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TravelPod Member ReviewsVilla Champa Luang Prabang
We arrived at Villa Champa not having booked it after a long two day slow boat from Thailand. We got a really decent price for what it was one of the best rooms we had in our 2 month trip. After a few days roughing it up a bit, it felt very luxurious. The young man at reception was friendly and sweet and the nice big shower felt amazing; no wet bathrooms, aleluia!
The location is great, close to everything in the centre of town and we even got a nice balcony which we should have used more. Breakfast was not included but there are some great places in Luang Prabang (not that cheap though!).
Would recommend Villa Champa to any flashpackers arriving in Luang Prabang!
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As with the trip up from Viang Vieng, the journey to Luang Prabang was equally breathtaking – we stopped for lunch at the village at the junction with Routes 1 and 7 again and continued our way north in the afternoon, arriving at about 3 pm. We got dropped off at a small bus station outside the town itself and took a tuk tuk to the town where …
... not ready to eat smoked cheese!
We shared a very nice bottle of French Gamay and had 2 cheese boards between the 5 of us. Along with a great Baguette we were so very happy! There was proper cheddar, Camembert and blue cheese! So amazing.
After having the wine and cheese as starters... we went to the night market and had an all you can eat plate of food for 80p, a complete opposite, but also good.
The next morning, Alicia, Dave, Jason, ...
... where we’re heading ourselves in a couple of days (we’ll be taking the bus though!)
We head out late morning in a jam-packed minivan up to Kuang Si waterfalls, which are around 30km from Luang Prabang. We move out of the car park towards the falls, and on the way we pass a bear rescue centre (there has been a tendency for some locals to keep small bears in very small cages as pets). We can’t see any as we pass through, but ...
... Charles was able to communicate to one of the guys working there that we needed an air pump and a few minutes later a young boy came running out with one. Score! He hooked it up, pumped away and we were set (and he was 5000 kip richer.) Of we went down the rocky road. For about a minute, until we realized it was flat again. Like really flat. Not "slow leak" flat, but riding on the rim flat.
Our options were limited to say the least. We were in farm land, ...
... were sat just behind the head rather than on the bench. We were safely carried down to the water by Mae Pan Cake (Jenna's elephant) and Mae Kam (Dave's elephant) and soon found ourselves on top of mostly submerged elephants scrubbing their skin and getting showered by their trunks in the process. When we dismounted, we struggled to work out whether we were standing on the riverbed, a leg or a trunk but our elephants didn't seem to mind. The only slightly strange bit of the ...