Nong Khai Province hotels and hostels
Mut Mee Garden Guesthouse
Occupying a sleepy stretch of the Mekong, Nong Khai's budget old- timer has a garden so relaxing it's intoxicating, and most nights it's packed with travellers.
As the ever-smiling Buoy will tell you, Sangkhom's veteran lodge has just a few 'simple huts' (the cheaper ones sharing bathrooms), but they're popular for good reason.
The efficiently run Pantawee is almost a village unto itself, with various lodging blocks plus a spa, travel agency and 24-hour restaurant.
This attractive set-up, featuring wooden walkways and decorative stonework, should have made better use of the river views, though it will definitely satisfy those who demand a certain level of comfort.
If you could judge a hotel by its cover, this charismatic guest house in an old Franco-Chinese shophouse would come up trumps.
Filling two old wooden houses, Jumemalee is less lovely but more homey than its neighbour the E-San, and all rooms here have a private bathroom. The family runs the business to honour the wishes of their parents that the house never be sold.
Nong Khai Grand
Tops in town, this slick, modern place is starting to show its age, but still has plenty of sparkle. A big hit with passing suits, ‘executive’ standards are maintained throughout.
E San Guesthouse
Just off the river in a small, beautifully restored wooden house ringed by a long verandah, this is a very atmospheric place to stay. The cheapest rooms share bathrooms and there are also rooms in a new building. Bikes are free.
You can snag some river views from the 3rd-floor terrace (and some of the rooms) at this concrete tower that falls somewhere between guest house and hotel.
Thai Nongkhai Guesthouse
The seven rooms and bungalows here are fairly humdrum, but they are gleaming clean and the backyard location makes it pretty peaceful.
A simple place with sparse, shared-bath rooms. The owners set a sluggish pace and allow hush to prevail in the leafy courtyard.
Ruan Thai Guesthouse
Once little more than a small private home, this pleasant spot has grown with the boom time. It now boasts a variety of good-quality rooms, from simple shared-bathroom basics to a family room in a little wooden cottage.
Thai Laos Riverside Hotel
This tour-bus favourite doesn't bother much with maintenance, but if you want a river view, you can do no better. And if you're into tacky hotel clubs, you'll find three of them here.
Budsabong Fine Resort
The stark white exterior won't inspire love at first sight, but get inside and you'll find large, attractive and well-appointed rooms, many with terraces stepping right into the enormous pool. It's out in the country, beyond Sala Kaew Ku.
Baan Mae Rim Nam
A new hotel right on the riverfront, this bright yellow building has great rooms with balconies and river views. The 500B rooms in back, however, are less inviting.