#1 In the 'Lonely Planet' guide .. something about "if only all guest houses were as inventive as this"
Travelfish .. "Rooms are set around a garden in which a fire is lit every night and guests gather around to share stories of their adventure around the loop and the rest of Laos."
Ball$heet .. I rocked up to this 'bikers paradise' situated in a colonial villa, to be greeted with signs 'no bikes past this point' and immediately some guy told me I couldn't park my bike where i did ( I give them the usual smile and tell them I will move it after check in - but I don't like this attitude anywhere in Asia, why do I want to carry my gear from the furthest reach of the car park ? )
The rooms were 60,000 for a single - 70,00 for a double and upwards, over 120,000 as far as I could tell.
I could have a single, but the room was small .. like how small ? As cute Lao receptionist opened the twin door, I was hit with a wave of musk, so I passed on that and headed for the single. Which for 60,000 kip was a perfectly acceptable size, only the bed wasn't great and the only other stick of furniture was a coffee table perched on the dusty painted floor.
I got my bags, spoke to two scandinavian ladies, they said their twin was nice.
After parking my bike and dragging my bag through the garden, I met upon another couple of young bikers .. I exchanged a 'howzit' and i could tell I wouldn't be exchanging any fireside stories with them. I gave the restaurant a skip and headed into town for an evening beer outside 'KopJai'.
When I returned, there was no fire, just two Lao guys sleeping on the benches, by the looks, there hadn't been a fire for a few months.
To cut a story short
- crap bed
- dirty shower ( only one for x ammount of guests ) / No rails / shelf / hook / bent nail in the wet shower ( where am I supposed to put my washable / towel )
- noise from the garden
- useless fan
- woken up at 5.00 am by the staff doing their chores
- bike parked too far from the hotel
- I could go on, give this place a skip, it doesnt live up to its reputation ( Could be amazing tho')