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Pan’s Residence

The top flashpacker option

Don Khon, 350 m up from French bridge, adjacent to boat landing T: (020) 7898 9454(020) 2365 5151

Pan’s Residence

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Pan has built up quite the empire with three different type of accommodation now under its command. Pan’s Residence is their middle option, and flashpackers can look forward to spacious rooms set within a bricks and mortar building by the Mekong.

The building is flashier than your typical Lao guesthouse since the spacious rooms are kitted out with a long shelf that handily doubles as a desk, vanity and service area for the kettle (tea/instant coffee included), along with a small fridge, bedside table and bedside plug. Our linens felt fresh and clean. The big bathrooms have a counter top, shower curtain and decent water pressure, amenities not usually found in budget guesthouses in Laos.

Plenty of room on the upstairs deck.

Plenty of room on the upstairs deck. Photo: Cindy Fan

There are some trivial complaints. The floor felt dusty underfoot, likely due to the sizeable gap under our door. There is no fan price option, only air-con. Our room had two beds, one with a saggy mattress, the other was fine so it’s luck of the draw. The building is on its own and there’s no security, though the door does have a chain lock. The owner speaks English but you’ll mostly be dealing with the evasive staff. Manage to find someone and they can be downright prickly. And finally, alas, there is no WiFi which means you’ll just have to sit in a lounger, recline in the hammock and enjoy the tranquil river views. As you can guess, the best rooms are upstairs, a good view to be enjoyed from the communal balcony.

Those with a more restrictive budget can consider the slightly cheaper garden view bungalows at Pan’s Guesthouse, the rooms snug and dated (130,000 kip low season; 160,000 kip high season). Those with more to spend, Pan’s Guesthouse has recently added riverfront bungalows to the mix (210,000 kip low season, 240,000 kip high season). To heap on the confusion, for the same price there is Pan’s Bungalow, a separate string of bungalows on the river closer to the bridge. Regardless of which you stay in, check in at the central reception on the main street close to Pan’s Guesthouse.

A bungalow at Pan’s place.

A bungalow at Pan’s place. Photo: Cindy Fan

Pan’s Residence is located on the Mekong River adjacent to the boat landing, about 350 metres up from the French bridge.

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Dbl air-con private bathroom
180,000 kip
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Room: Dbl air-con private bathroom, low season: 180,000 kip, high season 180,000 kip. Notes:

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Where is Pan’s Residence

Pan’s Residence
Don Khon, 350 m up from French bridge, adjacent to boat landing
T: (020) 7898 9454(020) 2365 5151
Coordinates (for GPS): 105º55'27.48" E, 13º57'53.62" N
Room rates: US$10 to 20

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