First day of new year went well for us. Our minivan from Vang Vieng took just 4 hours instead of the original 6 (maybe due to improved road condition), and the driver offer drop us at town center for 10,000 Kip extra.
Our drop off place is a small alley (off Chao Fa Ngum road) filled with hotels starting with 150,000 Kip onward, and most of them are pretty decent. We found a wooden hotel for a good price of 180,000 Kip (after 20,000 Kip discount). It's cozy and quiet.