Though much larger than Don Dhet, Don Khon island only has a handful of accommodation options, all clustered along the northwestern edge of the island, a kilometre stretch starting from the French bridge. Luckily it caters to a range of budgets, including the higher end Sala Done Khone and generally Don Khon is more expensive than Don Dhet. For those on a tight budget, you are better off to stay on Don Dhet unless you’re willing to spend more than US$7 a night. If staying in cheap accommodation that is not very secure, don’t leave anything of value in the room.
Pan has built up quite the empire with three different type of accommodation now under its command. Pan’s Residence is their middle option, and flashpackers can look forward to spacious rooms set within a bricks and mortar building by the Mekong. The building is flashier than your typical Lao guesthouse since the spacious rooms are kitted out with a long shelf that handily doubles as a desk,... Read our full review of Pan’s Residence.
Sala Done Khone is the best property of both Don Khon and Don Dhet. The hotel has metastasized into several accommodation, each boasting a completely different style. The key to happiness is to pick the one right for you. Think “heritage-charm” rather than “modern luxury” and that will set the right expectations for all of the hotel’s options. The standout is the restored French... Read our full review of Sala Done Khone.
Somphamit is a good backpacker pick and while the rate still doesn’t compare to the rock bottom prices found on Don Dhet, you get what you pay for as the newer riverfront bungalows are well appointed and comfortable. These riverfront options are solidly built wooden structures which are neat and tidy affairs. They come with a private tiled bathroom equipped with an electric heated shower, a... Read our full review of Somphamit Guesthouse.
Por Boun Phan Guesthouse has several surprising features and it stands out, offering something just a little different with a two tiered o’er-the-river balcony. Rooms walk out to the upper balcony (yes, there are hammocks) while the lower level has tables, chairs and patio umbrellas to soak up that terrific river view. The rooms themselves looked fresh and new when we inspected in late... Read our full review of Por Boun Phan Guesthouse.
Set on the river right next to the French bridge, Sengahloune Resort has comfortable, slightly cluttered bungalows with tranquil views. It’s set away from the main concentration of guesthouses and the rooms run along the banks. Nothing but a strip of lawn separates you from the water and Sengahloune will appeal to midrange travellers in need of more refinement than your average... Read our full review of Sengahloune Resort.
Located at the north end of the tourist strip near the school, Pa Kha Guesthouse is more in line with the basic bungalow experience that the 4000 Islands—particularly Don Dhet—has become known for. Here on Don Khon, a single wooden bungalow has four rooms connected by a huge communal balcony overlooking the Mekong. The rooms are basic weathered affairs but do have a tiny private bathroom... Read our full review of Pa Kha Guesthouse.
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