Cookie cutter rooms with air-con
Indara Guesthouse (also spelled Indala on the sign) is a recently built four-storey modern guesthouse that offers clean, simple, straightforward rooms zapped of any character.
It does however feel newer than its neighbour Xayxana Hotel, and here air-con is standard. As of 2018, walls are clean, freshly painted and unblemished. Rooms have three-panel windows allowing for outside air and natural light. There’s a desk with plug, a small wall mounted flatscreen TV, wardrobe, WiFi and hot water bathroom, also new looking when we inspected. The large, empty lobby has a free drinking water dispenser that delivers both hot and cold water. Rooms are undeniably boring, which is the status quo in Udomxai.
The hotel is set just off the main road, at the foot of the road up the hill to Wat Phu That—the top is a good place to hang out since Indara lacks any sort of comfortable communal space to relax. It should though be quieter here than accommodation on the busy main street like Litthavixay Guesthouse or Villa Keoseumsack. It’s 600 m from the northern bus station and on the same road as Sunti Travel motorbike rentals, making it a convenient option for the traveller who needs to be close to either—that’s the main benefit of staying here.
In comparing Indara with its neighbour Xayxana Hotel, we say Indara has the edge as it is newer. However, it is also slightly more expensive as air-con is standard, while at Xayxana it is not. They are beside each other so if you’re showing up to Udomxai without a booking, it’s easy to check out both.
As you can probably surmise from the concrete parking pad in front, you won’t get a cozy feeling in here like family run Oudomphet, another guesthouse worth considering. It’s on the other side of the hill, meaning an additional 250 m to walk from the bus station.
Address: Just off main road, beside Phu That hill, 600 m from northern bus station
T: (081) 312 086; (020) 5568 0256;
Coordinates (for GPS): 101º59'11.4" E, 20º41'11.78" N
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Room rates: US$10 to 20
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||120,000 kip||120,000 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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