Good budget choice
Somphamit is a good backpacker pick and while the rate still doesn’t compare to the rock bottom prices found on Don Dhet, you get what you pay for as the newer riverfront bungalows are well appointed and comfortable.
These riverfront options are solidly built wooden structures which are neat and tidy affairs. They come with a private tiled bathroom equipped with an electric heated shower, a vanity that does double-duty as a bedside table, windows, electricity and both fan and air-con.
It’s close enough to the main house that WiFi may reach the rooms. Of course, there are the requisite hammocks that will make you feel you are lying over the water because the bungalow is in fact, at times, over the water.
The older fan-only bungalows are set a few metres back from the banks. They are tidy and with a hot shower, a little tired, sunbaked and small with flimsier walls. It’s not bad, but again, you do get what you pay for.
Whichever you choose, all in all Somphamit is a good budget choice and it has a central location in the middle of the tourist strip. Nothing in this area is far, however it is easier when returning to your accommodation from dinner in the dark.
Address: Don Khon, riverfront, 500 m from French bridge
T: (020) 5526 2491; (020) 5573 5145;
Coordinates (for GPS): 105º55'31.42" E, 13º57'57.32" N
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Room rates: Under US$10
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow fan private bathroom|
Upto 80,000 kip for a newer bungalow
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|Bungalow air-con private bathroom||100,000 kip||100,000 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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