Located just off the main strip, on the busy road leading to the market/Phoukham Garden bus station, White Orchid has been a Phonsavan mainstay since the 1980’s.
The exterior of pastel hues and retro balustrade are a blast from the past and though it is no longer in its prime, the owners have done a good job of keeping it clean and tidy. The staff are also well-trained and friendly. That is not always the case at other Phonsavan hotels.
The room pricing structure is overly complicated. It seems to be dictated by the size of room and location, from the cheapest on the ground and first floor, to pricier deluxe rooms on the first and second floor. All have tile floor, solid walls (they really do love those pastel hues), a box TV, WiFi, fan and security bar and insect screen-clad windows. Though the bathroom may have a few cracked tiles here and there, the economy room we saw had a sink with a countertop and a water heater more robust than the average guesthouse electric unit.
The central location means the restaurants, bars and motorbike rental shops are a quick shuffle away, and it is an easy 150 metres from Phoukham Garden bus station if the bus happens to drop you off there. White Orchid is one of the first guesthouses travellers will come across walking from the bus station so it does tend to fill up. However, the location right on the street can mean some road noise.
For the average backpacker (who is not a light sleeper), White Orchid will do for a few nights and the staff will look after you if there’s any problems. Changing money, booking tours, laundry or just getting travel information can be done at the front desk.
Address: Just off main road beside Lao Falang Restaurant
T: (061) 312 403; (020) 5533 8543;
Coordinates (for GPS): 103º13'9.47" E, 19º27'1.69" N
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Room rates: US$10 to 20
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||80,000 kip||80,000 kip|
|Superior double room||100,000 kip||100,000 kip|
|Deluxe double room||150,000 kip||150,000 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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