Popular budget choice
What we say:
Friendship Guesthouse is one of the best and most popular cheapies in town despite being super basic. The beds come with old clean sheets and blankets and the bathrooms come with hot water and Western toilet but there are maintenance issues in every room with door handles broken, holes in doors and fixtures missing. Incredibly, despite the maintenance issues, the rooms still feel quite clean and liveable. The WiFi works sometimes and rarely in the rooms unless you have a super powerful laptop. The rooftop is a great place to watch the sun set over the Mekong, usually with a handful of people drinking beer – it's actually one of the better places in town to grab a view of the sunset. All in all, a good budget place.
Contact details:Huay Xai. T: (084) 211 219
What we were quoted
|Type of room||Low season||High season||Notes|
|Dbl fan private b'room||60,000 kip||60,000 kip|
Added to Travelfish on: 15th June, 2004
Last visited or updated on: 13th April, 2013
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Rated 1.5 out of 5
Based on 6 ratings and 6 reviews
Not so friendly
Coming from Pakbeng by boat, we arrived late in Huay Xai, and after reading Travelfish review we decided to stay at Friendhsip Guesthouse. It was not a good idea. From the street, Friendship Guesthouse looks nice with old colonial style and balconies. On the door, a huge Wi Fi advertise attracts you. Even the first contact with the staff sounds good. But after you have paid and ask for Wi fi password, you learn that the Wifi is only available from the coffee shop next-door. And you need to pay for it. If you ask for hot water to prepare tea or coffee, you will be told that it's not possible. Our room with private bathroom was clean, but too small. And I am not sure they change the bed cover every day. For 85 000 Kips, it is a little bit expensive. But if you just stay one night before crossing border to Thailand, it should be OK.
Friendship Guesthouse reviewed by mlavant (Total reviews: 4) on
staff meant well
I stayed here after 2 nights of the Gibbon Experience and was disappointed. the bed was rock-hard and there were so many mosquitoes it was not funny. I tried to kill them with mosquito coils and one of those electric bats, but in the morning there seemed to be even more than the previous evening. I would recommend looking for a place with a mosquito net. adding to that, the hot water didn't work and there was no spray, toilet paper or bin near the toilet... at 250 Baht I was expecting more. The staff did mean well, tough. I think they gave me one of the best fan rooms with access to a balcony. Also, the room had the biggest television I have seen in Asia to date. quite nice to watch some tv early in the morning when you wake up with a numb bum or shoulder.
Friendship Guesthouse reviewed by svichy (Total reviews: 3) on
mrandmrsburke: Perhaps staff wasn't friendly because you don't speak Lao? Did you try?
Friendship Guesthouse reviewed by pesky_tourist (Total reviews: 4) on
Friendly but getting a little tattered
We found the staff really helpful during the single evening we stayed. The rooms were definitely getting a little frayed at the edges, but were clean and represented good value. Water was hot, beds were ok and warm, and beer served on the rooftop was cold! Hardly a trip highlight, but a fine place to stop a night.
Friendship Guesthouse reviewed by tblairg (Total reviews: 7) on
Travel Fish's review is a bit optimistic!!!
We stayed one night before catching the boat to Luang Prabang via Pak Beng. The staff were efficient, but I wouldn't say friendly. In fact they hardly spoke to us. The room wasn't dirty, but ok, it was just very old and a bit dilapidated. The bathroom was dingy and the water didn't flow away properly leaving a pool of water around the toilet and the hot shower didn't work and was freezing cold. Didn't see any of these nice chinese curtains, all looked a bit half-hearted and cheap and no mosquito nets, but plenty of mosquitoes. We did have a telly in our room with some English spoken channels that prevented us from getting to suicidal. As a one night stopover it was better than a complete dive. Don't buy your slow boat ticket here BAP Guesthouse does them 100B cheaper for the same boat, but you have to put up with the grumpy owner, who is if you take her in the right spirit quite funny to watch!!!
Friendship Guesthouse reviewed by mrandmrsburke (Total reviews: 25) on
No mosquito nets?
The room I visited at the Friendship had no mosquito nets, and I didn't find it that friendly. The stairs of the guesthouse just look like Amsterdam's!
Friendship Guesthouse reviewed by millionario (Total reviews: 15) on
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