Luang Prabang is one of my favorite little towns in Southeast Asia. Between its awesome waterfalls (some of the best in SEA in my opinion), fantastic cheap street food, and quirky cafes this little town is a must-visit for travelers cruising Laos.
I remember so vividly waking up early to witness the monks walk through the city, collecting their alms in their orange-colored robes all while the sun was gently rising above the town.
So whether you are heading to Luang Prabang to relax in its awesome chilled out vibe or to take in all the sightseeing, here’s a list of our personal recommendations of the best places to stay in Luang Prabang!
Best Budget Hostels in Luang Prabang
Downtown Backpackers Hostel
Room Type: Dorm Rooms
Near: 300m from the Night Market
Price Range: From $5 per night
Located just two minutes away from the Night Market, Downtown Backpackers Hostel is a great option for budget backpackers.
The hotel is still quite new so everything is fresh and clean. It doesn’t have the whole rundown feel that most hostels in Asia have. You can choose from dorm rooms ranging from ten to four beds — we’d suggest springing an extra dollar for a four-bed room! Only only after the rooms modern, clean, and comfy, you even get a privacy curtain and a personal reading light.
Apart from the ideal location, the price is pretty unbelievable as it also comes with free breakfast. Definitely a great place to stay in Luang Prabang.
Smile LuangPrabang Hostel
Room Type: Dorms
Near: 700m from Mount Phousy
Price Range: From $5 per night
Set in a large house, Smile LuangPrabang Hostel is another great budget pick in Luang Prabang.
Their all-white dorm rooms are clean, new, and modern so you’ll be sure to have a comfy stay here. With a range of dorms from 10 beds to four beds (and even a female-only dorm!), you can pick the level of privacy you desire. Plus, the rooms here are air-conditioned!
When you’re not in your room, chill out and meet other travelers at the outdoor terrace or the shared lounge. You can also help yourself to free tea and coffee.
For some sightseeing action, you’ll be glad to know that attractions like the National Museum, Night Market, and Wat Xieng Thong aren’t too far away.
Little Freedom Friendlys Place
Room Type: Dorms | Private Rooms
Near: Less than 1km from Night Market
Price Range: From $4 per night
This family-run guesthouse is a hidden gem in Luang Prabang.
Little Freedom Friendlys Place offers dorm room beds as well as private rooms for a really great price. While the rooms are simple, they’re comfortable and clean, with wooden furniture. What’s more, your stay comes with an American breakfast!
Aside from the warm and friendly service from the staff, the key selling point for this hostel is probably the pool. Little Freedom Friendlys Place definitely offers great value for money for any traveler headed to the area.
Best Mid-Range Places to Stay in Luang Prabang
Room Type: Double | Twin | Family Rooms
Near: 3-minute walk from Phousi Mountain
Price Range: From $11 per night
Looking for an affordable, clean place in Luang Prabang? This family-run guesthouse is a great place to stay for those with a mid-range budget.
Manichan Guesthouse offers private rooms with a hefty dose of warm hospitality. Whether you’re a solo traveler or a small group traveling together, this is an awesome spot to be. The homey rooms are furnished in wood, and some even have views out to the courtyard or garden!
The rooms also come with breakfast included so you can fill up on a hearty meal before you go off exploring. Sites like the National Museum and the Night Market are only a five-minute walk away from the guesthouse.
The real star here are the owners who often go out of their way to help guests and can tell you about Luang Prabang and the things to do in the area.
Sanctuary Hotel Luang Prabang
Room Type: Double | Twin Rooms | Suites
Near: 200m from Dara Market
Price Range: From $73 per night
Although located in the main area of Luang Prabang, Sanctuary Hotel is true to its name — amidst the hustle and bustle, this hotel is indeed a sanctuary.
The rooms here are well-designed and spacious. They’re full of beautiful little details which make the place very homey and comfortable.
Plus, the hotel grounds are really lovely! They has a large zen-like garden where they also have an outdoor cinema area which they set up occasionally. To beat the heat, jump into the pool or simply take in the rays on the loungers lining the pool. The pleasant and helpful staff will cap off your stay here.
When you’re ready to explore the town, you can simply walk to points of interest such as Dara Market, the Ethnic Museum, and the Night Market.
Ock Pop Tok Mekong Villa
Near: By the riverbanks of the Mekong River
Price Range: From $54 per night
If you’re looking for a quaint and pleasant place to stay, this is it! Ock Pop Tok is located about 10 minutes away from town and is a great place for those who don’t really want to stay in the main town itself. The hotel provides a free tuk-tuk to the town center during the day which is a nice touch.
The rooms here are so well decorated, conveying a rustic charm that will delight you. Some rooms even offer a river view — imagine chilling on your private balcony while you take in the view!
Apart from their great service, they also offer some art courses and movie nights which adds to the whole vibe of the hotel. Their tropical gardens and treehouse are unique, relaxing spots to hang out during a balmy evening.
This is definitely one of the best mid-range places to stay in Luang Prabang!
Best Luxury Places to Stay in Luang Prabang
Satri House Secret Retreats
Room Type: Double | Twin Room | Suites
Near: 10-minute drive from the airport
Price Range: From $153 per night
For a taste of quiet luxury in Luang Prabang, check out Satri House. This serene colonial-style compound was once the home of a prince but has since been converted into a hotel.
Satri Hotel features two outdoor pools set amidst a beautiful garden. The rooms are beautiful, luxurious, and comfortable. The four-poster beds in their rooms are simply dreamy! If you need an extra dose of relaxation, head to their on-site spa for some body retreatments.
Plus, the warm and thoughtful service from the staff will leave a lasting impression on you.
Although located a bit far from the center, it’s not a problem; the action is just a walk away and the hotel provides free bikes for guest use.
Overall, this is a great choice for those who want a luxurious holiday in Luang Prabang.
Mekong Riverview Hotel
Room Type: Double | Twin Rooms | Suites
Near: 1.1km away from the National Museum
Price Range: From $99 per night
As you might’ve guessed from its name, Mekong Riverview Hotel boasts of stunning views of the Mekong River which you can enjoy while you have breakfast out in their deck.
This hotel is located at the edge of the Old Town and will offer you lots of local atmosphere. The rooms here are a charming mix of local influences and modern furniture. Comfort is definitely their priority though; all rooms are equipped with Swedish remote control beds which you can use to adjust the height and incline. Fancy!
There’s a pool and spa attached to the hotel that’s located across the river (whaaaaat!) — but no worries, the hotel provides a shuttle that will get you there! They also offer a free shuttle to town. Apart from that, the service of the staff here is really top-notch and will add an extra touch to your stay.
Maison Souvannaphoum Hotel
Room Type: Double|Suite
Near: 5-minute walk from the Mekong River and local Night Market
Price Range: From $94 per night
Live it up like royalty at Maison Souvannaphoum Hotel! Once a princely residence, this upscale hotel is located within walking distance to all the main points of interest in Luang Prabang.
The rooms here are stunningly decorated. Some come complete with herbal baths and a lovely set-up with wine and canapés – it really doesn’t get any better than that! If you can, go for one of the rooms with either a garden or pool view. You’ll be able to relax on your private balcony at the end of a long day of sightseeing — how perfect!
The hotel grounds are stunning, with a lovely outdoor pool and garden area perfect for lounging and relaxing. There’s also a spa on-site as well as a restaurant that’s serves French, Laotian and Indo-Chinese cuisine.
If you’ve got the budget to spare, this is definitely one of the best places to stay in Luang Prabang!
Hopefully, this list has helped you find a great place to stay in the awesome town of Luang Prabang in Laos, given the wide variety and options.
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