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“Review is for "restaurant" only although I gather the guesthouse is crap too” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Manychan Guest House

Manychan Guest House
Luang Namtha, Laos
(086) 312 209
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Ranked #8 of 17 Restaurants in Luang Namtha
Cuisines: Chinese, Thai
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Vladivostok, Russia
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“Review is for "restaurant" only although I gather the guesthouse is crap too”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2012

How crap can crap get? I think we know now. Desultory, ineffectual service. Crappy, poorly prepared food. The atmosphere of a mortuary with the occasional table of WiFi users/ drunk Chinese guys. That pretty sums up my experience with Manychan. Others' experiences may, of course, vary.

It's in a great location and it's got a street view and it serves beer in little cooler jackets (when you're actually able to order one). But other than that. it's an unatmospheric waste of time that gets far too many fawning reviews in The Lonely Planet of The Rough Guide or whatever for reasons that I just can't understand. Just the worst example of a place that's only operating because it's on valuable land that might appreciate one day and then can be sold to a bunch of people from Singapore.

Can't rate it low enough and only gave it a "Poor" instead of "Terrible" rating because of the street view. There are so many better places to hang around and have a beer and talk travel in Luang Namtha. Don't waste your time here.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Boston
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Great Pad Thai”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2012

Sat outside and people watched as the Night Market filled up. We had the best pad thai of our trip here but the western food also looked good

Visited February 2012
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Solid”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2012

They have a wide range of dishes and the place is just across from the night market.

Visited December 2011
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Mae Rim, Thailand
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“A warm hangout a convenient lodging”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2011

Manychan's restaurant, is a popular hangout with a warm wooden atmosphere. I like the diversity of food offered for breakfast, lunch and dinner, usually choosing the good quality western meals. I appreciate the expresso coffee and, of course, cold « Beer Lao ». As many other foreigners do, I also use this place to rest and catch up on some work, connected to free wifi.

While spending a lot of time at this place, during my visits to Luang Namtha, I find it convenient to take a room in the guesthouse; just crawling upstairs in the evening. The lodgings are not very large, but clean and equipped with TV and air-con (hardly needed in the cool season). The prices are reasonable and, even if it is not the cheapest dwelling in town, it is very convenient for my purpose.

During the night, my motorcycle is safely kept inside the restaurant.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Houston Texas
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Overpriced rooms, good food”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2009

Rooms are of poor quality and overpriced like all those on the main road. Going 1-2 streets over will get you better rooms at less than half the price.

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