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“Great Guest House in a Lovely Setting”
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Sunset Guesthouse
Ranked #2 of 10 Nong Khiaw B&B and Inns
Reviewed February 5, 2012

The Sunset has 7 bungalows perched on the bank of the Nam Ou River opposite the pier used for river traffic. A balcony allows views of the sunset over the distant hills and to watch daily life that revolves around the river. A 5 minute walk to the bridge linking the 2 sides of the river provides views of an even broader range of life that depends on the flowing water - boats going up- and downstream loaded with passengers and freight and the regular climbs down the banks on both shores for daily bathing and the washing of laundry. The surrounding area is beautiful with sheer karst peaks rising out of the water and ranges of hills and mountains seen row after row in all directions. What a lovely setting.
The rooms at the guest house are adequate with comfortable beds, clean washrooms with plenty of hot water. Breakfast is included (to a maximum of 20,000 Kip but we were not charged extra when we exceeded that amount). A previous review was unsure of this. Further, an observation that the shower water made the toilet wet surely is valid for most GHs in Laos that are priced under $20. To find a tub or a separate shower stall with curtain is rare, if possible, in that price range.
We made 2 walks during our sole, full day in Nong Khiaw: one was about 2 1/2 km East on the highway to well-marked entrance to the caves used by the residents to avoid the bombings during the 'second Indochina war.' The second was parallel to the river, northbound, for about 3 1/2 kms. It was the HQ of some Pathet Lao, also to avoid the bombings. After a total of more than 10 kms of treking, we hired a boat to take the 4 of us back to Nong Khiaw with memories and pics of some great Lao moments.

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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 3, 2012

We stayed here after looking for a room with a view. It was ok but nothing special. The staff seemed disinterested. Great views from my bungalow balcony though. They did my laundry for me but as i didnt have time to wait for it to dry - they charged me half - very honest. Rooms ok but basic. Shower ok but not powerfull. Clean towels and sheets and cheap beer at the bar. They also have freee wifi. For the location i would recomend it.

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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 9, 2011

If you browse through the internet, looking for accomodation in Nong Khiaw, which isn't of the 6 USD type you will probably end up with two recommendations for a stay. The Nong Khiao Riverside or the Sunset Guesthouse. Well, as the first one was full anyway and also because it wanted more than double the price of the latter, i choose the Sunset Guesthouse when i arrived in Nong Khiaw. Phoning them via a number i found in the internet didn't really work (i was connected to a totally different person, which gave me number which was supposed to be the number of the guesthouse, but nobody answered the phone), so i had to go there personally after my arrival (nobody in this town seems to have a website, apart from the most expensive option in town). One room was still available, but only one of the older bungalows.

The guesthouse is located directly on the river and i think every bungalow you can rent has a direct riverview, which is to be honest, the whole selling point of any guesthouse in Nong Khiaw, because almost nothing beats to sit on your balcony, just watching the action on the river and the really beautiful scenery. Unfortunately, my balcony didn't have a hammock, so i had to enjoy my views on a rather hard stool. Which brings me to another point: They have old and new bungalows. I had an old one, which is located a bit off from the main house where the staff seems to live and where the restaurant is. It is a short, but rather dark walk from the main street to the guesthouse and especially dark from the guesthouse to the old bungalows.

The bungalows itself are in a so so condition. The floors are made out of wood, with very thin wooden (just look in the picture, i can't find the word) walls, with both, walls and floors, having some minor holes here and there and are in need of some small fixes. While the two beds (one single and one double) are in very good condition and provided some very good sleep for me (including a mosquito net, which i love), i didn't like the idea of having your bathroom almost directly in your room. Well, i guess you have to live with that in rural laos, but i didn't like it. And while the whole room was of an ok cleanliness, i think the bathroom was only sprayed up with the shower. Also, as they probably only have one key, nobody cleans your room, if you don't leave the key at the reception. Apart from that, the room had some "amenities", which you might not expect from such an offer, like soap and a glass for your morning toilet (toothbrush). It also had some clean towels and of course a hot shower (well, not hot, but at least it was not totally cold) and a western toilet, which was watered every time you showered, as they are really close to each other. The bathroom had also a problem with the water flowing out, so that you had standing water in your bathroom, each time you showered. The room also had a mirror, some hangings for clothes and a place to put your backpack. Not to bad for rural laos, but not really breathtaking either.

What else to mention ? The price maybe. The price was 150k kip for one night for the old bungalow and i think 200k for the new ones. I think that breakfast was included, but as no one told me, i never tried. This is a problem which really bugs me when i look back. I paid three times as much money as in other places for a marginal step up in comfort, but i didn't use my possibilities because no one was able to tell me that breakfast was included. So i paid another 30k for breakfast in another place. Great (if you go up the street from the guesthouse, direction main road, there is a good breakfast place on the right side, which serves "happy eggs breakfast" or so, which i can really recommend. Good and cheap place and a nice host). I cannot say that my hosts were friendly, as they didn't appear friendly to me, it was more like they were not comfortable with me staying at the guesthouse, i felt more like i was allowed to stay, but never welcomed. Maybe this was because nobody seemed to be able to speak English or nobody wanted to speak English (or tell me about breakfast and so on).

So in the end i felt like i overpaid greatly. There are good places with probably not much less comfort for one third of the price. Maybe you should look there or go directly for the more upscale choice.

One last warning: Two days before i was there, they seemed to have happened a theft at the guesthouse. Some guy probably didn't lock his door from inside and got robbed over night while he was sleeping. Gossip is he lost a lot of money and stuff. The guesthouse had a reminder inside the room to close the door from inside, which means to me, that they do care for you being safe and i also don't think that they are involved in that, as even the expensive choice of the town warns people that they sometimes have problems with theft in the bungalows. So, beware and lock your stuff and yourself at night up.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled solo
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Stayed: November 2017, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 20, 2017
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  • Stayed: November 2016, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 31, 2017
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Room Tip: 現時点でネット予約を受け付けていないので逆に良い部屋が空いてる可能性も高い。実際に部屋を見せてもらってから決めるのが良い。
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  • Stayed: March 2017, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 14, 2017
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  • Stayed: January 2017, traveled with friends
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Address: Riverside, Ban Sop Houn, Nong Khiaw, Laos
Location: Laos > Luang Prabang Province > Nong Khiaw
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Ranked #2 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Nong Khiaw
Price Range: $24 - $26 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6

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