Showed up at Siasouk guesthouse with no notice or reservation. The lady was quite nice and spoke a fair amount of English. We arrived fresh from Thailand and had no Lao Kip (local currency). It was after house and the lady was more than gracious enough to let us sort out money the next business day before even discussing payment.
After arriving, we were told that the Lonely Planet advertised that the guesthouse would give bicycles out for free to guests, but that may have been in the past.
Rooms were nice.
No hot water, but private bathrooms.
Triple room cost ~50,000 kip/night
No A/C, but rooms equipped with strong fan (did not feel any mosquitoes).
Free water bottles, toilet paper, etc.
I picked this place from my guidebook and it turned out to be an excellent choice for the budget traveller. Although slightly faded, it was spotlessly clean and a fan room with en-suite hot water came to a very reasonbable 65,000 kip a night (almost exactly £5).
There are several very nice communal areas, including the lovely verandah (see photo) where I was wont to sit of a morning watching the world go by on the main street. Unusually for Lao, the guesthouse does not have a restaurant attached although there are many good options nearby, and they do have a good selection of drinks available.
Motorbikes and bicycles are available for rent. The bikes cost 70,000 kip and the very friendly lady owner doesn't bother bout the usual passport deposit thing. She speaks good English and is a good source of information for the local area.
No unique qualities but a very friendly place to stay.
Savannakhet has some fine French-era buildings including this one, the Sala Savanh, pleasantly converted into a small hotel with wooden floors and chairs on balconies round the upper-floor rooms. The rooms are tastefully furnished and have everything you need for a stay of a couple of nights. The shower in the room I had was a little idiosyncratic - I needed help to make it work and it leaked dramatically. It didn't spoil my stay though, and I'd recommend it.
The guesthouse is recommended by the Lonely Planet guide, so many backpackers straightly walk to this guesthouse, after arriving at the bus station which is about three kilometres north. Usually they won't stay longer than one or two nights, because for most backpackers Savannakhet hasn't too much to offer. The guesthouse counts thirteen rooms, of which the majority are single rooms with fan and shared bathrooms. They are sold for a couple of dollars, while the double rooms - with bathroom inside - are sold for 45.000 kip. There is no air conditioning, no breakfast service, no fridge to buy a beer or a cool Pepsi, no internet facility, no music, no laundry service (but facilities to help yourself), no (motor)bikes for rent. Don't worry, all mentioned facilities can be found not too far from the guesthouse.
It's worthy to come to Saisouk. Why then? At first the kindness of the owners and their protective attitudes will give you a comfortable, secure feeling. It's like visiting your family. Both managing husband and wife speak English. They are very easy-going and provice good advice for a comfortable stay in Savannakhet. They're not pushing you to pay the rent daily, like some guesthouses do.
Secondly, there is a nice chill-out place where travellers meet. The best thing about that is that there's no alcohol involved. I have met the most interesting travellers, and found a lot of space for honest sharing, in a sober, comfortable way. More peaceful than any temple in town. If this is not what suits you, go to one of the bars at the main street, and be back before 11.30 pm, before the gate closes.
Most walls and floors are made of wood, which means visitors are asked to walk and talk silently. Most visitors automatically adjust to the serene and cosy environment of this guesthouse.
The rooms itself are basic, a little bit old-fashioned wooden style. The beds not too comfortable. A towel, soap and water bottles are provided. Only room no. 4 (a double room) has hot water. It is located in the corner, next to the junction. The sound of motor bikes might wake you up at 7am. Double rooms don't lack any furniture. There is nothing more I should say. I love this place!
After walking around to see various guesthouses we decided to stay here. It is one of the last colonialera buildings used as a guesthouse. The rooms are clean, bathroom is okay. The rooms don't get much natural light, but the communal courtyard and balcony areas make up for this. The staff are friendly and have information on the VIP buses. It is fairly cheap and in a central location.
Price 70,000 kip/ 7.31 $ for a double with air con, fan and attached bathroom. If you need dropping of at the bus station at night the owner will take you in her car for 20,000 kip.
Although it is on the main road, there is hardly any traffic and the nightclub opposite shuts at 12.15. This is really a quiet place.
Central location and fairly clean. Great to sit on the balcony and watch the world go by.
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