Guesthouses, hotels and resorts
Vang Vieng town
The streets of Vang Vieng are overrun with same-same budget guesthouses, though more up-scale places are popping up near the riverbank. Over the past couple years true hostels have appeared and, even though their bunks cost nearly the same as a fan room, are a big hit with the party crowd.
New bungalows and stunning sceneryRiver Island
T: (020) 501 4937;
Otherside Bungalows has some company and now shares its cross-river spot with Banana Bungalows. Spaced well apart, the bungalows are in two long rows with a stunning backdrop of Vang Vieng's ... Read the full review of Banana Bungalows.
T: (030) 520 Ω
Nestled on a quiet part of the riverbank, Mountain Riverview boasts a beautiful new three-level wooden building with carved detail on the balconies and eaves. The use of hardwood continues into the ... Read the full review of Mountain Riverview Guesthouse.
A little slice of heavenRiverside
T: (023) 511 016; 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
Cheap dorms and lots of extrasMain 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.
A mini-splurge by the riverRiverside
T: (023) 511 210;
Brand new for 2010, Domon is among the breed of big multi-level concrete guesthouses popping up along the riverbank. That said, it's far more attractive than its competition with grand white pillars ... Read the full review of Domon River Guesthouse.USD 10 to 20 2 votes Flashpacker
A little bit of luxuryRiverside
T: (023) 511 232; F: (023) 511 232
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 The Elephant Crossing.USD 20 to 50 5 votes Midrange
Attractive, quiet and reasonably priced.Ban Viengkeo, Vang Vieng
T: (023) 511 036, (023) 511 070;
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 in two buildings right beside each other, the more attractive of ... Read the full review of Nana Guesthouse.
Reliable and centralMain road
T: (023) 511 083; F: (023) 511 633
Malany has two spots in Vang Vieng: a four-level concrete building on the main road plus a wooden-roofed house in the centre of town. Regardless which one you go to, the selection of rooms and prices ... Read the full review of Malany Guesthouse.Under USD 10 10 votes Backpacker
Spectacular views and central locationMain road
T: (023) 511 428;
Set slightly back off the road, Sisavang is a four-storey monolith now equalled in height by other guesthouse-towers around town. The rooms are a decent size and have been well-maintained since ... Read the full review of Sisavang Guesthouse.Under USD 10 4 votes Backpacker
Stunning spot, so-so standardsSisavang Rd
T: (023) 511 088; F: (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
Great setting, average roomsBy the river
T: (023) 511 306;
In a clearing right by the river, Phoubane has taken one of the best settings in Vang Vieng and filled it with rooms to fit all budgets. Considering the tiny price tags, the cheapest rooms are fair ... Read the full review of Phoubane Guesthouse.
Average room, great viewsRiverside, Vang Vieng
T: (023) 511 172;
In the centre of town where the market once was, the Orchid Guesthouse maximises its river frontage with a tall white building with tiered tiled roofs. While the views of the river and mountains are ... Read the full review of Vang Vieng Orchid Guesthouse.
Cosy spot clinging to the riverbankVang Vieng
T: (023) 511 544;
This friendly spot has a handful of cosy rooms in an old house plus some stilted bungalows clinging to the riverbank. All have compelling locations that overlook the river, main party island and ... Read the full review of Nam Song Garden.
Clean, friendly and centralBan Sengsavang, Vang Vieng
T: (023) 511 177;
Opposite the tubing rentals building, Viengvilay is cheap, clean and central. The four-floor guesthouse has rooms of varying size with decent wooden floors and sturdy furnishings. Guests have the ... Read the full review of Viengvilay Guesthouse.
