Photo: Open fields near Muang Ngoi.


Muang Ngoi

Most people come to Muang Ngoi to stay in a bungalow overlooking the river, but there are also other non-bungalow options, which have popped up over the years and provide a different choice for visitors.

Lattanavongsa Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
On the left as you walk up from the dock
T: (030) 514 0770

In a green courtyard, Lattanavongsa offers 12 solidly built wooden bungalows. As the first guesthouse to offer ensuite bathrooms, this was once the most luxurious place in town. Though others have now caught up, it remains a top choice and its bungalows are spotlessly clean, have reasonably soft beds and window screens to keep out mosquitoes and other creepy-crawlies. Of course, each bungalow has... Read our full review of Lattanavongsa Guesthouse.

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Ning Ning Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
On the left after walking up from the dock
T: (030) 514 0863

The bungalows at Ning Ning Guesthouse are set back from the river with no views and are constructed of sturdier materials than many places in town and consequently feel a little more pleasant. The beds and mosquito nets are the same as elsewhere in town but the bathrooms have hot water on sunny days and the toilets are of the Western kind. It’s one of the places clustered around the boat dock... Read our full review of Ning Ning Guesthouse.

Riverview Bungalows
Backpacker - Under US$10
Far end of town

Over the years Riverside Bungalows has undergone significant renovations to now be one of the best bungalow options in town. Operated by jolly Mama Tjum, these bungalows are located at the far end of town, where fewer guests choose to stay, and away from the noisy boat dock. Bungalows are made from solid wood and oriented differently from many others in town to make the most of the spectacular... Read our full review of Riverview Bungalows.

Rainbow House
Backpacker - Under US$10
Near the boat landing
T: (030) 514 2296

Upon entering the rooms at Rainbow House you’re greeted by clean, crisp white sheets on the beds which is a pleasing anomaly for Muang Ngoi. Located in a large two-storey concrete and wooden building next to the dock, the rooms here don’t have river views and aren’t bungalows. There aren’t even any hammocks. One might wonder what the point of staying at such a place is when visiting a... Read our full review of Rainbow House.

Suan Phao Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
Far end of town

Meaning coconut garden, this spot at the far end of town would be tricky to find if not for the hand-made signs pointing the way. Their small collection of rooms -- four wooden bungalows built in adjoining pairs and two new bungalows at either end -- make a fine choice if you don't mind the short 200-metre stroll to the restaurants. Bungalows are solidly built but sparsely furnished with just a... Read our full review of Suan Phao Guesthouse.

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Backpacker - Under US$10
Behind biggest shop in town

The bungalows here are set around a lovely green garden and are a mix of old and new with dusty hardwood floors, but new fans and lights as well as bright clean cold water bathrooms with bucket flush Western toilets. The rooms are massive and contain beds with mosquito nets and not much else, making them feel a bit bare. This place can be hard to find because the sign out the front has rusted... Read our full review of Nang Phonevilay Guesthouse.

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Backpacker - Under US$10
Upriver from the boat dock

Phetdavanh 2 is inconveniently located down a dirt path runs beneath the pavilions that make up Lattanavongsa restaurant. After a short walk along the river bank the bamboo bungalows come into view. They’re basic things as are all bungalows in Muang Ngoi with soft beds, mosquito nets and nothing else. The bathrooms are bright and clean and have solar hot water – the real deal! Unfortunately... Read our full review of Phetdavanh 2 Guesthouse.

Phetdavanh Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
At the intersection near the dock
T: (030) 514 1599

Located in bamboo-walled rooms above the popular breakfast and dinner buffet spot near the dock, Phetdavanh offers very simple rooms with shared cold water bathrooms. It’s really a place for people on an extremely tight budget as for just 15,000 kip extra you can get a great room with private bathroom, a hammock and river views. Still, this is a tidy place with a friendly family at a price that... Read our full review of Phetdavanh Guesthouse.

Aloune Mai Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
Off the main road

This guesthouse is located in a peaceful secret garden about 200 metres from the river, allowing guests to experience a different side of rural Muang Ngoi. The bamboo walled rooms are basic, but large and contain either one big bed or two smaller ones, and a shower which is claimed to pump out hot water when it’s sunny, but as is generally the case with these heating methods, they can be hit... Read our full review of Aloune Mai Guesthouse.

Nicksa's Place
Backpacker - Under US$10
By the river
T: (020) 366 5957

A popular spot towards the far end of town, Nicksa’s Place has a bunch of bamboo bungalows with dreamy balconies overlooking the river. Why it’s more popular than Riverview next door is perplexing as the rooms aren’t as good and prices slightly higher. The beds at Nicksa’s come with a mosquito net but are saggy foam jobs and the bathrooms are good ones as they are clean and come with cold... Read our full review of Nicksa's Place.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Muang Ngoi? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Laos.

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