Lattanaphon Guesthouse

Lattanaphon Guesthouse

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Located on Vieng Xai’s main street, Lattanaphon Guesthouse is an average Lao guesthouse that represents the best all round value in town. It is a solid pick for a backpacker looking for a clean, comfortable place in Vieng Xai.

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Looks like the sat TV is sorted. Photo by: Cindy Fan.
Looks like the sat TV is sorted. Photo: Cindy Fan

Lattanaphon is a peach coloured two-storey building set a few metres back from the road, across from Chitchareune Hotel and near the market/bus station. Unlike Chitchareune, which is an impersonal motel-style affair, rooms at Lattanaphon are smaller, cosier and have a bit more personality with green tile floors and cream coloured walls. Rooms sport typical Lao guesthouse accoutrements like wooden furniture, wardrobe, full length mirror, box TV fed by satellite, fan, bed with thin mattress and WiFi. The generously sized double windows, which are protected by insect screens, can be opened for fresh air. Towels are provided and beds are topped with clean looking cotton linens though we noticed there was no top sheet. The whole room is modest and very tidy.

The clean wetroom-style bathrooms are also of a generous size, equipped with an electric shower heater that would be ineffective during the province’s notoriously cold and long winters. While strong, large water heater units are standard in guesthouses in Sam Neua, this isn’t the case in Vieng Xai.

That should keep you warm. Photo by: Cindy Fan.
That should keep you warm. Photo: Cindy Fan

Average shower aside, Lattanaphon is a solid guesthouse option and represents the best value in town. It’s certainly fine for a night or two. To get to the Vieng Xai caves, which most tourists want to do, it’s a 750 metre walk to the cave ticket office.

Lattanaphon’s central location is boring but there are some advantages: guests will be mere steps to the town’s limited food options and the bus station. Guesthouses like Naxay 2 or Sailomyen are outside the centre. These do offering more scenic locations and balconies to hang out on.

Contact details for Lattanaphon Guesthouse

Address: Main street, Vieng Xai
T: (064) 315 026; (020) 5555 7998;  
Coordinates (for GPS): 104º13'39.27" E, 20º24'36.45" N
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Room rates: Under US$10

Room rates

What we were quoted as a walk-in.

Dbl fan private bathroom 70,000 kip 70,000 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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