Luang Prabang is not to be missed on a backpacking trip through Laos. Check out these hostels for the best places to stay, that won’t break the bank, in the former Royal Capital. Whether you’re looking for a quiet oasis, a pool side patio or party in the middle of town, we’ve got you covered.
Sabai Sabai Hostel
Sabai Sabai Hostel has a big outdoor eating area with a bar and restaurant where patrons can order breakfast or a snack. The hostel rents bicycles, motorbikes and helps guests plan day trips to waterfalls and area sites. The rooftop pool is not to be missed; guests can relax and swim after a long day of sight seeing.
Cheng Backpacker Hostel is a no frills budget accommodation with nine guest rooms, including a large dorm with bunk beds. A balcony with pillows for lounging overlooks the city. The location is prime for exploring the old town and shopping at the night market.
Walk down a steep hill across from Mano Temple to find yourself in Madame Hang’s garden oasis. This 36-bed hostel feels like a remote tropical homestay even though it’s located just a few blocks from the heart of Luang Prabang. Free breakfast, laundry service and a laid back atmosphere make Mano Temple House a top stop for backpackers.
Koungsavan Guest House has a friendly staff, a front yard with seating and palm trees and a big outdoor pool in a courtyard around back. This hostel has dorm rooms as well as deluxe private rooms. Hot breakfast is included with your stay.
Khammany Hotel is a backpacker hostel on Chao Fa Ngum Road, just a short walk from the historic down town of Luang Prabang but far enough away to avoid the hustle and bustle of busloads of tourists. Eat the included breakfast on the rooftop deck by day and party the night away with other guests by night. The rooftop is open longer than most of the bars in town. Enjoy a/c and Wi-Fi in your dorm bed or private room.
Under new management as of 2017, Moukdavan Hostel has mixed dormitories and offers WIFI, free tea and coffee and will help guests book trekking and boating excursions. If you’re traveling in a group, Moukdavan has several adorable bamboo houses to stay in as well.
Lakangthong 2 Friendly House is a pet-friendly budget hotel with private rooms and dorms with bunks. It offers an airport shuttle, has TVs in each room and a friendly English-speaking staff to answer any questions and take care of your stay. Rent a bicycle to pedal around town or walk the 10 minutes to the peninsula. Lakangthong is idea for solo travelers or families traveling on a budget.
Downtown Backpacker Hostel is, as the name implies, very close to downtown Luang Prabang. The lobby and rooms are decorated with whimsical painted murals. One large and one small dormitory have bunk beds and several private rooms have twin or double beds. The rooftop lounge area serves breakfast in the morning and functions as a bar at night with TVs, music and a pool table overlooking the mountains.
Thavaisouk Family Home is a budget hostel with dorms and private rooms a five-minute walk from the night market. Breakfast is included and is served in the outdoor common room on the ground floor. The staff is knowledgeable, friendly and will help guests book tours, visas and transportation. Excellent hot showers, unique and beautiful ceramic sinks in each room and a laid back, quiet atmosphere makes Thavisouk a great place to book for the budget traveler.
Central Backpacker Hostel in Luang Prabang welcomes children over 5 with their families, solo travelers and groups in their private rooms and dorm rooms. Gorge on banana pancakes for breakfasts or any number of other menu items included in the room rate. Central Backpacker rents out motor bikes as well to explore the area on two wheels.