Guesthouses, hotels and resorts
Vang Vieng town
The streets of Vang Vieng are overrun with same-same budget guesthouses, though more upscale places are popping up near the riverbank. Over the past few years true hostels have appeared and even though their bunks cost nearly the same as a fan room, are a big hit with the younger crowd.
Good-value quality backpacker hostelMain road, Vang Vieng
T: (023) 511 593;
This backpacker hostel really is popular with the younger backpacking crowd and rightly so. The owners have done a great job of providing good quality budget accommodation when most places in this ... Read the full review of Central Backpackers.
Good for flashpackersMain road, Vang Vieng
T: (023) 511 632; F: (023) 511 583
This hotel opened in November 2012 and is one of the newer style multi-storey monoliths that have become so prevalent in Vang Vieng over the years. Despite its businesslike exterior, Malany Hotel is ... Read the full review of Malany Hotel.
Extreme budgetBetween Aussie Bar and Irish Bar
Cheap, cheap, cheap. The dorm rooms here smell of sweaty travellers, but they are incredibly cheap and have their own self-contained bathrooms. The private rooms are a bit better but are just as ... Read the full review of Johnny Guesthouse.
Bungalows and hotel roomsRiver Road, Vang Vieng
T: (023) 511 703; F: (023) 511 672
Located down river near the toll bridge leading to the Blue Lagoon, Vilayvong Guesthouse has undergone significant expansion over the past couple of years. What used to be a cluster of simple ... Read the full review of Vilayvong Guesthouse.
Cheap dorm bedsMain road
T: (023) 511 328;
Formerly the Bountang Guesthouse, this three-level building on the main road through town has changed hands and is now a true hostel offering both dorms and private rooms plus lots of communal ... Read the full review of Chillao Youth Hostel.Under USD 10 2 votes Backpacker
Great bungalows by the riverNext to toll bridge south of town
T: (023) 511 460; F: (023) 511 188
The rooms at Villa Vang Vieng Riverside are bungalow style, but with a twist on the usual bamboo construction. These are made entirely out of wood and concrete and feel more like small houses. Each ... Read the full review of Villa Vang Vieng Riverside.USD 50 to 100 1 vote Toprange
T: (023) 511 210;
Domon is among the breed of big multi-level concrete guesthouses that have popped up along the riverbank. That said, it's far more attractive than its competition with grand white pillars and ... Read the full review of Domon Guesthouse.USD 10 to 20 2 votes Flashpacker
Great locationOther side of river from Vang Vieng
The basic bungalows here are very similar in design and style to the Otherside bungalows next door, but these have windows which help to keep insects out, though they detract somewhat from the feel ... Read the full review of Banana Bungalows.
A touch of classRiverside
T: (023) 511 232; F: (023) 511 634
Built in 2005, Elephant Crossing is a popular boutique hotel perched right on the edge of the Nam Song. Its 31 rooms are spread out across four floors and this added height means the views of the ... Read the full review of Elephant Crossing Hotel.USD 20 to 50 5 votes Midrange
Good budget valueSouth end of town, Vang Vieng
T: (023) 511 069;
The rooms at Kianethong are small and basic with big hard beds, cheap linen, old cable TVs and dark hot water bathrooms. But they're very clean, come with free WiFi and icy cold air-con, a rarity in ... Read the full review of Kianethong Guesthouse.
Fantastic valueSouth end of town, Vang Vieng
T: (023) 511 036;
At the south end of the main road well away from the bustle of the pizza-and-TV restaurants, Nana is an attractive choice. Rooms are fairly standard with simple beds, ensuite bathrooms, and the ... Read the full review of Nana Guesthouse.
