hello! i only have time to visit laos for 3 days at the end of december. arriving on a thursday morning, and leavning early sunday morning.
i was planning on just staying in vientiane and then visiting the buddha park. any other recommendations or advice?
also, in vientiane, i was thinking of staying at Mali Namphu guest house or the Dragon Lodge? the reviews i read on here seem good. anyone stayed here? or any other recommendations?
thanks for your help!
#1 sideflip1 has been a member since 16/10/2006. Posts: 18
Three days is perfect for Vientiane -- while you're there be sure to fit in a herbal steam at one of the wats, sunset drinks on the Mekong, and, as you've already suggested the Buddha Park.
Mali Namphu gets the best reports of just about anywhere we list in Vientiane.
awesome, thanks for your advice.
#3 sideflip1 has been a member since 16/10/2006. Posts: 18
We hope to stay in the Mali Namphu is 3 weeks time, so with luck I'll be able to let you know what we thought. They have a website if you want to book in advance.
Apparently the BeerLao brewery 12km out toward the Friendship Bridge has started doing tours again. So I expect that'll be on many 'things to do' lists from now on.
#4 LancasterLad has been a member since 13/9/2006. Posts: 62
Just booked the Mali Namphu by e-mail. Got confirmation by return e-mail. US$ 16 per night for a double including breakfast.
Prog so far starting next week:
020720 Arr BKK ex Manchester
022030 Overnight sleeper to Nong Khai
030830 to 070800 Stay at Mutmee G/H in Nong Khai
070830 Cross Friendship Bridge and clear Immig, then to Vientiane
071030 to 110800 Stay at Mali Namphu G/H
110800 Bus to Vang Vieng
#5 LancasterLad has been a member since 13/9/2006. Posts: 62
In Vientianne at the moment and staying at the Mali Namphu. It is very central, and a 250 baht tuk-tuk ride from the Frienship Bridge (about 24Kms). We like it and we don't like it! The room we are in is pretty dingy, and in need of a lick of paint. There are no mozzie nets, and there are mozzies! So we are using a coil, which is fine, but my missus isn't too keen on the fumes from the coil. My brother is also staying in the Mali Namphu, and his room is the same. We've only had one night so far and we all slept well. The rooms all open out onto a courtyard which is really pleasant, and for me is the saving grace for for the Mali Namphu. There are a lot of staff, and the service is perhaps a little too keen. There are loads of guesthouses in the centre of Vientiane, and I suspect it isn't too difficult to get better value.
#6 LancasterLad has been a member since 13/9/2006. Posts: 62
sorry to hear that your room is dingy. ours was spanking new, and probably the most modern we had on the entire trip.
in any case, any chance you could copy this and your other posts into a new thread in the trip reports section and just add to it, keeping a running commentary on your trip? these are good insights and they will be extra useful for the rest of us to have them all in one place. cheers.
bummer to hear that about mali namphu. i was planning on staying there 2 nights. hmm maybe will stay 1 night and check out other places while we're there. thanks for posting about it.
#8 sideflip1 has been a member since 16/10/2006. Posts: 18
We've just had our third night at the Mali Namphu. Our Room is 109, in the courtyard. The guesthouse is full, which is probably why we got that room. The walls of the room are testament to loads of japped mozzies. We keep a coil running practically 24/7. It's a pity really, as we've actually had 3 good nights sleep, though that might have something to do with the Beerlao. The guesthouse is on a quite busy street, and the courtyard is at the end of the reception passage. It really is a nice courtyard, very peaceful, and ideal place to sit and plan your day or finish it off with the last beerlao of the day. Breakfast is included, and changes every day. Nothing special, but keeps you going until lunch.
Incidentally, my brother is in Room 406, which means climbing quite a lot
of stairs. Strangely enough he hasn't need a mozzie coil.
I'll do a trip report when I get back to sunny Morecambe!
#9 LancasterLad has been a member since 13/9/2006. Posts: 62
We stayed at Thong bay guest house, which is out of the main part of town but in longer walking distance, towards the airport and near Novotel. It is an old traditional Loas house, two stories with open spaces for hammocks, relaxing chairs etc. It was $14 US for a twin room shared bathroom, other rooms have private bathroom. It was quiet, no aircon, but fans. We also did a cooking coarse thru Guesthouse,$15 including trip to market. We loved it.
#10 tommcinnes has been a member since 10/9/2006. Posts: 5
I stayed in Mali Namphu, room rate is US$ 16/- per nite including American Breakfast. Its a nice guesthouse with green courtyard, and near to Mekong river side and nite clubs & french restuarents. I stayed there, if any doubt, email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
#11 paul2007 has been a member since 14/11/2006. Posts: 7
Must admit we thought about the Thong Bay, but we plumped for the Mali Namphu due to its good reviews and very central location.
#12 LancasterLad has been a member since 13/9/2006. Posts: 62