Guesthouses, hotels and resorts
Historic Quarter: Budget
The peninsula is notable for its luxury and top-range hotels, but there is also a good selection of backpacker and flashpacker guesthouses to choose from. Check down the back streets for better quality and the best deals as those with a Mekong riverside location often don’t represent good value.
Hidden oasisBan Phone Houang, Sisalenrmsak Road, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 212 906; F: (071) 212 906
Khoum Xieng Thong Guesthouse is a pleasant surprise. Located on a lane beside Wat Xieng Thong, it looks like nothing special from the outside and if you were walking past you’d probably dismiss it ... Read the full review of Khoum Xieng Thong Guesthouse.
Fantastic flashpacker valueSouliyavongsa Rd (Mekong River road)
T: (020) 5508 0903;
Tha Heua Me Guesthouse sits at the crosshairs of the action, right on the Mekong just down the road from the morning market, night market and main town intersection. It’s a busy but convenient ... Read the full review of Tha Heua Me Guesthouse.
Wood, wood and more woodBan Vat Nong, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 260 283; F: (071) 260 284
Popular Lao Wooden House lives up to its name: The rooms have wood-panelled walls, wood balconies are furnished with hardwood tables and chairs, and even the bathrooms have rich wooden accents. ... Read the full review of Lao Wooden House.USD 20 to 50 2 votes Midrange
Good flashpacker optionOunkham Rd, Ban Vat Nong, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 212 994;
Khongsavath is popular presumably because of its Mekong river location and it has a good balance of style and value – just the ticket for flashpackers. All the rooms here are tastefully decorated ... Read the full review of Khongsavath Guesthouse.
Good dealSisavangthana Rd, Ban Xieng Mouane, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 254 426;
Conveniently located on a quiet backstreet sandwiched between the Mekong and the main road, Namsok Guesthouse 3 is a budget-friendly place with free albeit spotty WiFi and it’s as cheap as it gets ... Read the full review of Namsok Guesthouse 3.
Popular backpacker hauntSisavangvathana Rd, Ban Xieng Mouane, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 212 416;
Located beside Cafe Toui on a road running between the main street and the Mekong, Kinnaly is a popular backpacker haunt and so it should be. The rooms here are immaculately clean, complete with ... Read the full review of Kinnaly Guesthouse.
Pricey but with its charms86/6 Ban Xieng Mouane, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 252 152;
Xieng Mouane Guesthouse is comprised of two buildings set around a lush garden. Like its neighbour Sayo Xieng Mouane, it has old world touches like shuttered windows, French doors, old photographs ... Read the full review of Xieng Mouane Guesthouse.USD 20 to 50 3 votes Midrange
Good cheap optionBan Paphai, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 212 752;
This is another traditional Lao-style house converted into a guesthouse, except Paphai hasn't been renovated and offers only basic accommodation. Rooms are small and fan-cooled with simple furniture ... Read the full review of Paphai Guest House.
In the heart of the bar sceneSisouphan Road, Ban Aham (at the Aussie Sports Bar, near Kop Noi and Hive Bar)
T: (071) 254 706;
Location, location, location. If you want to stay in the heart of Luang Prabang’s convivial bar scene, Aham Corner Guesthouse is a great option. The guesthouse, part of the Aussie Sports Bar, is ... Read the full review of Aham Corner Guesthouse .
Low budget on the MekongOunkham Rd, Ban Vat Nong, Luang Prabang
T: (020) 5560 6296;
Along with its neighbour Khongsavath Guesthouse, this is a great guesthouse for those looking for a budget place on the Mekong. It’s a family-run affair with great big rooms on the second floor ... Read the full review of Alounsavath Guesthouse.
Cheerful guesthouseSisavang Vattana Rd, Ban Vat Nong
T: (071) 253 555; F: (071) 260 252
In a cheerfully sunny yellow building set one block back from the Mekong riverfront, Villa Champa is a warm and welcoming spot. The hotel is well maintained and nicely painted. The rooms are bright ... Read the full review of Villa Champa.
