Bricks and mortar
Rainbow Guesthouse is one of the more popular places to stay in Muang Ngoi, especially with advanced planners since it can be booked online. It’s often full and this is bad news for walk-ins.
Does it deserve its popularity? The guesthouse is conveniently close to the boat landing—just right of the stairs after Saylom Guesthouse. Unlike the majority of Muang Ngoi accommodation, it is not a wooden bungalow set-up but a solid two-storey building with a bricks and mortar ground floor and a wooden upper floor boasting a communal balcony complete with bamboo loungers and a view over their restaurant rooftop to the mountains. This is probably Rainbow Guesthouse’s main selling point.
Inside, the rooms are run of the mill basic Lao guesthouse, with the bonus of clean white sheets on the bed including a top sheet, which isn’t always a given when it comes to budget accommodation in Laos. There’s mosquito nets, a row of hooks on the wall, a bedside table and fan. The floor is covered in contact paper, something which irrationally irritates us but most wouldn’t care as long as it’s clean, which it generally is. Toilet paper, towel and little bar of soap is provided. The decently sized wetroom bathroom has a Western flush toilet and electric heated shower.
If you find yourself on the ground floor, which is slightly cheaper, rooms receive less natural light and there’s no furnishings on the terrace since there’s no view. In lieu, the guesthouse’s riverfront restaurant deck serves as a place to congregate and meet fellow travellers, or to be anti-social and use the WiFi. Instead of buying bottled water, refill a big bottle here for a few thousand kip.
The view from Nicksa’s wooden bungalows is better, though that requires walking to the end of the main street, a whopping 250 metres away. Other places like Lattanavongsa Guesthouse have beautiful green space and gardens, which Rainbow Guesthouse lacks. Rainbow Guesthouse fits the bill for the traveller who wants a room in a solid building close to the boat landing.
Address: Right of the boat landing
T: (020) 2295 7880; (020) 2387 0157;
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º40'26.81" E, 20º42'37.36" N
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Room rates: Under US$10
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
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Upstairs. 90,000 kip for downstairs.
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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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