Salavan is a sprawling town and unfortunately there is quite a lot of space between the guesthouses and the bus station, market, river and eating spots so that coming here without your own transport is a pain.
Phonexay is a bland modern Viet-style hotel but you can forgive the lack of character because it is clean and secure, making it Salavan’s best option. Set back a little from the main road by a long driveway, Phonexay hotel has a selection of different room types to choose from that will suit a range of budgets, with the fan rooms in the older building at the back going for 70,000 kip a... Read our full review of Phonexay Hotel.
The diabolically named Taohsavanh Xaihoungheuang Hotel is one of the better options in Salavan town, though it lies in the outskirts 350 m south of the bus station. The relatively distant location may be worth it compared to what else is available in town, but it is best suited for those on their own transport since it’s two kilometres to the centre and market from the hotel. The bland... Read our full review of Taohsavanh Xaihoungheuang Hotel.
We’d pick Phonexay Hotel over Sokmixai Guesthouse, but in case you wanted options, they are right beside each other and you can easily inspect both before deciding. Sokmixai has a main building which is a two storey house in front, and newer motel-style building blocks in the back surrounding a lawn. Rooms in the main building are cramped and a bit tired, which you may be willing to... Read our full review of Sokmixai Guesthouse.
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