Savannakhet's accommodation scene has greatly improved over the years and independent travellers are spoiled for choice, with guesthouses offering good value, modern comforts and friendly service despite the fact that most “tourists” are in town for the bare minimum to grab a Thai visa.
Opened in 2016, Aura Residence brings some Thai-style modern comfort to the Lao side of the Mekong—the location is superb for those coming into Savannakhet by bus or who need to be walking distance from the Royal Thai Consulate. This multi-storey building with lift has well furnished and well equipped spacious rooms. Flashpackers will appreciate the bedside plugs, air-con, speedy WiFi, as... Read our full review of Aura Residence.
Opened in late 2016, Hostel Savan Cafe puts a chic retro Chinese spin in Savannakhet’s historic French Quarters. With the French came Vietnamese tradesmen and Chinese merchants and Savan Cafe plays on the historic downtown’s Chinatown roots, taking a beautiful restored 1970’s building—complete with terrazzo floors and concrete window pattern blocks—and turning it into a cafe and... Read our full review of Hostel Savan Cafe.
Sala Thongyon allows guests to experience real Lao life and real Lao hospitality. Guests can look forward to lovely simple wooden bungalows and a warm welcome. Owned by two sisters, expect a family feel to this down to earth, verdant refuge in the southern end of the city. Found down a local lane and set in a garden bursting with starfruit and coconut trees, the traditional raised wooden... Read our full review of Sala Thongyon Bungalows.
Fundee Guesthouse will appeal to flashpackers in want of no nonsense private rooms. It’s a typical guesthouse room jazzed up with a monochrome palette—black bed frame, black and white tile bathroom, grey feature wall—giving it all a more modern edge. The wall mural adds a pop of colour and visual interest but if you’re more concerned with practical matters, there’s a handy... Read our full review of Fundee Guesthouse.
The help yourself table loaded with toilet paper, drinking water, hot water, coffee, tea and bananas gives guests a clue to how thoughtful and attentive the family who run Joli Guesthouse are. Unsurprising, the rooms in the four-storey building are spotless and exceptionally tidy. It’s by no means luxurious, yet it’s everything a backpacker or flashpacker could want within a room of fresh... Read our full review of Joli Guesthouse.
Some may remember Pilgrim’s from its Luang Prabang days—the cafe was there for eight years before relocating to Savannakhet. The main draw of Pilgrim’s Inn would be the ground-floor backpackery cafe/restaurant serving up good coffee, decent Indian and Mexican fare. It’s a pleasant hangout spot and hub for travellers, which may be enough to entice backpackers to stay in the slightly... Read our full review of Pilgrim’s Inn.
Frugal travellers will be content to learn of Leena Guesthouse’s bargain rooms set in the back building, one of the best deals in town. Unsurprisingly, it’s been a popular backpacker pick for years. The tile and concrete fan-cooled rooms boast little more than a firm bed and private bathroom with western toilet and cold shower. A few frills such as a table, mirror and a hooks on the wall... Read our full review of Leena Guesthouse.
Motel-style Phonepaseud Hotel has been around for a long time and was once the mainstay for the NGO worker set. The dated, slightly worn rooms does has a few extras that would appeal to certain travellers, especially those who are staying for longer than one night. Look past the box TV and antiquated wallpaper and bed coverings and the rooms are functional and loaded with air-con, vanity,... Read our full review of Phonepaseud Hotel.
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