Chitchareune Hotel

Chitchareune Hotel

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Occupying the back of an enormous you-can’t-miss-it concrete plot in the middle of Vieng Xai’s main street, Chitchareune is a modern Vietnamese-style budget hotel with comfortable rooms and not so comfortable front of house.

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We think they forgot the gardens. Photo by: Cindy Fan.
We think they forgot the gardens. Photo: Cindy Fan

A recent build, the two-storey hotel was constructed with a large parking pad and adjacent building block with shophouses, most of which are unoccupied. The accommodation itself is motel-style with doors to the rooms accessed from the exterior, and this may not feel safe for solo female travellers. It’s all cold, quiet and impersonal, and the person at the reception is as chilly as you’d expect. If you can look past this odd, empty set up, the rooms were in good condition when we inspected in 2018 and they were the most modern to be found in Vieng Xai.

Rooms are well appointed, laid out with solid wood furnishings including a bedside table and desk/vanity. The rooms are equipped with a wall mounted rotating fan, air-con, large flatscreen TV, complimentary drinking water and ensuite bathroom that is flashier than what you’d normally find in the average guesthouse. The sink has a wooden countertop and there are two kinds of shower heads, including a rain shower nozzle. On the downside, the electric heater pales in comparison to the powerful heaters found in most Sam Neua guesthouses. Though the room is long and narrow, a back window keeps the space from feeling claustrophobic and tall folks will appreciate the high ceilings.

Interiors are functional. Photo by: Cindy Fan.
Interiors are functional. Photo: Cindy Fan

Staying in town is convenient for catching the bus and for staying close to the food options. That does mean a small hike to the Vieng Xai caves; the ticket office is 750 metres away. Directly across the street, Lattanaphon is a Lao-style guesthouse that is cheaper and has a homier feel—we’d personally opt for Lattanaphon but appreciate that Chitchareune Hotel will appeal to those looking for modernity and anonymity in pokey Vieng Xai.

Contact details for Chitchareune Hotel

Address: Main street, Vieng Xai
T: (030) 515 0458; (020) 9566 4356;  
Coordinates (for GPS): 104º13'37.7" E, 20º24'35.49" N
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Room rates: Under US$10

Room rates

What we were quoted as a walk-in.

Dbl air-con private bathroom 100,000 kip 100,000 kip

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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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