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Kong Keo Guesthouse

Phonsavan’s hostel option

Down lane near Phoukham Garden Bus Station and market T: (020) 2858 5858  veonmany5858@gmail.com

Kong Keo Guesthouse

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The extremely popular Kong Keo Guesthouse attracts a variety of travellers due to its mix of accommodation that ranges from basic dorms to pricier private rooms and bungalows.




The guesthouse also has a rustic, casual bar/restaurant/courtyard and a fire in a bomb shell on cold evenings, all excellent conduits to meeting and chatting with other guests—Kong Keo will appeal to those seeking a social atmosphere and a place to congregate.

The dorms have few frills other than the mozzie net.

The dorms have few frills other than the mozzie net. Photo: Cindy Fan

Backpackers on a budget can opt for the utilitarian dorm room with seven single beds. There’s little more than a foot between each bed and one shared toilet/shower for the room. The dorm is as charming as an army bunker, complete with fluorescent lighting, tile floors, a few wall mounted oscillating fans and white walls in need of new coats of paint. On the upside, each bed does have a mosquito net, plug and a headboard containing a lockable storage space. It’s a place to lay down your head after a day of looking at hundreds of stone jars and nothing more.

If needing a private room, Kong Keo has two options, both fan only. The rooms within the guesthouse building are decent but not great value. Rooms are on the small side and without much natural light. It’s a snug fit, just enough room to fit the bed, a table and chair, fan and private bathroom with hot water shower. Consider that a place on the main street, like Nice Guesthouse and Jennida Guesthouse, have bigger, brighter rooms and are 20,000 kip cheaper.

The brick bungalows offer the most space within.

The brick bungalows offer the most space within. Photo: Cindy Fan

Gone are the wooden bungalows of yore. Kong Keo now has brick bungalows that boast oodles of space, plenty of room for the table and chair set, shelves, bedside tables, a couple of electrical outlets and large ensuite bathroom. The solidly built brick and tile bungalows won’t give a warm, fuzzy feeling, however, they are the joint’s best offering.

Perceptions of the Kong Keo are divided; some will love the atmosphere, some will hate it. A big drawback is that the property is down an empty lane near the local bus station/market. Be aware that this lane is dark at night.

One of the many uses for bomb casings.

One of the many uses for bomb casings. Photo: Cindy Fan

The owner Kong is friendly and seems like a character, a modern day Lao hippie. His tours are also extremely popular and have now grown to include shiny, new white minivan transport, which partly explains why they are so expensive. Feedback on his tours have been positive.

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Walk-in rates at Kong Keo Guesthouse

Type of room
Low
High
Type of room, low and high season prices
Dorm fan cooled
40,000 kip
50,000 kip
Dbl fan private bathroom
80,000 kip
100,000 kip
Bungalow fan private bathroom
120,000 kip
150,000 kip
Room: Dorm fan cooled, low season: 40,000 kip, high season 50,000 kip. Notes:
Room: Dbl fan private bathroom, low season: 80,000 kip, high season 100,000 kip. Notes:
Room: Bungalow fan private bathroom, low season: 120,000 kip, high season 150,000 kip. Notes:

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Where is Kong Keo Guesthouse

Kong Keo Guesthouse
Down lane near Phoukham Garden Bus Station and market
T: (020) 2858 5858 
veonmany5858@gmail.com
Coordinates (for GPS): 103º13'16.88" E, 19º27'3.15" N
Room rates: Under US$10

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