Hello swimming pool!
Little Eden is the closest accommodation to the boat landing and its swimming pool entices hot, tired arriving travellers and tempts backpackers to take the plunge with their wallet.
The hotel is located at the tip of Don Dhet, a relatively large property that stretches all the way to their restaurant terrace on the river sunset side. The modern buildings clearly aims for the mid-market traveller who demands more amenities and comfort than the standard guesthouse.
The newer two-storey building block is the expensive category and is the better value option. Rooms are simple but tasteful. Crisp white linens, cream walls, solid wood furniture—desk, mirror, luggage rack and bedside table—all uniformly stained a rich, dark colour. There’s air-con, TV, WiFi and a safety box. Some rooms have river views. The letdown is hotel’s zombie service and the wetroom bathroom, which doesn’t seem up to par with the rest of the room.
The less expensive rooms are in the older motel-style brick building with a cheerful terracotta-style roof. These simple spaces feel more like a guesthouse and given the price, seem less splurge-worthy. It all comes down to how badly you want that swimming pool which tempts like a mirage when Don Dhet temperatures soar.
While this is one of only a few hotels on the island with a pool, note that the hotel allows outside guests to use the pool for 50,000 kip per person.
Address: Don Dhet, the northern tip at the boat landing
T: (020) 7773 9045;
Coordinates (for GPS): 105º54'49.09" E, 13º59'10.71" N
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Room rates: US$20 to 50
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||250,000 kip||250,000 kip|
|Deluxe double room||350,000 kip||350,000 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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