Guesthouses, hotels and resorts
Historic Quarter: Budget
The heart of Luang Prabang's historic quarter is given over to some luxurious hotels but there is also a good selection of backpacker guesthouses and budget hostels to choose from. Check down the back streets for the best deals.
Fantastic flashpacker valueSouliyavongsa Road (Mekong River road)
T: (020) 5508 0903;
Just down the road and around the corner from the main intersection in town is Tha Heua Me Guesthouse. This place feels similar to many guesthouses along this road in the $50 price range but Tha Heua ... Read the full review of Tha Heua Me Guesthouse.
Great valueSisavangthana Road, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 254 426;
Conveniently located on a quiet backstreet sandwiched between the Mekong River and the main road, Nam Sok Guesthouse 3 is a budget-friendly place with free WiFi. The rooms contain springy beds, some ... Read the full review of Namsok Guesthouse 3.
Wood, wood and more woodBan Vat Nong, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 260 283; F: (071) 260 284
The popular Lao Wooden House lives up to its name: 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 Road
T: (071) 212 994;
Khongsavath is popular presumably because it is a good balance of style and value and is perfect for flashpackers. The rooms here are tastefully decorated and the customary hard beds are covered with ... Read the full review of Khongsavath Guesthouse.
Popular backpacker hauntSisavangvathana Road, Ban Xieang Mouane, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 212 416;
Kinnaly is a popular backpacker haunt and so it should be. The rooms here are immaculately clean, complete with polished wooden floors, big hard beds with clean sheets, bright bathrooms with hardly ... Read the full review of Kinnaly Guesthouse.
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.
Riverside cheapyKhem Khong Road (Mekong River road)
If a cheap riverside guesthouse is what you’re after, Kong Kham Guesthouse should fit the bill nicely with its dark rooms and free WiFi. The rooms come with beds covered in cheap sheets, hot water ... Read the full review of Kong Kham Guesthouse.
Watch tak bat from your balconySisavang Vattana Rd, Ban Vat Nong
T: (071) 253 555; F: (071) 260 252
In a sunny yellow building set one block back from the Mekong riverfront, Champa is a warm and welcoming spot. Rooms are bright and clean with big beds, crisp white linens and colourful accent ... Read the full review of Villa Champa.
Breath of fresh airSisavang Wattana Road, Ban XIeng Mouane, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 254 223; F: (071) 254 214
In a pretty French colonial-style building, Saykham's cosy rooms and welcoming staff are hard to resist. Guests are greeted by a pretty Spanish-tiled entryway that leads into a green courtyard where ... Read the full review of Villa Saykham.USD 20 to 50 4 votes Midrange
Pricey but with its charms86/6 Ban Xieng Mouane, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 252 152;
A lush garden sits at the centre of Xieng Moune with two buildings of rooms set around it. At the front is an old colonial-style house whose lovely rooms feature hardwood floors and antique ... Read the full review of Xieng Mouane Guesthouse.USD 20 to 50 4 votes Midrange
Watch the monks from your windowSakkarine Road (opposite Wat Sene), Luang Prabang
T: (071) 212 074; F: (071) 212 074
In classic Luang Prabang style, Senesouk is a two-floor guesthouse with white-washed exterior walls and dark wooden accents. Rooms are elegant with understated teak furniture, richly coloured local ... Read the full review of Villa Senesouk.USD 20 to 50 15 votes Midrange
Comfotable and stylishKounxoa Road, Ban Vat Nong, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 252 555; F: (071) 260 396
There are two sections to Sokdee Residence. An older building out the back with rooms priced very well for the quality on offer and a newer building out the front offering a more luxurious stay. The ... Read the full review of Sokdee Residence.USD 10 to 20 6 votes Flashpacker
Overpriced family-run guesthouseOunkham Road
T: (020) 5560 6296;
This is another great guesthouse along the Mekong with polished hardwood floors and a more upmarket feel than the budget places scattered throughout town. It’s a family-run affair with great big ... Read the full review of Alounsavath Guesthouse.
Air-con on a budgetBan Xieng Mouane, Luang Prabang (in alley off main road)
T: (071) 254 512;
Set back from the main road and just behind the cheap open-air eateries favoured by many a budget traveller, Sackarinh is a decent backpacker guesthouse with a good central location. The rooms come ... Read the full review of Sackarinh Guest House.
