A good area and full restaurants, a bit expensive, although not as much as the shopping street of Luang Phrabang (which is parallel to the Mekong). It is a perfect place to enjoy what you want, and has local cuisine and international cuisine,and an excellent kitchen. They also make good cocktails. The star is the Lao Beer.
This is a cafe-restaurant on Ratsavong Street, near the Chansavang Guesthouse. I passed by there every afternoon, because they have free wifi. But the truth is that the service and quality of food bring you back for more. The prices are a little high, so normal in Laos, but still cheap. I enjoyed the lemon juice, which they make with cane sugar (liquid, ie, the juice of the sugar cane) and it is exquisite.
This is a guest house made of wood (like almost all the island of Don Det) directly on the river. It is very basic, but more than good enough to spend a couple of nights and get a good idea of the place. It has single, double and multiple rooms, spread over 3 buildings (one inside and brick), and rising prices. The basic single turned out to be $ 6 / night. The bed is a futon (and there are pillows too). It has a toilet with shower but there is no hot water. There is a fan and mosquito net. It is necessary to bring mosquito repellent. It has a restaurant and a "travel agent", who will arrange everything you need there, and even in neighboring countries.
As rightly says in its advertisement: Good food / cheap price. Family run under the guidance of the very Mama So Orm. A charming and friendly woman who enjoys hosting tourists.They serve the largest portions in Laos, and the cuisine is delicious. I ate there a few times (because I did not stay longer). I did not stay there, but I saw the rooms, and they were very basic and very cheap, in line with most of the island guesthouse [poi = 80681] Don Det [/ poi], in [poi = 80679] the 4000 Mekong Islands [ / poi]. A highly recommended place.
In the city there are lots of food stalls on street corners or in any place where they see some movement of people. They are usually carts that can go here and there, carrying vegetables cooked in lettuce or boiled dough . They can cook you authentic salads or cold dishes. One specialty was the "spring rolls" of Laos. Here we see the beautiful girls working quickly and easily making them. They are made with fried rice with egg and a little dish of soy and papaya noodles ... You should try it!
In the botanical garden which is the slope of the Mekong River one can find lovely restaurants. With folk music and chatter of young students, many offered these views and corners that were so pretty. The tables and chairs are like sausages between trees and palm trees, plants and other gifts from the forest. The food is made at the time you order it. There are lots of vegetables, soups and pasta , and you can order natural fruit juices which in Europe would cost 5 euros there only 50 cents. In short, a breakfast, lunch or dinner in the most exotic place you can imagine, for barely a euro.
Walking through this tiny village, which is opposite the village of Lang-Praban across the Mekong River, I found this beautiful restaurant hidden in the dense jungle. It was the exactly style that I wanted, familiar, simple, cheap and, as I like to say to my friend Alberto, with a lot of charm. Maybe the only sign that you find of these restaurants in the "jungle" are three stones placed one on top of the other. If then you see food as vegetables or chickens running around, it is a sign that you're close. Here again we made a papaya salad, the delight of Laos, with coffee, which was great.