Photo: The daily commute.


Muang Khong

All the accommodation on Don Khong is along the east coast in the town of Muang Khong, near the northern boat landing. Everything worth seeking out is within walking or cycling distance of there.

Kong View Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
300m north of boat landing

All the rooms at Kong View are air-con and are extremely well lit due to the large windows which let in ample natural light. Each room also has a couple of bits of furniture, hot water bathroom with Western toilet and has a newer feel than many others in town. Kong View is not a very popular guesthouse due it being located about 300 metres north of the ferry landing, but it's a great bargain if... Read our full review of Kong View Guesthouse.

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Pon's Guesthouse and Restaurant
Backpacker - Under US$10
Just north of boat landing
T: (031) 214 037

Pon's Guesthouse is the most popular guesthouse in town and so it should be. The rooms are spotless and come with air-con, cable TV, WiFi in your room, a bit of furniture and hot water bathrooms with Western toilet. The prices here are competitive and perhaps slightly on the cheap side for what you get, especially for the air-con rooms. Pon's restaurant across the road is known for its cocktails... Read our full review of Pon's Guesthouse and Restaurant.

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Ratana Riverside Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
Just north of boat landing
T: (031) 213 673

Ratana has newer rooms facing the road with huge windows which allow ample light to burst into the rooms, giving them a very fresh feel. They're cleaned well and feature old TVs, air-con, hot water showers and Western toilets. WiFi is available in some rooms, but not all, so you'll need to check that before you agree on the room. There is a restaurant across the road which is popular, but it's so... Read our full review of Ratana Riverside Guesthouse.

Souksabay Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
Just north of boat landing
T: (031) 214 122

The shabby shop at the front of Souksabay belies what lays behind. The rooms are tucked away off the road and come with small TVs and big plush beds. The beds only just fit into some of the rooms due to some poor design, but there is still enough space to store your luggage – just. The best rooms come with air-con and hot water bathrooms and are well-maintained and clean. It's otherwise an... Read our full review of Souksabay Guesthouse.

Don Khong Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
At the boat landing
T: (020) 220 1777

This popular choice right next to the passenger ferry ramp is a decent option in town with large rooms. The rooms come with or without air-con, have attached bathrooms with hot water showers and Western toilets and the top floor rooms have wonderful communal balconies. WiFi is available in the restaurant which also serves up perhaps the best food in town – everything we have tried over the... Read our full review of Don Khong Guesthouse.

Pon Arena Hotel
Toprange - US$50 to 100
200m north of boat landing
T: (031) 515 018

From the outside, the flashy Pon Arena is an extraordinary sight with lots of hardwood, perfectly painted concrete and an aspect right by the river. The prices are extraordinary too and for these prices you expect something a bit special. But we felt that the rooms were a bit bland despite being beautifully appointed. They come with flatscreen TV, big bathroom with a bath tub and big plush beds.... Read our full review of Pon Arena Hotel.

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Villa Muang Khong
Midrange - US$20 to 50
600m south of boat landing
T: (031) 213 011

The rooms at Villa Muang Khong are massive enough to throw your own dance party in. The beds are big and fluffy, but unfortunately there are no TVs and no in-room WiFi. The hot water bathrooms come with bathtubs and Western toilet and are modern and clean. This is more of a place used by tour groups than independent travellers and the value on offer shows this. Perhaps in years gone by when Don... Read our full review of Villa Muang Khong.

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Where to next?

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

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