Creaky character on the Mekong
The name is corny, but take it as an off-beat introduction to an interesting property that includes an old traditional house and a restaurant with one heckuva Mekong deck.
In Champasak there’s no shortage of worn down hotels and guesthouses along the Mekong but this one breaks the mould with oldie character and creaky floorboard charm. Most are drawn to the place for its restaurant, which has one of the best river terraces in town. However, it also has four basic rooms on the upper floor of a building that dates back 60-80 years. That means the rooms feature a lot of wood: wood floors, wood walls, wood shutters.
Rooms are basic and they come with the backpacker holy trinity: bed, mosquito net and fan. Windows have screens so they can be opened for air and natural light. There’s a few hooks, an electrical outlet and a bedside table to round things out. Rooms are also equipped with air-con should you opt for it. On the same floor as the rooms is a shared bathroom with a shower stall and hot water.
The best part is that deck though. Shaded by an enormous tree, the deck has a full unobstructed view of the Mekong.
Champasak with Love is certainly for a certain type of traveller and some will hate it. It’s not the best value accommodation in town—it is slightly overpriced for what is on offer—the attached restaurant can be busy and you’ll get flashier, modern rooms with a private bathroom for the same price at Khamphouy Guesthouse. For some, the novelty of an old Lao building and a Mekong riverfront location may be worth seeking out.
Address: Mekong riverside, 300m north of roundabout
T: (030) 978 6757;
Coordinates (for GPS): 105º52'58.65" E, 14º54'8.87" N
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Room rates: Under US$10
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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