Manchay Guesthouse

Manchay Guesthouse

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Of all the businesses we stepped into in Muang Khua, Manchay was the only place to greet us with a smile. Manchay (also spelled Manchai) gives a family guesthouse feeling in a town that sometimes feels devoid of any feeling.

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A friendly man holding his grandchild showed us the simple and straightforward rooms. Typical of budget accommodation, there is tile floor, solid walls, fan, table, hooks and window. It was looking a little tired when we were there in 2018, some rooms more than others. Towels are on the thin side and there’s no top sheet. There are thick blankets available, which guests will be grateful for in the winter months. The bathroom is on the small side. It’s equipped with an electric heated shower and a western toilet—the bathroom looked to be in decent working condition. Manchay will do for a night and it now has WiFi.

Functional rooms. Photo by: Cindy Fan.
Functional rooms. Photo: Cindy Fan

It’s not the flashiest or newest (it was built in 2012) and if you want modern, go for the pricier rooms at Chaleunsouk, but there is something about walking into a lobby and seeing a whole family hanging out, eating and watching TV. There’s a drinking water dispenser guests can help themselves to. A little English spoken.

Manchay Guesthouse is at the top of road to the boat landing, conveniently beside the Tourism Information Office.

Contact details for Manchay Guesthouse

Address: Beside the Tourism Office, top of the road to boat station, Muang Khua
T: (020) 2201 6810; (020) 5675 2159;  
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º30'16.48" E, 21º4'53.94" N
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Room rates: Under US$10

Room rates

What we were quoted as a walk-in.

Dbl fan private bathroom 80,000 kip 80,000 kip

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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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