Chao Kim Rd, Savannakhet T: (020) 5564 0697, (041) 212 404
Frugal travellers will be content to learn of Leena Guesthouse’s bargain rooms set in the back building, one of the best deals in town. Unsurprisingly, it’s been a popular backpacker pick for years.
The tile and concrete fan-cooled rooms boast little more than a firm bed and private bathroom with western toilet and cold shower. A few frills such as a table, mirror and a hooks on the wall add a touch of civility. They’re on the dark side, not a bad thing when relying on fan to stay cool.
Pay 20,000 kip more gets you an identical room but with air-con, or splash out for a larger air-con room in the newer wing, a two-storey building. Rooms have a bit more space, a TV and hot shower. The windows, which have security bars, also allows for more natural light.
The guesthouse has an open-air restaurant and the reception/family’s living room is plastered with bus timetables, flyers and other backpacker intel. WiFi is available and the guesthouse rents bicycles that look like they are on their last gasp.
Overall, the hodgepodge of four different buildings from different eras, within sporting a hodgepodge of tile, bright colours, linens and furnishings means Leena is a function-over-fashion guesthouse experience more typical of remote towns in Laos, without the Thai-style finery and flash you’d in other guesthouses in Savannakhet like at Fundee Guesthouse. Leena lacks the character, service and charisma of Sala Thongyon, Joli Guesthouse or Hostel Savan Cafe. But the price is right and you can save a bunch of kip here.
To find it, signs on the main road direct the way. The guesthouse is tucked down a lane. It’s short walk from Wat Rattana and Ratsavongseuk Road. It’s also around the corner from the Vietnamese consulate.
By Cindy Fan
Last updated on 30th March, 2017.
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