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Namchai Guesthouse


One street south of main road (behind Nice Guesthouse) T: (061) 312 095 (020) 2234 0546 

Namchai Guesthouse

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There’s plenty of room at Namchai, a large guesthouse just a block south of the main tourist strip, with rooms spread across two buildings.

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Potential guests can choose from cheap and decent rooms in the older building at the front of the property, the rooms accessed via an exterior wraparound walkway, or there are more expensive rooms within the newer building to the rear. The newer building is a clear upgrade and travellers seeking larger, more modern rooms may be willing to shell out the extra 20,000 kip.

The art might be on the way...

The art might be on the way... Photo: Cindy Fan

Rooms have tile floors, solid walls, security bar-clad windows that can be opened for fresh air, WiFi, table and stools, box TV, fan and optional air-con. The wetroom bathrooms, which sport electric showers, are a bit of a squeeze, smaller than they should be given the spacious size of the rest of the room. Rooms set at the front of the buildings get full sun and are especially bright.

Upon first impression, Namchai Guesthouse seems to tick all the right boxes but during our stay, we experienced some minor aggravations and nuisances. The corners had large dust bunnies and our bathroom drain was uncleared. We returned to our room one day and the door was wide open. The owner blamed it on a new housekeeper and luckily, a passerby didn’t take advantage as nothing including our laptop or passport had been taken. This innocent mistake could have happened at any guesthouse but it was annoying nonetheless.

Windows are secure, but helpful if the door is kept closed!

Windows are secure, but helpful if the door is kept closed! Photo: Cindy Fan

The uncomfortable polyester-cotton blend mattress sheet is a crime, since even the cheapest of guesthouses in Laos use cotton sheets. Namchai doesn’t sell tours, book bus tickets or have any helpful information. Instead, guests need to visit another guesthouse or travel agency on the main street.

Our experience was unlucky yet the place still has some redeeming qualities and is worth considering. Namchai Guesthouse will appeal to the traveller who wants to be close to but does not want to stay on the main strip, where accommodation tends to be older and tightly packed into a small space. Expect an average, low key stay, a place travellers can zip in and out of unbothered.

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Walk-in rates at Namchai Guesthouse

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Standard double room
60,000 kip
60,000 kip
Superior double room
80,000 kip
80,000 kip
Fan-cooled in new building
Deluxe double room
100,000 kip
100,000 kip
Room: Standard double room, low season: 60,000 kip, high season 60,000 kip. Notes: Fan-cooled
Room: Superior double room, low season: 80,000 kip, high season 80,000 kip. Notes: Fan-cooled in new building
Room: Deluxe double room, low season: 100,000 kip, high season 100,000 kip. Notes: Air–con

Where is Namchai Guesthouse

Namchai Guesthouse
One street south of main road (behind Nice Guesthouse)
T: (061) 312 095 (020) 2234 0546 
Coordinates (for GPS): 103º13'7.86" E, 19º26'58.49" N
Room rates: Under US$10

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