There are five guest houses that I am aware of in Lak Sao although I am sure there are a few more tucked away as well. The five I know about I have also been inside to look at their rooms and quickly came to the conclusion that the Souriya Hotel is the best of a bad lot!
Over the last three years I reckon I have stayed in this place for at least five weeks in total. I find it funny that the first four letters of the hotels name is ‘sour’ as the lady owner and manager sure fits the description! It took me until about my third visit to win her over and now I even get a smile when I arrive.
There are a few different rooms to chose from and I recommend getting one towards the back as the front ones can be quite noisy. Sure they have balconies but the dust is so thick you will never use them! When I stay for longer then a few nights I usually take one of the larger rooms for 80,000 kip per night which is $10. (Some photos here) On this trip I wasn’t hanging around for long so took a much smaller one for 60,000 kip, about $7.
The rooms get serviced every day and I have often left a lot of valuable items in the room and nothing has ever gone missing. The beds are terrible but the hot water burns you clean at the end of the day. Although it is not widely known, if you drop your washing off in the morning it will be waiting for you that evening on your bed, clean, pressed and smelling great for a price so cheap you don’t even need to ask.
No facilities to speak of at all and if you want something to eat that is not Laos road kill and has an English (well sort of) menu then cross the street veer left and take the driveway down past the beer shop where there is a outdoor restaurant 50 metres down and on your left.
These pics are from the 60,000 kip room. The bigger 80,000 kip room is twice the size and has a second bed.