Until the communist takeover in 1975 Luang Prabang was the imperial das kapital of the Kingdom of Laos and has the wonderfully evocative architecture you ’ five hundred expect from the capital of such a graceful and colorful nation. Its alone beauty, the bustle of its markets and the gentleness of the population – known for its numerous monks – make this one of the most popular destinations in Laos, so there ’ s a wide-eyed range of accommodation to choose from. Our Guru ’ second tilt of the best places to stay in Luang Prabang range from budget friendly options to the ace deluxe.

Luang Prabang ’ s traditional feel is helped by its 11:30 curfew, so if you want to stay up any later than that you ’ ll need your choice from our best places to stay in Luang Prabang to have its own barricade. But it ’ sulfur worth getting up early in the good morning with the rest of the city to enjoy the progress of monks and the gleam of the golden temples in the early on good morning sunday. Hundreds of monks and novices live in Luang Prabang, in the hundreds of temples and monasteries, most of which are in the main separate of the city between the Nam Kahn and Mekong Rivers, below the steep hill where you ’ ll see one of the city ’ mho largest wats, Wat Chom Si .
Wat Xiang Thong is another impressive local landmark covered in an exceptionally beautiful tree of life mosaic. The Royal Palace Museum is besides unmissable, a blend of Lao and french blueprint with fantastic Gauguin-esque murals and batch of interesting exhibits labelled in English. Visitors will besides want to explore the Handicraft Night Market and taste as much of the local cuisine as possible !

What not to miss

  • Get up at dawn to watch the procession of monks peacefully make their way through the city.
  • Visit one of the many hundreds of temples and monasteries.
  • Explore Wat Chom Si and marvel at its treasures.
  • Check out the Tree of Life mosaic at Wat Xiang Thong.
  • Marvel at the Royal Palace’s fascinating blend of Lao and French design.
  • Head to the Handicraft Night Market and taste the local cuisine.

Our foot of the best places to stay in Luang Prabang has something for all tastes and budgets. Browse through our top choices to start planning your stumble.

The best places to stay in Luang Prabang

For great value

  • Mekong Villa @ Ock Pop Tok cannot be beaten when it comes to value for money. The four attractive rooms are individually designed and sit amidst a craft centre overlooking the mighty Mekong. It’s slightly off the beaten track but you can borrow a bike for exploring or jump on a free tuk-tuk into town!
  • Indigo House Hotel offers traditional Laotian style with a contemporary twist. It’s got a roof terrace with a view, a cafe for healthy snacks and it’s walking distance to some of the city’s top sights.
  • My Dream Resort is a charming collection of bamboo bungalows overlooking the Nam Khan river. It’s a bit out of town, but perfect for a peaceful stay that won’t break the bank.
  • Maison Dalabua is the epitome of value chic. Individually designed rooms are a clever blend of traditional and contemporary. There’s a superb pool for cooling off and you’re just minutes from the centre of town.

For a luxury stay

  • If you have unlimited funds, there really is only one place to stay: the Amantaka. The twenty four suites ooze understated elegance and the spa is simply superb. Add to that Laotian/French cuisine, excellent service and a beautiful location.
  • Belmond La Residence Phou Vao has similarly grand credentials and will not disappoint. Perched atop a hill just outside town, you’ll find wonderful views, stunning interiors and an infinity pool to die for. The restaurant is highly recommended too.
  • Hotel de la Paix is a cluster of Colonial buildings cleverly converted to provide 25 luxury suites, each with private garden, spa style bathroom and some with their own plunge pool.

For romance

  • Satri House is a lovingly restored property not far from the centre of town. Rooms are beautifully decked out, some with four posters, there are lovely gardens with a pool and a fab spa with herbal steam room.
  • Luang Say Residence boasts twenty three luxurious suites with romantic muslin draped four posters and private terraces. There’s beautiful lush gardens dotted with lily ponds and a large pool and an excellent fine dining restaurant.

For foodies

  • The Apsara is a traditionally Lao property just off the calm of the Mekong River, decorated with plenty of dark wood and brightly coloured silks. The 13 rooms have lovely four poster beds, but also the benefits of a modern bathroom, plus there’s an excellent restaurant.
  • 3 Nagas boasts a restaurant that’s been voted the best Lao cuisine in town, plus you’ll find spacious rooms and suites, verdant gardens and you’re in walking distance of at least thirty UNESCO Heritage temples!

For families

  • The Sanctuary is located in historic buildings in the centre of the city. Elegant rooms overlook the gardens and lily pond and there are connecting rooms available for families. It’s great value too.
  • Sala Prabang spreads its rooms amongst seven historic townhouses and they’ve kept many original features including exposed stone walls and beamed ceilings. Families are welcome here and there’s no additional charge for an extra bed if your child is under 7!

For boutique chic

  • Le Sen is an ultra stylish boutique hotel a short tuk-tuk ride from town. Come here for minimalist interiors, an inviting pool and delicious food.
  • Kiridara Hotel offers modern elegant accommodation in a hillside location, so you’ve got the views too. There’s a dreamy infinity pool, sleek interiors and seriously good spa.
  • Apsara Rive Droite is ideal for a chic stay if you don’t want to be in the heart of the action. And it’s got a great restaurant.

For colonial style

  • The Belle Rive Hotel is a conversion of three beautiful Colonial buildings overlooking the Mekong. You’ll find high ceilings, rosewood furniture and local textiles – all very evocative of days gone by.
  • Ansanga Maison Souvannaphoum is a colonial beauty located in the ancient heart of Luang Prabang. Stunning exteriors and interiors, plus an excellent spa and pool.
  • Villa Santi is a converted 19th century villa where classic french colonial and traditional Laotian design has come together in style. There’s a small plunge pool and the restaurant’s headed up by the daughter of the last King’s head chef.
  • Villa Maly is yet another colonial pick – a property that was once owned by local royalty. Rooms are airy and decorated with a 1930s vibe and there’s a wonderful pool for unwinding after you’ve had your fill of temples!

For a riverside location

  • Mekong Riverview Hotel is the place to stay if you want a top riverside spot. There’s wrap around balconies for drinking in the views, and the rooms are elegant and sophisticated.

For an apartment or villa

  • Our partner Booking.com has a wide range of villas and apartments.

Travel information

  • The best time to visit is between October and April when the weather is at its warmest and driest.
  • Fly to Bangkok and get a connection to Luang Prabang International Airport.
  • If you want to rent a car we recommend contacting our partner Rentalcars.

Still not sure?

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