Huay Xai, Laos
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Canthione Guesthouse Huay Xai Reviews
Low budget place without a budget price Nov 19, 2010
A quick tour around Houay Xai's guest houses taught me they all have three things in common: overpriced, poor value, unfriendly service.
The Cathione is the cheapest of the bunch with one trump card: the lady who runs the place is lovely.
The same can't be said about the hostel itself. It's a dump. A classic, ugly, typical tourist trap dump. Basically it was a Spartan room, with just a very uncomfortable bed in it. And a fan. That was about it.
The hostel sits atop an internet cafe and restaurant. Food here is ok-ish, as is the Internet, though there is no wi-fi available (not here, nor anywhere else in town).
They advertise with "cheaper rooms" which might be very true - it was the cheapest place I could find in town. Yet still more expensive than anywhere else in Laos.
If you are on your way to Laos from Thailand, or heading in opposite direction, then you're better off staying in Chiang Khong instead, which is a much nicer place.
If you ever get to Houay Xai and you HAVE to stay here, follow the advice people gave me (too late...) and walk over to the next village. Ten minutes away you will find real Lao hospitality at regular prices.
Part of the Kiev to Kuala Lumpur 2010 travel blog
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