Le Bouton D’Or Boutique Hotel, Thakhek

Mid-range - ££


With opulently appointed interiors and a vista over the Mekong stretching all the way to Thailand, Le Bouton D’Or is a bastion of French colonial grandeur despite its remote location on the Thai border.

The surrounding Khammouan Province is renowned for its rugged rock formations. Take a motorbike or tuk-tuk out to the otherworldly Mahaxai Caves and explore the karst formations in the surrounding countryside. These imposing rock pillars are natural but look as though they have been carved deliberately by a huge, invisible hand.

Just 6 kilometres from town is the Buddhist temple of That Sikhottabong. Its gilded pinnacles and overlapping roofs make it an imposing sight, especially at sunset. If you want some down time in Thakhek, however, we can’t say we’d blame you. This is a small, sleepy place, perfect for a pit stop on your way to or from Thailand.

Bouton D’Or has 18 comfy rooms with private bathrooms – great for recharging in south-central Laos.


If you feel like a taste of home, the hotel’s restaurant offers tasty European food. Enjoy it on the river terrace; there’s an almost magical feeling when the sun sets and the lights come on. The hotel also has its own bar and snack-bar should you fancy a light bite to eat, or a refreshing pre-dinner drink. Being in a border town, the hotel also offers shuttle services. The Third Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge is just 20 minutes’ drive away.

Why We Love It

Bouton D’Or is a very good option in an area that’s little visited by western tourists.

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