All accommodation on Don Khong is located in Muang Khong, the cluster of civilisation on the east coast—it’s here that a boat connects to Hat Xai Khoun on the mainland. For such a sleepy island, travellers are spoiled for choice as the available accommodation suit a wide range of budgets. Riverfront places often boast unobstructed views of the Mekong.
V Mala Lao House is not on the river but if you’ve ever wanted to know what it’s like to live in a traditional Lao wooden house, here is the chance—it’s also cheap, clean and tasteful. Located on Muang Khong’s main road (one road back from the river), V Mala is a wooden building raised on pillars surrounded by a large garden. The building, which likely originates back 70 or 80 years,... Read our full review of V Mala Lao House.
Kong View is a lovely little guesthouse with a sweet grandma at the helm. Look past the modern facade and oddly empty, soulless ground floor reception because the upstairs rooms are small, tidy and extremely well lit due to the natural light pouring in from the large windows. Each room also has a vanity, hot water bathroom with Western toilet and we noticed clean linens and a bedside plug and... Read our full review of Kong View Guesthouse.
Days can be steamy hot on Don Khong and Mekong Inn’s deep swimming pool is an enticing feature, one that may convince a backpacker to stretch their budget. The pool is not the only highlight. The inn is on the Mekong river and there are fantastic views from rooms on the upper level. Owned by a Canadian-Lao who has returned to Laos to retire, Mekong Inn is her retirement project and winter... Read our full review of Mekong Inn.
The shabby shop at the front of Souksabay belies what lays behind. Give it a look because the modern accommodation blocks tucked back from the main road have rooms of crisp white walls, white cotton linens and tile floor. It’s a bit of a squeeze as they’ve packed the room with lots such as a wooden vanity/desk, box TV and stand, side table and chair. The best rooms come with air-con,... Read our full review of Souksabay Guesthouse.
Part of a group of three hotels in a row, Kongmany Hotel is the intermediate choice between large, modern tour group hotel Senesothxuen and a refurbished heritage house—Kongmany is modern meets heritage, a new building built in a traditional style. The upper rooms at the front of the building are the star, with rich interiors and a balcony with a wonderful vantage over the Mekong. The... Read our full review of Kongmany Hotel.
One of three relatively large, higher end properties on Don Khong whose main business comes from tour groups, Pon Arena is noteworthy because some rooms are right on the banks of the Mekong, while the restaurant and infinity pool command expansive views of the water. The Mekong rooms are the highest category, and those that are upstairs rooms come at a premium due to the private... Read our full review of Pon Arena Hotel.
Pon’s River Guesthouse has been a backpacker choice for many years on Don Khong, no doubt in part because of its convenient location just steps from the boat landing. The guesthouse is located across the road from the river and in most ways it is a typical Lao affair, with rooms on the small side, pale yellow walls and dark wood wainscotting. The bed has a thin mattress, clean white sheets... Read our full review of Pon’s River Guesthouse.
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