A top flashpacker option
Our previous review called Alisa Guesthouse the best value accommodation in town and after many years, the position still stands.
We visited Alisa five times over the course of two weeks just for a chance to see a room, and every one of those times it was full, a testament to its popularity (tip: booking in advance is a must). Luckily a traveller let us inspect their room.
Rooms come with air-con, TV, minifridge, desk/vanity, enormous clean hot water bathrooms with Western toilet. Large windows and white walls keep everything feeling bright and some even have balconies. The beds are plush and neat—the place exudes quality on a budget. The hotel also rents motorbikes for reasonable prices.
A small drawback for those on the highest floor: there’s only WiFi available in the lobby and first floor. Rooms facing the road may get some noise, a tradeoff for a location that doesn’t get more central or convenient than this. It’s on Route 13 smack dab in the centre of the traveller hub.
Alisa is definitely recommended for flashpackers and backpackers not bent on getting the absolute cheapest room. A top pick for independent travellers.
Address: Route 13, Ban Lakmueang, beside Miss Noy motorbikes and Lankham Hotel, Pakse
T: (031) 251 555;
Coordinates (for GPS): 105º47'59.89" E, 15º7'19.23" N
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Room rates: US$10 to 20
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dbl air-con private bathroom||130,000 kip||160,000 kip|
|Triple air-con private bathroom||180,000 kip||180,000 kip|
|Quad air-con private bathroom||240,000 kip||240,000 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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