Luang Prabang has a reputation as an upmarket town catering towards package tours and older folk willing to spend a bit more on their accommodation than the typical backpacker -- and indeed, the World Heritage-listed town has some absolutely world class accommodation, but it's all but useless unless you've got cash. For those with less money though, some decent options are available, if you know... Read our full review of Some affordable rooms in Luang Prabang.
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.
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 as a cheap place. But pop your head around the front building and you’ll enter a tree-filled garden with a guest or two looking totally relaxed reading a book. There are different categories of room... Read our full review of Khoum Xieng Thong Guesthouse.
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 location. This place feels similar to many guesthouses along this road in the $50 price range, but Tha Heua Me is half that price. It’s a popular family-run guesthouse featuring wooden floors and... Read our full review of Tha Heua Me Guesthouse.
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 and the customary hard beds are covered with colourful Lao fabrics. They have poorly lit but absolutely spotless bathrooms, which are wet-room style with electric heated shower. The ground floor rooms... Read our full review of Khongsavath Guesthouse.
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 polished wooden floors, big hard beds with clean sheets, bright bathrooms with hardly any grime and a nice table and chair set for those who like to write or need to catch up on email – there’s free... Read our full review of Kinnaly Guesthouse.
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. Surprisingly, this isn't overwhelming. This six-room guesthouse positively gleams with polished surfaces while inviting white sheets and big windows offset the darkness of the rooms. The wooden exterior is... Read our full review of Lao Wooden House.
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 in Luang Prabang for a room with a private bathroom. The rooms contain springy beds, some have old satellite TVs, a couple of pieces of furniture and large hot water bathrooms with wash basins. Some... Read our full review of Namsok Guesthouse 3.
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 and firm beds. Shared bathrooms have hot showers and Western-style toilets. The walls are made of bamboo so every noise carries, including the critters scurrying about in the roof. Nonetheless it's... Read our full review of Paphai Guest House.
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 antique documents and hallways full of old black and white family photos and colourful painted portraits. The highlight of this charming guesthouse are the rooms located in the main colonial building, which... Read our full review of Sayo Guesthouse Xieng Mouane.
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 comfortable and stylish. Each room in the new building comes with air-con, cable TV, immaculate hot water bathroom with separate shower, in-room safe, WiFi, elegant hard wood floors and glass doors that open to... Read our full review of Sokdee Residence.
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 Saykham's cosy rooms and welcoming staff are hard to resist. Guests enter through a charming pale yellow heritage building with blue shutters and a Spanish-tiled entryway into a quiet, green courtyard.... Read our full review of Villa Saykham.
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 and some antiques, but where Sayo Xieng Mouane feels like a heritage villa, Xieng Mouane feels closer to a guesthouse. At the front is an old colonial-style house whose lovely rooms feature hardwood... Read our full review of Xieng Mouane Guesthouse.
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 located in the Ban Aphai and Ban Aham neighbourhood where backpackers congregate nightly. There are several categories of rooms available, from no-frills basic to comfortable mid-range. At the... Read our full review of Aham Corner Guesthouse .
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 that have polished hardwood floors and a more upmarket feel than many of the budget places scattered throughout town. The rooms feature small windows, air-con, free WiFi, bar fridges, tiny tables and... Read our full review of Alounsavath Guesthouse.
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 here but the rooms in this modern building come with air-con, free WiFi, small table, chair, tile floor and a bed with a cheap mattress. The bathrooms have hot water showers and toilet. Some rooms are... Read our full review of Sackarinh Guest House.
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 and clean with big beds, crisp white linens and colourful accent pillows straight from the Hmong market. All rooms have air-con, TVs and attached bathrooms with powerful showers. You pay more for the... Read our full review of Villa Champa.
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 concentration of temples including stunning Wat Senesouk directly across the road. The roadside building with the main entrance is in fact a heritage building and has been well maintained, so the rooms here are... Read our full review of Villa Senesouk.
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.
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 classic cars parked in front which draw a lot of attention but are out of service. Occupying two restored colonial buildings facing across from each other on the main street, this is the only luxury... Read our full review of 3 Nagas.
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 road and in this case, you can judge a book by its cover because the interior is just as elegant as the exterior. Rooms are classy, with a mix of modern and colonial style using wicker and wood... Read our full review of The Belle Rive.
