Vongmany Guesthouse represents the current trend in Nong Kiaow—no rickety bamboo bungalow here, instead a newish tile and concrete building making for a generic guesthouse with a slice of the river view.
It’s centrally located, right in the thick of the accommodation cluster immediately after the bridge. However, the building does have a little breathing room around it with nothing in the immediate surrounds (though that could always change with another building popping up).
The rooms are generally clean—so clean in fact you’ll be hit with the smell of cleaning product and the tile floor sparkles. The rooms are also well appointed for a budget guesthouse, boasting a wooden table with nearby plug, a box TV and a freestanding clothing/towel rack.
WiFi is available (in theory). It’s fan only, and the bathroom is the typical wetroom-style with electric heated shower. Typical of Nong Kiaow, they haven’t figured out how to deal with mildew (or just don’t care) so contrary to the room, the bathroom looks like it could use a good scrub.
Room 12 and 14 are the rooms upstairs at the side of the building that faces the river and these are the only ones with a view, a single hammock shared between them. It costs a little extra for these two but these are the ones that make it worthwhile to stay here. Otherwise, we think the upper rooms at Meexai Guesthouse have the slight edge.
Address: Ban Sophoum
T: (020) 5888 3553; (020) 5499 0787;
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º37'1.21" E, 20º34'11.02" N
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Room rates: Under US$10
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||80,000 kip||120,000 kip|
|Superior double room|
With a river view
|120,000 kip||150,000 kip|
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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