Photo: By the river in Muang La.

Hotel Lhakham

A slice of river paradise

1 km from bus station, Muang La T: (020) 5555 5930(020) 5884 1561

Hotel Lhakham

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We weren’t expecting much when we saw Hotel Lhakam’s concrete motel block style building but boy, were we oh so delightfully surprised when we stepped inside. For a budget price you get a huge room with high ceilings, a big bed, bedside tables, desk, mirror and plenty of lights and sockets in locations that make sense. Despite the spacious size, the whole room manages to still feel cozy.

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Budget room with a view.

Budget room with a view.

Let’s get to the very best part of the hotel: you are right on the river. All rooms face the Nam Pak river, the jungle covered hills and scenic bridge spanning the valley. It’s a seriously stunning view that parallels – if not exceeds – that of neighbouring luxury property Muang La Resort. The hot springs are located at the base of Muang La Resort which means that you’re only a short walk to it.

Step out onto your terrace in the morning to watch the fog lift over the ridgeline. The floor to ceiling windows even have a screen so you can enjoy the fresh air and scenery without worrying about mosquitoes. This is the kind of place where you fall asleep to the sound of the bubbly rushing water and crickets.

Close enough for a river serenade.

It may not be to everyone’s taste but we love the owner’s efforts to make everything as natural and handcrafted as possible. The walls are exposed brick. Lanterns and lightboxes have been fashioned out of bamboo, wood and paper. Sure, there’s no WiFi in the room or a TV – the tranquil scenery is your entertainment.

Let in the natural light and fresh air.

Let in the natural light and fresh air.

The beds are typical Southeast Asia hard. The linens are new and we were given an extra comforter to keep us warm – in Muang La it’s cold at night from November to March. The bathroom is modern, well lit with a mirror and counter. To add to our delight, there’s a separate hot water shower and shower curtain, normally unheard of at this price point. We can’t believe the prices are so low despite this being the only nice, affordable option in town. Hotel Lhakham is simple yet charming and we found it hard to leave.

The hotel also has its own private indoor bathhouse. They were not in use when we were there, but we were told that they could be filled with hot spring water by request with some notice, only 25,000 kip.

Not the most attractive exterior so look at the view, not the building.

Not the most attractive exterior so look at the view, not the building.

The owner Moon speaks French, English and some Chinese but he travels frequently for work. His lovely wife holds down the fort and she speaks some English. Breakfast is available upon request and it’s a good idea as there are few other options for eating in town.

To find Hotel Lhakham, on the main road (just before it rises up to a bride), at the yellow Beerlao branded sign for Bieyjith Guesthouse and Restaurant, walk down the dirt lane to the river. It’s 1 km up the road from the bus station.


Walk-in rates at Hotel Lhakham

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

Where is Hotel Lhakham

Hotel Lhakham
1 km from bus station, Muang La
T: (020) 5555 5930(020) 5884 1561
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º7'14.79" E, 20º52'2.44" N
Room rates: Under US$10

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