Stay where the locals do in Sekong Town on the Xe Kong River between Salavan and Attapeu. You’ll mostly find modest yet new accommodation geared for domestic travellers in a typical rural Lao community.
Rooms average around $10-20, and most have TVs and air conditioning, though Wi-Fi is scarce. The guesthouses look like large houses and are family run, giving them a homestay feel. Many have gardens for relaxing, and balconies with views of the surrounding mountains. Some have spacious lobbies and offer refreshments, and the few hotels have small restaurants. As Sekong is only about 1 km long, the entire town and river are within easy walking distance of all accommodation.