Fantastic riverside bungalows
A series of bamboo bungalows perched on the edge of the Mekong is what you get at Mekong Riverside Lodge.
The basic huts are sturdy, come with soft beds made with crisp white linen, dimly lit hot-water bathrooms and best of all, magnificent balconies on which to observe the comings and goings on the river and at the pier. For those stopping in town for just one night, this place maybe isn’t worth staying just for the view because you’ll probably miss the best part, which is sunset: the river glows as the slow boats arrive with people and cargo and there is a flurry of activity. In the morning at about 06:30 elephants are bathed immediately across the river making for a special sight. The only niggle here is that the bathroom is a Lao-style wet room -- no separate shower, which it should have at this price. And bamboo doesn’t provide any insulation – you’ll definitely learn this first hand in the cold months. Room rate includes breakfast.
Address: Pakbeng, left road along the Mekong
T: (081) 214 010;
Coordinates (for GPS): 101º7'41.67" E, 19º53'32.51" N
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Room rates: US$20 to 50
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
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Cindy Fan is a Canadian writer/photographer and author of So Many Miles, a website that chronicles the love of adventure, food and culture. After falling in love with sticky rice and Mekong sunsets, in 2011 she uprooted her life in Toronto to live la vida Laos. She’s travelled to over 40 countries and harbours a deep affection for Africa and Southeast Asia. In between jaunts around the world, she calls Laos and Vietnam home where you’ll find her traipsing through rice paddies, standing beside broken-down buses and in villages laughing with the locals.
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