Most of the accommodation in Nong Khiaw is either river facing or located near the river. If it is river facing, the cost tends to be higher and lower if it is not facing the river. The guest houses are located on either side of the river, though the bulk of the guest houses are on the eastern side. When I was at Nong Khiaw, I opted for a stay away from the river to save on some cost and landed at Lin Tong Guest House where I stayed in their bamboo huts. Below review is based on my recent experience of staying with them.
1) For 40,000 kip or ~5USD, you get a bamboo hut with attached bathroom and private sitout. Keeping that in mind, I feel it offers great value for money. The room comes with 2 beds, a fan and hot shower.
2) The room doesn’t get either too hot during the day or too cold during the night as it is made of bamboo.
3) The hot shower is good, but only if the force of the water is less.
4) There is free wi-fi available, but the speed is a bit slow. But, that is the case with all of Nong Khiaw.
5) The beds come with mosquito nets and hence insects or mosquitos are not a problem even though if you close the hut door, there is hardly any trouble.
6) The main problem with the bamboo hut is that the other huts are situated about less than a foot away and hence you can hear them talk or give you less privacy in your room.
7) The people managing these huts are very good and helpful and ensure that they can make your stay comfortable.
The place is basic, but is ideal for backpackers or budget travelers planning a long stay. For the price, it is good value for money.