Tad Lo Lodge is the best accommodation in town, especially now that Saise Resort has gone downhill—it’s solidly mid-market, comfortable yet by no means luxurious with rustic bungalows that feel like cottages.
The cottages dot an expansive leafy property, the shade from the many trees providing a respite from the heat but it can also make the interiors feel a bit dark.
Cream and natural wooden walls are tastefully decorated with interesting large artwork while handwoven Katu beaded bed runners add a bright pop of colour. The rooms are equipped with a luggage rack, kettle with tea/coffee, air-con, fan, desk and bedside tables.
The bathrooms are a disappointment. They are plain tile, fluorescent lighting and electric heated shower, more befitting of a guesthouse. However, it is clean, functional and large, and you’ll probably be spending more time relaxing on the front porch admiring the natural surrounds than in the shower.
Overall the property is feeling a little tired and on the decline and those who need to stretch their budget to afford it may feel it is not great value to splurge. For those who need comfort though, this is the only option in Tad Lo.
The lodge is located a kilometre up the road from the village and the restaurant boasts a fantastic view of Tad Lo’s cascades in the distance and the Xe Set river. Both guests and non-guests gather at the river around 16:30 to watch the resort’s resident elephant have its bath. The resort offers elephant rides which some may find controversial. If this is a sticky point then avoid the resort.
Tad Lo also owns a row of bungalows on the opposite river banks, and the price point would be attractive to flashpackers. We couldn’t inspect it during our visit because they were full. The wide open view of the river is undeniably top notch but we have reservations about having bungalows isolated away from service and security—you’d have to go all the way down to the bridge to get to the main hotel. Do inspect these bungalows before committing.
By Cindy Fan
Last updated on 29th January, 2017.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Bungalow fan private bathroom, low season: US$25, high season US$25. Notes: Basic bungalow
Room: Standard double room, low season: US$40, high season US$50. Notes:
Room: Deluxe double room, low season: US$100, high season US$120. Notes:
T: (034) 211 889
Room rates: US$10 to 20