Photo: Old shopfront in Phongsali.

Accommodation

Phongsali

There are few accommodation options in Phongsali, meaning you'll end up staying in probably one of a handful of places dependent on your budget.


Pinekham Douangnaly Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
Next to tourism office, Phongsali

Tucked off the main road next to the tourism office, the diabolically name Pinekham Douangnaly Guesthouse is a simple family guesthouse with a few rooms with TVs, big beds and hot water bathrooms with Western toilets. We'd rate the rooms as slightly inferior to the middle rooms at Phongsali Hotel, but at a much more reasonable price especially when considering that the facilities are almost... Read our full review of Pinekham Douangnaly Guesthouse.

Yuhoua Guesthouse and Restaurant
Backpacker - Under US$10
Main road, Phongsali
T: (088) 210 186

A Chinese family-run place, the restaurant and family home occupy the ground floor, while the guesthouse is upstairs. Rooms are small and simple but are clean, with fresh white bedding. They come in different sizes, ranging from no-cat-swinging to plenty of space for furniture. Some have a private bathroom with squat toilet and hot shower, others have shared facilities with cold water showers and... Read our full review of Yuhoua Guesthouse and Restaurant.

Nangtarn Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
Main road next to market, Phongsali
T: (088) 210 185

A simple place above a family shop next to the market, Nangtarn Guesthouse is a cross between the cheapest and most expensive hotels in town with hot showers but squat toilets, brightly lit rooms but old beds and free water but no free WiFi. The prices here reflect this midrange status and it's a good choice for those unwilling to shell out 100,000+ kip at the Phongsali Hotel but unwilling to... Read our full review of Nangtarn Guesthouse.

Phongsali Hotel
Backpacker - Under US$10
Eastern end of main road, Phongsali

The Phongsali Hotel is a big, white, square concrete building in the easternmost reach of town. The lack of atmosphere starts from the outside but does improve slightly once you're in the door due to fresh paint and flatscreen TVs. Not only are stairways and corridors dirty, they are dotted with scary looking electrical circuit boards. Three standards of room are on offer: the cheapest are plain... Read our full review of Phongsali Hotel.

Phou Fa Hotel
Backpacker - Under US$10
A walk from the centre of town, Phongsali
T: (020) 569 5315

The entrance to Phou Fa is made of dark grey stone which gives the place the atmosphere of an abandoned gulag, when in fact it used to be the Chinese consulate. High up on a hill near Phou Fa itself, it is well away from the main street and the minimal tourist amenities of Phongsali. Turn left at the junction in town and head up the hill. The road winds around until you hit a roundabout. At the... Read our full review of Phou Fa Hotel.

Viphaphone Hotel
Backpacker - Under US$10
Eastern part of Phongsali
T: (088) 210 999

Diagonally opposite the Phongsali Hotel, in the eastern part of town, the three-storey Viphaphone is notable due to its yellow exterior. If cleanliness and comfort are your priorities, then there are better options in town. Rooms are large and clean, although the floors in some rooms need a sweep, and have comfy beds and a window with a view. Private bathrooms need bleach – litres of it in... Read our full review of Viphaphone Hotel.




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