Santisouk Guesthouse is one of many hotels and guesthouses in this small town. There is a wide selection, but we didn’t take the time to shop. After the six and a half hour boat ride, and then being met at the Pak Beng landing by a large and unpleasant group of touts trying to push their businesses, we just wanted to get into a place that was half decent and call it a day.
Santisouk met the bill.
We grabbed a room in the newer part of the hotel. It was your basic small room with a king bed, its own bathroom, fan instead of air conditioning, no fridge, and no in-room coffee service. But it was clean, relatively new, and relatively well-made.
And at 240 baht, it was inexpensive.
The hotel has a restaurant, and that’s where it makes its money. We spent four times as much on food as we did on the room; for a dinner, a breakfast (not included with the room), and a bag lunch for the second day on the road. The dinner was pretty good. The breakfast and lunch were poor. Food prices for the dinner dishes were about 2-1/2 times the normal rates we had encountered in Thailand.
Perhaps there are better options in Pak Beng; but as I mentioned, we didn’t take the time to look. I can say that Santisouk is an acceptable option. Just be prepared to shell out some dough to eat there.