Photo: Solid bridge views.

Sunrise Guesthouse

Popular but chaotic

Ban Sophoun, south side at the bridge

Sunrise Guesthouse

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Directly beside one end of the bridge, longstanding Sunrise Guesthouse and the attached Joy’s Restaurant continues to be a backpacker favourite, namely because of the basic bungalows which are one of the cheapest options in Nong Kiaow.

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Also, it’s become something of a hub to meet other travellers in a town that lacks a true hostel. There are many other places with better rooms that are better value, but for travellers who like a busy atmosphere, Sunrise will suit.

Slowly growing down the river bank.

Slowly growing down the river bank. Photo: Cindy Fan

It’s clearly been successful as they continue to build and add (rather than improve on existing) and the property has become a Frankenstein, with a disorienting array of categories that even the staff who showed us the rooms seemed to get confused by. From what we could surmise, closest to the restaurant are concrete bungalows for 120,000 kip. Frugal travellers will head straight to the rickety 50,000 kip wood/bamboo bungalows beside it. Everything about it, especially the private bathroom, has seen better days.

Down a level, closer to the river, there’s wooden bungalows for 80,000 kip and then what we think are the best value because it is furthest from the street and restaurant noise, a modern building block with rooms for 100,000 kip. These rooms felt newer, tidier and cleaner than the lot, and still had a porch. Our advice would be to show up and see which suits you the best. All have private bathrooms with western toilet, a vantage over the river and the bridge, which looms closely. The river view is the big selling point and the room rate rests on this.

Room interiors are quite modern by Nong Kiaow standards.

Room interiors are quite modern by Nong Kiaow standards. Photo: Cindy Fan

Incredibly, when we inspected in 2018, there was a building being constructed on the river bank right below. All these different buildings being squeezed in gives the whole place a shanty town feel. One thing’s for sure, if you go to Sunrise there’s no lack of choice and if Delilah’s dorm is full, it’s the cheapest in town.

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Walk-in rates at Sunrise Guesthouse

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Bungalow fan private bathroom
50,000 kip
50,000 kip
80,000 kip for a newer bungalow
Dbl fan private bathroom
100,000 kip
100,000 kip
Up to 120,000 kip
Room: Bungalow fan private bathroom, low season: 50,000 kip, high season 50,000 kip. Notes: 80,000 kip for a newer bungalow
Room: Dbl fan private bathroom, low season: 100,000 kip, high season 100,000 kip. Notes: Up to 120,000 kip

Where is Sunrise Guesthouse

Sunrise Guesthouse
Ban Sophoun, south side at the bridge

Coordinates (for GPS): 102º37'1.63" E, 20º34'11.93" N
Room rates: Under US$10

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