People are always wondering where they can go for a weekend from Vientiane. There's aren't too many options that don't involve a 3+ hour drive. Which is why the Lao Lake House is such a find.
The Lao Lake House sits on a beautiful spot on the Nam Houm Reservoir, just an hour outside Vientiane city. There is barely a sign of civilisation in any direction. It's serene, peaceful and idyllic.
To get there, take Route 13 north out of the city. Pass Wattay Airport and drive for approximately 30km. It should take just under an hour. Then start looking out for a road on the left. When we visited in late September, there wasn't any signage so here's what you need to look out for...
Take this road and continue on. You'll soon see the reservoir stretching out on your left. Keep going until you see another fork in the road...
Take this dirt road and follow it, veering to the left until you see a big house shrouded by bamboo trees. If you do accidently veer to the right, you'll may come upon some of the locals having a bath...
But you'll soon figure it out.
The Lao Lake house is a self contained accommodation with 6 large rooms that sleep up to 13 people. They're mostly separate rooms with ensuites, except for one family suite that has has an interconnecting door and shared bathroom.
The beds are comfy, there's a/c and fresh towels in the bathroom. There's also torches in every room in case late night frog-spotting is your thing.
You can book out the whole house or share with whoever else happens to be there. On the weekend we went, we booked 3 rooms but ended up with the whole place to ourselves.
You'll spend most of your time in the pool, the sala or one of the thoughtfully located hammocks with views stretching across the water. Apart from the local karaoke that started up somewhere over a hill (and finished politely by 10pm), we heard nothing but birds, frogs and the sounds of nature. It was blissful.
As soon as we arrived, three super friendly Lao dogs gambolled around us with delight on their shaggy faces. They live with Lao Lake House owners and next door neighbours, Sandra and Charlie.
The dogs are happy to spend as much - or as little - time with you as you want. Our kids were equally thrilled to see them, and one doggy spent almost the entire weekend with us. You can even bring your own dog with you, provided it's friendly too.
More importantly, you'll need to bring all your own food, and there's a large kitchen and a huge fridge to contain it. There's also a charcoal BBQ so come prepared for some fry ups.
This is great spot for some family downtime or weekend groups. Think lazy afternoons by the pool and big BBQ dinners.
Or you can come on your own and while away the weekend in a hammock. Your choice.
The Lao Lake House is 30km north of Wattay Airport in Vientiane on Route 13. It's open year round and rooms cost from $US65/night. Contact Lao Lake House for more details.