For a town of this small size, Muang Khua has more than a fair selection of budget places to choose from, all with 24-hour electricity.
On your right hand side as you walk up from the boat dock, Chaleunsouk is a newer guesthouse with a cluster of rooms above the family shop which sells handicrafts among other things. The rooms are clean and contain a wardrobe, table and chair and big double bed. The bathrooms are modern for this part of Laos and have hot water showers and Western toilets. The communal area on the balcony is a... Read our full review of Chaleunsouk Guesthouse.
Built in mid-2012, Manchai is a newcomer to the Muang Khua accommodation scene and sits in its freshly-painted glory just at the top of the road when walking up the hill from the river. The modern rooms here have gleaming tiled floors, fans, small bedside tables and comfortable beds with clean sheets. The powerful hot showers are a delight and each bathroom has a Western toilet. It's a top little... Read our full review of Manchai Guestouse.
This wonderful wooden building across the Nam Phak boasts river views and is located in a peaceful village just 10 minutes' walk from the centre of Muang Khua. The English-speaking owner often heads down to the boat dock to meet passengers as they arrive from Vietnam to offer them a cheap room and some fantastic home-cooked food. The beds here are hard as rock, but do come with a mosquito net.... Read our full review of Manotham Guesthouse.
Right on the riverbank, the Nam Ou Guesthouse is very popular with backpackers. It has a large, pleasant balcony with river views which serves as a restaurant and is a great place to sit and relax. Try not to look down below the balcony and the areas in the proximity of the rest of the houses as this seems to be a convenient rubbish dumping ground and is quite unsightly. Choose from a variety of... Read our full review of Nam Ou Guesthouse and Restaurant.
Situated on the main road in town just down the road from the Sernnali Hotel, the entrance to this family home is brightly multicoloured. Rooms are upstairs and pretty clean and come with a fan, drinking water, some odd furniture but no mosquito net. Only one room has a double bed, all the rest are twin. All rooms have bathrooms which are cleanish, with a Western toilet and hot shower. When we... Read our full review of Keophila Guesthouse 2.
Ketsana is in a small alley that leads away from the centre of town and towards the Nam Phak River. To find it, head for the second intersection in town when walking from the boat dock and it is down the alley opposite the police station. It's right next to a long suspension bridge leading across the river. Balcony views of palm trees and the river are peaceful and quiet. Rooms are smallish,... Read our full review of Ketsana Guesthouse.
You could eat off the floors at Sernnali, it's so clean. Large hallways lead to mid-sized rooms with pristine monogrammed sheets and air-con, a rarity in these parts. The bathrooms all have Western toilets and hot water showers as well as monogrammed towels. The food available is varied and of a good standard, but the downstairs restaurant must be warned in advance to open. The prices are a... Read our full review of Sernnali Hotel.