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, with new, modern fixtures, sleek furniture, good lighting and polished cherry wood-stained floors. The 12 rooms are spread over two buildings. They have big beds, flat screen TV, air-con, hair dryer,... Read our full review of Ancient Luangprabang Inn Ban Phoneheuang.
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, some with river-facing balconies, are protected with trees and tropical gardens. The French-Lao colonial style building was purchased, renovated and reopened in 2012. The hotel is furnished with... Read our full review of Burasari Heritage.
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 action, this is the place to stay. The four-storey building – a skyscraper by Luang Prabang standards – looms over the night market and is adjacent to the popular cheap eats alleyway teaming with... Read our full review of Indigo House.
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 floor. The hotel’s 49 rooms are actually spread out over eight buildings and therefore, this hotel is popular with luxury tours because it can accommodate so many at once. But as an independent... Read our full review of Sala Prabang.
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 whistles. This new build with just eight rooms is in the heart of the historic area, in a neighbourhood with a high concentration of temples. It’s on the main street across from Wat Sop Sickharam, though... Read our full review of The View Pavilion.
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 typical backpacker but for Luang Prabang this is excellent value, especially when based on double occupancy. It’s clean, simple and cosy, with a fantastic location in the heart of the old town. Ammata... Read our full review of Ammata Guesthouse.
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 location is fantastic. You are steps from everything, including the Mekong River, main street and morning alms. With this ambience, you can really get a sense of what it would be like to live in this UNESCO... Read our full review of Lotus Villa Boutique Hotel.
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 slightly more professional than the many family-run guesthouses in town and the presentation of the rooms is a testament to this increased attention to detail. Rooms come with wardrobes, rock hard beds... Read our full review of Mekong Holiday Villa.
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 boutique hotel consistently receives rave reviews for its location and service. Is it worth it? It depends on what you are looking for. Proper and charming. The building and rooms are unapologetically... Read our full review of Mekong Riverview Hotel.
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 you enter this guesthouse immediately points to a quality establishment and this is carried through to the bedrooms which are tastefully decorated with local fabrics. Bathrooms are still Lao-style wet... Read our full review of Lan Kham Guesthouse.
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.
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 guesthouse. What's so good about the rooms at Hoxieng 2 is that they’re beautifully and tastefully styled and feature a lot of polished solid wood. All the rooms have a slightly different... Read our full review of Hoxieng 2 Guesthouse.
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 are a modern, plain box with clean tile floor, windows and plusher amenities like air-con and TV. The upstairs rooms in both buildings have a big shared wooden balcony with ample tables and chairs... Read our full review of Somjith Guesthouse.
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 from the beds and a small dresser there's not much else in the rooms. The hot water bathrooms are modern, bright and clean, which is something of a rarity in this price range in Luang Prabang. There is... Read our full review of Suan Keo Guesthouse.
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 older-style building. On a positive note, the building feels clean and bright despite its age. All come with private hot water bathroom and Western toilet. Rooms are a tad spartan though there has been... Read our full review of Wat That Guesthouse.
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.
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 the bed a bit drab, the lighting dim, but what you do get is a clean room with air-con, hot water wet-room style bathroom with Western toilet and free WiFi. Like most guesthouses at this price range,... Read our full review of Vilayluk Guesthouse.
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 guests get more space and peace than in town. Le Bel Air’s lovely bungalows. The property feels huge. There’s a car pull up area near reception where you’ll also find the hotel’s large fleet of... Read our full review of Le Bel Air Boutique Resort.
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 the other side of the Nam Khan River, 2011-opened My Dream has simple yet beautifully designed rooms decorated in neutral hues. Natural materials such as bamboo, unfinished wood and stone are used,... Read our full review of My Dream Boutique Resort.
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 bricks and mortar guesthouses. With thatched roofs and bamboo and wooden walls, the bungalows look rustic but are actually quite sturdy and well-maintained and still offer some modern comforts such as an... Read our full review of Thongbay Guesthouse.
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 budget guesthouses that includes Villa Merry 1, Thony 1 is a family-run joint that provides good backpacker value with the air-con rooms being some of the cheapest in town. Cheap in this case doesn't... Read our full review of Thony 1 Guesthouse.
