Phonsavan has several large modern hotels that cater to Chinese and Lao business and the opened in December 2017, Lao-owned Favanh Mai is one of these. With a location on the main street, just 700 metres east of the tourist strip and a walk-in rate that’s a deal, it is worth including.
Six-storey Favanh Mai delivers flash comforts and modern Lao hotel style. That means a lift, laminate wood flooring, purpose built dark wood furniture, large windows with dark curtains that do a good job blocking out light, a bed with soft, white cotton linens and bedside tables.
The well lit bathroom has contemporary fixtures, a sink and countertop, shower stall with two types of shower heads and a robust hot water heater. This is all a far cry from the typical guesthouse wetroom you may encounter elsewhere in Phonsavan. Other extras include air-con, WiFi, kettle, flatscreen TV, desk and mini bar. The VIP rooms have a heater and bathtub. Free tea and coffee is available in the lobby.
We inspected several rooms in March 2018 and everything was looking fresh and gleaming at the time. Keep in mind that unless there’s proper maintenance, these types of hotels don’t age well and typically fade quickly. Until then, Favanh Mai is a good option for travellers seeking creature comforts or backpackers with less a restrictive budget who don’t mind being 700 metres from the restaurants, cafes, bars and UXO visitor centres.
The English-speaking reception staff were friendly and the walk-in rate we were quoted (without breakfast) was only 50,000 kip more than hideous Dorkkhoun Guesthouse and the same price as Kong Keo’s plain bungalows. Unless the rates go up or the quality deteriorates, the rate is a steal.
Address: Main road 700 m east of tourist centre
T: (061) 211 555; (020) 2234 0111;
Coordinates (for GPS): 103º12'44.06" E, 19º27'7.46" N
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Room rates: US$10 to 20
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||150,000 kip||150,000 kip|
|Deluxe double room||300,000 kip||300,000 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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