The Travel Lodge’s more comfortable alternative
For those who desire Thakek Travel Lodge’s social backpacker atmosphere but can’t stomach its dingy rooms, Villa Thakek is the ticket.
For just a few dollars more, a separate, newer building adjacent to the lodge offers modern, less controversial rooms. Stay here and you can still indulge in the communal hub and backpacker services like a motorbike rental shop that the Travel Lodge is known for.
Rooms have long windows with white curtains and cream walls that compliment the framed art and cherry wood stain furniture. Rooms also have a spacious ensuite bathroom with hot water shower, towel rack and handy wooden shelf. Air-con, flatscreen TV, desk, mini-fridge and kettle with tea/coffee are excellent extras for this price point. The wrap around communal porch has a few tables and chairs to hang out on. For now everything looks fresh and in working order.
It’s hard to believe that Villa Thakek and Thakek Travel Lodge are on the same property, so different is the feel and quality between the two. In a way, staying at Villa Thakek may be a way to get the best of both worlds, worth the splurge so you can walk over to the lodge, meet travellers and chat about the motorbike loop and other Laos adventures.
Villa Thakek is for those with a less restrictive budget and as we mentioned in our review of the Travel Lodge, the location is far from the river and near nothing of interest for travellers. If you want to stay near the town centre, food night market and Mekong, Southida Guesthouse and Somsengsouk Guesthouse are also good flashpacker picks and are cheaper.
Address: 500 metres south of KM-2 market roundabout, Ban Viengvilay village
T: (020) 2221 3632;
Coordinates (for GPS): 104º49'32.42" E, 17º23'51" N
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Room rates: US$10 to 20
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dbl air-con private bathroom||150,000 kip||150,000 kip|
|Triple air-con private bathroom||200,000 kip||200,000 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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