T: (023) 511 096; F: (023) 511 215
Tucked away by the river, Thavonsouk is a more unassuming option than its boutique neighbours, choosing to focus on comfort over flash. Their 44 rooms were upgraded in 2008 and all have air-con, TV, ... Read the full review of Thavonsouk.USD 20 to 50 1 vote Midrange
Decent rooms, and servicesDowntown, Vang Vieng
T: (023) 511 340;
Thavisouk is a clean, decent guesthouse with fairly simple rooms which are now showing signs of age. Rentable with either fan or air-con, beds have spring mattresses, and rooms have bathrooms with a ... Read the full review of Thavisouk Guesthouse.Under USD 10 5 votes Backpacker
A friendly spot in the 'burbsNorthern outskirts of town
T: (023) 511 116;
Well away from the tourist end of town and very much in the ‘burbs of Vang Vieng, Saphaothong is large, clean and cool. The two-level house has a handful of rooms with air-con or fan, and all ... Read the full review of Saphaothong Guesthouse.
Best of the budget bungalowsOn the riverbank, Vang Vieng
T: (023) 511 035;
Just to the north of the main party island, Riverside offers a choice of budget bamboo huts, or full scale air-con wooden bungalows. It's not the most attractive stretch of the river, but the ... Read the full review of Bungalows Riverside and Restaurant.Under USD 10 8 votes Backpacker
Simple rooms beside a popular cafeMain road
T: (023) 511 174;
Right beside the Organic Farm Cafe, Chan Thanom has a handful of simple rooms with a lovely feel. Fan cooling is the only option, and there are no immediate plans to install air-con. Rooms have ... Read the full review of Chan Thanom Guesthouse.
Great setting, basic rooms.Ban Sisavang, Vang Vieng
T: (023) 511 306;
Behind what used to be the market and set right on the river, Phoubane has one of the best settings in Vang Vieng, with a balconied restaurant jutting out into the river, a full clear view of the ... Read the full review of Phoubane Guesthouse and Restaurant.
Appealing price tagRiverside
T: (023) 511 439;
In a clearing by the river, Sunset Home has a collection of bungalows with appealing price tags. They're not the biggest bungalows in town and if you've got a lot of luggage it'll be a tight fit. ... Read the full review of Sunset Home Guesthouse.
Look for the yin-yangMain road
T: (023) 511 484;
Run by a couple of self-described hippies (Kiwi Neil and his Lao partner Pan), Pan's offers good value and a friendly, communal atmosphere. A unique buzz at Pan's Place comes via everything from its ... Read the full review of Pan's Place Guest House and Cafe.Under USD 10 6 votes Backpacker
Good selection of rooms in a quiet locationBan Viengkeo, Vang Vieng
T: (023) 511 062;
Long established as a quiet and clean choice, Kamphone 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 residential spotNear the river, Vang Vieng
T: (023) 511 069; F: (023) 511 669
In a quiet area north of the TV bars and happy pizza joints, Kianethong is a big pink-painted guesthouse with three levels of rooms. Rooms are nearly identical to each other and the cookie-cutter ... Read the full review of Kianethong Guesthouse.
Breezy and quietNear the old runway, Vang Vieng
T: (023) 511 076;
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.
Average riverside guesthouse plus up-market bungalRiverside
T: (023) 511 130;
Perched right on the riverbank near the party island, Saysong Guesthouse has a collection of simple rooms similar to every other spot in town. Rooms have one to three beds, some basic sticks of ... Read the full review of Saysong Guesthouse & Riverhill Bungalows.USD 10 to 20 1 vote Flashpacker
Clean and quietNear the old airport runway
T: (023) 511 063; F: (023) 511 325
Run by the younger brother of Dok Khoun 1, this three-level concrete guesthouse has a similar style. Rooms are plainly decorated and beds have the firm mattresses and cartoon-character sheets, but ... Read the full review of Dok Khoun 2.
Solid budget spotBan Sisavang, Vang Vieng
T: (023) 511 032;
In a pretty two-storey house with a swirling staircase, Dokkoun has a handful of simple rooms that get above-average scores for cleanliness and comfort. Rooms are big enough to contain up to three ... Read the full review of Dokkhoun 1 Guesthouse.
Big bright roomsBan Sisavang, Vang Vieng
T: (020) 514 4933;
Centrally located, Dokboua is a concrete guesthouse with three levels of rooms. The cheapest fan rooms on the ground floor are a bit dark and gloomy, but the simply furnished rooms are clean and fine ... Read the full review of Dokboua Guesthouse.
