Nong Soda Guesthouse
Budget riverside digs
What we say:
The long-running Nong Soda, also known as the Mekong Riverside restaurant, is a series of large and somewhat goofy lime-yellow concrete buildings by the river and just past the Thai consulate at the north of town. The location is a tad out of the way but not too far, especially if you rent a bicycle from the guesthouse for 10,000 kip per day. Rooms could use a good coat of paint and bathrooms are slightly grotty, but all are equipped with air-con, hot water, TVs and fridges. There's no WiFi to speak of, so that should keep the techies away. On the bright side, a large upstairs terrace is ideally suited to cold drinks and a sunset view, a restaurant serves basic Lao-Thai and Western fare and this is one of Savannakhet's only options if you want to be close to the river. Staff were friendly when we last visited but we've received reports of them being on the lazy side.
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Contact details:Tha Hae Rd, Savannakhet . T: (041) 212 522, (020) 5522 99898
What we were quoted
|Type of room||Low season||High season||Notes|
|Dbl air-con private b'room||100,000 kip||100,000 kip||Upto 150,000 kip|
Added to Travelfish on: 26th November, 2004
Last visited or updated on: 31st January, 2013
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Rated 3.5 out of 5
Based on 5 ratings and 5 reviews
Looks better from the outside!
I was in #3, a large room with aircon, hot water bath, fridge, cable TV, and all the amenities. The cost was 100,000 kip, which wasn't outrageous, but nowhere near as good a value as other places on this trip. The room itself was comfortable and reasonably clean enough, but the bathroom was grotty and not as clean as it should have been either. The staff was, as thomcat mentioned, really quite lazy - so much so that it was almost amusing. I guess this is Laos and not Switzerland after all. The balcony on the main building is a great spot to catch the sunset across the river, and the distance from town, while not ideal, is probably less than a 5-minute walk. I doubt I'd stay here again, but I'm not in a hurry to return to Savannakhet either, so there you have it.
Nong Soda Guesthouse reviewed by exacto (Total reviews: 34) on
Could be better
I had only two problem: the was not so clean and the staff on the reception was very lazy. The location is good, when the staff not sleep on the reception, then is helpful. But for this price you could find better in Laos.
Nong Soda Guesthouse reviewed by thomcat (Total reviews: 6) on
This hotel is basic, providing double room with air-con, TV and en suite all in a faded style for 70,000 kip or E5.75. Beware of a classic trick this hotel tries to play. When we arrived for a one night stay, the owner who took my telephone booking was not present and the staff pretended not to have my booking. There was no language issue as my wife is Thai and could easily converse with the staff. The room rate was quoted as 110,000 kip or E9.00. The location of the hotel is great, being on the river and within walking distance of most interesting sites in town. A ride to most places by Skylab (a small taxi driven by a motorcycle) will cost 50B or 12,000 kip or E1.00 for two people. The town is friendly and interesting for one night although it is in a rebuilding phase, with many faded colonial buildings now being slowly restored. The main streets are paved but many sidestreets are dirt. The tourist centre has excellent day tours for groups of four people which is the capacity of a Skylab.
Nong Soda Guesthouse reviewed by Gordon2507 (Total reviews: 1) on
since we planned to stay one night only in 'Savan' we stayed here. the rooms are big enough (for your luggage too), some have windows in a corridor but the ones with a double bed are located at the courtyard. we didn't see the ones upstairs. the batroom had really hot water, the shower was nice & powerfull. we had some doubts about the sheets so we used ours. the management is very friendly, they drove us to the busstand at 6am the next day on their motorbikes!
Nong Soda Guesthouse reviewed by annalouisas (Total reviews: 6) on
The Nong Soda, was an easy and affordable option. A short walk from the ferry drop-off point. The rooms are clean spacious, and simply decorated. 300B or US$8.00 for all rooms includes TV (limited to mainly Thai TV), refrigerator and hot shower. The staff is friendly and helpful. The Nong Soda serves drinks but you will have to go elsewhere for snack or meal.
Nong Soda Guesthouse reviewed by lauranuckels (Total reviews: 1) on
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