Photo: The river views are none too shabby.

Crazy Gecko

The best flashpacker option on Don Dhet

Don Dhet, 1 km from boat landing

Crazy Gecko

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The craziest thing about Crazy Gecko is the excellent value for the price—this isn’t your typical Don Dhet hovel and flashpackers will be pleased with these clean, smart rooms.

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There are four rooms, all upstairs, the entrances accessed by one oversized terrace that has hammocks galore and a partial river view. The wooden rooms have been done up with thoughtful details that make the backpacking experience a more civilised affair: a shelf, a stool that doubles as a bedside table, a bathroom with a towel rack, shelf, mirror and hot shower (though you will probably switch off the water heater in Don Dhet’s steamy temperatures). A mosquito net, good, clean bed linens and fans complete the deal. You can take the standing fan out onto the terrace and park it in front of your hammock.

No shortage of hammocks.

No shortage of hammocks. Photo: Cindy Fan

There are some minor quibbles like the glass doors and sheer curtains not offering much privacy or solace from morning sunlight. Water pressure is meagre and it’s still quite a rustic affair, not impermeable to things like geckos—better get used to those because you’ll see them all over Laos.

Their restaurant on the river is a very comfortable, pleasant spot to hang out and use the slow WiFi. There’s also a pay-to-play pool table. English and German spoken.

Very smart interiors.

Very smart interiors. Photo: Cindy Fan

Crazy Gecko is located 1,000 m south of the boat landing on the sunrise side. Call them when you arrive and they may be able to pick you up by boat.

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Dbl fan private bathroom
80,000 kip
80,000 kip
Room: Dbl fan private bathroom, low season: 80,000 kip, high season 80,000 kip. Notes:

Where is Crazy Gecko

Crazy Gecko
Don Dhet, 1 km from boat landing
Coordinates (for GPS): 105º55'19.52" E, 13º58'59.34" N
Room rates: Under US$10

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