As the sun went down we had to look for a hotel. The Tadlo Lodge looked nice from the street so we went there. Unfortunately the good impression soon faded away: Besides the manager nobody of the staff speaks any English. After a long wait the manager confirmed that they had vacancies (although from the approx. 10 cabins, only 3 were occupied) and one of the mopish employees showed us the cabin which stands in a small forest. The dinner in the hotel's restaurant was okay. On the next day we spotted two very sad-looking elephants chained to trees in the hotel's park. If we knew that they promote elephant riding we would have avoided this place.
Went via the lodge in order to visit the waterfalls. Was very sad and disappointed to see elephants wearing chains & being used for rides. Having visited mandalao near luang prabang where they show another way to respect & live with elephants, it was upsetting to see the elephants treated like this.
This lodge with bungalows spread around is only a 5 minute walk from the center of the community, but feels like being in nature. Their bungalows are totally fine, the restaurant area is absolutely cool with an amazing view on the near by river and the elephants taking a daily bath. Good possibilities for hikes up along the river and a refreshing swim... Only a few minutes walk away the village offers some cafes and restaurants, as well as low priced guest houses, and if lonely up in nature; head down here to socialize, eat, drink and have a bit of fun with the young crowd hanging around.
While the falls are not that spectacular, one can actually swim a bit in the river section close to the lodge where the current isn’t that strong. Our 8 year old enjoyed his “dip” very much. The restaurant in the lodge is very pleasant offering a good view to the river. Food offer was good and tasty, overall we had a pleasant couple of hours there.
In the morning and late afternoon they go into the river with an elephant for washing, just to entertain tourists. They climb on the back of the elephant riding it into the river. Elephants are not for riding and should't be chained.