Don’t let Jennida Guesthouse’s facade put you off—behind the main street storefront of a minimart/Chinese shophouse and through a narrow lobby that doubles as the family’s living room lies a solid modern building.
The two-storey motel-style building has 20 rooms, with the doors and windows running along the exterior corridor. It’s a similar setup to Nice Guesthouse except it’s oodles larger. Overall the rooms are of a standard above the average Phonsavan guesthouse, and they beat many in terms of the size.
The spacious rooms feature clean tile floors, white walls and a bed with white cotton linens, bedside plug, table and lamp. It’s equipped with details that make a traveller’s life easier: a table, chair, wall hooks, wardrobe with long mirror, WiFi and fan. The bathroom also doesn’t disappoint. It’s big, has a metal towel rack and choice of electric heated or cold bucket shower. Everything about the room is neat and tidy.
The most memorable part will be the enclosed concrete compound’s colourful kitsch. There’s no garden or green space but the owners have tried to make some with astroturf, wildly colourful cartoon statues and a fruit shaped picnic table. We award points for the fun of it.
Jennida Guesthouse’s location in the heart of the main street is convenient, steps to the bars, restaurants, motorbike rentals, UXO visitor centres and travel agencies. Best of all is the price and value—there’s little you can complain about for 80,000 kip a night. It won’t wow travellers yet it does float at the top of Phonsavan’s crop of forgettable, uninspired accommodation.
It’s very similar in terms of building style, location and price to Nice Guesthouse; Jennida is newer and rooms are double the size but Nice Guesthouse has helpful English-speaking staff, something Jennida was missing when we stopped in. Like Nice, both are frequently full so booking in advance is advisable.
Address: Main road, Phonsavan
T: (030) 941 9990; (020) 9666 6161;
Coordinates (for GPS): 103º12'58.87" E, 19º27'2.07" N
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Room rates: Under US$10
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
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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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