Taking in Laos’ temple-topped town on the banks of the Mekong River comes easy with these affordable homestays, sociable hostels and budget-friendly places to stay.
The sleepy town of Luang Prabang ranks highly on backpackers’ list of must-travel destinations in Southeast Asia. It’s hard not to see why – with its scenic valley setting at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers, and network of beautifully maintained ancient temples, this Unesco-listed town blends the best of city and country. For those on a shoestring budget, there’s a decent selection of hostels and affordable guest houses, too, bookable with Culture Trip.
This family-run hostel has an enviable location along the river, with outdoor deck chairs set out for guests to enjoy the jungly surrounds. Within a series of rustic bamboo houses, there are dorms and double rooms, the best with mosquito nets strung up around the four-poster beds. Friendly staff are ready to help with advice and arrangements to popular attractions, such as Kuang Si waterfalls, and full-day trips to the small town of Vang Vieng along the Nam Song River.
This stylish youth-centric hostel offers a mix of six-, eight- and 12-bed dorms, some female-only, others with views of the surrounding palm forests. There’s even an infinity pool and a lounge-style terrace where you can soak up the views while chatting with fellow travellers. Fun-loving staff can arrange day trips to nearby Pak Ou Caves.
You can expect a laidback and carefree experience at this traditional greenery-draped guest house as staff work hard to provide five-star service. Located in the heart of Luang Prabang, the inn features five bungalows built by local craftsmen, all using native building materials. Each is well-kept and comfortable, with dark-wood beds, plush linens and distinctive Laotian murals painted on the walls.
A homespun experience awaits at this cosy guest house, situated a short distance from Mount Phousi and the Old Quarter of Luang Prabang. Rooms are done up to resemble a typical Laotian home, with potted plants and woven textiles used to dress up the space. In the evenings, kick back with a beer (or two) with fellow travellers in the lush courtyard or take a walk to the Night Market, just 10 minutes away.