Photo: Shopfronts in Tha Khaek.


Tha Khaek

Accommodation in Tha Khaek is mostly concentrated near the Mekong river, but the most popular place, the Tha Khek Travel Lodge, is a good three kilometres from the water and isn't close to much of anything.

Inthira Hotel
Midrange - US$20 to 50
One street back from the river, Tha Khaek
T: (051) 251 237

What a fantastic hotel this one is. The staff are a bit lazy and passive at Inthira, but if you can get past that, rooms are first rate. Soft beds are adorned with fluffy bedding, colourful pillows and mosquito nets. Of course there is cable TV, in-room safe, and strangely beautiful wash basins. Rainfall showers are perfect for washing away the sweat of your travels. Included in the tariff is... Read our full review of Inthira Hotel.

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Hotel Riviera
Toprange - US$50 to 100
Sethathirath Road, Tha Khaek
T: (051) 250 000

This hotel set on the banks of the Mekong represents one of the best standards of room in Tha Khaek. It's a traditional multi-storey hotel with large rooms containing air-con, cable TV, minibar, large soft beds, carpeted floors, writing tables and fancy hot water bathrooms. Views from some of the rooms on the upper levels of the surrounding district are great and some rooms even come with... Read our full review of Hotel Riviera.

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Khammouane Inter Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
500m east of the river, Tha Khaek
T: (051) 212 171

You step back in time when entering Khammouane Inter Guesthouse with old Escher-esque tiles underfoot and decades-old lounge suites to relax on. The rooms don't get any more modern, but the value is good, particularly in the rooms with air-con and hot water. These rooms come with minibar, cable TV, a small dresser and although it may seem like an exaggeration, the hardest beds we've experienced... Read our full review of Khammouane Inter Guesthouse.

Mouthong Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
Nong Bua Kham Rd, Tha Khaek
T: (051) 212 387

Mouthong Guesthouse is a neat little choice on one of the roads connecting the two main roads leading to the Mekong. Each well-maintained room is simple, but contains relatively soft beds, wardrobe, air-con, TV and hot water bathroom with Western toilet. The walls and floors are clean and far better looking than many other budget choices in town. There is no free WiFi here, but in many of the... Read our full review of Mouthong Guesthouse.

Southida Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
One street back from the river, Tha Khaek
T: 051) 212 568

The rooms at Southida are air-con and have not changed a whole lot over the past half decade or so. There's no doubt that these are budget rooms, but they're more comfortable than the likes of Khammouane Inter and as such you pay slightly more. Rooms come with big, slightly stiff beds, cable TVs and clean hot water bathrooms. WiFi is available in the lobby but does extend to some of the rooms --... Read our full review of Southida Guesthouse.

Phoukhanna Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
Vientiane Road, south of the Tourist Information Centre, Tha Khaek
T: (020) 216 8088

Phoukhanna is a tired old place with some cheap rooms but little charm. Set along one of the roads leading to the river, this guesthouse has an on-site restaurant and karaoke joint. The rooms are basic and not very well maintained with loads of makeshift repairs to be found such as towels stuffed in vents to keep out the draft and missing toilet lids. The best rooms have air-con and the cheapest... Read our full review of Phoukhanna Guesthouse.

Mekong Hotel
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
Sethathirath Road, Tha Khaek
T: (051) 250 777

We can imagine a time when the Mekong Hotel was king of the Tha Khaek hotels but those days are long gone. It's now simply a large multi-storey hotel with rooms like many other uninspiring budget accommodation in town. Large bland rooms with dirty walls, air-con, reasonable spring beds, cable TV, old and stained hot water bathrooms is what you get. And WiFi of course, but only in the lobby. Staff... Read our full review of Mekong Hotel.

Tha Khek Travel Lodge
Backpacker - Under US$10
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'... Read our full review of Tha Khek Travel Lodge.

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Where to next?

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

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