Breath of fresh airSisavang Wattana Rd, Ban Xieng Mouane, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 254 223; F: (071) 254 214
Their business card summarises: “A nice and comfortable lodging in the Centre of the World Heritage City,” and you know what, it’s spot on. In a pretty French colonial-style building, Villa ... Read the full review of Villa Saykham.USD 20 to 50 4 votes Midrange
Watch the monks from your windowSakkarine Rd (opposite Wat Sene), Ban Vat Sene, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 212 074; F: (071) 212 074
Villa Senesouk is a two-building guesthouse with whitewashed exterior walls and dark wooden accents. It’s located on the main street in the heart of the peninsula, in an area with a high ... Read the full review of Villa Senesouk.USD 20 to 50 15 votes Midrange
Comfortable and stylishKounxoa Rd, Ban Vat Nong, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 252 555; F: (071) 260 396
There are two sections to Sokdee Residence and both are well priced for what they offer. The newer building out front offers a more luxurious stay and this one fills quickly because it’s ... Read the full review of Sokdee Residence.USD 10 to 20 6 votes Flashpacker
Air-con on a budgetSisavangvong Rd, Ban Xieng Mouane, Luang Prabang (in alley off main road, across from Opera House bar)
T: (071) 254 512;
Sackarinh Guest House is a pleasant surprise. It’s located in the heart of all the shops, agencies and restaurants on the main street, tucked a few steps down an alley. There’s no heritage charm ... Read the full review of Sackarinh Guest House.Under USD 10 3 votes Backpacker
Old-world elegance on a flashpacker budgetXatikhoumman Rd, Ban Xieng Mouane, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 252 614;
This guesthouse has a lot of character at a flashpacker price. You can tell it's something quite special from the moment you enter and see the lobby’s pretty vintage tiled floor, bookcase of ... Read the full review of Sayo Guesthouse Xieng Mouane.USD 20 to 50 13 votes Midrange
Behind Joma Bakery
Directly behind Joma Bakery Cafe is a veritable guesthouse village. Four lanes run between the main street and the Mekong and just about every place with a roof offers lodging. Up until a year ago, we would have said it was THE area with the cheapest rooms. However, a significant number of these once family-owned guesthouses have been leased to Chinese businesspeople and these joints now cater to a Chinese clientele. Prices in this area have inflated, especially during high season, while building maintenance and warm Lao hospitality have sadly diminished. There are still enough cheap guesthouses to be found and we nevertheless recommend you start here if you’re on the hunt since tuk tuks from the bus stations and slow boat pier usually drop the newly arrived at Joma Bakery Cafe.
Polished rooms on a budgetBan Ho Xieng, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 254 703;
Hoxieng 2 Guesthouse is a flashpacker priced spot just down the lane from Joma Bakery Cafe, and it’s one of our top picks for this area. It has more poise and polish than your average backpacker ... Read the full review of Hoxieng 2 Guesthouse.
Good value air-con roomsBan Wat That, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 254 740;
Suan Keo Guesthouse is good value and we're not surprised that it’s a popular place with backpackers. The wooden floored rooms come in double and twin configurations and all have free WiFi. Apart ... Read the full review of Suan Keo Guesthouse.Under USD 10 3 votes Backpacker
A basic budget choiceBan Wat That, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 212 913;
The fan-cooled rooms at Wat That Guesthouse are a great deal for budget travellers in low season but are grossly inflated in high season. These rooms have bare beds, hard wood floors and fans in an ... Read the full review of Wat That Guesthouse.
Popular place in Ban Hoxieng27/2 Ban Hoa Xieng, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 252 756 ;
Somjith (also spelled Somchith on some signs) offers clean and comfy rooms in two buildings located on a short, less trafficked lane running up from the Mekong. Rooms in the sparkling new building ... Read the full review of Somjith Guesthouse.USD 10 to 20 7 votes Flashpacker
Bank of the Nam Khan
One of the best places to stay in Luang Prabang is along the Nam Khan river. It’s quieter and classier than the Mekong, with better places to stay, tranquil scenery, a lazy pace, less traffic and fantastic dining options. Several good value midrange and upscale boutique hotels have opened here. Further up river is the heart of Luang Prabang’s convivial backpacker bar scene where there are some good budget accommodation.
Decent budget optionBan Aphai, on the lane to Wat Aphai, close to Redbul Bar
T: (020) 5567 2219;
A cheap air-con guesthouse close to Wat Aphai, Vilayluk Guesthouse stands out as a place of fair value in a town full of less than stellar backpacker options. The rooms are spartan, the blankets on ... Read the full review of Vilayluk Guesthouse.
