Muk has a solid selection of accommodation for everyone from backpackers to midrange travellers.
The older women who run the old standby Hua Nam Hotel had modernised since our last visit by refurbishing the lobby and stairs with new tiles and hardwood touches, adding a coffee shop and installing new air-con units in some rooms. Rates were raised only slightly and now the Hua Nam stands as a very solid low-budget choice in a great location. Fan rooms are still cramped and basic, with foam... Read our full review of Huanam Hotel.
A few kilometres south of Indochine Market, an Aussie/Thai couple offer a couple of very comfortable rooms in their big and beautiful riverside house set along the Mekong. After being met by a troupe of yipping toy poodles, guests are led through a large common living room and kitchen before heading up some stairs or out back to the rooms. We checked out the upper floor version and found it to be... Read our full review of Mukdahan Manor B&B.
In recent years, the Ploy’s management has done a commendable job of upgrading this huge fortress-like upscale hotel located a 15-minute walk west of the river. The lobby greets you with high ceilings, fresh lotuses bobbing in porcelain vases and silk-wearing staff members who are so attentive that they can come across as overly gushy. A lift takes you up to four different types of rooms spread... Read our full review of Ploy Palace Hotel.
The Riverfront opened in 2012 in a six-storey building directly across the street from the Indochine Market and Mekong River -- probably the best location of any hotel in Muk. Though not as homely as the Riverview just up the road, it has spotless and modern rooms with a professional and secure atmosphere. Rooms come in a few styles, but you'll need to spring for a superior if you want river... Read our full review of Riverfront Hotel.
Not to be confused with the Riverfront Hotel, the Riverview is an interesting Thai-style hotel/restaurant located about a half-kilometre further north on a quieter stretch of the riverfront road. The three-storey building’s high-reaching gabled roof with Lao-style eaves makes it look like it could be the monks’ quarters at nearby Wat Si Bung Ruang. A breezy open-air restaurant and lobby with... Read our full review of Riverview Mekong Hotel.
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