Cheap and not so cheerful
I stayed here 18 months after the last comment and things certainly seem to have improved. The room ...
What we say:
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 or outside noise. The bathrooms in this category of room are shared among guests down the hallway and they have seen better days. For this price you can't expect much and Donevilasak duly meets those expectations. The more expensive rooms are just okay, but they need fresh paint and could be a bit cleaner with the floors slightly grimy and some of the bathrooms being mouldy. In comparison, Dockhoun Guesthouse's rooms with private bathrooms are cheaper and nicer. This is a place for those travelling really cheaply and judging by the number who stay here, there must be quite a few, but we think you should try other guesthouses first.
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Contact details:Pakbeng, main street. T: (020) 5578 1192
What we were quoted
|Type of room||Low season||High season||Notes|
|Dbl fan share b'room||75,000 kip||75,000 kip|
|Dbl fan private b'room||125,000 kip||125,000 kip|
Added to Travelfish on: 16th June, 2004
Last visited or updated on: 28th March, 2015
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Rated 2 out of 5
Based on 3 ratings and 3 reviews
I stayed here 18 months after the last comment and things certainly seem to have improved. The room I got was in the new building and was large with a large bed. I was charged THB200 and THB120 for a pineapple pancake and packed mixed fruit lunch. Sure I could have done better from street vendors but isn't that always the case? Some of the others on the slow boat had rooms in the old building but apart from going on about the girls screaming in the pitch black, they didn't seem to complain. I wouldn't stay here out of choice but as a transit stop when I'm completely knackered after 10 hours on the Mekong it sufficed.
Donevilasak Guesthouse reviewed by mic59 (Total published reviews: 4) on
We specifically chose this place because it was listed as the best of the budget options in our guide book - how wrong could we be.
Dirty, small rooms in the old building. Spiders, rats and lot of mosquitos. The shared toilets are like something out of a prison. The beds are hard and the covers moth-ridden.
The extra ''bonus'' is the bar directly opposite that blares music until gone 11pm at night - not good when you want to have a decent night's sleep in preperation for the boat ride in the morning!
Avoid at all costs!
Donevilasak Guesthouse reviewed by Beckiboo1983 (Total published reviews: 8) on
Don't stay here
The rooms at Donevilasack are small and not clean. The bathrooms are also small and dirty. Don't buy any food or drinks here because they will overcharge you. If you need a sandwich or roll for the second day of your boat trip, buy them from the many street vendors who sell them. But avoid this place.
Donevilasak Guesthouse reviewed by rlove (Total published reviews: 5) on
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Pakbeng, main street.
T: (020) 5578 1192
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Reviews about Donevilasak Guesthouse
By mic59, 02 November 2008
By Beckiboo1983, 27 February 2007
Don't stay here