Other than its slightly out of the way location and a cumbersome name, it’s ticks all the way for this charming little riverside establishment.
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The guesthouse is constructed out of wood with a pleasant restaurant area possessing great views and serving good food at good prices, with an emphasis on vegetarian dishes. There’s plenty of information available and a local map on the wall, while manager/owner Maleewan is chatty and helpful with an excellent level of English.
Rooms are mostly chalet-style though they do have a couple of dorms and all the former have terraces with river views. There are a few fan rooms with shared bathrooms – some with views, some without. Chalets aren’t really standalone and all form a single construction sprawling down the riverbank with stairs, passageways and verandas linking them all together. They do have great balconies but the wooden structure can make things noisy when the guesthouse gets busy. Private and shared bathrooms have hot showers and free WiFi is beamed throughout. Ensuite chalets are a good deal if you’re happy to forego air-con. When we visited, a couple of the prime chalets were occupied by long-stay guests -- always a good sign -- though in high season it may get tricky to find a room.
Maleewan has her own ‘VIP’ boat which she rents out for Luang Prabang trips. It’s definitely more comfortable, and faster, than the average Mekong boat and does Huay Xai to Luang Prabang in one day. If you’re travelling in a big group and deduct Pak Beng accommodation prices, then her 40,000 baht isn’t so bad and she throws in free drinking water and a lunch box.
The guesthouse lies around 15-20 minutes’ walk from the centre of Chiang Khong and is well signposted. Cross the small bridge at the southern end of Sai Klang and take a left at the crossroads. Left again down soi 19 will take you back to the Mekong with the small guesthouse perched on the banks. To compensate they do have bicycles for hire at 80 baht a day.
By Mark Ord
Last updated on 16th February, 2016.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Dorm fan cooled, low season: 100 baht, high season 100 baht. Notes: Five-bed. Four-bed: 130 baht.
Room: Dbl fan share bathroom, low season: 200 baht, high season 200 baht. Notes: No view. With view 240 baht.
Room: Triple fan private bathroom, low season: 300 baht, high season 300 baht. Notes:
Room: Dbl fan private bathroom, low season: 350 baht, high season 350 baht. Notes: 450 baht for river view with terrace.