The wide, open entrance is an attractive introduction to this popular guesthouse in the centre of Vientiane.
Rooms above the lobby are the most affordable, but the best rooms are in the back building and wrap around a beautifully manicured courtyard complete with wicker patio tables and chairs. All rooms are decorated in a simple but tasteful way and have air-con, hot shower, flat screen TV, WiFi and clean ensuite bathrooms with hot shower – although at this price it shouldn’t be a Lao-style wet-room. The lack of natural light makes the interiors feel somewhat drab. Our main complaint about Mali Namphu is how quickly its prices have risen in recent years, with the budget travellers whose glowing reviews contributed to its popularity now priced out of staying here. Their current price moves it into a different bracket and we can name several hotels of much better quality and value including Hotel Khamvongsa and Vayakorn Inn. We’d also stay in a balcony room at Phonepaseuth Guesthouse next door which is far less pricey.
Address: 109 Pangkham Rd, Vientiane
T: (021) 215 093; F: (021) 263 298
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º36'31.43" E, 17º57'55.91" N
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Room rates: US$20 to 50
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard single room||240,000 kip||240,000 kip|
|Standard double room||290,000 kip||290,000 kip|
|Deluxe double room||340,000 kip||340,000 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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