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Sabaydee Guesthouse
Ranked #10 of 13 Huay Xai B&B and Inns
Reviewed February 5, 2013

Stayed at this more than adequate guesthouse last March 2012. For the money and location, the place was good value. Just read others reviews and have to wonder about whining spoiled travelers. The owners were very nice, breakfast basic and good, the place was clean-they did not mind that everybody and their brother were doing laundry in the sink and hanging it everywhere. I felt safe and would recommend to travelers who are not worried about instant wifi, sparkling porcelain and other perfections. Maybe these people should stay home for luxury and familiar comforts.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 5, 2013

We stayed one night before taking a boat down the Mekong. This place was okay, though a bit overpriced for what you get. The rooms were dark, but okay for cleanliness. Security seemed iffy and we did worry about leaving things in the rooms. The stairs (as mentioned by others) are awkward and difficult - if you have any trouble with stairs at all, ask for something on the main floor. We did not have breakfast here as it seemed rather pricey compared to what we could get on the street. The staff seemed friendly but we had little interaction with them. We stayed a Friday night and were woken at 6am with community announcements blaring from the loudspeakers across the street. However you can get a lovely, unobstructed and discreet view of the local alms ceremony on the street below at about that time. This was, in fact, the most authentic version of the alms ceremony that we saw in our 2 months in SE Asia.

Room Tip: The upper stairs are crazy dangerous; stay on first floor if you have small children or have bad kne...
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 15, 2012

we stayed here for one night (130,000 kip with air con). It's fine. We found our room to be a bit dirty. We ended up walking down the road and staying at another guesthouse- paying less and having a cleaner room for the 2nd and 3rd nights.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 24, 2012

Spent a couple of nights at the Sabaydee in October 2012 and it was great value for money. It is approximately 150 m to the left from where the road from the customs and immigration office joins the main road. The Gibbon Experience office is 50 m to the right of the guesthouse. A clean room, warm shower, AC that worked and bottled water. The wifi did not work in the room but if you sat on the stairs near the router it worked fine. There were a couple of passable restaurants across the road and the noodle soup restaurant to the left of the guesthouse was OK. Did hear good reports about a BBQ place further down the road but am not able to confirm. Would recommend the Sabaydee to friends and family.

Room Tip: Rooms at the front face the street and those at the back look over the Mekong. Street noise was not...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 22, 2012

We stayed the night before and night after the Gibbon expereince. At 80,000kip per night for two we werent expecting much. The wi fi was up and down but to get wi fi in Huay Xai was a suprise. We had a free bottle of water in the room. There are many guest houses in Huay Xai but this seemed the best value for money.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 16, 2012

We stayed at the Sabaydee Guesthouse for a night either side of doing the Gibbon Experience and paid 130,000kip for a double room with air con.

Our room on both nights was adequate and reasonable value for money, especially given that we were tired on arrival and chose not to traipse around town looking at guesthouses. Nonetheless, I would not recommend this guesthouse. The rooms weren't dirty enough to complain, but they were the worst we've experienced in South East Asia to date. This was a surprise after the Lonely Planet said the the rooms were sparkling. The staff were also the least friendly we've come across so far.

There isn't a lot of accommodation to choose from in Huay Xai, and Sabaydee Guesthouse is an adequate place to sleep for the night.  I would look elsewhere first.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 20, 2012

This place is easy to find, on the left about 150m upstream after a left turn when you come up the hill from immigration. I spent one night here, September 2012. I asked if they had a room with a view of the Mekong and got room 16. No WIFI in the room, but there were a few nice spots you could sit and do what you needed to with WIFI signal.

Before saying much, overall I would return without a drama, which probably says about all you really need to. Though in all honesty I didnt when I had the chance three days later, but only because I wanted to check out the next tier up - the Riverside - review pending.

Would support other reviewers who have mentioned the basic, but clean nature of the place. It has a good vibe for mine, bit old school in the architecture. Has cable, with Australia Channel and the BBC the only English channels I could find. No American channels, unlike Thailand (again as far as I could tell).

Rooms were good size, nice (hardish - like always seems the way in this part of the world, but not as bad as I've some Ive found) beds, good clean linen and beautiful soft pillows. Got a choice of A/C or fan for 80000 Laos Kip (~8000 to the $AUD), or 120,000 for a/c. It is the same room, they just withhold the remote for the a/c if you go fan. Counter crew had enough English to get by on, and were pretty friendly.

Hawng Nam (bathroom) was a nice surprise- clean and westernish, good water pressure and nice hot water (naam hon in Lao I think if you need to ask anywhere). A/C worked ok, but to be honest it wasnt really a hot enough day to test it out. There was free water in the room, but only small bottles (might have been 2 x 250ml?).

I really liked the balconies, and a nice little thing I noticed was the topfloor one on the street side affords a really good view of the main street of HX - when the monks do their morning alms round it allows you to view and, if you choose, snap off a couple of candid shots of the action without being obtrusive or disrespectful (True, sneaky, just not disrespectful).

One thing to watch out for, the stairs are a little brutal! Different riser heights between different floors and a very big step for mankind on the second floor (from memory). Bit of a shock the first time, especially if you're lugging your pack. Not an issue if you're even slightly fittish, or a reason not to stay, but my Ma would struggle with them I suspect so maybe look for a ground floor room if you struggle with steps. There was no fridge in the room (or soap in the bathroom, though I see from another review that they did get it so it might have been an oversight), nor kettle (not that you usually get this anyway and to be honest right out your door you'll get a caf for like 70 cents.. and Laos coffee is good, good, g-o-o-d :o)

Room Tip: I went for 16 on the top floor it had a great view of the Mekong but no WIFI - some rooms might get...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled solo
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Address: Th Saykhong, Huay Xai, Laos
Location: Laos > Bokeo Province > Huay Xai
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Ranked #10 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Huay Xai
Number of rooms: 8
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