Photo: On the curve down to the river.

Chaleunsouk Guesthouse

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On road to the boat station, Ban Phosai Tai, Muang Khua

Chaleunsouk Guesthouse

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Near the top of the road from the boat landing, Chaleunsouk is a modern guesthouse with comfortable, flashier rooms in a new building, or cheaper rooms in the original building.

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The pricier rooms are the best in Muang Khua, even better than Sernnali Hotel and at half the price. Feeling more like a budget hotel rather than a guesthouse, the brightly lit rooms boast white walls, flatscreen TV, a curtained window, mirror and desk with plug, kettle and drinking water. Beds sport thick mattresses, cotton linens, bedside light and plug. The wetroom-style bathroom is large and has an electric heated shower, though it could be a touch cleaner as we noticed the drain hadn’t been cleared. The drain did smell a bit, which is not uncommon in Laos. Get a room beside the router for stronger WiFi.

The views are good.

The views are good. Photo: Cindy Fan

One of the best parts about the newer building is the communal balcony, which those staying in the older building didn’t seem to realise was there—any guest can enjoy the pleasant vantage of the Nam Ou and the mountains. The balcony has a table and chairs, drinking water dispensers for both hot and cold water, cups and bowls. Sadly, most people arrive to Muang Khua so late and only stay a night that they wouldn’t have much time to enjoy this space.

The rooms in the older building are a bit retro in style and a little tired. It’s typical Lao budget guesthouse fare. There’s older furniture, a box TV and an ensuite tile bathroom. The communal area upstairs is where you’ll find other travellers to socialise with.

More comfortable than the boat.

More comfortable than the boat. Photo: Cindy Fan

Perhaps having backpackers only stay a night wears a person down as the woman who in charge seems a bit cranky. So no warm fuzzy feeling here but backpackers wanting a comfortable room will find it at Chaleunsouk, with the boat landing and restaurants just a short walk away.

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Walk-in rates at Chaleunsouk Guesthouse

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Dbl fan private bathroom
70,000 kip
70,000 kip
Up to 100,000 kip
Room: Dbl fan private bathroom, low season: 70,000 kip, high season 70,000 kip. Notes: Up to 100,000 kip

Where is Chaleunsouk Guesthouse

Chaleunsouk Guesthouse
On road to the boat station, Ban Phosai Tai, Muang Khua

Coordinates (for GPS): 102º30'16.91" E, 21º4'56.73" N
Room rates: Under US$10

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