Wood bungalows, tepee huts and dorms may not be to every backpacker’s liking and as an alternative, Le Bi Jou Guesthouse could be the solid air-con accommodation people are looking for.
With a location right in the tourist strip in Ban Hua Det village (the boat landing), Le Bi Jou’s modern two storey building has rooms that have all that a flashpacker needs.
The rooms are enormous and functional. There’s hardly enough furniture to fill the space but that means everything feels uncluttered and fresh. It comes with mod-cons such as air-con, overhead fan, WiFi and a bedside electrical outlet, as well windows that can be opened, mosquito net and a spacious hot water bathroom with welcome touches such as countertop and towel rack.
The building block faces a lawn and the easy to reach location means trading off any sort of river view. On the upside, there’s lots of rooms so count on a good chance of availability unless a tour group rolls in.
Address: Don Dhet, close to boat landing
T: (020) 5570 5173;
Coordinates (for GPS): 105º54'51.69" E, 13º59'9.44" N
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Room rates: US$10 to 20
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dbl fan private bathroom||80,000 kip||120,000 kip|
|Dbl air-con private bathroom||120,000 kip||150,000 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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