Khaemsee Guesthouse is rickety and a bit shabby though it offers more interesting accommodation than many of the grotty, grim places in town.
The better rooms are the basic fan rooms in the wooden upper floor of the building. There’s wooden floors, wooden walls and wooden ceiling with windows and a rotating fan mounted on the ceiling. Skip the air-con rooms on the ground floor—they are dark, damp tile and concrete affairs and either Nang Noi Guesthouse or Alisa Guesthouse are far better valued.
The selling point of Khaemse is the riverside location and the feeling like you are not in the city, even though it’s a mere 200 metres to the heart of the tourist centre. Surprisingly there are not many places in Pakse that take advantage of the river. Khaemse Guesthouse will appeal to a select few who like ramshackle charm.
Address: Road 12, end of dirt lane past Vida Bakery Cafe, 200m north of Route 13
T: (020) 5635 9292;
Coordinates (for GPS): 105º47'58.38" E, 15º7'30.37" N
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Room rates: Under US$10
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dbl fan private bathroom|
Cold shower. Add 10.000 kip for a hot showeer
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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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