Escape to natureBan Vieng Mai, Wat Sakem, on the banks of the Nam Khan River, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 253 234;
Situated on the banks of the Nam Khan, upriver from town between the motorbike bridge and the “new bridge” leading to the airport, Thongbay's stylish bungalows are a refreshing alternative to ... Read the full review of Thongbay Guesthouse.USD 20 to 50 10 votes Midrange
Stylish and peaceful1 Old Bridge, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 254 699; F: (071) 410 488
Le Bel Air Boutique Resort is yet another reasonably priced hotel vying for top spot in Luang Prabang’s competitive boutique market. The location on the other side of the Nam Khan river means ... Read the full review of Le Bel Air Boutique Resort.
Lovely and secludedMeung Nga Street, Ban Meung Nga, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 252 853; F: (071) 71 212 986
My Dream Boutique Resort offers excellent value, hits all the right notes with style and comfort, and is set in lovely natural surrounds. View of My Dream’s front lobby and restaurant Located on ... Read the full review of My Dream Boutique Resort.
Cheap, bare roomsChao Chomphou Rd, Ban Visoun, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 212 805;
Thony 1 is a bit out of town on a laneway just before the motorbike bridge over the Nam Khan. If you have a problem with a 10-minute walk to get into town, this isn't for you. Located in a cluster of ... Read the full review of Thony 1 Guesthouse.
Great midrange valueNam Khan River Rd, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 254 896;
Villa Somphong hits a sweet spot for those travellers happy to pay a little more for a stylish room but not willing to move into top-range prices. Flashpackers will delight in both the location and ... Read the full review of Villa Somphong.
Come for the viewsNam Khan riverside, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 252 325;
There are two types of rooms at Villa Merry I: those with views and those without, and you definitely want the room with the view -- otherwise it's not worth coming this far out for a mediocre room ... Read the full review of Villa Merry No. 1.USD 20 to 50 5 votes Midrange
Reasonable valueKingkitsalath Road, Ban Khili
T: (071) 213 299;
One of the best areas to stay in Luang Prabang is on the peninsula along the Nam Khan River. Here you’ll find Villa Laodeum Nam Khan View. With just seven rooms and an excellent location, this ... Read the full review of Villa Laodeum Nam Khan View.
Clinical luxuryBan Phanluang, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 254 670;
We were surprised by the chilly welcome we received when we visited luxury boutique hotel The Apsara Rive Droite and inquired about a possible three-night stay. The person at the front desk informed ... Read the full review of Apsara Rive Droite.
Excellent mid-range choiceBan Aphai, Phousi Road, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 252 325;
Villa Merry III, also known as Villa Merry Lao and Villa Merry Lao-Swiss, is popular because it's a solid, clean and pleasant place located right in the thick of the action between the Aussie Sports ... Read the full review of Villa Merry III.
Trendy digs near the barsBan Aphai, across from Redbul Bar and Hive Bar, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 260 299; F: (071) 260 299
Like Vilayluk Guesthouse, Villa Sokxai 2 is in the heart of Luang Prabang’s small but lively bar and nightlife district. The spacious upstairs rooms are the stars and boast soft-ish beds and ... Read the full review of Villa Sokxai 2.
Good location but overpricedKingkitsarath Rd (road along the Nam Khan River), Luang Prabang
T: (020) 2222 4888;
We were shocked when we revisited Villa King Khan. What we had once described as a “good cheapy” at 150,000 kip per night is now an expensive guesthouse offering mediocre value as the rates have ... Read the full review of Villa King Khan.
Riverview backpacker digsNam Khan River Road, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 212 946;
Pathoumphone is an old budget guesthouse in an area renowned for upmarket options. Its location on the banks of the Nam Khan is an anomaly in this price range and those wanting a spot on the river on ... Read the full review of Pathoumphone Guesthouse.Under USD 10 2 votes Backpacker
Southern Luang Prabang
This area has an excellent selection of cheap guesthouses and outstanding boutique luxury hotels. You are within walking distance of the town centre and night market without the bustle, traffic and the noise.
