A top budget place
Our previous review declared Khamphouy Guesthouse as the top place for the budget traveller and years later, it still is the defending champion, with cheap rooms which are clean and great value for money compared to other offerings in Champasak.
Rooms at this centrally located guesthouse are housed in motel-style building blocks surrounding a courtyard. They boast clean tile floors, screened windows with security bars and shutters, firm beds, an overhead fan and clean, basic bathroom. For a budget guesthouse, it comes with surprising extras such as a wooden luggage rack, vanity that doubles as a mini-desk and handy wall hooks.
They’ve cleverly added a basket beside the high wall plug to hold the phone as it charges. For those who crave additional natural light, Room #1 and #5 occupy the corners and have windows on two walls. Some rooms are older than others so picky folk should look at a few rooms to decide.
Mr Toi speaks English and is friendly and helpful. But if he’s not there, it’s only dour faces and a struggle to communicate the basics. We also have to knock off points for their barely working bicycles and overpriced motorbike rentals that are also in terrible condition. Do inspect them before committing.
It’s certainly not perfect. All rooms face an inner courtyard and having windows open for fresh air means hearing the early morning sounds—ear plugs are essential for light sleepers. WiFi only reaches the rooms closest to the router. The hot water showers have meagre pressure. However, in terms of value for money, Khamphouy Guesthouse can’t be beat. It’s the best budget guesthouse in town and not surprising, it’s one of the most popular with backpackers.
Address: Ban Wat Thong, Mekong river road, just south of roundabout
T: (031) 511 010; (030) 999 5866; (020) 2227 9922;
Coordinates (for GPS): 105º52'50.66" E, 14º53'54.45" N
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Room rates: Under US$10
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dbl fan private bathroom||50,000 kip||50,000 kip|
|Dbl air-con private bathroom||100,000 kip||100,000 kip|
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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