Photo: Slow boat landing, Pakbeng.

Accommodation

Pakbeng

Accommodation in Pakbeng is generally of a basic standard, with some cheapies leaving much to be desired. Most places line the main road through town and the road that splits left at the pier and follows the river. River views don't really mean much as there's a good chance your boat won't arrive until sunset.


Monesavanh Guesthouse
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
Pakbeng, main street
T: (081) 212 619

Located right in the centre of town, this is without a doubt the best budget guesthouse in town. The floors here sparkle, the lighting is bright, the bedding is of decent quality and the bathrooms are immaculately clean and have a good hot shower. The owners are constantly making sure everything is spic and span. Unsurprisingly it's often full because it is so good in comparison to the rest while... Read our full review of Monesavanh Guesthouse.

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Dockhoun Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
Pakbeng, main street
T: (081) 212 540

Another budget joint in the middle of town, Dockhoun Guesthouse presents clean rooms with a bed and bedside table, thick blanket, clean tiled floor, hot-water bathroom and overall a feel that's slightly better than most other joints in town. The owners are very responsive. This is another popular place which fills up in high season so you might have to book ahead. Free WiFi is available and it's... Read our full review of Dockhoun Guesthouse.

Luang Say Lodge
Toprange - US$50 to 100
Pakbeng, 1.3 km from town
T: (071) 252 553

Our jaw dropped when we stepped into one of Luang Say Lodge's bungalows. That something so tasteful exists in Pakbeng, a rough-around-the-edges Mekong outpost, was a pleasant surprise. This lodge was built for the Luang Say Cruises' wealthier travellers and while priority goes to their groups if rooms are available, outside guests can book. The solidly built bungalows are designed to feel like an... Read our full review of Luang Say Lodge.

Mekong Riverside Lodge
Midrange - US$20 to 50
Pakbeng, left road along the Mekong
T: (081) 214 010

A series of bamboo bungalows perched on the edge of the Mekong is what you get at Mekong Riverside Lodge. The basic huts are sturdy, come with soft beds made with crisp white linen, dimly lit hot-water bathrooms and best of all, magnificent balconies on which to observe the comings and goings on the river and at the pier. For those stopping in town for just one night, this place maybe isn't worth... Read our full review of Mekong Riverside Lodge.

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Pakbeng Lodge
Luxury - over US$100
Pakbeng, left road along the Mekong
T: (081) 212 304

Hardly anyone stays in Pakbeng for more than one night – but Pakbeng Lodge gives you good reason to. Located on the banks of the Mekong less than 500 metres west from the pier, the hotel block is new yet tasteful and it maintains a traditional feel – something the town seems devoid of. Every room has large windows, wood floors and a balcony overlooking the river. The gardens and grounds are... Read our full review of Pakbeng Lodge.

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Vatsana Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
Pakbeng, main street
T: (081) 212 302

Up the main road on the right about 300 metres from the dock, Vatsana Guesthouse (also with signs spelled Vassana and Vasana) has an old building with a more recent addition attached. The old building houses bare basic rooms with shared bathrooms which are a step up from Donevilasack's rooms with shared bathrooms. Vatsana's new building sports decent rooms with private bathrooms, TVs and air-con.... Read our full review of Vatsana Guesthouse.

DP Guesthouse
Midrange - US$20 to 50
Pakbeng, main street
T: (081) 212 624

All renewed and nicely presented, DP Guesthouse is the most modern-looking guesthouse in town – and the opening rates are excellent value. It's located in the first white building you see on your left as you climb up the road from the pier. This once stock-standard guesthouse was tweaked and reopened in December 2014 with a glossy new finish and abbreviated name (it was formerly Duangpasert... Read our full review of DP Guesthouse.

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Pak Beng Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
Pakbeng
T: (020) 5578 2412

This budget guesthouse is first on the left as you climb the hill from the dock and is a good choice despite its basic feel. Don't be put off by the dark ramshackle restaurant entrance – the rooms upstairs are above the restaurant rooftop and therefore don't feel claustrophobic as you would expect. Some rooms are tiled, some have wooden floors and all have rock-hard beds that jar your back as... Read our full review of Pak Beng Guesthouse.

Phetsokxai Hotel
Midrange - US$20 to 50
Pakbeng, left road along the Mekong
T: (081) 212 299

Phetsokxai Hotel is a three-tiered 38-room hotel, which is large by Pakbeng standards. It's pricey but you can pretty much count on them having a room if you've arrived late and are struggling to find somewhere decent to stay. The hotel scales the side of a hill and the standard rooms, located on the top level (technically the third floor) feature wood, wood and more wood, with shiny floor to... Read our full review of Phetsokxai Hotel.

Phonemany Guesthouse
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
Pakbeng, mainstreet
T: (020) 5807 9787

It's impossible to miss this guesthouse. Look for the bright green building with vibrant lilac trim. This solid and tall two-storey building is a good choice if you're looking for something new and clean. Despite the colourful exterior, the rooms are plain white boxes with relatively high ceilings, tile floor, beds with decent mattresses and a spacious, modern bathroom. The only drawback might... Read our full review of Phonemany Guesthouse.

Sarika Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
Pakbeng
T: (081) 212 306

Formerly known as Villa Salika, Sarika Guesthouse is the first guesthouse you'll meet on the right as you make your way up the hill from the boat dock. It's a big old white building with a mix of tiled and wooden-floored rooms which are pretty good for the price. Clean hot-water bathrooms, saggy spring beds and a couple of scraps of furniture all make an appearance and for most people it will be... Read our full review of Sarika Guesthouse.

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Meksavanh Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
Pakbeng, main street
T: (020) 5578 2390

The rooms at Meksavanh Guesthouse come in two styles – basic and super-basic. The rooms upstairs are the better choice with hardwood floors and thin walls. The downstairs rooms are a little like prison cells and are dark and scary with some of the saggiest beds we've seen. Luckily all rooms have private hot-water showers, but it's really your only thing to look forward to here. Only choose this... Read our full review of Meksavanh Guesthouse.

Donevilasak Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
Pakbeng, main street
T: (020) 5578 1192

One of the guesthouses furthest away from the dock -- a five-minute walk up the hill -- Donevilasak Guesthouse is a budget option with two different price categories. Those on a tight budget can look forward to the depressing wooden shoebox rooms resembling a shack that has a bed, a single fluorescent bulb – and nothing else. The bare wood walls mean there's no insulation from your neighbours... Read our full review of Donevilasak Guesthouse.




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