Guest House on Hiway 13 near Phou Khun??

Discussion in 'Laos Road Trip Reports' started by el jefe, Mar 7, 2009.

  1. el jefe

    el jefe Member

    Last I heard, there was a new "resort" guest house opening just south of Phou Koun on Highway 13. Supposedly it's 2-5 km south of town.
    I know there are 2 or 3 guest houses in the center of Phou Koun but they are best avoided. I'll be coming in from Phonsavan via Highway 7 and then heading north to Luang Prabang and would prefer not to have to go south and backtrack for a hotel that may not be open
    The last report I have was in November when it wasn't open yet.
    Any current info would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks.
     
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  3. captain_bob

    captain_bob Active Member

    Just answered your question on Lonely Planet Thorntree http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/message.jspa?messageID=15474905#15474905 on my ride through last week I didn't see any new resort or guesthouse, just a new viewpoint restaurant a few km down the hill to the south of Phou Khoun. I think the three GHs in town are your only choice, the Xaiphavong GH directly at the roundabout seems slightly better and has some decent food.

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  4. jimoi

    jimoi Ol'Timer

    There is a new place about 3.5 km south of Phou Khoun called Phou Khoun Bungalows. It runs about $ 20 - $ 25 a night. There isn't a sign at the moment but it is on the road and looks like a motel of sorts. The coordinates are N19 25.113 E102 25.710
     
  5. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    This is what to look for
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  6. el jefe

    el jefe Member

    Jimoi and David,

    Thanks for confirming the new guest house. (Capt Bob, if there's a 3rd GH in Phou Khoun, they need a better sign. I've been thru there 5 times and have never seen anything other than the Xaiphavong GH and the Phou Khoune GH. Where's the other one?)

    I was in Phou Khoun last week and stayed at the new GH. Here's all the additional info anyone could possibly need:

    It's not bungalos, nor is it called "Bungalos." The confusion is because of the town where it's located. It's 3.4 km south of Phou Khoun in Ban Bangkalo. The official name is SaraPhouKhoune Restaurant and Guest House." There's no sign on the building but that's what is printed on their truck.

    They obviously have the right connections as they're set up to serve meals to passengers on the buses that stop there. In addition to the bathrooms in the restaurant they also have a separate building outside with 4 western toilets. They're probably expecting the vans going between LP and VV to stop there too, although I didn't see any stop. I was worried about the noise but didn't hear anything after the 10:15pm bus left.

    As for the rooms, they are 100,000 kip each. Each one has a fireplace. They are brand new and very clean with tile floors, and the private bathrooms have scalding hot water. The views from the room are even better than the views from the communal bathroom at the Xaiphavong.

    The restaurant serves pre-cooked food. For 10,000kip you get a plate of rice and and your choice of any or all of 5 items. It wasn't bad and certainly no worse than what you could get in town. In the morning they cooked up some fresh fried rice for us for the same 10,000kip. The only downside to the restaurant was that they didn't have any beer. So that required an extra trip back to Phou Khoun. Oddly, no one in Phou Khoun was selling cold Beer Lao in a bottle. Only cold cans or warm bottles.

    As for the Xaiphavong GH, they are now getting 40,000 kip for a room. The rooms were cleaner and the one I looked at had a new mattress. Still rock hard, of course. The supposedly excellent restaurant had noodle soup with a choice of chicken or no chicken. Nothing else.

    I don't like to tell anyone else how to spend their money, but for the extra 60,000 kip, staying at the SaraPhouKhoune GH over the Xaiphavong is one of the best value upgrades in Laos.
     
  7. captain_bob

    captain_bob Active Member

    Thanks for the update. I must have missed it in the intense smog of early March (convenient excuse).

    The 3rd cheapie GH in Phou Khoun town is called the "Tonglouher Muayialue" (a mouthful) and is on the opposite
    side of the roundabout from the Xaiphavong. I've blown up the sign below to make easier reading.
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    Last month saw this newer roadside restaurant, also a few km down the hill south from PK. Someone's also attempting to
    capture the passing minivan/bus cutomers. There would be awesome views from here on a clear day. Hazy as hell when I was there.
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    Didn't get to see the cool chunky vertical peaks until they were in my face.
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    Hopefully go back to check it out again in rainy season. Happy Riding.
     
  8. Auke

    Auke Ol'Timer

    Yes, this place seems to be able to "catch" the busses and minivans. Was there about 2 weeks ago and counted 3 buses and numerous minivans parked there and the restaurant full with people. The place is located at N19 23.350' E102 25.578' and is about 8.5 km from the Phoukhoune junction
     

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