Photo: Out on the deck.

Champasak With Love

Creaky character on the Mekong

Mekong riverside, 300m north of roundabout T: (030) 978 6757

Champasak With Love

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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.

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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.

Bikes downstairs, beds up top.

Bikes downstairs, beds up top. Photo: Cindy Fan

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.

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Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Dbl fan share bathroom
50,000 kip
50,000 kip
Dbl air-con share bathroom
85,000 kip
85,000 kip
Room: Dbl fan share bathroom, low season: 50,000 kip, high season 50,000 kip. Notes:
Room: Dbl air-con share bathroom, low season: 85,000 kip, high season 85,000 kip. Notes:

Where is Champasak With Love

Champasak With Love
Mekong riverside, 300m north of roundabout
T: (030) 978 6757
Coordinates (for GPS): 105º52'58.65" E, 14º54'8.87" N
Room rates: Under US$10

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