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 that costs $30. The rooms overlooking the Nam Khan are worth the 10-minute walk from town. These rooms boast large wooden beds with hard mattresses, air-con, free WiFi and clean hot water bathrooms... Read our full review of Villa Merry No. 1.
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 the above average rooms. Located in two buildings on the Nam Khan at the far end of the peninsula, Villa Somphong has small rooms with polished wood floors, flat screen TVs, neatly painted walls, beds... Read our full review of Villa Somphong.
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 us it was private property and that we had to come back the next day and make an appointment with the manager to view the room. He said it was the manager’s rule for all visitors, including... Read our full review of Apsara Rive Droite.
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 a backpacker budget will find this difficult to beat. Rooms are basic and come with a saggy yet hard bed and hardly anything else – the hot water bathrooms are shared here. Some of the rooms have a... Read our full review of Pathoumphone Guesthouse.
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 family owned guesthouse is reasonable value, especially in low season. We recommend one of the four rooms that boast a balcony and river view. Just seven rooms. Many assume the Mekong River is the... Read our full review of Villa Laodeum Nam Khan View.
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 Bar and Redbul Bar. You can tell from the welcoming, neat and tidy lobby that the rooms will be respectable and indeed they are. Air-con, free in-room WiFi and flat screen TVs are included, and the... Read our full review of Villa Merry III.
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 beautiful wooden floors. The bathrooms are well done with bathtubs, pleasantly tiled walls, Western toilets and separate shower area. The most expensive rooms have huge balconies to watch the backpackers... Read our full review of Villa Sokxai 2.
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 soared while the rooms have remained the same. The hotel is under new ownership, the same owners as the adjacent Nam Khan Riverside Hotel; the two are almost identical and they share a reception. The... Read our full review of Villa King Khan.
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.
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 having the option of going to town, this is the place. There are six wooden bungalows in the countryside with a backdrop of forested rolling mountains. All the bungalows include double beds, private... Read our full review of Khoun and Khone Guesthouse.
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 building, it has the kind of practical, functional design and layout you’d expect from a recent build. The small, simple but elegant lobby. The hotel is located in Ban Mano, outside of the town... Read our full review of Le Sen Boutique Hotel.
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 Retreats, this boutique hotel oozes cool colonial charm and exclusivity: canopy beds, high-beamed ceilings, Buddha statues, antique pieces and textiles. There are so many antiques and Buddhas that some may... Read our full review of Satri House.
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 clean freshly painted walls, tile floor and bits of furniture such as small vanity, chair and bedside table which gives this budget place good value. The beds have a wooden headboard and decent linens.... Read our full review of Jaliya Guesthouse.
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 civic buildings, they also protected Luang Prabang’s vast system of natural ponds and wetlands? Maison Dalabua has incorporated one pond into their property and guests must traverse it via a series... Read our full review of Maison Dalabua.
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 Residence rooms are in the original colonial building, once the home of Prince Souvannaphouma, four-time Prime Minister of Laos. The rooms are spacious, brightly lit and comfortable with big French windows... Read our full review of Maison Souvannaphoum.
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 spotlessly clean. Rooms come with air-con and some with a TV, but they do feel quite budget and small. That said, a budget room for higher than budget price is the norm in Luang Prabang. There are two... Read our full review of Malida Guesthouse.
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 metal garden art, the rooms in this tall colonial-style building are more than okay. On offer are standard or deluxe rooms with air-con, all with attached bathroom, TV and free WiFi. Standard rooms... Read our full review of Sabaidee Guesthouse.
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.
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 rustic retreat in the mountains. It also has a few lux touches like a swimming pool and a lovely restaurant to make this an enticing Luang Prabang getaway. Cool off in this countryside... Read our full review of Hillside Nature Lifestyle Lodge.
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 elephant camp and mountains. This German-owned resort is for those looking for a quiet spot to relax without modern distractions. The bungalows are all exactly the same design and size, though three... Read our full review of Lao Spirit Resort.
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, making for a more interesting journey and experience. Just lovely. The hotel is 35 kilometres, or a 50-minute drive, from town and is situated on the Nam Ou River, known for its dramatic mountain... Read our full review of Nam Ou Riverside Hotel and Resort.
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 from the town centre, the resort is surrounded by forest and overlooks a stunning mountain landscape. The natural ecological pool. This resort is a place to find peace, quiet and nature. It really is... Read our full review of Zen Namkhan Boutique Resort.