Weird Places in Laos – The Scary Souksomphone Hotel in Attapeu.

Weird Places in Laos – The Scary Souksomphone Hotel in Attapeu.

Above Photo – Returning to the scene of the crime – Me at the Souksomphone Hotel in Attapeu.

A stuffed Hornbill in the reception area.

A stuffed Hornbill in the reception area.

On a recent trip into southern Laos I retraced the steps of the ill-fated British and American backpackers in my novel BACK, who head out from a small and weird town in southern Laos, called Attapeu, into the tri-border jungle, venturing towards the Ho Chi Minh Trail. They’re looking for something left behind from the Vietnam War, and find themselves in serious trouble as a result.

Teak staircase outside the hotel, leading to the Souksomphone's gloomy corridors and battered rooms.

Teak staircase outside the hotel, leading to the Souksomphone’s gloomy corridors and battered rooms.

In the book, based the trekkers in the Souksomphone Hotel in Attapeu, having stayed there a couple of years ago, and it was a pretty unusual experience all round. I planned to also stay there on this visit – just for a night, although on arrival, I was shocked to find the hotel was closed. The proprietor told me he’s getting too old to manage it.

Outside the Souksomphone Hotel. The area where the backpackers in BACK congregate before their jungle trek.

Outside the Souksomphone Hotel. The area where the backpackers in BACK congregate before their jungle trek.

Still, he kindly opened it up for me and I was able to show him on my laptop how his hotel was now a star attraction in BACK, which he seemed very pleased about.

The reception area in the Souksomphone Hotel.

The reception area in the Souksomphone Hotel.

We took one last look around the stuffed animals and birds in the dark lobby area, before having a last check of the now-closed bedrooms, Heath-Robinson plumbing and rock-hard beds which, all of which I describe in the book.

Stuffed jungle animals in the reception area.

Close-up of some of the stuffed jungle animals in the reception area.

Then we said a final goodbye. I’m pretty sure I’ll never be venturing back to Attapeu again if I can help it – it’s too much like hard work, as my backpackers also discovered to their cost in the novel.

For a modern-day take on the Vietnam War, POWs/MIAs and Adventure Backpackers trekking into the war-ravaged jungles of Asia see: http://peteralanlloyd.com/back-part-2/backpackers-meet-the-vietnam-war-back-screenplay-finally-finished/

And for POWs left behind in Laos:

Wasps nests as a decorative feature in the reception area of the Souksomphone Hotel.

Wasps nests as a decorative feature in the reception area of the Souksomphone Hotel.

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The entrance to the Souksomphone Hotel, Attapeu, Laos.

© Peter Alan Lloyd

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Location of Attapeu, in southern Laos.

Location of Attapeu, in southern Laos.

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3 Comments

  1. Ken Liss

    just a little creepy

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  2. Ross Milosevic

    Like to meet you if your in the Phnom Penh area!

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