This guesthouse is next to the the boat drop-off point on the island of Don Khong. The owner is freindly and the rooms are basic, clean and nice. During low season months, you can easily ask for discounts. The rooms by the Mekong rivers have balconies that overlook the river. They also have hammocks for the lazy-boners to swing while watching the world pass-by till sunset.
Clean and affordable. But they do not provide FREE bicycle. But right ahead for about 50m, there is bicycle rental shop that rents bicycle cheaply for one full day (abt 10,000 Kips).
Pon arena hotel is a newly opened place which i really liked.
The rooms were very spacious and breakfast was served on the terrace on the second floor overlooking the village.
The staff was very friendly and served our group very well when we were there.
I can only recommend this place big time.
The old man who runs the traditional teak wood guesthouse spoke some broken English, but was a very nice man. He pointed out every question we asked and offered to do anything and everything we asked.
The rooms where spacious and comfortable. The beds were possibly the most comfortable I had my entire time in Laos.
The second floor common balcony was open-air, allowing for fresh air while reading or relaxing and watching the clouds float by.
Bet was quite comfortable.
Private hot water bathrooms and a free water bottle daily.
Rooms had strong fan and that was more than adequate.
Rooms also had mosquito nets, but did not need to use them.
Laundry was 5,000 kip/kg
Villa Muong Khong Hotel is a really nice place to stay on Khong Island. It lies in a beautiful area, near the coast. It has spacious rooms (without television). The staff is very, very friendly. They help you with trips, renting bicycles, and more. Roomrates in 2008 are 35 USD for a twin/double.
We have chosen this hotel through our tour company, in our country. It was a right decision. After a long trip from Pakse we have crossed the Mekong river to go the Khong Island where the hotel is situated. The boat put us at the hotel because is situated just in the riverside.
We have spent 3 nights in a double bed upstairs.
The hotel is formed by a beautiful group of modern buildings in Cambodian style. All of them are connected by means of corridors and stairs.
There is a garden inside and the atmosphere is pleasant an every thing make the hotel comfortable. You can stay at the room; rest in the upstairs corridors or in the nice terrace with a Lao beer looking at the Mekong river.
Apart of the peace and quietness in the whole island we consider this hotel as the best of our tour. Most of people always find any disappointed thing in the most luxurious hotel, but I think here the balance is perfect: in the whole is a great place to spend some days.
Breakfasts were the most attractive in our trip, in the great atmosphere in a large Cambodian style restaurant only for our two. The rest of menu was attractive. We have tasted a special Lao fish fondue made with vegetables, noodles and a sauce very good.
We have been at the beginning of wet season, and there was nobody except us. The hotel was apparently a little fade away because there were only 2 people, but always staff was ready to attend any of our necessities: Reception, restaurant, some information about what to do and organize a trip to the islands and every other person. I like to say that the whole staff was fantastic with us and attend us very well. Especially at the restaurant the staff are efficient and well trained. We have made a tour by boat to visit the island Khone and Det and the Falls.
It’s a hotel where there is a little familiar atmosphere in a professional way to do things. The managing director, Mr Bounnheuang, had the gesture of asking kindly some times about our stay and feelings.
Private bathroom with plenty hot water. Next to the river in the middle of small city of Muong Khong, very good restaurant, small souvenirs shop, travel agency
Next to the hotel is the only bank (Agricultural Promotion Bank) where you can change money (its possible change euros but the rate is not very good), a Wat, and some other restaurants.
There are free water everyday. There is not TV set, but in fact it would be a strange thing in a peaceful place like this. There is no minibar at the room.
Air conditioned is the most quiet and enough all over Laos, A large double bed very comfortable. Furniture is not luxurious but comfortable and enough to keep your things for several days. Absolutely clean bathroom and room. Bathroom is not very large buy very modern and comfortable. Enough electric lights into the room, and plenty of natural light because the 2 windows. There is an air extractor in the bathroom and another one in the room. Rooms are very safe because both windows have good materials and metal grids. The room is so well sealed that dirt or animals can not come into.
Very goods view to Mekong river and other islands in the area. Very good posibilities to do trips by boat.
There is an Internet connection 1000 kip min at the reception.
The Khong Island Travel agency www.khongislandtravel.com works at the hotel, which has 2 branch offices in Pakse and Vientiane. They offer a lot of flexibility to organize tours
There were a good few choices, mostly all consisting of bamboo bungalows, often on stilts situtated looking out over the river, complete with hammock. I stayed on the northern tip of Don Det, so the choices were sunrise side, or sunset side! Outside toilets and showers (fed from the river). Someone raised the point that swimming in the river was unhealthy, but obliviously continued to shower every day. I don't know where he thought the shower water came from? I didn't have the heart to tell him :)
Some Bungalows have small restaurants/kitchens attached to them.
Mekong river views, friendly staff, friendly guests, morning swims only 10 seconds from bed. Night swims only 10 seconds from bed!
My first visit, I shared a room with a friend - $1 a night!!!! between us!
While the accommodation was satisfactory, we did not find Mr. Pon to be a very good businessman. He lied to a couple of other people in a fixed boat trip with us about the price, charging them more and us less. When confronted, he lied about the discount he'd given to us, claiming that the discount had been for everyone and that he'd given us a bigger discount than he had in reality.
It was only a few dollars, but the principle of the whole thing turned us off.
$5 per night for twin room in November, 2003
The room was clean and the food was ok.
Most amusing was the logo on the shower in the bathroom and the list of house rules ("thank you for ladies and gentlements")
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