Steps to the caves
Naxay 2 Guesthouse is a plot with bungalows happily nestled at the base of karst formations. Not only does this guesthouse boast a more scenic locale than those on the main road, it is also a convenient one for seeing the Vieng Xai caves. Naxay 2 is located directly across from the cave ticket office which is the starting point for the tour.
There are 18 rooms in total, all individual bungalows and a few trees that face a central garden. The buildings vary in construction. Some are plain concrete and others are wood, their exteriors covered in prettily painted bamboo thatch. All have solid walls, a sturdy corrugated roof and front porch that would be enjoyable if you can scrounge one of the plastic chairs. In any case, the guesthouse is highly unlikely to be full so guests can pick which suits them.
Inside is what you’d expect of a simple, basic Lao guesthouse. The wooden bungalow we saw was surprisingly spacious and bright, with plenty of uncluttered area for moving around and windows allowing in lots of sunshine. There was a slight unfinished quality to it, as the walls were sheetrock and the floors covered in contact paper. These are nitpicky observations for a budget room that offers rotating fan, thick blanket with duvet cover, insect screens on the windows, power point, TV and an ensuite bathroom. There’s mildew on some of the tiles, something that can be lived with since the shower has a large hot water heater.
The tradeoff to being so close to the Vieng Xai cave visitor centre is that you are away from the town centre, the life line for food and public transport. It’s 750 metres down the hill from the bus station and Sabaidee Odisha Restaurant. Bring a torch if walking back from dinner as it’ll be dark.
Address: Across from Caves Visitor Centre
T: (020) 9891 2048;
Coordinates (for GPS): 104º13'40.25" E, 20º24'6.43" 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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