Mini city escape
Le Jardin Hotel is a charming oasis in a charmless city—enjoying a boutique property with gardens and a swimming pool means a location 2.5 km from the city centre, worth it for those looking for a peaceful stay.
The staff and owner warmly greeted us and anyone who arrives is instantly made to feel at home. This feeling is reflected in the intimate, tidy and immaculate grounds and the bold, sunny yellow two-storey building.
Rooms are comfortable, spotless and minimalist, jazzed up slightly with patterned colonial-style floor tiles and ornate decorative art. All rooms have WiFi, air-con, fridge, flatscreen TV and desk. Double rooms have the added luxury of a king sized bed. The small drawback is there is only one window and the room doesn’t have much natural light.
Guests can fill up on Vitamin D lounging beside the rectangular pool, complete with sun chairs and rinse off shower, just the ticket when Pakse temperatures soar. Breakfast and wonderful service is included.
Le Jardin Hotel is 2.5 km from the main tourist centre. To find it, travel east on Route 13 and the road is directly across from the Friendship Mall. Head south for 500 m towards Road 38/the river. The hotel doesn’t have a restaurant or bicycles so guests have to count on using tuk tuks to get around. Look for discounts in the low season.
Address: 001 Ban Phonsavanh, 2.5 km from city centre, Pakse
T: (030) 946 3324;
Coordinates (for GPS): 105º49'8.6" E, 15º6'44.91" N
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Room rates: US$50 to 100
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||US$70||US$70|
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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