Guesthouse Name: Litthavixay Guesthouse.
Address: MXQP+4Q2, 13, Muang Xai, Laos.
I stayed at Litthavixay Guesthouse in Muang Xai, Laos. I arrived in Muang Xai via the Laos-China Railway from Luang Prabang, and I didn’t have a booking for a hotel. I got dropped off on the main street and started my search for guesthouses.
Litthavixay Guesthouse was the first place I went to, and I was quoted 120,000 LAK (about $9.35 USD) per night.
Checking in was a very informal procedure, and I was then shown to my room.
I got a double room in what was an unusually spacious room for such a budget guesthouse.
The bed was comfortable, and there was a ceiling fan above the bed.
The bathroom made the room longer than the room needed to be, so the space was filled with a desk and a little table area. There was also air conditioning but I didn’t need it while I was there during the rainy season.
The bathroom was in the typical style of guesthouses in Southeast Asia. Everything was clean and it had my preferred instant hot water systems. The small sink area is the one thing I didn’t like.
There is a lounge area in the front that has some interesting photos and old books. I was here not long after Laos reopened so there were no other international visitors here. I’m not sure how many international visitors Muang Xai gets in a normal year, but maybe things will improve with the opening of the railway.
My room was on the side of the building so it had a boring view of other buildings, but at least my room was bright. Here is what the view looks like from the front-facing windows.
There is no breakfast service here, so I went out looking for something to eat. There is a travel agency at the front, next to the reception area for help in onward travel planning.
Overall this was a decent budget guesthouse option in Muang Xai. It’s not bookable online, so you have to turn up like an old-school backpacker and hope that there is a room. After visiting Mauang Xai I would say that you won’t have a problem finding a spare bed. You will also need to mark the guesthouse on the map as there doesn’t seem to be any logical street numbering.
If you would prefer to book a hotel in advance, then earch for more hotels in Muang Xai.