What does the view from my $4/day room look like?

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What does the view from my $4/day room look like?

This was the view out the front door of my guesthouse room along the Mekong River in southern Laos. The area is known as Si Phan Don, or 4,000 islands, and is quite popular with independent travelers. I stayed in the hamlet of Ban Khon on Don Khon Island. This is the larger island located to the south of the more popular Don Det island, which tends to attract a younger, more eager-to-party crowd.  The party hostels and bars are very much focused on the northern tip of Don Khon, so don’t worry, this isn’t another Vang Vieng (but it soon could be) . There are still plenty of peaceful and beautiful places on both islands.

My room, connected with about five others, was part of an elevated structure with bamboo walls and a front porch with hammocks overlooking the Mekong. I paid 30,000 Lao kip ($3.70)  per night to enjoy this simple accommodation with a sublime view.

Visit my Flickr album to see more photos from Si Phan Don.

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Stephen Bugno
Stephen Bugno
Stephen Bugno has been traveling the world and writing about it for the better part of 20 years. His articles and essays have appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Seattle Times, and Transitions Abroad magazine. He blogs at Bohemian Traveler and edits the independent travel magazine GoMadNomad.com. He most recently set up a tour company offering authentic, small group tours at Unquote Travel. Follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


  1. Juno says:

    Wicked view! I can almost feel the calmness here.. sweet!

  2. Cindy says:

    wow, looks wonderful, and very peaceful. and what a price….seems unbelieveable. enjoyed the post

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