You know, TripAdvisor seems to have a lot of people that want to pay $3 a night or whatever in fairly touristy Asian towns and get a palace in return. Well, it's just not going to happen. So either pay a bit more for a better place that you like. Or don't and stop whining about it when it's not the Four Seasons you want it to be.
The Thaveesinh Hotel in Houayxai may be one of the slightly more expensive options but no one's going to make you stay there, especially in low season. So if you don't like paying a dollar more than for a room somewhere else, don't.
Pluses of this place BASED ON THE ROOM I HAD (Room 312, third floor front left): Location, decent TV channels (if that matters much to you), hot shower, proper toilet that flushed, firm but not harshly so bed, good pillows, cold fridge, plenty of electric outlets for charging stuff, a decent balcony- if you have that room, working air-conditioning. And very key, no roaches or flies.
A specific minus to that room is that it's exactly next to a flat that has a bunch of people who live in it that get up about 6am (it's the flat above the bank) and they start cooking and yammering on their balcony. Obviously the other rooms don't have this issue.
Minuses of this place IN GENERAL: It can close a bit earlier than the stated 11pm curfew so be prepared to rattle the front shutters to get in, a little noisy in the morning since it's right across from two little street restaurants that get to work chopping and grinding and selling around 7am, (and related) there are several dogs at this end of the main street that get a little randy every now and then and also bark a lot so there will be dog noise. If you're on holiday and want to sleep in until 10am, this isn't the place for you.
The main minus is that they tend to insist on charging in Baht and they're not really supposed to and you're not really supposed to pay in Baht. But if it bugs you a lot, try paying in Kip and see if they'll go for it. I couldn't be hugely bothered but maybe you can.
The people that own the hotel own the money changer and the shop next door. The lady who seems to be in charge speaks English fairly well and, if treated nicely, will be helpful. Like in a lot of places, if you come across all stroppy, you won't get a lot of help in return.
They will arrange minibus tickets and boat tickets and all that sort of thing- just like any other place in Houayxai- and for the same price as any other place.
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