Unique guesthouse on a lake
Vietnamese-owned Sailomyen Guesthouse (also appearing as Saylomyen) rates high for character as the restaurant/accommodation is a wooden building on stilts situated in a small manmade lake—yes, in the lake. It’s the most unusual place to stay in Vieng Xai.
A gangway leads from the road over the water to a restaurant dining room. From there, most rooms are in a connected wing, the walkway on the outside of the building. The exterior gives the impression it is worse for wear. The weathered paint and rusted corrugated metal roof imparts a shack-like appearance. However, the inside of the rooms are fine. They are on the small side, with the saggy spring bed snugly slotted into a corner and an equally snug ensuite private bathroom in the other corner but overall it’s ok for the price; this is one of Vieng Xai’s cheapest accommodation options.
There’s a fan, mosquito net, electrical outlet, tiny windows and towel. The bathroom is a solid tile and concrete structure, boasting a western toilet (bucket flush), sink and hot shower. It would’ve been nice to have larger windows to take in views of the lake, though the exterior walkway does serve as a sort of balcony and there’s a few wooden chairs, as well as a clothesline.
Sailomyen Guesthouse isn’t for everyone as it will be too rustic for some. The structure creaks with every foot step, the cracks between the boards are noticeable as the sunlight filters through and it’s the type of place you’d hear every cough from the neighbour (in the unlikely event that you have a neighbour). We questioned guests staying there and they were happy with the place, praising the hot shower, the friendliness of the proprietress, the food they ordered for dinner and hearing the water as they lay in bed. It’s a good choice for those on a tight budget or those looking for something different from the norm.
Address: Down the hill towards the lake from the bus station
T: (020) 9117 0678;
Coordinates (for GPS): 104º13'27.98" E, 20º24'43.98" 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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