Built into a hillside that slopes down to a pretty lake, Phong Nha Lake House Resort will appeal to those looking for solid, modern accommodation in natural surrounds.
The bungalows and villas are well-equipped and well-furnished, with clean lines and cream-coloured walls jazzed up with wooden baseboard, a four-poster bed elegantly draped in mosquito net and framed art. While not the most cohesively decorated (we’re not fans of screaming pink fake flowers), the room is clean, new, tidy and comfortable and the bathrooms are modern and slick. Amenities include minibar, desk, air-con, WiFi and kettle, as well as a swimming pool, billiard table and free use of kayaks to explore the resort’s winning feature, the lake surrounded by low green hills. The eight lakeside bungalows are the best, low to the water and with sliding glass doors leading to relaxing balconies at the water’s edge. If you prefer being close to the pool and the restaurant/reception, the “villa” rooms wrap around the swimming pool.
We weren’t aware they had a dorm room until we checked their website after our visit. According to information we later received by anonymous email, the air-con dorm has eight beds, price including breakfast. This is a great option for those looking for budget accommodation outside of town as Phong Nha Farmstay no longer has dorms.
Phong Nha Lake House Resort is located on Ho Chi Minh Highway East, about seven kilometres from town, close to the turn off for Phong Nha Farmstay.
Address: Ho Chi Minh Road East, 7 km from Phong Nha town, Hung Trach village, Bo Trach district
T: (232) 367 5999;
Coordinates (for GPS): 106º22'34.31" E, 17º37'5.46" N
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Room rates: Under US$10
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room|
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom||US$60||US$60|
Two queen beds.
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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