Photo: Waterfalls and an elephant in Tad Lo.

Accommodation

Tad Lo

There isn't any real luxury accommodation around Tad Lo falls, but there's some decent midrange, and excellent budget accommodation available. Development has been pretty haphazard, with poorly marked budget places packed together so you can't tell one from the next. During the rainy season, the dirt road leading to the bridge can get ridiculously muddy. Still, it's a wonderfully beautiful and laidback locale -- the kind of place you plan to spend a day or two but end up staying much longer.


Palamei Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
Tad Lo
T: (030) 962 0192

Palamei is a comfortable budget guesthouse on the main through road right across from the intersection. It's incredibly popular and you'll often seen people relaxing in the on-site restaurant or on their balconies in hammocks or chairs. These balconies are especially relaxing because of the fantastic lush garden which they overlook. The cheapest are solid wood affairs with shared hot water... Read our full review of Palamei Guesthouse.

Jom Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
Tad Lo
T: (020) 5566 7900

Jom Guesthouse is about as simple as they come. A simple bamboo shack sits alone on the property next to the information centre and houses two rooms with a bed and mosquito net. Bathrooms are shared in a nearby hut and are cold water / squat toilet deals. The attached restaurant serves up some good food. Come here for budget digs and no frills whatsoever. There are no water views, but you can't... Read our full review of Jom Guesthouse.

Sailomyen Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
Tad Lo

You'll rarely find a guesthouse this cheap in Laos and as such you have to wonder why this particular one is so very much so. The rooms are extra basic with just a bed and a fantastic balcony overlooking the river. It's really this balcony you come for as there is nothing else to speak of except a shack containing the shared cold water facilities – bucket and squat toilet included. The walls of... Read our full review of Sailomyen Guesthouse.

Sypaseuth Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
Tad Lo
T: (034) 211 890

Sypaseuth is a popular choice right on the river next to the bridge. The best rooms are the bungalows overlooking the river which have hot water bathrooms and Western toilets. The rooms in the concrete building are not bad either, but don't have some of the charm of the bungalows. The cheaper rooms are tucked out the back and are basic wooden affairs with cold water and Western toilet. If you're... Read our full review of Sypaseuth Guesthouse.

The Tadlo Lodge
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
Tad Lo
T: (034) 211 889

Tad Lo Lodge is the best accommodation in town by a country mile. Massive solid bungalows are dotted around an expansive treed garden which provides respite from the relentless Lao heat. The rooms feel a lot more special than others in town and are designed tastefully with such things as pebbles on the bathroom floor and unusual chairs for lounging on. The fan rooms will be adequate for most... Read our full review of The Tadlo Lodge.

Chitphanya Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
Tad Lo
T: (020) 5669 6799

If you're looking for something that isn't a wooden or bamboo bungalow in Tad Lo, Chitphanya Guesthouse might just be the way to go. It's located on the main road just across from the intersection away from the river. The rooms are all contained within a long concrete motel-style building and are clean inside. The beds are comfortable, there's a TV with local channels and a hot water bathroom... Read our full review of Chitphanya Guesthouse.

Saise Guesthouse
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
Tad Lo

You come to Saise for a bit more luxury than what is standard at Tad Lo and they generally deliver. The most expensive rooms come with air-con, plush beds on hardwood floors, massive bathrooms with hot water showers, bathtub and Western toilet. The cheaper rooms are simple bungalows and don't really fit in with the overall style of the place. The more expensive rooms vary in modernity and it's... Read our full review of Saise Guesthouse.

Tim Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
Tad Lo

Tim's over the years has gained a good reputation, but we have been consistently underwhelmed. We've checked out a number of different rooms over the years and things just don't get any better. The rooms are tiny rattan things and come with shared bathrooms. In itself, that's not a bad thing, but the price they charge is unacceptable considering the competition. The attached restaurant serves... Read our full review of Tim Guesthouse.




Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Tad Lo? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Laos.


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