night however, there was some really loud music coming from somewhere down the river, which didn't stop until 2.48am in the morning and kept us, other guests and even the staff awake. We are not sure what was going on, but it may just be a one off thing. One thing that did annoy me, was that I booked the TVS VIP bus through Les Jardins to Vientiane, we paid $5 dollars for the three hour journey and the information at reception said it would include free water, movies, air con and even cold towels, plus a tuk-tuk to the bus station. What in fact happened was that our tuk-tuk arrived late and we were the last few on the bus, my husband and I didn't even get a seat together until I kicked up a fuss and the landlady of Les Jardins (who obviously runs the TVS shabang as well)decided to move off two seats and give them to us. She and her four family/friends, then proceeded to sit on stools in the gangway, leaving the front rows no leg room whatsoever. It seemed like they were all cadging a lift to the capital city as well. There was no water,towels or film and just one toilet stop for barely 5 minutes, I was absolutely disgusted with this service, which is odd as the service at Les Jardins had been really good, but it seemed as if that all went out the window once she knew she wouldn't be making anymore money out of us. All in all a good place to stay, but they seemed a bit money grabbing to us.
Les Jardins de Vang Vieng reviewed by mrandmrsburke (Total reviews: 25) on
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