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All started well, with a friendly greeting and a nice lobby but went downhill quickly. The rooms on the lower floors suffer from extreme damp to the point in which our clothes started to become soggy and the beds would show signs of damp. Having been told by a friend that their room was worse we didn't complain. Breakfasts are good, eggs or pancakes are available. After going out on an all day tour we came back to find the medicine on my bed had gone missing. I reported it and was subsequently accused/blamed for its vanishing act, having not made any accusations myself. I am quite confident it was all a misunderstanding with it having been thrown out as trash potentially. With no resolution being achieved that evening I was told to present my quote from the clinic and we could resolve the issue in the morning. Pretty quickly it became clear that the bridges had been burnt. The man on reception refused to make eye or even talk to me, instead of buying the medicine from the clinic where I had acquired the quote from, he jumped on his motorbike and went elsewhere in search of cheaper medication, leaving me waiting in the lobby with little explanation. What should have been resolved quite easily with very little worry or stress, ended up becoming a much bigger issue. The complaint management and damp issues are what's holding this place back, I am sorry we ended up putting with such distaste for each other.
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Public - in the last week
reviewed in the last week
Warm welcome, original vietnemese theme, and even better coffee. We had the ice coffee with coconut milk and Saigon ice coffee and would recommend them both. Great spot to chill out and people watch.
Public - a week ago
reviewed a week ago
The COPE visitor centre is excellent, it's very informative and teaches you so much about the hardship of the people of Laos. It's very well laid out and the information displayed is concise. It is free to visit but please leave a donation so they can continue the good work they are doing. You can watch a number of documentaries on request and spend as long as you want in the centre. Some of the displays are extremely visual and prepare yourself for some shocking exhibits.
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Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
The park the monument sits in is really nice, it it's beautifully lit and kept in a very good shape. The monument itself is impressive from afar but the closer you get the less impressive it gets, but that's kind of part of the charm! It's unfinished and never will be. I would say that it appears to be slightly neglected as wildlife has begun to take it over with a large number of bees nests present at the top of the monument. In terms of opening times, I am slightly puzzled. Every time I went by it was closed but apparently you can visit and go to the top albeit I was unable to. I think they should arrange it so you can visit in the evening for sunset as it's simply too hot to go any other time! Anyway, it's well worth a visit as the park is really nice.
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Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
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The museum here is fantastic, it's extremely informative and laid out in an excellent way. The entry fee is surprisingly high at $12 a ticket and you cannot bring a bag or a camera, which is not overly surprising as most museums prohibited these things. They provide a free cloakroom and have a coffee shop which is reasonably priced half way round, albeit the coffee isn't great. The exhibits themselves are very good, there is a lot of reading material - I really mean a LOT! And some of it is slightly repetitive. The video displays are good and in many languages. The majority of the exhibits consist of varying statues from Angkor and further abroad although they are all focused on the religious meanings and their links to Angkor Wat. If you are looking for more information regarding be founding of Angkor or the construction or even the sort of civilisation that existed here then you probably will want to try a different museum as this one doesn't touch on any of that. It almost goes as far to imply Angkor didn't exist and then suddenly it did. It's a little strange. Nonetheless as long as you are prepared for what the museum is really all about then you should find it interesting and very informative.
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Public - a month ago
reviewed a month ago
The Buddha Park here is built by the same crazy architect as the one who built the one just across the border in Thailand. The park is really easy to get to from Vientiane, don't take a tour from a guesthouse, just make your way to the central bus station and ride bus number 14 to park. Simple! You could do this in the same day as doing a border run as the bus goes to both. The park itself has very little shade, so go early or late and you'll enjoy it most. There are refreshments there. Entry was very cheap at only 5k Kip. There's at least an hour's entertainment there, with many of the statues seemingly completely puzzling and the rest bordering on the side of mental. Nonetheless it's brilliant!
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Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
We visited Rays Grille based on TripAdvisor, we didn't regret our choice. A small place sat by the side of the road, it has a dodgy hand painted mural on the wall but it specialises in some mean Burgers! The food was really good and we often spoke of going back. A burger will set you back around 60k Kip upwards and it does come with fries. They serve coke floats which is quite original for Laos and the service is really good and your food comes very fast!
Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago