Photo: Old shopfront in Phongsali.

Where to stay in Phongsali

Phongsali

Tourism has steadily declined and so has the number and quality of accommodation options. There are only a handful of decent places left in Phongsali and most of them are for budget travellers.


On main road, east of market
Under US$10
Viphaphone Hotel
Backpacker - Under US$10
On main road, east of market
T: (020) 9817 1031

Once a dated behemoth, Viphaphone Hotel has a new lease on life and as of 2018, is Phongsali’s best accommodation option thanks to revamped rooms and offering the services and clear information that independent travellers seek. Centrally located and just steps to the old Chinese quarter, Viphaphone is a three-storey tile and concrete modernist creation and looks rather grim and unattractive... Read our full review of Viphaphone Hotel.

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North of old Chinese quarter
Under US$10
Chittavong Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
North of old Chinese quarter
T: (020) 5802 2221

While most accommodation in Phongsali is found along the main road, Chittavong Guesthouse is on a local lane running off the north edge of the old Chinese quarter, and there’s a good amount of comfort to be found in the simple rooms at this quiet family-owned modern-building guesthouse. Access to the rooms is via a set of stairs attached to the outside of the sky-blue two-storey building.... Read our full review of Chittavong Guesthouse.

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West end of main road, west of market and Amazing Lao Travel
Under US$10
Sengphachanh Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
West end of main road, west of market and Amazing Lao Travel
T: (020) 5519 4111

As of 2018, Sengphachanh Guesthouse is the new kid on the block, a recently built two-storey house of glossy tiles, shiny metal trim doors and solid concrete painted an eye catching powder blue. Typical of a family owned joint, the reception doubles as a living room while the bulk of the guest rooms are on the upper floor. Rooms are surprisingly large—spacious enough to do a few twirls... Read our full review of Sengphachanh Guesthouse.

Main road almost opposite the market
Under US$10
Sengsaly Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
Main road almost opposite the market
T: (088) 210 165

There’s nothing glamorous about Sengsaly Guesthouse but for a backpacker mindful of their money, it does the trick for a couple of nights. Unlike so many of the older generation of guesthouses in Phongsali that have gone to seed, Sengsaly still has some legs and life left. The building—or buildings rather—are a bit of a Frankenstein, a sum of parts. The family home is a retro pebbledash... Read our full review of Sengsaly Guesthouse.

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