Photo: Banlung's crater lake in the late afternoon.

Accommodation

Banlung

Banlung boasts a comprehensive range of hotels and guesthouses, with both in-town and out-of-town options available.


Tree Top Ecolodge
Backpacker - Under US$10
Hillside district, near Tribal Hotel
T: (011) 600 381

Mr T, once Stung Treng's unofficial welcome committee and owner of its popular Riverside guesthouse, relocated to Banlung a few years ago because, his nephew who now runs Riverside says, he didn't see much of a future in Stung Treng. Lucky for Banlung. Tree Top is by far the nicest place to stay and, oddly, one of the cheapest. It opened in early 2009 and you can get a beautiful hut with a... Read our full review of Tree Top Ecolodge.

Terres Rouges Lodge
Midrange - US$35 to 75
Boeung Kansaign, Ban Lung
T: (012) 770 650

This long-running tour group favourite boasts the sole swimming pool in Banlung (open to non-guests for $5 per person) and, if you're looking for something a little special, it makes for a tempting splurge. The standard rooms come in fan-cooled and air-con varieties and there are also a bunch of more upmarket suite rooms scattered around the property. We thought the standards were the better... Read our full review of Terres Rouges Lodge.

Banlung Balcony
Backpacker - Under US$10
Lakeside
T: (097) 809 7036

Brought to you by the same team behind the Balcony Guesthouse in Kratie, this is easily the best backpacker joint in Banlung. The rooms make the best of what appears to be a well-aged building, but they're pretty clean and there are plenty of them. As with the Kratie property, there is an upstairs veranda (you can just squizz a view of the lake) and also a ground floor restaurant and bar with a... Read our full review of Banlung Balcony.

Lakeside Chheng Lok Hotel
Flashpacker - US$10 to 35
Far side of lake
T: (012) 957 422, (012) 960 279

The Lakeside Chheng Lok Hotel sits on the western side of the lake and if the far pricier Terres Rouges is out of your budget, this is a good, albeit somewhat charmless, second choice, with tile floors, stiff curtains, and a wooden moose head sufficing as decor in the lobby. The upstairs lakeside rooms have good views, high ceilings and the restaurant by the lake is very pleasant. Rooms are... Read our full review of Lakeside Chheng Lok Hotel.

Ratanak Sky Inn
Backpacker - Under US$10
Near the market
T: (012) 333 399

There are a few cookie cutter hotels in central Banlung within easy walking distance of the Central Market. This wouldn't be our first choice of an area to stay, but if you like the hustle and bustle, then there are a few places to choose from. Ratanak Sky Inn is pretty good value for money for the area. There's a travel agency on the ground floor and the windowless rooms are spic and span with... Read our full review of Ratanak Sky Inn.

Yaklom Hill Lodge
Flashpacker - US$10 to 35
10 minute drive (in dry season) east of Banlung past the lake
T: (012) 799 211, (011) 725 881

Yaklom Hill Lodge promises a jungle experience and, for better or worse, delivers it. If you're a nature lover looking to be well away from the crowds, this is a solid option, but bare in mind the facilities are basic and in wet season there is a bit of a perennial dampness to the place. Watch your footing too on the slippery pavers. On the upside, the staff are incredibly kind and we appreciate... Read our full review of Yaklom Hill Lodge.

Lakeside Hotel
Flashpacker - US$10 to 35
Lakeside
T: (012) 233 312

Of the lakeside Christmas cake hotels, Laseside is a reasonable option. Take an upstairs lake-view room and enjoy the view from your own veranda -- if you want even more natural light, request a corner room as they cost the same but have windows in two walls. The rooms themselves are adequate -- clean and well looked after -- but are otherwise quite forgettable. Who knows what they do to scuff... Read our full review of Lakeside Hotel.

Backpacker Pad
Backpacker - Under US$10
(092) 785 259; (097) 363 6709

We'd seen banners for this place in both Kratie and Stung Treng, and it sounded like a good place. We guess if you've got a great crowd of people, even the worst place on earth can be fun, so let's just hope you've got a great crowd in tow when you show up here. Backpacker Pad's rates are bottom of the barrel, but even at these low rates it's difficult to recommend. Rooms are reasonably clean and... Read our full review of Backpacker Pad.




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