Oudomxay sits at the heart of northern Laos, and tourists are just discovering the attractions hidden inside. To welcome you, Oudomxay province offers some 100 resorts, hotels, and guesthouses, many of which are new and in Muang Xay Town. Several deliver a higher level of quality and facilities than found in other small provincial capitals. And remember to book a room in Pakbeng when cruising the Mekong.
Spend a few bucks more and treat yourself to a much better…and bigger…accommodation experience. Bigger bathrooms with vanities, and bigger showers with better hot water and showerheads. Bigger rooms with finer furnishings and comfortable mattresses, flat screen TVs with more channels, Wi-Fi, better fabrics, and a local feel. Bigger windows and sunset balcony views of the quiet town and forested mountains. And in Muang Xay, bigger does mean better
“Bigger and Better” suites in top resorts can run from $150-250, though rooms in the same hotel can be found for $50-120. Still, those hunting in the $15-30 category will find modern rooms with more space and larger bathrooms in a guesthouse or hotel with restaurants and bars. And those heading north to Muang La can find riverside relaxation for less than $20 a night.
Book your Pakbeng stay in advance, as rooms fill up fast at the halfway stop on the Houay Xay-Luang Prabang cruise. Some 20 hotels and guesthouses are huddled around the Mekong port, and with varied prices and facilities, it’s often better to book your own room than rely on a travel agent’s choice. You can find a clean room with charm and a balcony or terrace view of the Mekong for $25-40. Many of these hotels have coffee shops and restaurants, bars, and Wi-Fi. You can find simpler guesthouses and bungalows with rooms for $10-20. Their facilities and views vary, so be sure to book what you want.