White Orchid's OK: the rooms are a little on the dark side, surprisingly damp and smell a lot like wet-dog, and you can't get Wi-Fi anywhere but in the lobby, but things could be worse . . . But, what's nice about the White Orchid is that the staff can help you organize trips to the jar sites, and there are also several other agencies just a minute or two from the Guesthouse. (Be sure to check out Amazing Lao Travel which offers treks and tours of some of the less frequented jar sites. If you drop by Amazing, ask for Khem. He's a real pro.) Also, Nisha Restaurant (a great little Indian place), Bombie's, Craters and Simmaly are all within 2-3 minute walking distance of the guesthouse. Simmaly's offers the best bag for the buck, in my opinion. There's also a Chinese restaurant nearby, but, unless you can speak Chinese, don't expect much. Even if you can, the place can be a little underwhelming (especially considering how bad the service is). Last but not least, there's a bank with an ATM pretty much across the street from the guesthouse, which makes getting cash easy if you're strapped. Last point: don't accept a ride from the "taxi" drivers at the bus station. They charge outrageously high prices to get you from the station to the Guesthouse; money that can very well be saved if you're willing to walk 20 or so minutes.
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