Centrally located budget accommodationJust up from Gary's Irish Bar
T: (023) 511 083; F: (023) 511 633
Malany Villa is a budget hotel located just up the road from Gary's Irish Bar. Because of its budget status and great location, it's a popular choice with budget travellers and is often full. The ... Read the full review of Malany Villa.Under USD 10 10 votes Backpacker
Charming, but overpricedRiverside
T: (023) 511 637; F: (023) 511 016
Set in an immaculately manicured garden, this riverside stunner is one of the most elegant spots in Vang Vieng. With dark hardwood floors and furniture, crisp white sheets and silk pillowcases, the ... Read the full review of Villa Nam Song.Over USD 100 1 vote Luxury
Special feelRiver Road south of town, Vang Vieng
T: (023) 511 088;
Opened in 2003, Ban Sabai was among the first high-end spots in Vang Vieng. While neighbours like Vansana Hotel and Elephant Crossing were pouring concrete, Ban Sabai went the natural route with ... Read the full review of Ban Sabai Bungalow.USD 20 to 50 8 votes Midrange
Central location, good valueCentre of town, Vang Vieng
T: (020) 5985 1803;
Centrally located, Dokboua is a concrete guesthouse with three levels of rooms that has been doing business for years and is quite popular. The cheapest fan rooms on the ground floor are a bit dark ... Read the full review of Dokboua Guesthouse.
Nice but overpricedMain road, Vang Vieng
T: (023) 511 070;
Three standards of room are offered at Inthira Hotel, with the primary difference being the size. The most expensive rooms also come with a bathtub, but at the published rates, all of the rooms are ... Read the full review of Inthira Hotel.USD 20 to 50 1 vote Midrange
Typical backpacker hauntSouth end of town, Vang Vieng
T: (023) 511 484;
Pan's has changed hands over the years and is now run by Nitsa and Chris. Pan's offers good value and a friendly, communal atmosphere. A unique buzz at Pan's Place comes via everything from its wacky ... Read the full review of Pan's Place.Under USD 10 6 votes Backpacker
Quiet locationSouth end of town, Vang Vieng
T: (023) 511 062;
Long established as a quiet and clean choice, Khamphone is now comprised of three buildings: two adjacent houses and one across the street. Most of the rooms are quite simple with firm beds, a table ... Read the full review of Khamphone Guesthouse.
Quiet guesthouseNear the old runway, Vang Vieng
T: (023) 511 076, (020) 5606 0722;
Pany is a two-storey block guesthouse set back off the main road near the old runway. Rooms on the ground floor are a little dark, but they're air-conditioned and the concrete walls mean they cool ... Read the full review of Pany Guesthouse.
Clean and quietNear the old runway, Vang Vieng
T: (023) 511 063;
Rooms are plainly decorated and beds have firm mattresses and cartoon-character sheets, but there's lots of room to spread out and cleanliness standards are pretty high. All rooms have attached ... Read the full review of Dok Khoun 2.
Outside Vang Vieng
At these spots away from the hustle and bustle of the town centre you get a better opportunity to appreciate Vang Vieng's natural beauty. Some of these are over a kilometre out of town and hiring a bicycle might be a good idea.
Upmarket bungalowsOther side of river from Vang Vieng
T: (020) 5555 7780;
The bungalows at cliff view are more expensive than those next door at Banana and Otherside -- but that's because they are better. Rooms come with better linen, mosquito net, older-style cable TVs, ... Read the full review of Cliff View Bungalows.
A great escapeOtherside of the river, Vang Vieng
T: (020) 5610 6070;
The bungalows at Otherside are simple shacks with hammocks and reasonable beds. The 20 or so bungalows come in two different styles – with private hot water bathroom or not. All rooms are a great ... Read the full review of Otherside Bungalows.
Looking a bit rundownAcross the river from Vang Vieng
T: (020) 5589 8038;
Time hasn't been kind to Maylyn Guesthouse and on our most recent visit, we noticed a distinct unkempt feel to the place. The thatched huts here are your basic run-of-the-mill bungalow – lazy ... Read the full review of Maylyn Guesthouse.Under USD 10 10 votes Backpacker
Fantastic seclusion on the river4km north of Vang Vieng
T: (023) 511 220;
The location and prices at Vang Vieng Organic Farm put this out-of-the-way property out of backpacker range and as such you tend to get a more mature clientele staying here. The bungalows set on the ... Read the full review of Vang Vieng Organic Farm (formerly the Organic Mulberry Farm).
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