We’d tried booking a bungalow at Thavonsouk Resort the night before we left Luang Prabang, but we didn’t get a chance to check our email to find out if our reservation went through before we arrived. So we decided to try our luck and have the bus/truck from the bus station drop us at Thavonsouk and if it was full we’d check the places next door. Luckily we were able to stay at Thavonsouk for two nights. The Sunset restaurant there has an awe taking view across the Nam Song river to the limestone mountains. Some of the bungalows have just as good views across the river, but we opted for the garden view bungalow that cost half as much. We still enjoyed the view of the mountains sitting on our porch for an afternoon.
The bungalow was simply furnished, and there were earth worms that crawled out of the shower drain, but we’d definitely recommend it as a bargain for it’s setting. We ate dinner both evenings at the Sunset restaurant at Thavonsouk Resort, since it’s a gorgeous place to watch the sunset. I ordered Lap Lao special chicken, having no idea what it was. It turned out to be quite tasty ground chicken with mint and string beans.
Vang Vieng was less developed than we both expected. Some of the roads were dirt and there wasn’t much to the town.