Konklor Hotel is one of Kon Tum’s best places to stay and the spacious bungalows, quiet surrounds and friendly service makes it worth being 2.5 kilometres or a 40,000 dong taxi ride from the town centre.
A garden with a cute pond, trees and cultural knickknacks lead to bungalows with spacious rooms spruced up with terracotta floor, a floor-length mirror, hook, giant flatscreen TV, bedside tables and minibar. The mattresses are very firm. A few steps lead up to the bathroom – a real menace to navigate in the middle of the night. At least the bathroom is big so that means not everything gets wet when you shower. The bathroom comes with the world’s longest towel rack, a sink with a countertop and a few toiletries. It does take two minutes of letting the shower run to get hot water flowing.
Our only gripe is that the windows are small and the bungalows so close together that you don’t get any natural light. It’s also a pity there are no insect screens on the window, so you have to decide between Kon Tum’s pleasant evening temperatures and mosquitoes, or having to use the air-con. Another downside is the lack of food options at the hotel and in the neighbourhood. Konklor serves a cheap eggs-and-baguette breakfast, or fried instant noodles, but you will need to venture to town for a real meal as there is nothing in this village.
Daily housekeeping is available upon request. The proprietor speaks English and the staff are very helpful. The hotel rents motorbikes for 150,000 dong a day and they can point you to some sights. Konklor’s location on the eastern edge of town, close to the suspension bridge, means you are right at the start of some villages and fantastic countryside exploration.
This hotel is popular with Easy Rider tours – blame them for the early morning engine revving. Otherwise Konklor is a peaceful respite and the garden patio tables and central lounge is a lovely spot to relax, read a book and use the WiFi to plan the next step of your journey.
Address: 155 Bac Can St, 2.5 km east of Kon Tum town centre
T: (0935) 016 210 ;
Coordinates (for GPS): 108º2'0.61" E, 14º21'1.04" N
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Room rates: US$10 to 20
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard single room||US$13||US$13|
|Standard double room||US$16||US$16|
|Triple air-con private bathroom||US$19||US$19|
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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