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Reviewed 12 November 2012

This hotel which attracts a lot of Lao tour groups is the sort of hotel where its more expensive rooms are not supplied with toilet paper. That may tell you all you need to know about it. But there's more. The showers inevitably flood the bathrooms each and every time you use it. Deal with it. Breakfast is a sad affair. Enough said about that. The staff while not rude is completely clueless. Don't bother asking for any information about Vientiane or any other places further afield. They haven't been there and aren't the least bit curious about finding out. The prices on the rooms have gone up- high season I suppose. I stayed there before because of its proximity to the Thai Embassy but that's not a good enough reason.

Room tip: the rooms are all the same, there are less expensive rooms in a separate building. These are extremely overpriced from what I could see while still costing very little.
Date of stay: November 2012
  • Trip type: Travelled solo
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4  Thank borodino
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Reviewed 9 August 2012

But there's no place in Vientiane you are really need to go. The weather was terrible when I was there. But for what I paid at this hotel, I have absolutely no complaints. It is very good value for the money. The breakfast isn't much. For example, the concept of hot eggs has not reached Laos. But when I asked for some, they made them for me. I was surprised the Asian guests didn't mind eating them cold. The room is comfortable enough with free wifi and a TV with sufficient English channels. The staff is friendly and tries to be helpful. I think I've paid twice as much for similar accommodations. It's good value even for Vientiane. Be alert for tuk tuk drivers and travel agents trying to overcharge. But there is none of that in this hotel. You could do a lot worse.

Room tip: I was upgraded to larger room. It wasn't exactly big but it's fine for a few days.
Date of stay: August 2012
  • Trip type: Travelled solo
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3  Thank borodino
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Reviewed 11 May 2012

La Ong Dao Hotel turned out to be quite near Wattay International Airport, Vientiane and it took a mere 30 minutes to reach it via the road alongside the great Mekong River. It is situated towards to the southerly direction from the Airport and you will have to go through the "City" or rather the town of Vientiane.

One would have thought that Vientiane to be somewhat left behind among the ASEAN countries but surprisingly, it seems to feel better than Yangoon. The roads are wide 2 or even 3 lanes dual carriageway.

La Ong Dao hotel is located near an important junction and a street with 2 Banking establishment and a "cowboy" street of retail shops of all kinds, including a few fashion and dress-making houses.

It is a 7 -storey hotel building with an adjacent connection to another building and a back-yard which appears to be a Motel like facility typical of American Motels & Inns.

The Hotel front is quite impressive by Vientiane standards and the lobby is filled with pure Teak wood big chairs and tables you find in traditional Chinese homes with intricate dragon carvings.

The reception is almost hassle free as you hand in your Hotel Voucher from Agoda and all of them can speak English of varying fluency and vocabulary.

We stayed in Twin-sharing as well as Double bed Single room of basically the same size.Both rooms have a LCD TVs, and as it is Lao, you have original Teak-wood cabinets, paneling and nice Ceramic Tiles which I prefer in tropical climates.

The ceramic tiles are of high quality and including the bathroom with good toilet bowls , shower enclosure and hot water available 24 hours. Believe you me, the water pressure is tremendous , probably, to ease the pressure building up in the ever-fast and over-flowing great Mekong River.

The beds are cosy with smooth cotton bedsheets and a blanket made in Thailand {it seems everything is made in Thailand]. However, the Air-cond has a brand of unknown make but sounds "Chinese" Peoples' Republic of China.

By the way, Lao is a Peoples Democratic Republic of Soviet Russian influence and you can blame the French intellectuals in Paris Cafe telling philosophizing the innocent Indo-Chinese peoples, in particular Ho Chi Minh.

Breakfast is at the 4th Floor Dining area [remember, it is a 7-storey hotel ] are also being used for private parties and companies' lunch meetings.

The menu for breakfast consists of Boiled White Rice, Soya Bean Curd, Shrimp Friedn Dumplings, Mixed vegetables and all the meat and poultry and fried eggs sunny side.

We are quite happy with the Vegetarian dishes and bread and margarine , coffee and tea and orange juice and local fruits like dragon-fruit, water melon, pineapple etc.

The last day of our stay breakfast was without HOT coffee or tea as the Electrical supply to the area suddenly came to a halt and returned as we checked out.

If you are looking to eat Halal Food for lunch and dinner , just take the Tuk-Tuk to bring you to Fathima, Nora, Nazim restaurants which are not far away just amre 10-20 minutes away from the Hotel.

Otherwise, buy the baguette which the only good thing the French left for Indo-China, and Halal Sardines, Tuna or whatever food you brought along. And there is high-end Mini-Market catering to the Diplomats about 20 minutes walking to the left of the junction, you find imported goods only !

Next to this Mini-mart is to be found Joma, a modern Cafe that serves coffee, tea and pastries, pizza imitating Cafes in find in major cities.

Opposite the Mini-market is a Health and Fitness club.

Otherwise, La Ong Dao is most suitable for 4 of us as it rests in between 2 Golf courses the SEA Games Golf Course [17 km] and the Lao Golf Club Km14 [14 km].

How convenient!

And do try and rent those luxury Mini-Vans [Toyota, Hyundai] or even the Toyata 4WD Hiluz and put the Golf bags at the back.

US$ and Thai Bhat is widely accepted

Room tip: There are many Hotels in Vientiane contrary to what is known outside. They are nice people humble and they don't speak the Queen's speech, Francaise, Guten Tag or How' re doing. Adios, and Sayanora. Sabaidee and Khop Chai.
Date of stay: May 2012
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 August 2018
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Date of stay: July 2018
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Reviewed 13 November 2017
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Date of stay: September 2017
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