For a town that doesn't have a big tourist draw, accommodation is surprisingly plentiful, though you won’t find many other foreigners in town. Better hotels get domestic tourists, businessmen and the NGO set. Those on a tight budget can easily drive around and look for guesthouses (sometimes with signage in Vietnamese “nga nghi”). We found a couple of grim basic joints for 50,000 kip. And yes, the Sekong Hotel is still around. Supposedly visited regularly by two Malaysians who died on the river, once upon a time we stayed here and got the creeps—or was it one too many Beerlao? Rooms are now looking long in the tooth and barking dogs greet every arrival, providing even more character to the haunting.
Formerly Tida Hotel, this was previously our top choice for Sekong, and though its star has faded with age, it’s still a good choice for backpackers who want to stay on the river. The small rooms have life yet with brightly painted walls, solid wood floors, windows, a table, box TV, minifridge, air-con, WiFi and a mirror. The tiled bathrooms are slightly mildewed but there’s a hot shower... Read our full review of Hounephathay Hotel .
On your right as you head into town from Thateng, Hongkham Hotel is a large Viet-style hotel and it’s one of the town’s best as the rooms are spacious, comfortable and generally uncontroversial. We were initially shown the rooms on the first floor but asked to see rooms on the second (rooms beginning with A3). As it turns out, these are far better—they are the same size and layout but... Read our full review of Hongkham Hotel.
Follow the river road across to the western end of town, eventually a large sign heralds Vangxang Savanh Hotel. The size and scope (hotel, restaurant, banquet room) seems overly ambitious for a town like Sekong. Nevertheless, they offer cheap fan guesthouse type rooms in a building block and air-con rooms, three per individual cottage. The air-con rooms of course are the best rooms and are... Read our full review of Vangxang Savanh Hotel.
The turn off to Tad Faek is 14 km south of Sekong on Road 11, followed by 3 km on dirt road to reach the falls. Tad Faek Waterfall Guesthouse has basic bungalows.
Tad Faek waterfall is one of the recommended sights on the large loop through the Bolaven Plateau, and should you need to stay the night and don’t mind simple accommodation, there are several rustic bungalows. The raised bungalows are made of bamboo thatch walls, wooden floor boards and have a tin roof. Rooms have a bed, mosquito net and there is electricity, a few hooks and a window. Doors... Read our full review of Tad Faek Waterfall Guesthouse .
Located 17 km south of Sekong on Road 11, right before the borderline with Attapeu province, Tad Houa Khon (sometimes called Tad Se Noy) has camping.
PS Garden is a campground, cafe, tourist hang-out spot 17 km south of Sekong. Camping may not be to everyone’s taste but then again, camping beside a waterfall in Laos is a rare opportunity and for some, infinitely more appealing than staying in a generic guesthouse in Sekong. ###9361 As a tourist hangout spot, it’s excellent. A boardwalk from the main parking/entrance and restaurant... Read our full review of PS Garden.
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