There aren't a lot of choices for accommodation in Paksan and almost all travellers choose between the Paksan Hotel and BK Guesthouse.
For a hotel in such a small town, BK Guesthouse is a surprisingly clean and pleasant choice. Set amid a lovely garden of flowers and starfruit, the rooms come with either fan or air-con, but the air-con can be a blessing on the days when Paksan really heats up, which it seems to do even in the cooler months. Beds and furniture in rooms are made of rattan and the sheets are pure white and clean.... Read our full review of BK Guesthouse.
On the main road a little out of town to the west towards the boat dock sits Manolom Guesthouse. It's an old guesthouse with chipped paint on the walls and a few unsightly stains, but at least the sheets are clean. The hot water bathrooms are pokey just like at BK Guesthouse, but these rooms also have TVs. The atmosphere here isn't as good as at BK, but the owner does speak a bit of English... Read our full review of Manolom Guesthouse.
Just east of the bridge on the main road, the Paksan Hotel rears up out of the grass-filled carpark like a presidential palace wannabe. It's an ugly building with a bunch of old rooms and some newer looking ones – all very clean and all lacking soul. The older rooms are small, tiled things with hot water bathrooms, firm beds and little else. The newer looking rooms come with air-con, TV, fridge... Read our full review of Paksan Hotel.
Down towards the Mekong River on the same road as BK Guesthouse is a simple but modern guesthouse called Vieng Kham. Set around a patch of bare, rocky earth, the rows of rooms look like nothing much from the outside but are quite clean and spacious on the inside. Facilities include optional air-con, tiny TV, spring bed and pokey hot water bathroom. The staff were fast asleep when we arrived and... Read our full review of Vieng Kham Guesthouse.