Clean comfort, wonderful service113 Manomai Road, Ban Mano, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 261 668;
Le Sen Boutique Hotel is another new entry into Luang Prabang’s boutique hotel market, and it’s hard to find any faults. While it won’t win any architecture awards and it’s not a heritage ... Read the full review of Le Sen Boutique Hotel.
Rustic charmOutskirts of Luang Prabang
T: (020) 5235 4242;
It's hard to say what we love more, the guesthouse's charming rural setting, its gracious hosts Khoun and Khone or the friendly cats and dogs. If you are looking for a rural getaway while still ... Read the full review of Khoun and Khone Guesthouse.USD 20 to 50 13 votes Midrange
Surprisingly good rooms70 Thammamikalath Rd, Ban That Luang, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 253 143; F: (071) 253 328
Set in a big courtyard with a fountain, Sabaidee's unattractive entrance doesn’t do the rooms inside any justice. If you can ignore the heaps of building material rubbish and sad attempt at scrap ... Read the full review of Sabaidee Guesthouse.
Professionally run, basic rooms22 Ban That Luang, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 212 204;
Set outside the tourist zone a few doors from Sabaidee Guesthouse, Malida occupies a cute white house with a green tiled roof. There isn't much in terms of furniture or style, but the 15 rooms are ... Read the full review of Malida Guesthouse.USD 20 to 50 3 votes Midrange
Over a pretty pondPhothisarath Road, Ban Thatluang, Luang Prabang
T: (020) 5565 5013, (071) 255 588; F: (071) 253 914
Few hotels in Luang Prabang are as specially situated as Maison Dalabua. Did you know, when UNESCO designated the town a World Heritage Centre in 1995, not only did they protect 34 temples and 443 ... Read the full review of Maison Dalabua.
Be pampered like royaltyChao Fa Ngum Rd, Ban That Luang, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 254 609; F: (071) 212 577
Once home to Lao royalty, the opulent rooms and professional, eager to please staff at Maison Souvannaphoum will make you feel like kings and queens. Rooms are situated in two buildings. The La ... Read the full review of Maison Souvannaphoum.
Stunning057 Phothisarath Rd, Ban That Luang, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 253 491; F: (071) 253 418
Tucked away in an overgrown garden, Satri House is a French-colonial property just made for those looking for elegance and sophistication – and for those with cash to burn. A member of Secret ... Read the full review of Satri House.
Good backpacker optionPhamahapasaman Rd, Ban Viengxay, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 252 154; F: (071) 212 294
Clean and modern, Jaliya is great value if you don't mind the 10-minute walk to the town centre and the busy street. There's a variety of fan or air-con rooms in the main building. The rooms have ... Read the full review of Jaliya Guesthouse.Under USD 10 6 votes Backpacker
Historic Quarter: Upmarket
The heart of the historic quarter, located in the peninsula, is home to a few charming luxury boutique properties including The Belle Rive and Mekong Riverview Hotel. Due to UNESCO restrictions, swimming pools cannot be built within the historic area so if you’re looking for a hotel with a pool, you’ll have to look outside this area.
Colonial luxuryOunkham Rd, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 260 733/44;
The Belle Rive’s stunning cream and blue French colonial facade stops people cold and makes them instantly whip out their camera. This hotel is spread over three buildings along the Mekong River ... Read the full review of The Belle Rive.
Top notch luxury97/5, Ban Vatnong, Sakkaline Road, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 253 888; F: (071) 253 999
Although Accor, an international hotel chain, has taken over management of this property, the hotel retains its old world heritage charm. Its best asset is undeniably its location, and not the two ... Read the full review of 3 Nagas.
Hotel feel, guesthouse priceKounxoua Rd, Ban Phoneheuang, Luang Prabang
T: (021) 260 804, (021) 260 806;
On the same charming quiet lane as Ammata Guesthouse and Lotus Villa, Ancient Luangprabang Inn is an elegant guesthouse that represents excellent value. The room interiors feel like that of a hotel, ... Read the full review of Ancient Luangprabang Inn Ban Phoneheuang.
Heritage chicKingkitsalath Road, Ban Khili, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 255 031, (071) 213 331;
Situated on a serene stretch of the Nam Khan River, Burasari Heritage is one of the few luxury properties right in the peninsula/historic areas of town and its location is unbeatable. The 22 rooms, ... Read the full review of Burasari Heritage.
