As you might have read on our Laos spending review, we had one of our rougher stretches as we traveled through the northern part of Laos on the Mekong River “slow boat cruise”. There were some incredible sites, but the lodging wasn’t quite up to the same standards as the rest of SE Asia!! In fact, we had our cheapest stay of the trip in Huay Xai before crossing the border into Thailand at a small guest house.
Here’s our $10 room, which we actually felt like we overpaid for after we spent some time in it! It wouldn’t have been so bad if not for the dirty sheets and pillows, ants everywhere, nasty bathroom, or the smell of something dead in the corner of the room.
A little over a week later, we lived the high life in Chiang Mai as we stayed at the Le Meridien Chiang Mai on hotel points, and we got upgraded to the Executive Suite! Needless to say, we highly enjoyed our five nights there, but the bad part is we were reluctant to even leave the room!