Down a narrow alley off a narrow alley in Pham Ngu Lao, nondescript Vy Khanh Guesthouse remains one of Pham Ngu Lao's best budget choices for private rooms, their reputation for stellar service intact all these years.
Occupying two skinny buildings across from each other, budget conscious folks in need of their own space should be satisfied with Vy Khanh’s slightly dated but clean rooms. There are six rooms, four standards in the main building and two larger superiors in a similar building immediately across the alley. In the latter, it’s practically a crawl up the hobbit sized stairs (tall folks may struggle). Don’t worry, as it opens up to fairly spacious rooms, one room taking up the entire floor.
The room has windows that can be opened, air-con, desk, plugs, mirror, flatscreen TV and ensuite bathroom, the shower sporting a shower curtain. It’s quite alright for the price.
With so many new, flash hostels and boutique hotels opening in Pham Ngu Lao, Vy Khanh faces more and more competition. The real reason to stay at Vy Khanh is Ms Vy and her family, who are great hosts. The Vy family tries to go above and beyond for their guests. Can’t find the guesthouse? They’ll meet you on the main road. Don’t know what to do? They’ll give a map, complete with directions and recommendations on where to go. The family also has a reputation as being one of the cleaner guesthouses in Pham Ngu Lao, offering fresh towels or regularly changing sheets, gestures rivals can’t be bothered with. The labyrinthian location and family-owned charm will give travellers the Pham Ngu Lao experience of yore.
Head down the alley 241 Pham Ngu Lao that runs to Bui Vien. Compared to the other accommodation alleys in Pham Ngu Lao, 241 is very narrow, densely packed and teeming with activity—some would say atmospheric, others would call it claustrophobic. On this alley, there’s another alley sprouting from it at 241/11, a little enclave and haven within the chaos. Find Vy Khanh here.
Address: 241/11/6 Pham Ngu Lao St, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1
T: (28) 3837 3551; (090) 834 3012;
Coordinates (for GPS): 106º41'33.35" E, 10º46'5.82" N
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Room rates: US$10 to 20
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard single room||US$15||US$15|
|Superior single room||US$16||US$16|
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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