Pon’s River Guesthouse

Pon’s River Guesthouse

Steps from the boat landing

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Pon’s River Guesthouse has been a backpacker choice for many years on Don Khong, no doubt in part because of its convenient location just steps from the boat landing.

Travelfish says:

The guesthouse is located across the road from the river and in most ways it is a typical Lao affair, with rooms on the small side, pale yellow walls and dark wood wainscotting. The bed has a thin mattress, clean white sheets and a mosquito net. While the wetroom bathroom is small and looking tired, overall, the offerings at Pon’s are tidy, clean and a backpacker will find it suitable for a night or two. Air-con is available, as is WiFi.

Not as modern as neighbouring Souksabay or Kong View, both of which lie just up the road, travellers who are a little on the picky side can easily wander to inspect all three before deciding where to throw down their pack.

The restaurant is across the street from the guesthouse and has a terrace on the Mekong—guests are free to hangout there. Pon’s can also arrange for tours and transport.

Don’t confuse this guesthouse with Pons Arena, the higher end hotel just to the north of here. They share the same owner (and the same website) but are separate properties.

Contact details for Pon’s River Guesthouse

Address: Just north of boat landing
T: (031) 214 037;  
Email: pon_arena@hotmail.com
Web: http://www.ponarenahotel.com/
Coordinates (for GPS): 105º51'20.51" E, 14º7'6.62" N
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Room rates: Under US$10

Room rates

What we were quoted as a walk-in.

Dbl fan private bathroom 50,000 kip 70,000 kip
Dbl air-con private bathroom 80,000 kip 100,000 kip

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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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