Photo: Interesting fare at Salavan's morning market.



Salavan is a sprawling town with more space than its tiny number of inhabitants know what to do with and unfortunately there is so much space between many of the guesthouses, the bus station, the river and the eating spots that coming here without your own transport is a bit of a pain.

Taohsavanh Xaihoungheuang Hotel
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
700m down the road to Pakse from the bus station
T: (034) 211 202

The diabolically named Taohsavanh Xaihoungheuang Hotel is the best place to stay in town and is worth every cent when you compare it to what else is in town. It’s also the newest place, meaning that furniture isn’t broken and bathroom fixtures work. Rooms are located in duplex concrete bungalows and have cable TV, decent beds, air-con if you want it and hot water bathrooms with Western... Read our full review of Taohsavanh Xaihoungheuang Hotel.

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Tata Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
200m from bus station
T: (034) 211 558

Tata Guesthouse is a basic joint out the back of a noodle shop 200 metres down the main road to the centre of Salavan. Rooms are bare, but get loads of natural light and feel extremely clean. The hot water bathrooms are a bit weird in that the wall surrounding them doesn’t reach the ceiling. It looks like they may have been a late addition to the rooms. The noodle shop out the front is a good... Read our full review of Tata Guesthouse.

Shinsamai Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
Near the bus station on the road to Pakse
T: (020) 5526 0284

Shinsamai Guesthouse looks great from the outside and once inside, is just okay. Rooms are fan cooled and come with the option of air-con. All have a TV with local channels, a ton of busted furniture and light fittings that work sporadically. The hot water bathrooms are clean and come with Western toilet, but check to see if your shower works first. It’s a strange place in that it doesn’t... Read our full review of Shinsamai Guesthouse.

Chindavone Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
Near market, Salavan
T: (020) 543 1054

Chindavone is a reasonable budget choice down near Salavan's market with basic but airy rooms contained within bright blue buildings. Rooms come with air-con, TV and hot water bathrooms with Western toilets. Thankfully, the owner can speak quite a bit of English and is extremely pleasant and helpful. It’s a popular place, primarily with locals and a decent option in town. Located next door to... Read our full review of Chindavone Guesthouse.

Thipphaphone Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
Near market, Salavan
T: (034) 211 063

This basic guesthouse down by the market has rooms in the family’s wooden home. The floors are covered in plastic sheeting and the rooms are quite clean. The bathrooms are cold water jobs but they do have Western toilets. This place is actually not too bad if you’re hunting for a cheap room, but it’ll be substandard for some. The owners are friendly, but can’t speak English. Air-con is... Read our full review of Thipphaphone Guesthouse.

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