I personally really enjoyed being here, so I stayed a week. I went to this guesthouse just uphill from the sauna. If you really want to just chill next to a river, drink beers or go hiking to nearby villages, then go for it. The accomodations are simple but very hospitable. I really felt like I was living outside of time, and the world kind of paused while I stayed there. No need to try and figure out travel plans online, best just to go and find transportation and housing. For boats anywhere on the Mekong, you can just go to where the boats dock. This is where you can get the regular prices. I really love Laos.....!!!