Ok, as promised here is the scoop on the "resort" at Km marker 232.5 on Laos Route 13. Bailed out of the mini-van at the bungalows. Six tiny bungalows perched on the hill above the road and the large hotsprings pool. 60,000 Kip per night. Pretty shabby and I used a hostel sheet as the bedding was dodgy. The spot is a stop for long-haul truckers needing abath in the hotspring and cigarettes across the road at the restaurant. Everything is shabby and funky but also crazy and cool. The huge plus is the amazing scenery and the trails that go up the steep hills from the road. The village of Vieng Kham is a short walk north and super friendly. I hiked and hiked, the only thing to do. Food is standard Lao at the restaurant. As far as transport gies, stand by the road and wave an arm. I caught a rude in the back of a truck to Kasi, a local to VV and another local to Vientiane. So, if you want to be the only falang for many miles and you like to hike, this may be your spot. For all other amenities and easy traveling, not so much.
#1 teamika has been a member since 3/11/2010. Posts: 9
think you mean Bor Nam Oun?
was wondering if there's a new resort along the Nam Ou river :P
Vieng Kham is the village on the border of LPB & VTE provinces right?
the bungalow i stayed in was OK & clean enough but i was there 1 yr 3 mths before you...
it's also a stop for Lao tourists, & some people from nearby villages also come by in the evenings to bathe & do their laundry.
any photos of the scenery/hikes to share?
& did you spend any time exploring Kasi?
thanks for reporting back.
AKA Bor Nam Oon. And yes I reckon Vieng Kham is that last sizeable village coming down the hill at the provincial border with Phou Khao Sam Liam perched in the background. Thanks for this report. I guess one can think of staying there more as camping in a wooden tent as opposed to what most of us would consider a "resort" and hopefully still a cold bialao at that shop/restaurant over the road. Just a question: is it really a "hot spring" that little pond?