Most popular, but poor value
1km south of the roundabout, Tha Khaek T: (030) 530 0145
Long a favourite guesthouse for travellers making the journey to Konglor or doing the motorcycle loop, the Travel Lodge still remains a popular budget choice.
Rooms are set around a garden in which a fire is lit every night and guests gather around to share stories of their adventure around the loop and the rest of Laos. In the hotel reception are a couple of fantastic log books of travellers' experiences around the loop which are really useful for those who like to plan. Despite this social atmosphere, the Travel Lodge has failed to maintain its value for money status particularly for its private rooms which are very expensive for their quality. As well, we found the male staff in particular to be unhelpful. Still, great value is to be had in a dorm and the atmosphere at night is good.
By Adam Poskitt
Last updated on 10th April, 2013.