There is only one hotel in town which is basic, but functional.
Just off Route 12 to the north of town is Mahaxay Mai Guesthouse. It's the perfect location for those who started the loop in Tha Khaek after about 09:30, chose to visit every single activity on their way along Route 12, or have plans to undertake the extended loop. The guesthouse is home to a series of wooden bungalows each with a fan, TV, large bed with old sheets, cold water bathroom with... Read our full review of Mahaxay Mai Guesthouse.
Accommodation standards have risen sharply in recent years in Nakai and it now represents the single best place to stay on Route 1E unless of course you have an overwhelming desire to stay at the heavily touristed Sabaidee Guesthouse in Thalang.
This is probably the best guesthouse in town, just besting Somsanouk and costing slightly more. As with all Nakai guesthouses, it's inconveniently located outside of the centre of town to the east. At the three-way junction head east for a kilometre and you'll find it. Rooms are modern with fluffy comforters adorning the beds, cable TVs, table and chair, air-con and hot water bathrooms with... Read our full review of Papao Guesthouse.
This is the best combination of cost and quality in Nakai. Rows of rooms are set out across the property, located on the northern outskirts of town about two kilometres from the main intersection. Each room comes with a fan, hard bed with clean sheets, TV with local channels, table and chair and hot water bathroom with bucket flush Western toilet. The rooms let in great amounts of natural light... Read our full review of Somsanouk Guesthouse.
Tolex has been around for a few years now and while the older rooms are showing their age, they are consequently cheap. These rooms are simple rattan bungalows with squat toilet and icy cold buckets of water for bathing. There are middle of the road bungalows which are more expensive and also newer concrete rooms which are the best and most expensive. The newer rooms are disappointingly a little... Read our full review of Tolex Guest House.
The only thing that this place has going for it is that it's cheap. Rooms are dark and bare with old beds and sheets, stained walls with rising damp and hot water bathrooms with squat toilets. Come here only if you're scraping together every last penny you have to fund your travels. There's a restaurant on site though it never seems to be open, and in general the entire place has an abandoned... Read our full review of Phu Phieng Guesthouse.
There are only two places to stay in Thalang with both representing good value for money, but Phosy being the modern.
A further 20km on from Nakai, it might be dark by the time you arrive at this guesthouse. Set alongside a small lake created by the Nam Theun dam project, rooms at Phosy Thalang are simple wooden bungalows with relaxing hammocks. They're well-maintained things with either twin or double configurations with attached hot water bathrooms with Western toilets. A restaurant on site serves reasonable... Read our full review of Phosy Thalang Restaurant and Guesthouse.
The ever popular Sabaidee Guesthouse is located just before the bridge over the lake in Thalang and just after Phosy Thalang Guesthouse. It's a ramshackle sort of place that has quite a bit of charm and may well have you staying an extra night. That said, the rooms are very basic thatched bungalows with awful beds, mosquito nets, fan and hot water squat toilet bathrooms. Phosy Thalang is arguably... Read our full review of Sabaidee Guesthouse and Restaurant.
Over the past half decade or so Na Hin has really improved its standard of accommodation to the point where almost everyone will find something to suit them.
What a pleasant surprise Phamaan View Guesthouse is when you sail into town after a long day riding a motorbike or bus. It's a modern guesthouse set out like a traditional motel with two storeys of rooms surrounding a large carpark courtyard. Each room is an extremely comfortable air-con unit with fridge, cable TV, wardrobe, table and chair, lovely bed with great linen and extremely clean and... Read our full review of Phamaan View Guesthouse.
This is a top little guesthouse just across and up the road from the bus station. The value on offer is stellar and while it's not as plush as Phamaan View across the road, it does have good facilities. Rooms come with hot water bathrooms with Western toilets, air-con and beds with good sheets. The rooms are tastefully designed and a step above the budget standard in Laos. The table and chairs at... Read our full review of Loso Guesthouse.
