Whether Tena 1 Guesthouse is good or not depends on what you pay for the room, and we wouldn’t pay more than the 50,000 kip for a double that we were quoted as a walk-in customer.
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That price is about right, which is paying 20,000 kip more than the usual basic bungalow and in return getting solid walls, a private bathroom and a river view. Climb the steep stairs to a communal balcony that towers over the water and commands a grand view.
Rooms have wooden floors, solid walls, beds with decent mattresses, fan and both windows and a glass panel door allowing in a generous amount of sunlight. The wetroom bathroom has an electric heated shower and a western toilet, though in the room we inspected, it was missing the toilet seat!
There’s a few more details to make you scratch your head like the fact that there is no mosquito net and no security bars on the window and some may not feel safe to leave the windows open at night. The balcony — what should be one of the selling points — has no hammocks or chairs and the owners are completely unresponsive.
The silly part is, if they replaced broken toilet seats, added a mosquito net and balcony loungers, they could charge more. For now, it’s just a guesthouse that may appeal to a traveller on a tight budget not keen on a bungalow or shared bathroom. We suggest you treat this as a walk-in choice. Check out the room (and ensure there’s a toilet seat) before accepting.
By Cindy Fan
Last updated on 15th February, 2017.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Dbl fan private bathroom, low season: 50,000 kip, high season 50,000 kip. Notes:
Don Dhet, sunset side 350 m from boat landing
T: (020) 2272 2730
Room rates: Under US$10