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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Hotels and Guesthouses in Luang Prabang

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The Belle Rive: Outstanding hotel with good spirit and great restaurant terrace shaded by coconut trees at Mekong River. The people working here seem to do it in a good mood, their service is amazing. In the room you find water bottles along with a map of water supply stations throughout the town where they could be refilled. These are part of the REFILL NO LANDFILL initiative in Luang Prabang - the involved hotels want to reduce plastic waste and protect environment. Read excellent reviews on Damian Killer from Switzerland is General Manager.

The Belle Rive has 3 houses with 8 rooms and 5 suites.
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Mango room
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Restaurant Terrace at Mekong River
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See more pictures of The Belle Rive on Instagram.

3 Nagas Luang Prabang MGallery by Sofitel: From 198 USD. Sakkalin Road. Located in two houses, one, The Lamache House, built 1898, hosted the royal family. As there is a wooden floor, you stay better on the upper floor to not be disturbished by people above your head. Good reviews on

Ancient Luang Prabang (Ban Phon Heuang) หลวง พระ บาง: The hotel is situated in the old temple district. The balcony is a prime spot to see the morning alms giving ceremonies or Tak Bat as it is called in Lao language.

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Bakery Guest House: Sisavangvong Road. Three rooms with balconys overlook the road. There is a restaurant downstaits, so you may hear some noise. Mixed reviews on

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Villa Ban Lakkham: From 105 USD. Kingkitsarath Road. One of the new guesthouses. Nice room, shower in the bath with a lot of variations, beautiful balcony with view of the Nam Khan River. Helpful owners. The dust on the balcony was not cleaned, when this blogger was there for some days. Ask for the Lao noodle soup for breakfast. Good reviews on

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Pack Luck Villa: From 40 USD. Room 1 and 3 are the best, according to Read review by

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Boungnasouk Guesthouse: See picture and read review on Thorntree and on

Burasari Heritage: From 194 USD. 44-47 Unit 03, Khiri Village, Kingitsarath Road. Situated at Nam Khan River, in different buildings, meals are taken on the terrace of the river bank. Very good reviews on

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Chittana Guesthouse: From 8 USD. In a small lane between Sakkarine and Kingkitsarath Road. Basic rooms with own and shared bath, vary in size and qualitiy, according to the review on See a picture. Read also reviews on

Indigo House: From 80 USD. With bar on top floor. Some mixed reviews on

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Golden Elephant (Souk Lan Xang) Guest House: From 20 USD. Cheap, clean and quiet and very helpful staff, as very good reviews on describe Souk Lan Xang Guesthouse. The name has changed zu Golden Elephant Guest House and the website is now also in Chinese language.

Lao Wooden House: From 55 USD. In a restored Lao style house, once built for a member of the royal family.

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Levady Guesthouse: Off Sisavangvong Road. From 10 USD. Read the review of, the review of tamar hadar and see pictures on and study the good reviews on

Lotus Villa Boutique Hotel: From 52 USD. Kounxoa Road. The hotel sponsors the Deak Kum Pa orphanage with 500 children with bread and milk for breakfast. Guests are invited to donate. Read about a visit to the orphanage. Very good reviews on

Frangipani room

Manoluck Hotel:
The hotel lies far of the historic centre, as the reviewers on underline.

Mekong Riverview Hotel: From 190 USD. All rooms vith terrace or balcony with Mekong riverview. The hotel is owned by Urban Paulsson, read his story, it has an organic garden across the Mekong. Excellent reviews on

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Namma Vong Guesthouse: Ban Phonheuang. Critical reviews on

Oui's Guesthouse: 14 Sukkaserm Street. Run by sisters, very good reviews on

Phousi Hotel: From 52 USD. Mixed reviews on

Ramayana Boutique Hotel and Spa: From 100 USD. Mixed reviews on They mention, that the morning market starting at 4am takes place in front of the hotel, so guests in rooms to this side can feel disturbed by tuktuks and people, who are talking.

