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“5 stars for the restaurant and service!”

Don Det Bungalows & Restaurant
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Don Det Bungalows & Restaurant
Sydney, Australia
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19 reviews
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“5 stars for the restaurant and service!”
Reviewed 18 October 2011

We didn't stay here at Don Det as they were a lot more expensive than any other bungalow on the island - not suitable for a backpackers budget really. However if you did want to splash out for a night, this would be the place to do it!

The bungalows are gorgeous, not along the river front but the restaurant is which is a lovely place to hang out anyway. Sitting on low tables if you like with loads of pillows around.

Now to the point of this review - the restaurant! The food was amazing. When we first got there one other couple who had been there every day of their stay told us the lady (have forgotten her name!) was the best chef on the island,..and we then found this to be true!

The nicest spring rolls in Laos and a really good American breakfast. We ate there everyday without a doubt. A tiny bit more than you'd pay at any of the other restaurants, but worth that bit extra. (Which is nothing when you think about what you'd pay back home!).

We got our ticket to Cambodia through her too and as we were 'regulars' she gave us a discount.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Alkmaar, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 15 September 2011

Between other cheap and scruffy bungalows along the sunrise coast, you'll find don det bungalows. It's a bit more expensive (100k kip), but you'll get clean sheets, clean bathroom, and proper restaurant. The owner speaks good english, is funny and honest.

However, beware of "the company" that they are working with. Bring enough kip and dollars, the exchange rates are VERY poor on the island, and there is no ATM!!!! . If you'll on your way to cambodja, be prepared to pay $60 pp for bus and visa. And bring just enough kip only for the island, because any leftovers you'll have exchange to usd against the very poor rates

  • Stayed September 2011
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Geneva, Switzerland
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Reviewed 24 July 2011

5 minutes walk from ferry landing at Ban Khon. Simple bungalows with all that is needed. Warm water, good showers and a.c. Food quite good at restaurant. Not as noisey as placs nearer the port..

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 7 May 2011

My friend and I stayed here for 2 nights and found it very clean and comfortable, and also included the all important mosquito nets. The employees speak basic English and were very helpful. The restaurant was also delicious and the service was great. You can also book buses from the mainland and organise to be picked up directly from the bungalows when you leave which is great. For 100,000kip a night we had a twin room with an attached bathroom and shower. With a balcony and hammock out front to relax on.

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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with friends
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Maastricht, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 11 March 2011

I stayed for about a week on Don Det, 4 thousand Islands at Mr Phao's place. This very friendly gentleman owns 5 bungalows on the sunrise side of Don Det. I had an amazing time here, the bungalows are cheap (30.000 kip per bungalow per night), clean and are located about 10 minutes by bike from the main bar area (eg. reggae bar). Mr Phao rents bikes for 10.000 kip per day. There's a quality restaurant too. Beautiful spot! Make sure you dont miss Don Det on your trip!

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled solo
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 February 2011

If you can afford the extra these are definitely the best bungalows on the island. They are 130,000 kip compared to the cheaper 40,000 kip you can get, but they are the only ones we saw with en suite and they have hot water and electricity. No idea what the previous reviewer is talking about with the food - it was really good and we ate there often. All cooked fresh and some Laos dishes rather than western fare. Also other people we met on the island came there on our recommendation and loved it too. The owner is bubbly and friendly and speaks excellent English. The other staff don't speak that great English (maybe why previous reviewer didn't like them?) but they try to understand! A great place to while away the days with a book in a hammock. It's about 1km walk from where the boat docks and is quiet at night (apart from occasional dog barking!).

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
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Reviewed 1 February 2011

These are as good as it gets on a budget in the 'Hate it or Love it' tourist mecca of Don Det as they have hot water and private bathrooms. The bungalows are very nice particularilt those set back from the road. However, the service is shocking and the food rubbish. Stay there but eat elsewhere!

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Don Det Bungalows & Restaurant
Address: Dondet Village, Don Det, Laos
Region: Laos > Champasak Province > Don Det
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Ranked #17 of 28 Speciality Lodging in Don Det
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Number of rooms: 10
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