For guaranteed good timesRiverside
Past their sign saying Welcome Home!, SpicyLao looks like a shanty town on the banks of the river with its hodge-podge of bungalows, open-air showers, and a big bamboo dorm. As a bona-fide backpacker ... Read the full review of Spicy Lao Backpackers.
Slightly upmarket riverside cottagesRiverside
T: (023) 511 035;
With 40 cottages in neat lines, manicured grounds, and recreation facilities, Cocoon reminds us of a summer camp — definitely an upmarket one though, and the outdoor pool and beach volleyball ... Read the full review of Cocoon Resort.USD 20 to 50 3 votes Midrange
Outside Vang Vieng
At these spots well away from the riverside party zone you actually stand a chance of appreciating Vang Vieng's natural beauty. They're all a few kilometres outside of town, so you might want to rent a bike.
Unspoiled locationBan Vieng Samai, 7km north Vang Vieng
T: (021) 413 370;
Vang Vieng Eco-Lodge is located on a promontory overlooking a bend in the Nam Song. It is probably one of the best locations available, but at seven km out of town, transport is needed unless ... Read the full review of Vang Vieng Eco Lodge.
Great alternative to Vang Vieng townAcross the river from Vang Vieng
T: (020) 589 8038;
If you want to put some distance between you and the party scene, charming Maylyn is well worth the 10-minute walk from town. Amiably eccentric Irishman Joe who owns Maylyn has built most of it ... Read the full review of Maylyn Guesthouse.Under USD 10 10 votes Backpacker
Shows promiseMoung Song Village
T: (023) 511 340; F: (023) 511 340
Newly built, Les Jardins de Vang Vieng so far has no real garden to speak of, but the location is right by the river and a bit of a walk from the centre of town, which shows promise. Run by the very ... Read the full review of Les Jardins de Vang Vieng.
No frills near the partyRiverside and island in the Nam Song River, Vang Vieng
T: (020) 501 8501;
Champa Lao is one of two guesthouses on the main party island in the middle of the Nam Song, which is predominantly made up of shanty dance venues and chill-out bars, happily pumping out tunes until ... Read the full review of Champa Lao.Under USD 10 6 votes Backpacker
A great escapeOtherside of the river, Vang Vieng
T: (020) 510 6288;
Otherside Guesthouse is, of course, on the other side of the river from the main part of town. Basic bamboo bungalows share bathroom facilities while new additions have en-suite bathrooms with hot ... Read the full review of Otherside Guesthouse.
Attractive, cheap and privateBan Meuang Song, Vang Vieng
T: (023) 511 050;
A little out of town, the Vang Vieng Resort has large grounds dotted with fragrant trees and ornamental plants and is located in the shade of the mountains. Individual bungalows are well spaced on ... Read the full review of Vang Vieng Resort.
Great site, ordinary guesthouse3km north of two, Riverside, Vang Vieng
T: (020) 591 4939;
Opened late in 2006, SCK has taken a stunning riverside location and created something very ordinary. It is a two-storey concrete block of 16 rooms, each with the standard features of a Vang Vieng ... Read the full review of SCK Guest House.
Sound family choiceRiverside, Ban Houay Sa Ngoua, Vang Vieng
T: (023) 511 488; F: (023) 511 488
Moradok is set on an isolated site on the Nam Song about two km to the north of Vang Vieng, within a walled compound. The bungalows are aligned in two rows, one along the river and the other atop a ... Read the full review of Moradok Heritage Guest House.USD 10 to 20 1 vote Flashpacker
Basic guesthouse, interesting spotVang Vieng
T: (023) 511 220;
The Farm is run by Mr. T, a charismatic Lao biologist trained in Bulgaria, and is located on the banks of the Nam Song, 4km north of Vang Vieng. The farm's mulberry plantations are fed on by the ... Read the full review of The Organic Mulberry Farm.
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