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Sam Neua

Sam Neua has a good selection of hotels to choose from and even the most fussy traveller will find something to their standard. The best places are all located in front of the river near the big monument at the roundabout in the centre of town.

Khamxam Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
Riverside, Sam Neua
T: (064) 312 111

Located right on the corner by the bridge, this guesthouse is often touted as one of the best options in Sam Neua and it is indeed very clean, with generous-sized rooms graded and priced accordingly. The largest rooms, on the top floor, are pleasantly done with a few pieces of furniture, a fan and private bathroom featuring Western toilet and hot shower and a separate lounge room. Other rooms... Read our full review of Khamxam Guesthouse.

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Phonechalern Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
Riverside, Sam Neua
T: (064) 312 195

Phonechalern is located between two other guesthouses offering similar rooms at similar prices and it can be difficult to separate one from another. The thing that distinguishes Phonechalern from the others is that the rooms have a slightly better layout, sport balconies and get great natural light if located on the river side of the building. Rooms come with large single beds in either single or... Read our full review of Phonechalern Guesthouse.

Sa Ne Khaem Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
Riverside, Sam Neua
T: (064) 312 152

This place is slightly cheaper than other options along this strip but is just as good except for the absence of WiFi. Rooms are smaller than Chittavanh, but still big enough to swing a cat in, the beds are Lao specials (rock hard) and the bathrooms have hot water showers and Western toilets. There are a few bits and pieces of furniture in the room for those who really need them and the owner is... Read our full review of Sa Ne Khaem Guesthouse.

Bounhome Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
Next to Dan Nao Meuang Xam Restaurant, Sam Neua
T: (064) 312 223

Bounhome is in a new building next to most of the other new guesthouses in town on the river and is quite modern and fresh. Rooms are equipped with rock hard beds with wafer thin sheets, a wardrobe, old TV and hot water bathroom with Western toilet. The showers are inconveniently located in front of the toilets, making showering more difficult than it should be. Still, this is a reasonable option... Read our full review of Bounhome Guesthouse.

Chittavanh Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
Riverside, Sam Neua
T: (064) 312 265

Much like the rest of the generic guesthouses along this strip, Chittavanh Guesthouse is modern and only recently built. Rooms come with clean hot water bathroom with Western toilet, beds like concrete slabs as is the norm in town, wardrobe, table and chair and free in-room WiFi. The twin rooms are in fact twin double rooms capable of sleeping four people. This is a popular choice and has its own... Read our full review of Chittavanh Guesthouse.

Saynamxam Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
On side road from river next to market, Sam Neua
T: (030) 9122 466

This homely place is just around the corner from a strip of guesthouses on the riverfront, but is quite new just like its neighbours, meaning modern rooms, modern bathrooms with hot water and Western toilets. It feels a little more budget here and that comes through with a slightly lower price, but we can't help but feel that the rooms in some other hotels at the same price are slightly better.... Read our full review of Saynamxam Guesthouse.

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