We checked out several guest houses and selected this one as it was centrally located and set back from the main road so there was no disturbance from traffic noise. There was also a nice garden with a couple of hammocks to relax in. It was a newly constructed building and we took a room on the second floor, complete with hot shower and cable TV. Outside the room was a balcony with tables and chairs so you could chat to other guests. One of the guys working at the main desk was a monk who had spent some years in Chiang Mai studying at university, he had a wealth of information and was very fluent in English so i spent several hours chatting to him during my stay. Drinking water is free and in the morning there are a selection of free hot drinks. The price we paid for the room was 70,000 kip
Well, this place has cheap price and clean rooms and is in city centre - precisely next to municipal building with tall propaganda tower. We paid 60 000 KIP for double bed with private bathroom. Single was 50 000 KIP. In the late evening water didn't run - nor cold nor hot. During daytime, there was a bit of warm water but not much. We thought maybe there's something wrong with water distribution so we decided to stay another night and give it a try - huh - but no water again and it was only about 9 or 10 pm in evening. Another annoying thing was proximity to propaganda tower - what's worse than Lao big brother preaching at loudest volume in earliest time of a day, it was 7 am or earlier - and it must be day after day! I remember few years ago that propaganda tower was at the bus station in centre (where they build new stuff nowsadays) and it was again near guesthouses. Really bizzare to hear that morbid and monotonous voice at any time, but especially when it was the first thing in the morning and - one didn't stop speaking in 2 hours.
Also, january nights are cool... was about 4 degrees C outside and not much warmer inside. I was at one point glad I took my austronaut folium with me because blankets weren't thick enough. What a place.
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