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Reviewed 26 April 2013

We stopped over in Huay Xai at the Gateway Villa Hotel. We couldn't easily find a way to pre-book our accommodation before arriving but after a twenty minute walk we scoped out 5 hotels. We then managed to haggle the price down to 120,000KIP, (we only paid 100,000KIP after some confusion with the change!) for a double room with air con, free breakfast and wi-fi. This is on the upper end of prices in the town but we had a nice room and the hotel was in a great location, right at the end of the road to the ferry crossing to Thailand. In the morning we only had to walk approx 100m to the be stamped out of Laos.

Find out more about our big adventure at www.chipofftheoldblog.com and follow our blog ‘RTW by land (where practical!)’

Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
2  Thank Ross_and_Sonya
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Reviewed 5 May 2012

I stayed here on a visa run last week so I wasn't looking for opulence, I was looking for convenience. There are two Gateway Villa guesthouses owned by the same guy separated by a restaurant (that he also owns, called My Laos) and a duty-free shop. I stayed at the Gateway right on the corner of the walk up from the boat landing/ Lao immigration and the main street in Houayxai. There's a new building going up down the street that appears to be also owned by the same guy that appears to be yet another of his guesthouses/ restaurants that looks like it will have pretty good river views when it's finished in a couple of months.

Pros: location (about 15 seconds to immigration), breakfast included in the 80,000 Kip I paid (but I didn't have breakfast), hot water shower, reasonably quiet, small balcony with sort of a river view, mostly insect-free.

Cons: as old as dirt, crappy TV, no flush toilet, WiFi "wasn't working" (but of course the room rate that's supposed to include it wasn't discounted a little).

For a night or two, this will do. But remember, it's Houayxai, not Beverley Hills. Just keep your expectations in line.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 22 November 2011

We stayed one night here after doing the Gibbon Exp. Ok for the price (100 000 kip)- there are similar places in Huay Xai but without wifi or breakfast, and for the same price. They also have cheaper rooms for about 60 000 kip but we didnt see them.

Pros:
- wifi in the room that worked well
- Free breakfast included
- Staff is friendly
-seemed reliable for booking tickets
- location just up the street from the pier and immigration

Cons:
- ancient room, espcially the bathroom- but more or less clean.
- Hot water didnt work and we were really looking forward to a nice long shower after being in the jungle for 3 days

We booked our Mekong trip to Luang Prabang here. We were pretty tired so we didnt even go anywhere else to compare. They advertise that "book your tickets here to get the best seats in the front" (far from the noisy motor) - we didnt really believe it but it actually turned out to be true. We were up front on comfy seats on the first day. The second day from Pakbeng there are no numbered seats and everyone just sits where they want so its better to show up a little bit earlier to get a decent one (the noise in the back is deafening).

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 April 2016
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Stayed: March 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 August 2015
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  • Stayed: July 2015, travelled on business
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