Sackarinh Guesthouse: Sakkarine road. From 12 USD. Good review on

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Sala Prabang: From 50 USD. The hotel comprises seven buildings. The Villa and the Cottage were the former residence of the first Prime Minister of Laos. There is a street between the hotel and the Mekong, so if you book rooms with Mekong view, be aware, that there can be some street noise. And the view is not so great, because there are trees between you and the Mekong. Sala Prabang consists of six buildings. Quite good reviews on

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Satri House: From 100 USD. 057 Phothisarath Road. In this house Prince Souphanouvong grew up, the later known "Red Prince" and from 1975 Lao president. Good review on, a bit mixed reviews (charming, needs renovation) on And description by

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See more pictures of Satri House on Instagram

Saynamkhan Riverview: See picture by Michael&Sharon

Sayo Guesthouses: From 30 USD. Three houses - Sayo Xieng Mouane, Sayo Naga and Sayo River - in renovated old style buildings. Good reviews - especially for Sayo Xieng Mouane with the neighbouring temple - on and on

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Sayo Xieng Mouane

Villa Senesouk: From 25 USD. Sakkarine Road. No breakfast, but nearby many possibilities. Lately critical reviews on and on

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The Apsara: Good reviews on, but the safes in the room seem not to be safe, as one guests writes. The hotel has a younger sister: The Apsara Rive droite, see pictures on Instagram.

The Chang Inn / The Chang Heritage Hotel: From 80 USD. 93/03 Sakkarine Road. The newer Chang Heritage Hotel is just around the corner at Kingkitsarath road on Nam Khan River. "Absolutely gorgeous", comments On the second floor is a balcony perfect for lounging, where you can also take the breakfast. Or you have it in a palmed courtyard behind the hotel. On is noted, that the walls in Chang Inn are thin, so you here the phone of the reception ring. Good reviews for Chang Heritage on

The Chang Inn

The Chang Heritage Hotel

Vanvisa Guest House: Read the review of thewanderingstraycat and comments on And read a story in The Guardian. At around 30 km from Luang Prabang lies Vanvisa At The Falls. This lodge is located directly on the Kuang Si waterfall and surrounded by organic gardens where homemade vegetables are grown.

Villa Laodeum / Villa Laodeum Nam Khan View: Villa Laodeum (reviews on is located in the center of Luang Prabang, between the Mekong River (50m) and the Night Market (50m). The Royal Palace (National Museum) is right across the street. Villa Laodeum Nam Khan View (reviews on is situated near this river.

Villa Laodeum

Villa Laodeum Namkhan Riverview

Villa Champa:: Quite good reviews on, some point out, that the rooms are not cleaned on a daily basis. Lies on the way of the monks, who collect alms in the morning.

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Villa Chitdara:

Villa Maly: Going to open soon. 33 rooms spread across five buildings, a mix of Laotian architecture and French and British colonial influences. Five of the rooms are deluxe and have their own balconies and views over the gardens and pool. In the centre is the 1938-built residence of Princess Khampieng and Prince Khamtan, a grandson of the 19th century’s King Zakarine. Read a description here.

Villa Maydou: From 85 USD. Ban Meuna.

Villa Phathana:

Villa Santi: The hotel has been created 1992 from a former royal mansion on Sakkarine road in the old town (from 150 USD). In 2001 the Santi Resort & Spa has been constructed 6 km south in a 10 hectare valley, beautifully lanscaped with streams leading to the Mekong River, surrounded by mountains, hills and terraced rice fields and with swimming pool (from 150 USD). According to some reviews on the rooms of the hotel in the old town need some renovation and are therefore overpriced. A part of the hotel is situated next to Luang Prabangs Primary School, some guests complain about the noise of the children. For the Santi Resort & Spa the reviews on are good.

Villa Santi Princess Wing.

Villa Sayada.
29 USD.

