Comfortable and modern
It’s not all bamboo shacks on Don Dhet. Baba Guesthouse is a modern two-storey building that is a reasonable stroll from the boat landing but far enough from the crowded tourist strip.
Baba Guesthouse fits the mould of a classic guesthouse room with tile floor, solid walls, air-con and WiFi. Rooms are clean, simple and tasteful, each with a private balcony. The upstairs rooms are high enough to get a view to the river, while the ground floor rooms are offered privacy by a row of lush tropical plants.
Should you prefer fresh air, get an upstairs room as it’s safer to keep the balcony door open and use the fan and mosquito net. There’s a small fridge and a few bits of wicker furniture. Bathrooms have hot water showers.
All this clean comfort will appeal to flashpackers though the price is firmly midrange and pricey for such a plain room, especially in high season. Breakfast is not included either.
Nevertheless, Baba is clear of the flaws and frustrations that plague many of the nearby cheap guesthouses and for that, it’s highly recommendable for Don Dhet.
Address: Don Dhet, sunrise side less than 200 m from boat landing
T: (020) 9889 3943;
Coordinates (for GPS): 105º54'54.95" E, 13º59'8.43" N
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Room rates: US$20 to 50
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dbl air-con private bathroom||250,000 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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