Siamephone Hotel will appeal to travellers wanting a no fuss stay in a clean, spacious room without quirks or quibbles.
The two-storey motel-style building is a big concrete construction that faces a large parking pad. The exterior doesn’t elicit a warm, fuzzy feeling but the rooms are tidy and spotless: clean tile floors, high ceilings, windows with security bars, bug screens and curtain. A long table carries a small box TV and mirror, with plenty of surface left for other items. Fan, air-con and WiFi are available. Good linens including towel and top sheet and clean bathroom with electric heated shower seal the deal.
The hotel also has a location smack dab in the middle of Champasak, just a few metres from the roundabout (moving away from the river, in the direction of Lao Development Bank) and despite its size, it flies under the radar since it is not directly on the main road. The rooms have far less foibles, wear and tear than Khamphouy Guesthouse around the corner.
Siamephone Hotel is a quiet spot, ideal for backpackers who like to lie low and prefer a place with a little more flash. It’s cheaper than the abundant number of depressed riverfront guesthouses—you can pay more for a lot worse in Champasak. The parking pad is handy for those travelling in their own vehicle.
Address: Just east of roundabout/Mekong river road
T: (020) 5563 5369;
Coordinates (for GPS): 105º52'50.46" E, 14º53'57.08" 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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