Villa Saykham:

Villa Sokxai 1 + 2: Villa Sokxai 1 is on Sakarine Road, Villa Sokxai 2 on Phosi Road. See the view from balcony of Sokxai 1 on and find a good review on Hayleyandlorna on note, that you can sit on the balcony and see the life of Wat Phon Heuang. It may wake you up at 4am (they bang the drums...), but "sitting on the balcony and listening to the evening chanting and singing at 6pm is magical". Read also the review by A review of Sokyai 2 can be read on

Villa Sokxai 1

Xieng Mouane Guesthouse: Good reviews on, guests say, they were not bothered by the drums of Wat Xieng Mouane.

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Victoria Xiengthong Palace Hotel: From 90 USD. A former royal palace, turned into a luxury hotel with "Ayu Spa", just around the corner of the famous Wat Xieng Thong. Outstandding hotel according to the first reviews on

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The restaurant

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Jasmine suite
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Hotels and Guesthouses outside of the old town

Amantaka: From 1500 USD. 55/3 Kingkitsarath Road. In a French colonial former hospital set in gardens you find 24 luxury suites. Wonderful according to reviews on

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Mekong Estate: 555 USD per week. Thou Gnai Thao Road. "More luxury apartment than hotel", notes Two storey for each guest.

Le Parasol Blanc Hotel: From 51 USD. A fifteen-minutes-walk from the restaurants in Luang Prabang, therefore mixed reviews on

White Lotus restaurant

Maison Souvannaphoum: From 180 USD. Mostly very good reviews on

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La Residence Phou Vao From 241 USD. The most luxurious option in Luang Prabang with excellent reviews on "A high-end experience", notes the New York Times. The hotel sits on a hill - one mile outside of town, a long walk, but they offer a shuttle of course. Phou Vao is part of the Orient-Express group. "Excellent and decadent", means

Massage at the Spa

See more pictures of Residence Phou Vao on instagram

The Luang Say Residence: From 401 USD. 4-5 Ban Phonepheng. The new buildings gives an air of old French colonial life. Very good reviews on

The Grand: From 120 USD. On grounds of the Xiengkeo Palace, which belonged to Prince Phetsarath, four kilometres and a ten minutes drive from the centre. Good reviews on and in Lonely Planet and on

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The Mekong Villa by Ock Pop Tok: With breakfast at Silk Road Cafe and Veranda at Mekong river. The Hmong, Katu, Tai and Hill Tribe room feature textiles handmade by artisans Ock Pop Tok works with through the Village Weaver Projects. Free tuk tuk shuttle to the main town.

Veranda at Mekong River

Thongbay Guesthouse: From 22 USD. Bungalows set around a small but beautiful tropical garden. "The place is gorgeous", comments Two Go Hobo. But you have to walk 20 minutes to the town centre. Bungalows in the garden, some with a river view, some with a garden view. Good reviews on Thee wooden bungalows are in Lao sytle, they have no glass in the windows, just mosquito net. There is a bar on the other side of the river that plays Lao pop music in the night. Good reviews on

Hotels and Guesthouses outside of Luang Prabang

Kamu Lodge: Located 2 and ½ hours upstream from Luang Prabang, on the left bank of the Mekong River. Twenty Safari tents provide unique accommodation, attached are stone bath rooms.The tents are furnished with bamboo and rattan furniture and have private balconies,overlooking the river.

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Khoun and Khone Bungalows:From 15 USD. In the hills surrounding Luang Prabang, ten minutes from the centre, run by a young family. Good reviews on See a video of the sunset, the interior and the exterior

Lao Spirit Resort: 99 USD. 15 km out of Luang Prabang, along the Nam Khan river. Old houses from the French colonial era were brought here and restored. Read more. See pictures on

Long Hanfa: Bungalows on the road to Kuang Si Waterfall, around four kilometres from Phosi Market.


Kenneth said...

Great wrap up of options. Very helpful! Thanks...So, which guesthouse do you recommend?

marhas said...

I stayed an Ban Lakkham and can recommend it, even if they didn't clean the floor of the balcony, what was a bit irritating, if you look at the price.

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