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Mr Vieng’s Homestay

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Road 20, Ban Houy Houn Tai, Laongam District, Salavan T: (020) 9983 7206(030) 964 4257 

Mr Vieng’s Homestay

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With simple accommodation and homegrown coffee, Mr Vieng’s Homestay offers travellers an opportunity to stay in a quaint rural Katu village on the Bolaven Plateau.

Those doing the Bolaven Plateau motorbike loop from Pakse heading to Tad Lo will pass Ban Houy Houn immediately after the borderline of Champasak to Salavan province on Road 20. Those with extra days should consider staying here the first night rather than rushing through.

Local hospitality.

Local hospitality. Photo: Cindy Fan

The affable English-speaking Mr Vieng has created a homestay with simple accommodation along with a lovely shaded cafe area in his home with hammocks and handcrafted tables and chairs. Here coffee grown from his own nearby plantation is served.

There are four clean rooms in one wooden bungalow. They are simple and perfectly adequate for a night, with sturdy floorboards, a mosquito net, fan, light and window. If full, there are hammocks in the large covered porch. The facilities are a basic Lao-style outhouse/bucket shower room with squat toilet.

Local wares.

Local wares. Photo: Cindy Fan

A home cooked meal is 15,000 kip. Mr Vieng does guided visits to the coffee plantation for only 15,000 kip, and feel free to ask him questions about the Katu, a Mon-Khmer ethnic group found in Salavan, Sekong and Champasak, as well as Quang Nam and Thua Thien-Hue provinces of Vietnam. Among the many distinctive facets of the culture, the Katu (also spelled Katou, Ca Tu, Cotu, Kado) are animists and the spirit world, shamans and religious rites such as an annual buffalo sacrifice play an important role in their life.

They once practiced teeth filing and tattooing, though both have died out. They do still use a large long-house decorated with wood carvings as a community meetinghouse and practice traditional weaving—Katu textiles are renowned in the world of Lao handicraft. It’s likely you can find women in the village weaving these colourful textiles using a back strap loom, with the weaver sitting on the floor and pushing her feet to keep the warp yarns taut. Beads are incorporated into the textile while weaving. Buy some exquisite pieces here or across the road, where we noticed the village had set up an informal co-op shop.

Good morning Laos.

Good morning Laos. Photo: Cindy Fan

Ban Houy Houn is located in Laongam district, 60 km from Pakse and 25 km shy of Tad Lo.

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Walk-in rates at Mr Vieng’s Homestay

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Sgl fan share bathroom
20,000 kip
20,000 kip
Room: Sgl fan share bathroom, low season: 20,000 kip, high season 20,000 kip. Notes: Homestay

Where is Mr Vieng’s Homestay

Mr Vieng’s Homestay
Road 20, Ban Houy Houn Tai, Laongam District, Salavan
T: (020) 9983 7206(030) 964 4257 
Coordinates (for GPS): 106º6'15.11" E, 15º24'59.66" N
Room rates: Under US$10

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