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Kong Keo Guesthouse & Tours
Ranked #1 of 26 Phonsavan B&B and Inns
United Kingdom
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121 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Friendly GH”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2012

This was only place I could find a room during Hmong New Year, first room is brick built at 100,000 and second night in hut at 80,000, prices higher than I normally paid but Hong New Year. Ist night was fine, 2nd night the room not so good, rock hard bed and room needs some maintanence with broken window in bathroom roof. Staff were friendly.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled solo
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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Brandenburg, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2011

The cheapest option in central Phonsavanh when I visited. Having visited during Hmong New Year, most hotels hike up their prices and this was the most reasonable place to stay. I had a double room in the brick building for 80.000 kip, less value for money than my fancy guesthouse in Luang PRabang, but it was local high season.

Apart from the bed being a bit soft and the mosquito screens having holes, oh, and the room lights being a bit dim, I cannot fault it. This is a very simple place, but it was reasonably clean, fresh bed sheets, clean bathroom, hot water - and very firendly with lots of other travellers to chat to around a fire made from an old cluster bomb. The place appeared to be run by two young women, one of whom spoke English, very friendly and helpful.

I did not make enquiries about a tour but booked with some people I met on my minibus - a standard tour to all three sites with a few extras should cost no more than 150.000 kip - buy a 'private tour' and you get the same trip but much less social! There were plenty of places trying to sell private tours, so it pays to club together with some people. Of course the sites can be visited independently althoughI would not fancy bumping around on a motorbike/tuk tuk just for the sake of saivng a couple of dollars, and apart from Site 1, the sites are not well signposted. 4 or 5 sites are now open so it is worth to ask for those who are interested int the jars - Site 4 is a day's hike to a village, apparantly.

Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2011

40k kip single / 50k double / no triple
room: clean, blankets, towel, soap, toilet paper, trashbin, desk / armoire, hot shower , fan, one central hook (for mosquito net), power outlet (1), no internet/wifi, restaurant closed in low season (summer), tours available from 130 to 150k kip to plains of jar (in our experience with a nice guide)

There was only a student who was in charge of reception, and only english speaker (but sleeping outside in a tent) but he was nice and we had a beer with him.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2011

We trusted the Lonely Planet's pick and booked two nights in this guesthouse. No 'mint-fresh' rooms, cold water-only shower, and an owner who was not particularly motivated to help us with a tour to the Plain of Jars (as stated in the Lonely Planet, and a reason for picking this place). Maybe it's different in high season, but we would not recommend the place.

Room Tip: If you decide to stay, the brick building is better than the wooden huts
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2011

A pity, of this nice place, with a little effort it could be a beautiful guesthouse to stay, but the owner is very lazy. He is not interested to offer his guests any comfort or pleasure. He doesn't care at all. I asked him for a guide, and he recommanded a friend how was as lazy as he was, sleeping most of the time, only interested in getting money!

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled solo
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2011

nice guesthouse, a bit outside of the town.

But the owner is lazy and unfriendly. he does not need to work anymore for the money and offers a bad service. tours are not as listed, only from 5 - 8 people. otherwise he tells you: this is not my problem. He even shouts at guests.

they forget realy often your meal-order, because they are so lazy and not interested anymore.

forget this hotel, at the main road there are better ones. tours are better served and cheaper also at the main road.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Kong Keo Guesthouse & Tours
Address: Phonsavan, Laos
Region: Laos > Xiangkhouang Province > Phonsavan
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Ranked #1 of 26 B&Bs / Inns in Phonsavan
Number of rooms: 7

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