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Sunrise Side about 450 meters north of Old French Pier, Don Det Laos
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#2 of 35 Specialty lodging in Don Det
Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Airport transportation
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Breakfast available
Outdoor dining area
Wine / champagne
Picnic area
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Washing machine
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Room features
Dining area
Private balcony
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Walk-in shower
Room types
Landmark view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French, German, Thai
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newbiebackpacker2015 wrote a review Oct 2019
Liverpool, United Kingdom13 contributions4 helpful votes
Beautiful hostel right of the river with fantastic views! Very helpful staff, especially Andy, who is always on hand to provide great advice and tips on where to go! Will also help organise trips around the island, I recommend the day kayaking trip! Also has a great restaurant with delicious Asian and western food!
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
Response from 861crazyg, Manager at CrazyGecko
Responded 19 Oct 2019
Thank you so much for being our guest!!! CrazyGecko team is very happy that you liked your stay in our rooms and the food in our restaurant so much. Khopchai lai lai for your ***** review, we really appreciate it. We do daily our best to make our customers happy and they feel comfortable. This includes for sure also recommendations for the island, for Laos and for the following transfers. Have a safe trip, take care! Andy
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Manolis Z wrote a review May 2019
London, United Kingdom21 contributions3 helpful votes
I had an excellent experience and stay at CrazyGecko. Andy (the owner) is a great guy, very friendly and he makes you feel like home. The family that runs the place together with Andy is very nice. My bungalow was super big and clean, had a very nice decoration and style. I also had Huge balcony with hammocks to chill and wit beautiful river view. Another highlight was the restaurant, the food was delicious. I recommend it 100%
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Date of stay: May 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
Response from 861crazyg, Manager at CrazyGecko
Responded 7 May 2019
Dear Manolis Khopchai lai lai for being our guest @CrazyGecko. Glad that you liked your stay at our place very much. I wish you a safe continuation of your trip, would be a great pleasure welcoming you soon again. Take care!
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annabel w wrote a review Apr 2019
19 contributions4 helpful votes
We haggled half price off the original quoted, but still 100,000 for the water front bungalows, I now gather this could have been cheaper. The room was really lovely though, more hotelesque than backpacker unlike most on the island with a lovely enclosed bathroom. Thank you. The windows onto the river front make the rooms brighter than most bungalows with great views. However this did mean the room got particularly hot and it was impossible to be inside during the daytime past 8am (fan only). This may be better in the cooler seasons. To be fair, there is no sleeping in anyway as the locals are up early, which is fair enough, but the boat starting up underneath our bungalow before 8 every day was a bit annoying. The mosquito net does not fit around the bed in our room either and there were uninvited colonies of ants that found us delicious. You have to expect nature here and the beds are very spacious, that was just the downside, maybe it can be changed? The balcony was nice, room well appointed and the Laos host great. The restaurant sold reasonably priced food that was delicious. The young girls cooked and took our order daily and did a great job. I felt a bit sorry for them being alone to do this, especially when the restaurant was busier. Understandably it is a different culture to Europe, but I was surprised by their solo responsibility for a professionally run place, I hope they are well rewarded. Overall I would recommend highly. You pay for what you get and this is a pretty, well appointed accommodation in Don Det.
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Date of stay: April 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from 861crazyg, Manager at CrazyGecko
Responded 30 Apr 2019
Dear Annabell Khopchai lai lai for being our guest. Glad that you liked your stay. At the time you have been @CrazyGecko, I was not around. The haggled price you get was very very very super low, and is not possible anymore. I am very sorry for the sunny days resulting in hot bungalows at this time of the year. I also apologize for the ants, we do not like them as well and do daily our best to arrange us with the nature here on Don Det. Annabell: wish you a safe travel, take care!
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5goexpoloring wrote a review Mar 2019
6 contributions8 helpful votes
We had a great few days in a funky family room. We loved our time there - the room was very clean and comfortable, we enjoyed the hammocks on our gorgeous balcony and Andy was able to help with everything. The restaurant does delicious food as well - we'd highly recommend staying here!
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Date of stay: March 2019
Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from Crazy G, Manager at CrazyGecko
Responded 28 Mar 2019
Dear Zoey/Fred and the hole lovely family Thank you for being our guests, you were wondeful. Glad that you enjoyed staying and eating @ CrazyGecko. That is exactly what our team tries every day: to make our customers happy :-). Enjoy your travel - take care! Hope to have you back one day!
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Dirk B wrote a review Feb 2019
Bern, Switzerland30 contributions8 helpful votes
Great location! If you have the choice: take one of the new and lovely bungalows at the riverside. They are completely new and very good equiped. And its just amazing to lay in the hammock and look over the mekong. Andy and Rahel are great hosts and they have many good ideas what to do while staying in paradise. Don‘t miss the sunset cruise they are offering - it‘s gorgeous.
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Date of stay: January 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Crazy G, Manager at CrazyGecko
Responded 10 Feb 2019
Thank you Dirk for your review! Was a pleasure having you @CrazyGecko. Happy that you enjoyed your stay. Our team does everyday their best, to make customers satisfied. Wish you all the best - hope to meet you again.
