Photo: Terrific views.

Manotham Guesthouse

Rustic charm

Across the wooden bridge on other side of Namphak, Muang Khua T: (020) 5588 0058 

Manotham Guesthouse

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You’d think a transit hub town on two beautiful rivers would have plenty of accommodation featuring bungalows and hammocks on the water. Unfortunately not in Muang Khua. Manotham Guesthouse is the closest thing to it with a wooden building on the banks of the Nam Phak river, accessible by crossing the pedestrian suspension bridge.

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The building is made of wooden boards stained dark and it contains simple rooms with just a hard bed, mosquito net, table, fan, a lightbulb, additional lighting coming from a small window to the river. There is a tiny, basic ensuite bathroom with western toilet (bucket flush) and cold bucket shower—if you need hot water, there is a shared hot water shower room.

Rooms are very simple.

Rooms are very simple. Photo: Cindy Fan

Unfortunately there’s no balcony or hammock attached to the room, just a narrow communal space and a view at the end of it—hey, it’s better than nothing as the setting is beautiful and it deserves at least a few minutes of gazing.

The general feel of Manotham is pleasant and the owner will often invite guests to eat dinner with the family for a small amount and when a large enough group is staying, will offer a cheap banquet complete with lao-lao, tea and water—we met other travellers who found this to be their highlight of Muang Khua. The atmosphere can be convivial and social if there are other guests.

The views are not shabby.

The views are not shabby. Photo: Cindy Fan

There’s nothing flashy about Manotham except that they do have WiFi. If you need brightly lit rooms or solid soundproof walls, then head to a modern building like Manhchay or Chaleunsouk Guesthouse. Manotham is top spot with a small village feel, and this guesthouse can turn a usually forgettable layover in Muang Khua to a great one.

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Walk-in rates at Manotham Guesthouse

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Dbl fan private bathroom
60,000 kip
60,000 kip
Room: Dbl fan private bathroom, low season: 60,000 kip, high season 60,000 kip. Notes:

Where is Manotham Guesthouse

Manotham Guesthouse
Across the wooden bridge on other side of Namphak, Muang Khua
T: (020) 5588 0058 
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º30'21.11" E, 21º4'45.4" N
Room rates: Under US$10

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