Bounhome is one of the first guesthouses travellers will see if they’ve walked down the hill from the bus station and into the cluster of accommodation in front of the bridge.
There’s nothing wrong with choosing to throw down the backpack here and get going with exploration, as the rooms are typical Lao guesthouse style. If you’ve already been travelling around Laos, there are no surprises here. The ground floor holds a small, tidy reception and a shop while the accommodation is found on the upper floors of the four storey building. Some rooms are clearly in better shape than others. One room we inspected felt a bit cramped with two single beds and was badly in need of fresh paint. Another room at the front of the building looked clean and great, windows on two walls brightening up the space. If you’re picky, you may want to look at a few before choosing which room as they vary.
Nitty gritty details aside, backpackers will find the rooms serviceable for a couple of nights as beds have white cotton linens, including a duvet cover and an extra thick blanket for chilly nights. The windows have insect screens, there’s a table, box TV, WiFi and a bathroom that’s nearly identical to Phasouk Guesthouse’s just around the corner, right down to the strong hot water heater that makes up for having to shower slightly over the toilet.
Inside there are “no smoking” signs, a rare feature in local hotels. Don’t despair smokers, there’s quick access to the communal balcony at the front of each floor that overlooks nothing in particular except the busy bridge. The family speak bits of English, there’s free hot and cold drinking water and they do offer a small discount on the rate for solo travellers. Bounhome is a reasonable budget option.
Address: Next to Dan Nao Meuang Xam Restaurant, beginning of bridge, Sam Neua
T: (064) 312 223; (020) 5509 34444;
Coordinates (for GPS): 104º2'56.55" E, 20º24'48.31" N
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Room rates: Under US$10
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
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Cindy Fan is a Canadian writer/photographer and author of So Many Miles, a website that chronicles the love of adventure, food and culture. After falling in love with sticky rice and Mekong sunsets, in 2011 she uprooted her life in Toronto to live la vida Laos. She’s travelled to over 40 countries and harbours a deep affection for Africa and Southeast Asia. In between jaunts around the world, she calls Laos and Vietnam home where you’ll find her traipsing through rice paddies, standing beside broken-down buses and in villages laughing with the locals.
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