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stevenkp88 wrote a review Jan 2019
8 contributions6 helpful votes
We highly recommend this place! It is quiet and the rooms are wonderful, we had a riverfront bungaloo. Andy could help us with almost everything and they all are really friendly! Their food is also really tasty and fresh. Try it out! :-)
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Date of stay: December 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Crazy G, Manager at CrazyGecko
Responded 4 Jan 2019
Thank you Steven for having you as guests and for the nice review! We do every day our best to make customers happy! Hope to welcome you soon @Crazy Gecko, Don Det :-)
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CaD wrote a review Dec 2018
98 contributions5 helpful votes
I ate there twice because it was near my guesthouse and it’s usually a good sign to see many people eating there. They have an extensive menu with Asian and Western dishes for affordable prices. I tried the spring rolls first, the vegetable fried rice the second time. The spring rolls were very good, I liked them yet in the dipping sauce there were small mosquitos bugs ( I know it might look like pepper, it was not ). There is nothing wrong in giving the same bowl of sauce without throwing them away, but it would be better to store them or cover them. The fried rice had nothing exceptional but was still good.
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Date of stay: December 2018Trip type: Travelled solo
Response from Crazy G, Manager at CrazyGecko
Responded 15 Dec 2018
We ask our guests always during and after eating if the food is/was good and everything else is fine. This because our customers are very important to us! Sad to read here after you are away, that you were not happy with our meal. I would have prefered if you had told me to my face when you recognized, that there is something in the sauce that you do not like. So we could have handled the problem then. Anyway: Wish you all the best and good luck!
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BrothersTravels wrote a review Nov 2018
176 contributions18 helpful votes
We didn’t stay at this hostel but had lunch here and it was amazing! So cheap but so tasty and delicious! I had the lentil and pumpkin curry with beef and sticky rice, which was so good and I would definitely recommend it!
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Date of stay: October 2018Trip type: Travelled with friends
Response from Crazy G, Manager at CrazyGecko
Responded 11 Dec 2018
Thank you so much BrothersTravels! Hope to welcome you soon again. Take Care! Andy
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FDWorldtraveler wrote a review Jul 2018
Los Angeles, California464 contributions35 helpful votes
Things you need to know: - Painstaking reservation process. I sent an email on the website and got a respond, a day later, from “Andy” saying he was out of town and I needed to call the location “Crazy Gecko “ directly. I responded back to “Andy” and it took several days before I heard back again. After 4 attempts of calling the property directly via international number, I managed to get someone on the phone and take in my reservation. You cannot book online! - There is NOTHING peaceful about this place. Do NOT expect to sleep in later than 7:30 - 8:00am...there surrounding locals and especially children are extremely loud! Screaming, crying and wailing is a full time occupation for them. Bring earplugs AND noise canceling headphones. Same thing during the day, the sounds of hammers and construction going around the bungalows is constant and literally obnoxious to no end. So much for hammocks & nice views, you can’t even enjoy them with a bit of peace. - There is no hot water for showers. I’ve had “warm” water only once during my 4 days at this location. - Rodents’ droppings in the room and bathroom. You can also hear them at night. - The café/bar/lounging area advertises “good music, good drinks”. Didn’t hear music once and staff is more occupied with their daily routine outside of Crazy Gecko than actually looking after the guests. Every time you go to order something, they run from their house to the counter to attend to your needs. Sometimes, they even send the kids to take in your order. Most of the staff struggle with English, communication isn’t easy at all. At some point, I didn’t bother anymore and just went to hang out in the busier part of town. -WiFi signal is very weak, almost non-existent in the rooms/bungalows. If this was my business there would be changes happening “tout de suite”. This place has huge potential but is just badly run. You don’t feel like you’re a guest in the establishment, you feel like you’re a nuisance! I realize this review is harsh, but it is proportional to the level of annoyance and dissatisfaction experienced during my stay and people need to know what they are signing up for. Don Det (and 4,000 Islands) truly is a gem. Will I be back in the future years? Absolutely! Will I stay at Crazy Gecko? Most certainly not! The 80,000 kip / night did not warrant all those inconveniences. Do your due diligence and compare with other guesthouses, you will find much better value for your money.
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Date of stay: July 2018Trip type: Travelled solo
liam s wrote a review Feb 2018
London, United Kingdom194 contributions65 helpful votes
We ended up having dinner in Crazy Gecko each of the four nights we stayed in Don Det given the great food and good service we experienced there each time. The owner and his staff are all hospitable, and quick to offer menus, take your order and check in on you mid-meal to ensure everything is OK (but not in an annoying, overbearing way). Menu offers a good selection of local and western dishes at reasonable prices. We had breakfast and lunch in many other places on the island during our stay but this place was hands down our favourite place to eat.
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Date of stay: February 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about CrazyGecko
What are some of the property amenities at CrazyGecko?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at CrazyGecko?
Top room amenities include a desk, a dining area, and a view of a nearby landmark.
What food & drink options are available at CrazyGecko?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to CrazyGecko?
Conveniently located restaurants include Mama Leuah Restaurant, Kea's Backpackers Paradise Restaurant & Bar, and Street View Restaurant.
Does CrazyGecko have airport transportation?
Yes, CrazyGecko offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is CrazyGecko located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.6 km away from the centre of Don Det.
Are any cleaning services offered at CrazyGecko?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at CrazyGecko?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, and Thai.
Are there any historical sites close to CrazyGecko?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Old French Railway Bridge (2.2 km).