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Accommodation

Phonsavan

Accommodation in Phonsavan is scattered throughout town, but the guesthouses most suitable for foreign travellers are all located east of the main intersection along the main road and just off it. It pays to check some of the hotels on the back streets as they are more willing to negotiate on price.


Lieupi Mixay Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
On road parallel to and south of main road
T: (030) 9902 798

If you're looking for a place with employees who can speak English, you're out of luck at Lieupi Mixay Guesthouse. But in a town of old crappy hotels, Lieupi Mixay is a breath of fresh air with clean, modern rooms. The sparkling tiled floors are great, the quilts on the beds thick enough to protect against the cold night air in the dry season and the hot water bathrooms with Western toilet are... Read our full review of Lieupi Mixay Guesthouse.

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Sabaidee Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
South of and parallel to main road
T: (020) 5506 8174

Sabaidee Guesthouse is tucked down a backstreet south of and parallel to the main road. To get here, head down the side road across from Dok Khoune Hotel and then turn right. This is a classic backpacker favourite with great information on the walls, good room prices, motorbike rental and a lovely family to help you enjoy your time in Phonsavan. The rooms are basic, but you do get a reasonable if... Read our full review of Sabaidee Guesthouse.

Anoulack Khen Lao Hotel
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
Just off main road across from Nice Hotel
T: (061) 213 599

This is one of the better hotels in town sitting firmly in midrange. It feels like a proper hotel with bar fridge, more comfortable bed, cable TV, clean hot water bathroom and wooden floors. Of course, WiFi is available in every room and you'll often find groups on tours staying here. Breakfast is included on the fifth floor restaurant, but if you want to eat there at any other time, you need to... Read our full review of Anoulack Khen Lao Hotel.

Nice Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
Main road, Phonsavan
T: (061) 312 454

Nice Guesthouse is in the eastern end of town near the cluster of hotels and restaurants that most foreigners frequent. It's incredibly popular and is often full and it's easy to see why. It's an inoffensive place located in prime position of passing tourists looking for a room. But for your money, you can do better. The rooms come with beds with clean sheets and a quilt, tiny hot water bathrooms... Read our full review of Nice Guesthouse.

Phoukham Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
Main road west of main intersection
T: (061) 312 121

This place is just on the western side of the main intersection in town and firmly sits in the budget category. For your money you get old rooms with old beds and old fixtures. Some furnishings are broken too, but at least you get a hot water bathroom with Western toilet. There's some good tourist information in the lobby, the owner can't speak a lick of English and you may well be the only guest... Read our full review of Phoukham Guesthouse.

Kong Keo Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
Down the road from White Orchid (follow the signs)
T: (061) 211 354

The front garden and entrance to the extremely popular Kong Keo is looking a bit dated these days with long grass and some scraps of furniture ready for the rubbish dump. In the corner is a wooden shack that does duty as a bar, but it would have to be one of the least attractive bars in town – head to Bamboozle for a drink instead. Stacked all around the grounds are loads of old bomb parts... Read our full review of Kong Keo Guesthouse.

Dok Khoune Hotel & Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
Main road
T: (061) 312 189

All the rooms here are the same grade these days with the option to rent a remote control for air-con in the rooms. The dark rooms feature rock hard beds, tables and chairs, wardrobe and in-room WiFi. The bathrooms are the hot water shower, Western toilet variety and do the job just nicely. The place has a few rough edges which at this price is a little disappointing, but it is certainly an OK... Read our full review of Dok Khoune Hotel & Guesthouse.

White Orchid Guesthouse
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
Just off main road across from Nice Hotel
T: (061) 312 403

Opposite Nice Guesthouse just off the main drag through Phonsavan, White Orchid feels more worn and busted every time we visit, although at the prices charged it's not like anyone can lodge a formal complaint. That said, for a hotel that had its heyday circa 1987, the owners have done a good job of keeping it clean and tidy and the staff are well-trained and friendly. The room pricing policy... Read our full review of White Orchid Guesthouse.

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