We loved this guesthouse! The pricier bungalows on the river were fantastic and still very affordable at 120,000k Very clean, the restaurant makes the BEST coffee, and the staff is so kind. Would definitely stay again!
During our stay on Don Khon,it seemed to be difficult to find a good restaurant for dinner despite all of the empty restaurants around. Until we came across this one, that looked inviting. The owner cooked us our meals from fresh and it was amazing!! Great price and good size portions. The owner is very friendly and helpful. The place is so good that we kept coming back.
An okay bungalow with a great view of the Mekong. The guesthouse provides you with a lot of relaxation but the inside is very basic. The WiFi is okay, fan and bug net are provided and shower is very hot. We had a big storm while staying there and the roof began to leak. That being said, the owner and a staff member came to pick us up as we were stuck on Don Det, free of charge, which was really kind.
We spent two nights here and paid 60000kip per night. We found that prices quoted online were far higher online than if we just walked in. For that price the guesthouse was very reasonable; I've stayed in cleaner rooms but there wasn't anything to be concerned about. The room comes with a fan (other rooms have air con) , a mosquito net, warm shower, and its own hammock. The views from the little balcony were also fantastic. We did have one night which was difficult to sleep due to a screaming rooster and a cricket which appeared to be in competition, although this is common all over the islands. All in all a decent backpacker stay and would revisit again should i come back to don khon.
We dropped in at Somphamit after arriving from Pakse. Unfortunately, the guesthouse of our choice was fully booked, so we decided to go with Somphamit, because the riverside bungalow seemed very nice. The views are definitely nice, but the first night we were there it was too cold to sit outside anyway. The room is nice, but the walls turned out to be paper thin, we could hear every word our neighbours were speaking. The bathroom was ok, but the water pressure was a bit low. During our 3 night stay, nobody checked our room, so the staff didn't notice we were running out of toilet paper. Seeing that the staff was often unavailable, especially in the evening, we couldn't even ask for extra. All this is hardly the end of the world, but for 150.000 kip I expect a bit more quality and service. …
In spite of having a confirmed reservation for a riverside bungalow when we arrived at 3 in the afternoon we were advised we were "too late" and were offered a bungalow in the back - a room thoroughly lacking in charm or amenities. Don Khone is great and there are lots of places along the river (many of which do not seem to be available to be booked on line) - my advise would be to walk the strip and find one that suits.
After spending a night in another guesthouse, we moved to the Somphamit after seeing the view. We were lucky to get #7, the furthest room in a string of 3, as it provided a bit more privacy. Very comfortable bed, super clean, good hot water/pressure. And depending on the neighbors, very quiet. From this particular vantage point the view was splendid. As this guesthouse is built over the river bank and very near to where the boats come in/out, there is frequent noise from boat motors starting early in the morning, but it was actually part of the charm of being on the river.
If you want the MOST IDDILLIC vie in Loas then make sure you stay here in one of their riverside bungalow rooms.. ;-) (see my photo) We arrived on Don Khon out of curiosity and hoped to stay two nights enroute to Cambodia. We stayed for ten nights eventually…. . . we found this gem of a guesthouse on the route from the boat to the town on the first pass, fortune favours the brave and as such we went away from the recommended guesthouses and ventured to new grounds. Aircon room, fan and ensuite with shower for a great price - we haggled down quite a bit but they were amiable to finding a price that worked. They even offer a clothes washing service at decent rates. Settled in and had a day in this amazing place, where NOTHING happens but your stuff at your pace. The sunset on the first evening confirms this guest house is ideally placed. Sat in our hammock and on top of the river the sun set perfectly over the horizon, we know this was the place for us :-) The Aircon worked perfectly, the fan was brand new, the beds comfy and the shower worked as hoped. The room was in clean order and well presented, we found no fault at all. Short step out of the front gate and there are a number of restaurants and a few shops for water etc - don't expect anything flash but this is the beauty of Don Khone. Try Lao Long restaurant just down the rom - excellent and we ate there every day brekkie and dinner. Lovely hosts as a family. Def will return to Somphamit for lazy days by the Mekong, amazing waterfalls, boat trips to see dauphins and sunsets.. . . We travel as a family and love this place.…
They have fan cooled and air conditioned rooms. We took one of the three air conditioned rooms right on the river and were able to watch the sunset from the hammock swinging on our deck. The room cost 100,000 lak a night and didn't include breakfast. Air con was good, the shower was good. Furnishings and beds good. There is wifi that is available from the room, but while we could connect to it we couldn't actually do anything on the Internet, although you can reach the next resort up the rivers wifi from the room ( so head there for a beer - Sala Khon ) and the nearby Fasai restaurant has great wifi. The view is sublime. Enough English to get a room and they'll try to sell you tickets but not very hard, mostly they were sleeping when we walked past.
The owner and staff of the place were never around when we needed them + very unfriendly and unhelpful. Only interested in selling tours and transportation. When we asked for a discount after the airco (for which we paid extra) didn't work for a full night, they just ignored us...