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“Superb in the Rainy Season!!!”

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Souksanh Guesthouse
London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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“Superb in the Rainy Season!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2014

If you're looking for the authentic experience, then this is it! The air conditioner probably doesn't work, but apart from that, the room is pretty great. Given the modest price, don't expect the bathrooms to be too neat, but, given that we were there for 2 days in the rainy season, we used to sleep in the hammocks or the beds by the waterfront anyway, so we didn't spend too much time in the rooms. The experience of sleeping out on the verandahs was simply one of the best experiences of my life.

Our host, the woman who owns the guesthouse, has some really cute kids and dished out the most amazing food. The menu has hundreds of items and they're all available and all really good! If you take a look at the fruits stand that's in the restaurant, there are some interesting fruits in there, we had a durian for the first time in our lives (it was pretty great!)

One of the most peaceful experiences ever, superb value for money, if you're finicky about neatness etc, probably not the place for you, but if you like to rough it like we did, and if it's rainy, so not too hot, then this is the best place on Don Khone, no kidding!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2014

Souksanh Guesthouse offers a unique experience, an ideal guesthouse for a laid back place like Don Khon. The rooms are extremely cheap at $5-6/night with basic amenities and offer an ideal break from luxurious resorts and hotel rooms. There is no issue of insects / mosquitoes and anyway we ended up sleeping in the adjacent corridor and restaurant. There are hammocks and mattresses with pillows and with a spectacular view of mountains, Mekong River and sunset over the river, you can spend hours-and-hours just playing cards, reading books, or hanging out with friends.
The family is very friendly, offers a huge menu of 250-300 dishes and you literally get whatever you want on that menu. There is also a reliable free wi-fi connection available.
I would definitely visit the place again if I go back to Don Khon.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2014 via mobile

This guest house is easy to reach from the boat, generally good value for the rooms although ours was not clean. Expect to wait a minimum of an hour for food and if you object to hysterical young children being beaten with a stick stay away. I couldn't wait to leave, the guest house is ok but the family is seriously dysfunctional.

Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2013

We decided to stay on Don Khone based on reports that Don Det was a raving party scene and DK was a bit more chilled. If we had our time again we would have stayed on Don Det because it's not a raving party scene just the slightly more lively of two very laid back islands and also where all the tours start from so staying on DK just adds another logistical challenge to anything you want to do.

Anyway, despite that, Souksan was a nice guesthouse if you do decide to stay on DK. Decent price for the non-AC option, and great spot overlooking the river. We had amazing sunsets both nights we were there and the attached restaurant was pretty good although service was more miss than hit.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2013

I stayed 3 nights in this guesthouse and it was really nice. The bungalows are not directly on the river but it's better as motorboats cannot wake you up early. They are simple but the beds are really large and comfortabl which i appreciated.
Restaurant has a riverview and food is goods.
The remote location makes it a quiet place. You can rent bikes and also give your laundry.
For 40,000 kip, the quality/price ratio is really good.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2013

Located at the end of the guest house strip (about a 10 min walk to the old French Bridge), we stayed 4 nights in one of the bungalows which are next to the restaurant's kitchen rather than on the river front. We only paid 20,000 kip per night (May 2013) which is next to nothing but in return you get peace and quiet in a tranquil setting.

The bungalows are aged but still maintain charm. Each with a large verandah, you could easily spend an afternoon relaxing on the hammocks.

The river front restaurant is a great place to meet other travellers and watch the sunset. The only downside is the staff, service is slow even if you're the only customer. And double check the bill to avoid being overcharged.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Souksanh Guesthouse
Address: Don Khone, Laos
Location: Laos > Champasak Province > Don Khone
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Ranked #3 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Don Khone

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