Rustic with a French twist
French-owned Fandee Guesthouse is another Tad Lo top budget pick.
Lined up in rows, the simple wooden bungalows are standalone structures and each come with a window, hot water shower, front porch and hammock, this in addition to the backpacker basics (bed, mosquito net, fan). While everything remains quite natural and rustic, flair has been added in the form of colourful polkadot bed sheets, hewn log bed frame, pebble mosaic bathroom floor and handcrafted bedside log table. It’s still a rustic joint, but kudos to the effort to give it some character.
When you tire of your hammock, drink pastis and play petanque, or head for a chat at the large restaurant sala, the typical no-shoes loungey place with floor cushions, WiFi and curled up kittens. In this respect, it does have one up on Palamei which only has a restaurant with tables and chairs. We didn’t try Fandee’s eatery but heard rave reviews from a few other travellers about the food. The cheeses on the menu certainly did make our heart go pitter patter.
Fandee Guesthouse is across the road from the Tourist Information Centre, right beside Mama Pap Homestay.
Address: Tad Lo, across from Tourist Information Centre
Coordinates (for GPS): 106º16'32.27" E, 15º31'58.98" N
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Room rates: Under US$10
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow fan private bathroom|
20,000 kip for an extra bed
|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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