Best budget option in town
Palamei is a popular budget guesthouse, no doubt because of the caring family who own it, the cheap comfortable rooms and nightly family-style feast. Rooms with shared bathroom are basic, weathered affairs.
Paying a little extra definitely delivers an upgrade as these rooms are newer and have a private bathroom which is well-lit and spacious, so large it has a partitioned off shower area, hot water delivered via an electric heater. They also boast a balcony with a view to some farm fields and you will definitely spot a backpacker or two lounging in hammocks here.
The place does have a few of the usual budget accommodation caveats. There are two rooms to a bungalow—more for those with shared bathroom. As such, neighbour noises will be heard, late night club jungle beats and all. We’re not 100% convinced our bed sheets were changed from the previous guest—perhaps an oversight, perhaps just our own paranoia, hopefully the latter.
The family is lovely and they remain gentle and relaxed despite years of catering to backpackers. Guests can sign up for the nightly all you can eat dinner, served family style at an enormous single slab table. For 35,000 kip per person, it’s great value for the fill that includes a mix of Western and toned-down Lao food.
Intermittent WiFi is available at the restaurant. Mr Poh speaks excellent English and can help those relying on public transport. Palamei Guesthouse is good value all round. Find it across the bridge at the T-intersection.
Address: Tad Lo
T: (020) 9567 5311;
Coordinates (for GPS): 106º16'32.69" E, 15º31'58.91" N
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Room rates: Under US$10
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow fan share bathroom||40,000 kip||40,000 kip|
|Bungalow fan private bathroom||60,000 kip||60,000 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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