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Sabaidy 2 Guesthouse
Ranked #24 of 50 Pakse B&B and Inns
Reviewed July 25, 2012

I emailed the address off the website to book 2 dorm beds but never heard anything back. When we arrived there they had none spare but we eventually found they had noted the booking just never responded. The prices on the website are wrong and they are now charging more than they advertise. We tried to fight this but they became quite aggressive.

The dorm was pretty basic and the showers a little way away but it did the job for the night. As long as you can deal with hard beds. Odd thing was as two of the other dorm people left at 6am they had the cleaners in straight away talking and clearing the sheets, even the curtain. In turn waking the rest of us up at 6.10am. We believe it was because someone else had arrived on a night bus but really when you have paid to try and get a decent nights sleep it is the last thing you want!

The tours they offer are pretty expensive and we also found that once they knew we weren't doing it they became fairly disinterested with us. They did book us a good sleeper bus from Pakse to Vientiane though.

For the price its alright but wouldn't want to be here more than a couple of nights!

Room Tip: Don't believe the prices on the website. Dorm room is now 30,000kip a night not $3.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

We are long term travelers with basic needs - general level of cleanliness and enough space for our (minimal) stuff. This place met both needs well. We arrived about 4am, and nothing was open. This was one of the first places to open with at least reasonable prices and decent rooms...we were so exhausted, that we just threw in the towel and stayed.

We had a private double room in the new section out back, and it was nice. However, the wifi didn't reach the room, and if you go to use the wifi and it starts raining you're screwed because you have to go outside (uncovered) to get back to your room. The room was nice, but we felt we were overpaying, especially as there was no AC. We didn't have problems with the employees as the other reviewers did, but they are a couple of teenagers.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 6, 2012

Like everyone else, we followed the LP recommendation for this place. We didn't get a very warm welcome. As soon as we made clear we weren't doing their tour they seemed to drop their friendly facade. The room we had was good enough, and could be locked with our own padlock. Unfortunately is was in the 'old' part, rather far away from the bathrooms. But that's no major problem ofcourse. There was always just a small supply of cold beer and water, just enough for a 4-person group to all drink two cold beers. You would think they would stock up on beers, but no. Going outside to get some cold ones after 11.30 PM was a big big problem. They close at 11.30 and want you to stay in. If you're late, you risk sleeping outside. Ridiculous! Wifi worked marginally. They give poor information about getting out of Pakse if you don't want to book their own transport. The staff (a couple of teenagers) was just hanging around the outside-area all the time, being loud and not really doing anything useful. There is was cranky old guy hanging around, probably the owner, who was constantly yelling at the boys. It was kind of a mess in my view, not very well organised.
The biggest let-down was that the staff didn't tolerate any noise in the rooms. We weren't noisy, but a couple of germans watching the Euro-2012 football match in their room were making a little noise. They got kicked out without any discussion. Very, very strange we found this, because we were sitting outside making more noise that the guys in the room.
Anyway, this hostel has had it's golden days long ago. There are cheaper and better places, so discard your Lonely Planet and just go for a walk around town to see what else is there.

Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 16, 2012

Just like many other people we just followed the Lonely Planet recommendation and stayed at the Sabaidy 2. The staff was not too friendly and after telling them that we were doing a tour to the Bolaven plateau on our own with a scooter they could not have cared less about us.
Besides, nice building, clean rooms but very hot!!

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Lena K
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Reviewed May 8, 2012

We stayed here 3 nights due. Our double fan ensuite was clean and comfy. I would have liked the towels to be changed. Did ok without the TV and it wasnt hot enough to need air-con. Toilet roll was replaced upon request. The staff were very friendly and informative - booking buses tours, ringing accomodation for us. I'm glad we did the 1 day Bolaven Plateau Tour with the guesthouse as our guide was very informative and having a nice cool bus was welcoming during the day. We visited many ethnic villages, a small tea-plantation, a small coffee-plantation, the school your tour fee contributes to, waterfalls and stopped off for pictures whenever necessary. Great day. We also were able to use the shower facilities (with towels provided) at the guesthouse before being dropped off to our night bus. 'Average' guesthouse but gets 'very good' because of the tour.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank kerry_gal_11
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Reviewed April 9, 2012

While it is listed as a great experience on Lonely Planet, I have this to offer : no ac, no tv, no bottled water, no cleaning of room, replacing of soap or toilet roll, making of beds, the light requires you to get out of bed to switch it off, and, in 6 months of travelling, it is the first hotel where I have been asked to pay upfront. The meagre breakfast is 2.50 dollars and, while they offer beer and sodas on the menu, there are none available. A shame, as the setting, with shaded tables and benches in a pleasant garden setting ( ideal for chatting with fellow travellers over a cold beer ! ) is nice. The double with room with shower in the new block is 12 dollars.The room is nicely decorated, but is that what you want you look for in a place to stay ?!

The reception staff are totally switched off, until you want to book a tour or ticket to elsewhere.

We stayed the first night in Pakse in Ma'ly 2, where the only drawback was its distance from town. Otherwise, for 10 dollars, they offer a small twin room with huge beds, complimentary water, ac and fan, tv, fridge in reception with cold sodas and beers and the staff actually take your luggage to the room on arrival.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Nbichick
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Reviewed February 8, 2012

Im a budget traveler and Sabaidy 2 was perfect for me. I paid 30,000 for a dorm bed that included 5 beds in the room. Shared bathrooms were clean with bucket toilets. The staff I found quite helpful with what to do in the area and directions and the best thing of all was the day tour to the Bolaven Plateau! The tour guide spoke great English and was an awesome guy. We visited some coffee and tea plantations, waterfalls and villages. From what Ivan gather this is the only guesthouse in Pakse that offers this tour. Definite value for money. Simple. Easy. Id definitely stay there again!

  • Stayed: January 2012
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Thank JaimeTravels
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Address: Road 24, Pakse, Laos
Location: Laos > Champasak Province > Pakse
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Ranked #24 of 50 B&Bs / Inns in Pakse
Number of rooms: 13
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Sabaidy 2 Guesthouse Hotel Pakse
Sabaidy 2 Guesthouse Pakse, Laos - Champasak Province

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