The Elephant Crossing Hotel - Vang Vieng, Laos
Address: Ban Viengkeo | (PO Box 5512, Vientiane), Vang Vieng, Laos
I stayed at The Elephant Crossing Hotel during a Contiki tour of Asia and what a beautiful surprise! This hotel is in such a gorgeous and picturesque town known as Vang Vieng so you know you're going to have a peaceful and serene setting. The Elephant Crossing hotel takes the cake since it is away from the main street by a block (it's a tiny town), and right against the river! The majority of rooms are also facing the river where you'll get to see people tubing, kayaking, etc., while you sip on a nice drink and enjoy the view against a mountain backdrop.
It's so nice to stay somewhere where the only sound you hear is nature, even though you have access to dining, really cool Bohemian style bars, and a few small shops.
Everything is within a very short walking distance.
Check-in was very easy. We stayed on the ground-floor although there were several levels. The rooms and bathrooms were modernized and super-clean which was a pleasant treat compared to other hotels in Laos. In fact the lotions and soaps even seemed kind of high end which was nice. The hotel grounds are beautiful, rich with fauna around and a peaceful outdoor lobby to read, surf the internet, or just relax. Walk down a short path and you're on the water, along a boardwalk / patio made by the hotel where you get to eat breakfast in the morning!
What better way to start your day than a great breakfast right on the river? They had a great selection of cereals, toast, eggs, and the best part were the drinks. The juices and fresh coffee they would make were superb. I remember trying to pour coffee only to have one of the servers come along and brew something unique for me.
I left Vang Vieng with more than a hangover - I left with great memories from a very peaceful stay at a hotel that gave you the best view in town.
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