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.