Old-world elegance on a flashpacker budgetSotikoumman Rd. Ban Xieng Mouane, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 252 614;
The highlight of this charming guesthouse are the rooms located in the main colonial building which ooze old-world class. The rooms all feature air-con, fridge, cable TV, WiFi and rock hard beds with ... Read the full review of Sayo Guesthouse Xieng Mouane.USD 20 to 50 13 votes Midrange
Behind Joma Bakery
Directly behind and to the south of Joma Bakery is a veritable guesthouse village with just about every place with a roof offering lodgings. This area has some of the cheapest guesthouses in Luang Prabang.
Solid wood roomsBan Ho Xieng, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 254 703;
Ho Xieng 2 Guesthouse is a top flashpacker guesthouse right around the corner from a couple of flashpacker cafes, Delilah's and Joma. What's so good about the rooms at Ho Xieng 2 is that they are ... Read the full review of Hoxieng 2 Guesthouse.
Fabulous 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. With private hot water bathroom with Western toilet, these rooms have tastefully decorated beds, hard wood floors ... Read the full review of Wat That Guesthouse.
One of the best value option in town27/2 Ban Hoa Xieng, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 252 756;
Our top pick in the Ban Hoxieng area, Somjith offers two buildings of clean and comfy rooms. Rooms in the new dark wooden building have hardwood floors, big windows and fixings like air-con and ... Read the full review of Somjith Guesthouse.USD 10 to 20 7 votes Flashpacker
Great value air-con roomsBan Wat That, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 254 740;
The air-con part of Suan Keo Guesthouse is absolutely fantastic value and we're surprised it's not booked up months in advance. The wooden floored rooms come in double and twin configurations and all ... Read the full review of Suan Keo Guesthouse.
Cheap!19/02 Kousack Road, Ban Ho Xieng
T: (071) 252 061;
If all you're interested in is a cheap room in Luang Prabang, then you can't get a whole lot cheaper than Khonesavanh Guesthouse. Rooms here don't have much in them, like most of the cheapest places ... Read the full review of Khonesavanh Guesthouse.
Bank of the Nam Khan
The Nam Kham is attractive in its own right and looking over its waters are some fine establishments, especially clustered near the bike bridge. There are some very good value hotels and guesthouses in this part of Luang Prabang.
Top budget optionJust off Phousi Road near Hive Bar
T: (020) 5567 2219;
A cheap air-con guesthouse in the bar district, Vilayluk Guesthouse stands out as a place of great value. The rooms are quite plain and the blankets on the bed a bit drab, but what you do get is a ... Read the full review of Vilayluk Guesthouse.
Escape to natureOn the banks of the Nam Khan River, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 253 234;
Situated on the banks of the Nam Khan, Thongbay's stylish bungalows are a refreshing alternative to the colonial guesthouses that dominate town. With thatched roofs and bamboo and wooden walls, the ... Read the full review of Thongbay Guesthouse.USD 20 to 50 11 votes Midrange
Cheap, bare roomsChao Chomphou Road, Ban Visoun
T: (071) 212 805;
Thony is a bit out of town down near the bike and foot bridge which crosses the Nam Khan. This will be a blessing for most, but if you have a problem with a 10-minute walk to get into town, this ... Read the full review of Thony 1 Guesthouse.
Good cheapyNam Khan River Road, Luang Prabang
T: (020) 2222 4888;
The rooms at Villa King Khan are more modern than the cheapest places in town and feature great woodern floors and refreshing air-con. The beds are as hard as concrete as is the norm in Laos, the ... Read the full review of Villa King Khan.
Great midrange valueNam Khan River Road, 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 the luxury range. Located on the Nam Khan at the far end of the ... Read the full review of Villa Somphong.
Come for the viewsPhousi Road, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 252 325;
There are two types of rooms at Villa Merry I – those with views and those without. The rooms without views are okay, but it's not worth coming this far out of town for a room that is nothing ... Read the full review of Villa Merry No. 1.USD 20 to 50 5 votes Midrange
Reasonable midrange, near barsPhousi Road, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 252 325;
Villa Merry III is popular because it's located right in the thick of the action around the Hive Bar and away from the throngs on the main road. The rooms here are very respectable and feature enough ... Read the full review of Villa Merry III.
Trendy digs near the barsPhousi Rd, Ban Aphai, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 260 299; F: (071) 260 299
The younger, hipper sister of the first Villa Sokxai, it's clear from the moment you enter the lobby that this spot has a style of its own. The spacious upstairs rooms are the stars and boast ... Read the full review of Villa Sokxai 2.
