There are many places to see in Laos, but high up on that list is Luang Prabang, most definitely. This ancient capital of the province (which Luang Prabang shares its name with) is nestled on that special place where the Khan River meets the Mekong, one of the mightiest waterways of Asia. As Laos’ royal capital until 1975, Luang Prabang has plenty to offer the intrepid explorer. Indochinese villas that are vestiges of the distant past, gilded and intricate wats (temples), great fusion food, and of course, an incredible array of affordable accommodations that are guaranteed to make your trip here memorable and comfortable. If you like the social atmosphere and fuss-free arrangements, check out these best hostels in Luang Prabang, Laos.
If you want to be able to swim a couple of laps during your stay in Luang Prabang or just simply catch some sun by the poolside, come stay at Sunrise Riverside Pool Hostel. As the name implies, there’s a cool outdoor swimming pool where you can chill out, night and day. There’s also a garden if you’d rather surround yourself in greenery. So, you have options! Each dormitory room comes with an en-suite bathroom so you don’t need to worry about long queues to the shower. The front desk is open 24 hours and you can also leave your luggage in case you want to do some last-minute sight-seeing before you leave the city.
Whoever said families are better off staying at a hotel than a hostel obviously has never been to Y Not Laos Hostel. It’s filled with family-friendly amenities, such as a 24-hour front desk, room service in case you or your family member needs something ASAP, and even a children’s playground where the younger ones can spend all of their energies. That said, you’re still staying at dormitory-type rooms, but worry not– each room comes with a seating area and desk and shared bathrooms. In the morning, you and your family can enjoy an Asian or American breakfast. If you want to enjoy the Luang Prabang breeze, get out at the terrace or hire a bike and go around the area, which is a popular cycling spot.
Laotian culture permeates every space at Villa Ban Lakkham, located just a short walk from Mount Phousy and the National Museum in the Historic District. Best of all, you’ll be near the Mekong River! Each room at this rustic hostel (which looks like a lodge) comes with a set of personal care items, a flat-screen TV with access to satellite channels, and hair dryers when you can’t just afford to wait to air-dry your hair. If you want to enjoy some fresh air, make sure to get one of the balcony or terrace rooms. From here, you can explore the rest of the Historic District on bike (which are free to borrow at Villa Ban Lakkham). Don’t forget to check out the Night Market! It’s only a three-minute walk from here.
Downtown Backpackers isn’t your usual hostel in Luang Prabang. It is your home away from home. Just so, as Downtown Backpackers Hostel is run by a local family and they treat you like one of their own. Rooms here are dormitory-type, and you have the option to stay in a mixed room or otherwise. All beds have their personal reading lights in case you want to catch up on the book you’re reading or you need to prepare for the next day’s itinerary. Clean and shared bathrooms are available for all. And you don’t need to worry about not knowing how to speak Laotian; the folks at the front desk are well-versed in English, French, and Czech.
You’ll be taken care of quite well at Aham Backpackers Hostel. All the dormitory rooms come with comfy beds for cozy naps and restful night’s sleep. You can choose to bunk at a mixed, all-male, or all-female room as well. There’s free WiFi in the entire property so you can make social media updates or look up stuff you want to do the next day if you haven’t got anything planned yet. Previous guests particularly love Aham Backpackers Hostel’s accessibility to a variety of services. For instance, there’s a hairdresser on-site and a gym next door. You can rent a bike at the 24-hour front desk. If you have a bunch of dirty clothes, you can ask for laundry service before you leave. Mount Phousy and the National Museum are both a short walk away.
Staying at dormitory-type rooms means you have to compromise on privacy, but that’s not something you have to worry about at Smile Luang Prabang Hostel. Each bunk bed, whether you’re staying at an all-male, all-female, or mixed dorm room, has privacy curtains and bed lights so you have your own small and personal space. There’s a terrace where you can enjoy the nice breeze or mingle with other guests, as well as a shared lounge. Free WiFi is available all throughout the property. Attractions nearby include Wat Xieng Thong, a night market, and the National Museum.
If you still haven’t found an accommodation for your trip to Luang Prabang, perhaps City Central Hostel would catch your attention. Coming out from a red-eye flight? You can easily check in during the wee hours of the morning at the 24-hour front desk. Want to meet your fellow guests and maybe form a travel group for the duration of your stay? You might meet likeminded travelers at the lounge. If you rented a car to take you in and around Luang Prabang, you can also take advantage of the free parking. There’s also no need to venture out for breakfast– at City Central Hostel, you’ll be treated to an American-style breakfast every morning of your stay. Ran out of Lao kip? Don’t worry! You can exchange your money here as well.
Another place that would treat you warmly is Soumalay Guesthouse. Past guests always make sure to include praises for Shanshan, its proprietor, in the reviews. She’s that great! Besides from an owner who goes above and beyond, Soumalay Guesthouse also has the following to offer: two accommodation types (dorms and quadruple rooms), free WiFi, a bar where you can enjoy a cold beer or cocktail, a sun terrace, a shared kitchen, and a currency exchange, among other things. There’s free breakfast every morning and all the water you can drink, so don’t forget to bring reusable bottles.
Beautiful and peaceful views of the Mekong– what’s not to like about Chill Riverside Hostel and Cafe? You can bask in the scenery at the shared lounge or the garden, wherever you prefer. There’s also an on-site bar and restaurant so you don’t need to go out in search of good food if you’re feeling peckish. Other property amenities include a tour desk where you can arrange trips in and around Luang Prabang, room service, free water and breakfast, and concierge service should you need anything at the soonest time possible. With everything mostly taken care of, you can definitely chill here.
Last but not the least, check out Vongprachan Backpackers Hostel. This is especially great if you want to get social during your travels in Luang Prabang. There’s a shared lounge as well as a sun terrace where you can hang out, socialize, and maybe even make friends for life! You can bunk in an all-male or all-female dorm (depending on your gender), or go for a mixed room if you’re not fussy about that. From the 24-hour front desk, you can book a bike and walking tours. There’s free breakfast every day of your stay, and good local coffee constantly brewing to keep you energized. All these and more for a budget-friendly price!
Affordable and high-quality hostels are everywhere in Luang Prabang
These are just 10 of the best hostels in the city, and we’re sure there are more accommodations to check out depending on your needs and preferences. One thing is for sure– you’ll definitely get your money’s worth in the hostels we featured. Sounds great? Hell yes! See you in Luang Prabang!
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