Lovely spot but overpriced
Located on the road between Paksong and Thateng, Sinouk Coffee Resort is a lodge that allows travellers to experience the verdant, fertile landscape of the Bolaven Plateau.
If the name sounds familiar, Sinouk is one of the prominent family coffee empires in Laos. The lodge is composed of three chalets with varying room types, situated at the edge of a coffee plantation.
The best rooms command a steep price for just a fair level of comfort. Superior double rooms in the newest chalet are cozy French colonial with dark wood floorboards and furniture, antique style lamps, rugs and decorative textiles, along with amenities such as air-con, kettle and electric heater for chilly nights.
It is very comfortable, however, the big disappointment is the bland tile bathroom. It’s tough to accept a wet-room bathroom at this price. Imagine walking on cold wet tile to use the loo in the middle of a chilly night on the plateau. Overall, the room is acceptable so long as the price tag isn’t an issue.
The oldest building feels more like a country cottage than chalet. These are the cheapest rooms and too much has been squeezed into a small space. Whether you want to call it cosy or cramped, the bathroom would be tough for large folk to use.
The gardens at the back are spectacular, and it’s a pity that guests usually arrive at dusk and jet off early in the morning because a bramble through some of the coffee plantations and along the many pathways bursting with flowers and tropical plants is highly recommended. Pleasant sitting/reading areas overlooking a rushing stream beckon.
Most guests are travelling either on a group tour or an independent motorbike trip through the Bolaven Plateau so the resort and staff are in a coma in the daytime but kick it into a higher gear once the minivans and motorbikes begin to roll in. English is limited with resort staff, yet they are enthusiastic and well-meaning. Food at their restaurant was good and breakfast is included; you can expect a darn good cup of coffee.
We noticed cheaper rates on online booking sites. Walk ins can negotiate for a small discount. Otherwise rack rate is overpriced.
Address: Ban Lak Khao, Paksong-Thateng Road (32 km north of Paksong, 6 km south of Thateng) Bolaven Plateau
T: (030) 955 8960;
Coordinates (for GPS): 106º22'28.87" E, 15º23'9.72" N
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Room rates: US$50 to 100
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||US$50||US$50|
|Superior double room||US$70||US$70|
|Deluxe double room||US$100||US$100|
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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