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Accommodation

Udomxai

Udomxai has budget guesthouses, a smattering of upmarket options and plenty of hotels catering to Chinese clientele. All will have WiFi and are located either on or just off the main road, which is very noisy. If you’re a light sleeper, try for a room at the back or bring earplugs.


Charming Lao Hotel
Midrange - US$20 to 50
Road to Phongsali, Udomxai
T: (081) 212 8813

Charming Lao Hotel is located just off the main road on the road to Phongsali (across from the gated Kaisone Monument park), a short walk up the hill from the western edge of the river. Maybe the owners of this place have read one too many guidebooks and that's why they named this place Charming Lao Hotel but they somehow got the description spot on. It really is a charming Lao hotel and it's... Read our full review of Charming Lao Hotel.

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Litthavixay Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
Middle of town on main road, Udomxai
T: (081) 212 175

Located in the middle of Udomxai, Litthavixay is a large guesthouse offering great quality budget rooms with and without air-con. The rooms come with private hot water bathrooms and Western toilets, flatscreen TV with cable channels, a desk and a chair, large windows you can open, beds and pillows that are above average for this price range, clean sheets and fast WiFi. Some of the tiles are... Read our full review of Litthavixay Guesthouse.

Surinphone Hotel
Backpacker - Under US$10
200m from old bus station, Udomxai
T: (081) 212 789

This is a top hotel located only 200 metres from the old bus station, which in itself is not that far from the centre of town. The building is solid and the exterior still feels like new. The rooms are dated – prehistoric box TVs! – but are great for the price. All come with hard beds with clean sheets, tile floor, tables and chairs, wardrobes, air-con and hot water bathrooms with Western... Read our full review of Surinphone Hotel.

Villa Keoseumsack
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
Main road, Udomxai
T: (081) 213 170

Villa Keoseumsack is a more upmarket option for those not interested in the quirks that come along with staying in cheap accommodation. The clean hot water bathrooms come with Western toilet and are large – there’s a good chance the toilet won't become wet when you have a shower due to the distances involved. The quality of the sheets is a step up from most budget hotels and you even get a... Read our full review of Villa Keoseumsack.

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Vilavong Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
Main road, Udomxai
T: (081) 212 503

This family-run place across the road from Litthavixay Guesthouse is another choice for those wanting a clean and cheap hotel that gets plenty of natural light during the day. Rooms come with tables and chairs, wardrobes, hot water bathrooms with Western toilet plus TVs in the upstairs double rooms. The twin rooms are a bit of a bargain for something that stands way above grotty hovel standard.... Read our full review of Vilavong Guesthouse.

Vivanh Guest House
Backpacker - Under US$10
Main road Udomxai, eastern side of river
T: (081) 212 219

Located over the bridge from Dansavanh Hotel, small Vivanh Guesthouse only has a few rooms and is the cheapest decent option in town. The rooms are clean, the beds are saggy, some of the bathrooms have broken fixtures but they all do have hot water and Western toilets. Some rooms have air-con and TV. Workers and supplies from their busy second business clutter the front parking pad, giving you a... Read our full review of Vivanh Guest House.