Laos, Vientiane and Central Regions
Info : Phouphadeng Auberge
The Phouphadeng Auberge is a fairly basic resort on a hilltop in the countryside near Phonsavan, the base for exploring the famous Plain of Jars.
In the style of a european hunting lodge, fifteen comfortable wooden bungalows are spread through the forest cover of pine and fern trees. Spacious and airy, the bungalows have double or twin beds, en-suite bathrooms with hot showers and open log fires for the colder season. Each has a balcony with chairs and great views across the mountains and town below.
The resort has a central restaurant and bar, housed in a separate wooden building. Decoration is an eclectic mix of traditional Lao textiles and old war memorabilia. The bar is atmospheric and there is a selection of lounge chairs around a central log fire. The restaurant serves a selection of French and Laotian dishes with true mountain lodge ambiance.
The town of Phonsavan is a brief drive from the hotel and inexpensive taxis and tuk-tuks can be hired easily if required. The walk into town takes about 15 minutes and is a pleasant stroll.
The resort is a great base to explore Xiengkhouang Province, most famous for its mysterious selection of stone jars and also as a centre for American bombing during the secret war. Bomb craters and casings can be seen extensively here and many former weapons have been converted into useful modern day tools such as BBQs, chairs, pots and even garden fences! The area is rich in ancient and modern history and if time permits, a visit here is an interesting part of a trip to Laos.
Comfort - This is our lead in category. There will generally be a no frills approach and while some will be characterful, some will do exactly what it says on the tin - provide a clean, comfortable and good value place to spend the night. These places are normally 3* hotels.
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