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.
Southern Luang Prabang
This area has an excellent selection of cheap guesthouses and some outstanding luxury hotels. It encompasses everything south of the Museum save the area behind Joma and the bank of the Nam Khan.
Great value for backpackersSisouphanh Road, Ban Aham, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 212 227;
Although the chipped paint on the walls gives a cheap and nasty feel, the rooms at Chitlatda are quite clean and functional. The beds are soft and a little saggy and topped with cheap sheets and the ... Read the full review of Chitlatda Guesthouse.
Great backpacker vibeSamsanthai Road, Luang Prabang
Opened in 2008, Spicy Laos is the only true hostel in Luang Prabang. It's a dorm-only affair and the prices here are incredibly cheap for Luang Prabang. Cleanliness leaves something to be desired, ... Read the full review of Spicy Laos.Under USD 10 2 votes Backpacker
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 perfect for those looking for a little solitude and peace, with cash to burn. Common areas are quiet with a colonial charm that extends into the ... Read the full review of Satri House Secret Retreats.Over USD 100 2 votes Luxury
Rejuvenate your soulOutskirts of Luang Prabang
T: (020) 5929 1119;
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. Set against a backdrop of jungle and rolling mountains, ... Read the full review of Khoun and Khone Guesthouse.USD 20 to 50 13 votes Midrange
Fancy grounds, simple 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 grand entrance betrays the average rooms inside. On offer are 18 doubles and one family room, all with attached bathroom, satellite TV, and free ... Read the full review of Sabaidee Guesthouse.USD 20 to 50 2 votes Midrange
Professionally run, but not the best valueNo.22 Ban That Luang, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 212 204;
Set outside the tourist zone, Malida occupies a cute white house with a green tiled roof. There isn't much in terms of furniture or style, but rooms are spotlessly clean. Rooms come with air-con, but ... Read the full review of Malida Guesthouse.USD 20 to 50 3 votes Midrange
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 staff at the Souvannaphoum will make you feel like kings and queens. Rooms are situated in two buildings -- La Residence and the Garden ... Read the full review of Maison Souvannaphoum.
A secluded feel without leaving townPhamahapasaman Rd, Ban Viengxay, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 252 154;
Clean and modern, Jaliya is great value if you don't mind the 10-minute walk to the riverfront. There's a variety of fan or air-con rooms in the main building, some with small balconies, but the ... Read the full review of Jaliya Guesthouse.Under USD 10 6 votes Backpacker
Historic Quarter: Upmarket
The heart of the historic quarter is home to some of Luang Prabang's best luxury resorts and boutique hotels including Mekong Riverside and 3 Nagas.
Hidden oasisBan Phone Houang, Sisalenrmsak Road, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 212 906; F: (071) 212 906
Located up near Wat Xieng Thong just off the main road is Khoum Xieng Thong. It looks like nothing special from the outside and if you were walking past you might dismiss it as a cheap place. But pop ... Read the full review of Khoum Xieng Thong Guesthouse.
Colonial luxuryOunkham Road
T: (071) 260 733/44;
There’s no doubt that this is a more luxurious hotel from simply looking at the price. But what is special about this place is the mixture of colonial elegance and luxury. The two don’t always go ... 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
Occupying two restored colonial buildings facing each other, this is the best luxury option in the heart of Luang Prabang. The design ethos is a modern take on traditional style and restoration was ... Read the full review of 3 Nagas.
Charming old hotel with old fixturesOunkham Road, Luang Prabang
T: (071) 212 100; F: (071) 212 085
As soon as you walk up the stairs and in through the grand entrance of Le Calao Inn you know you’ve stumbled onto something good. This old colonial hotel has undergone far fewer renovations than ... Read the full review of Le Calao Inn.
Professional mid-range hotelMekong Riverside Road (Mekong River road)
T: (071) 254 991;
Mekong Holiday Villa is a popular hotel located across from the Mekong River and just behind the National Museum. With a properly staffed reception, this place feels slightly more professional than ... Read the full review of Mekong Holiday Villa.
Very nice, but overpricedKhem Kong Road (Mekong River road)
T: (071) 212 726;
Lan Kham Guesthouse is a nice little family-run guesthouse just across the road from the Mekong River and the multitude of restaurants that sit on its fringe. The look and feel of solid wood when you ... Read the full review of Lan Kham Guesthouse.
Elegant rooms in a colonial building81/1 Ounkham Road (Mekong River road)
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
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