This resort located four kilometres from the main road on the Nam Hai river is a great choice for those happy to spend a bit more money for quality. Each room is an air-con wood and rattan bungalow that is well maintained and very clean. The beds are covered with fluffy bedding, there's a table and chair and even cable TV. The bathrooms have a little style, with pebble floor hot water showers and... Read our full review of Sainamhai Resort.
This place has a lot in common with Xaychaleun Guesthouse on the main road, including price and facilities. The cheapest rooms are on the bottom floor and simply contain a cheap bed and a table. They do have clean hot water bathrooms with Western toilet as well, but you'd expect nothing less these days in these parts. The rooms on the second floor have air-con and cable TV as well as a painting... Read our full review of Koung Kham Guesthouse.
Xaychaleun is a bog standard budget guesthouse located on the main road between the two roads leading into town. Rooms come in two configurations – with or without air-con. These rooms contain cheap beds, cheap linen, mini-stool and table and a ceiling fan. They're quite bland and uninspiring, but should be clean and comfortable enough for most people. The bathrooms have hot water and Western... Read our full review of Xaychaleun Guesthouse.
If you wish to stay close to the cave Konglor village is on the money, but Ban Phou Ngeng, some 6km away) is the less touristy option.
Rooms at Xokxay Guesthouse 2 are basic but modern and clean. Most rooms in the long wooden building don't come with any furniture and the beds are like concrete slabs. All come with clean hot water bathrooms with Western toilet and windows which overlook the surrounding farmland. The attached restaurant serves up a small menu of tasty meals at good prices and is a fantastic spot to just sit and... Read our full review of Xokxay Guesthouse 2.
Sadly, Chantha is not a popular spot and accordingly represents all that is wrong with modern tourism. The good hotels don't necessarily rise to the top. Just a few hundred metres back up the road from the bus drop off point, this guesthouse is easily reached on foot. Rooms are basic as are most in town, but some have great views from their 2nd floor windows. Bathrooms have hot water showers and... Read our full review of Chantha Guesthouse.
We're not sure what makes this an eco-lodge, but it certainly is a popular choice. It's not popular because it's the best in town, but probably because it's where the bus drops off when arriving from Vientiane. Set in two buildings, the rooms are very basic with just a bed and a tiny table in them. The attached private bathrooms have hot water and Western toilet. The restaurant out the front is... Read our full review of Khonglor Eco-Lodge.
Rooms at Saylomyen are located in a wooden long house which backs onto farms which stretch all the way to the towering limestone cliffs in the distance. Each room is a bare old thing with no furniture to speak of except for a bed with a mosquito net. The attached bathrooms are hot water jobs and include Western toilet. Aside from a lovely verandah at the front of the building, each room has an... Read our full review of Saylomyen Guesthouse.
There are only two places to stay in Ban Phou Ngeng, but luckily one is for travellers on a budget, and the other is a fine midrange option.
The old style wooden bungalows at Auberge Sala Bin Houn are dreamy by anyone's measure. Set on the banks of a lovely stretch of river, the best rooms have fantastic balconies to relax on. Inside the rooms you'll find wall hangings and other adornments such as traditional textiles which really give the place a lift. The bedrooms have hot water shower and Western toilet. The grounds of this place... Read our full review of Auberge Sala Hin Boun.
Located 6km from Konglor, you'd want something pretty special to get you staying there and unfortunately Saynamyang isn't it. The wood and bamboo bungalows here are complimented by newer wooden ones, but they're all very basic. The newer ones have balconies overlooking the river below and are quite appealing. Inside, the rooms are basic, the saggy beds come with mosquito nets and the bathrooms... Read our full review of Saynamyang Guest House.
If you get stuck in Vieng Kham, there are a couple of places to stay on Route 8 about 200 metres east of the junction with a good one being Khamphone Keokhamphan Guesthouse.
Freshly painted in bright green when we visited, this guesthouse looks fresh and clean even though seemingly very few people stay here. The two-storey building houses both air-con and fan rooms with the fans coming with squat toilets and the air-con rooms coming with Western toilets. Hot water showers and cable TVs are in both styles of rooms. While it's not a terribly professionally run place,... Read our full review of Khamphone Keokhamphan Guesthouse.