Good locationSakkarine Rd, Ban Khili, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 253 918;
It would be a stretch to call The View Pavilion a hotel. It’s a polished guesthouse with an excellent location, and it’s the location that you primarily pay for, so don’t expect bells and ... Read the full review of The View Pavilion.
In the thick of itSisavangvong Rd, Ban Pakham
T: (071) 212 264;
You can’t get more centrally located in Luang Prabang than Indigo House. The 12-room hotel is on the main street, in arguably the busiest block in town. If you want to be in the thick of the ... Read the full review of Indigo House.
Clean, simple and cosyKounxoa Road, Ban Phone Heuang, near Wat Nong, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 212 175;
When people ask us for a recommendation of a nice midrange guesthouse in Luang Prabang, Ammata Guesthouse is one of our top picks. Starting at $30 a night, it’s not priced for the ... Read the full review of Ammata Guesthouse.
Pricey but an old favouriteMekong River Road, Ban Xiengthong
T: (071) 254 900;
Located at the very tip of the peninsula where the Nam Khan River wraps around to join the Mekong, Mekong Riverview Hotel has been a favourite since it opened in 2007. This expensive owner-managed ... Read the full review of Mekong Riverview Hotel.
Charming and cosyKounxoa Rd, Ban Phone Heuang, near Wat Nong, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 255 050;
On a quaint sidestreet in the heart of Luang Prabang’s old town is Lotus Villa, a charming small hotel. Nestled amid old temples, colonial architecture and beguiling laneways, the hotel’s ... Read the full review of Lotus Villa Boutique Hotel.
Professional mid-range hotelMekong River Rd, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 254 991;
Mekong Holiday Villa is a popular hotel located on the Mekong River road, just behind the National Museum. With a reception properly manned with friendly English speaking staff, this place feels ... Read the full review of Mekong Holiday Villa.
Family-run, but overpricedMekong River Rd, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 212 726;
Lan Kham Guesthouse is a good little family-run guesthouse just across the road from the Mekong River and the multitude of restaurants that sit along the banks. The look and feel of solid wood when ... Read the full review of Lan Kham Guesthouse.
Elegant rooms in a colonial building81/1 Ounkham Rd (Mekong River road), Luang Prabang
T: (071) 252 460;
Located just across the road from the Mekong in a fantastic heritage building, Sala Prabang oozes charm from the very moment you enter the fabulous lobby, which still retains its original tiled ... Read the full review of Sala Prabang.USD 50 to 100 4 votes Toprange
Outside Luang Prabang
Several alluring properties lie more than 10 kilometres outside of Luang Prabang. These are too far to be commuting to and from town, but make great destinations of themselves for those looking for seclusion, serenity and nature. A 25-minute drive and you can be surrounded by rice paddies, mountains and rural villages on the river.
Rest and relaxBan Xieng Lom, Luang Prabang
T: (020) 5855 3133;
Lao Spirit Resort is great escape back to nature only 15 kilometres or a 30-minute drive from Luang Prabang town. Six bungalows dot the hillside and all have pretty views of the Nam Khan River, an ... Read the full review of Lao Spirit Resort.
Lovely rural retreatBan Vanglae Village, Pak Ou District
T: (030) 924 8567; F: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nam Ou Riverside Hotel and Resort joins the growing list of beautiful properties offering an eco-escape from Luang Prabang. The hotel, which neighbours an elephant camp, can be reached by boat, ... Read the full review of Nam Ou Riverside Hotel and Resort.
A lovely green getawayBan Xieng, Luang Prabang
T: (030) 571 7342 / (020) 5877 7038;
You don’t have to travel far from Luang Prabang to feel like you’re off the beaten track and to experience nature. Hillside Nature Lifestyle Lodge is only 30 minutes from town. It’s a laidback ... Read the full review of Hillside Nature Lifestyle Lodge.
Jungle-lite and au naturelBan Xieng Lom Village, Luang Prabang
T: (030) 514 2411;
If you want to experience a little of Laos’ wilderness and nature without having to travel far from Luang Prabang, a getaway to Zen Namkhan Boutique Resort is a great choice. Just 13 kilometres ... Read the full review of Zen Namkhan Boutique Resort.
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