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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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After a few days in Chiang Mai I made my way to Luang Prabang in Laos. The journey between the two cities was about 20 hours which involved a mini bus to the Thai border, a bus between the borders then finally an overnight bus to Luang Prabang. The difference in infrastructure was rather stark between the two countries. Whereas Thailand had a lot more modern buildings and better infrastructure, I was rather struck by how dark it was on the Laos side as we drove through the ...
Then it was back to the hotel for breakfast before our 8.30 am pick up for the Elephant Camp.
Our first activity was to catch a long boat across the river to visit the baby elephants of which they had two. The female was four and the male two years old and yes they were cute!
Then there was another boat trip to the waterfall. It was just a waterfall though!
Finally it was our turn for the elephant ride. So it was ...
... hippiest place I've ever been to in my life. You take your shoes off and everyone is sitting on the floor around huge shishas. We bought drinks and then tried to find our new friends - we found them with some other people we'd seen on the slow boat. Everywhere in Laos shuts at 11/11.30pm due to curfew. However there's a sneaky bowling alley which somehow manages to stay open past this hour. So 8 of us then jumped in a tuk-tuk which took us to the other side of town to the ...
... rigs dredging the riverbed for gold. We also passed the sixth dam to be built on the Nam Ou (funded by the Chinese). Our guide was very positive about this development but as we were on the tuk tuk which transferred us across the dam to our next boat, we passed the remains of the village which had been moved to make way for the dam. Our guide pointed out the new village, saying that the locals all got new houses built for them and now have better lives as a consequence. ...
... in Vang Vieng.
We came back early enough to go visit some temples... but by visiting I mean parking the scooter, taking a picture and jumping back on the scooter! We were so tired of temples but it was hard to skip them as they are so beautiful! We drove around Luang Prabang and saw the meeting of two important rivers, the Nam Khan and the Mekong, which is most likely more impressive during the rainy season.
We met up with Kevin ...