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Landlocked Laos is at the heart of the Indochinese Peninsula, bordered by Myanmar and China to the northwest, Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the southeast, and Thailand to the west and southwest. Its capital, Vientiane is an elegant ex-colonial city, known for its architecture and sites of cultural interest, but Laos’ historic towns, dotted along its great rivers, and striking natural landscapes, are also reason to visit. Whether you’re dreaming of an active adventure holiday or a relaxing escape with friends and family, our pick of the best places to stay in Laos promise something for everyone.

UNESCO World Heritage Site, Luang Prabang is a popular Laotian destination, known for its many temples, its lively night markets, delicious street food and striking views of the Mekong River. Luang Prabang is a great base for trips along the Mekong, and some of our Gurus recommendations for the best places to stay in Laos line its banks here. Don’t miss a trip to the That Luang Stupa, one of the largest in Southeast Asia

The countryside of Laos makes a unique backdrop for cycling, hiking, kayaking and horse riding trips, and seeing the country this way is an unusual travelling experience, because Laos is still a little visited destination. Expect to spend your days spotting monkeys and gibbons in the trees, and unusual bird life all around. Visit the Bolaven Plateau, home to waterfalls, caves and lakes, or the Phou Hin Boun National Protected Area, for its striking limestone karsts. If it’s this type of experience you’re hoping to find in Laos, consider one of our Gurus recommendations for eco-lodges or waterside resorts, these will be the best places to stay in Laos for adventurous travellers.

The Best Places to Stay in Laos

For the Views

  • Luang Prabang’s Mekong Riverview Hotel is in a spectacular spot on the Luang Prabang peninsular, where the waters divide between the Mekong and Man Khan rivers. The hotel’s traditional design, with wrap around balconies on both levels, makes it easy to take in the views. As well as the wonderful Lao architecture, this hotel offers comfortable colonial style throughout, including in its 22 rooms and suites, and sophisticated restaurant. Owner manages, and friendly with it, with a relaxed atmosphere.
  • The La Folie Lodge is in a far more remote spot, on a small island on the banks of the Mekong near Champasak. The accommodation is in 26 stilted bungalows, arranged along the water’s edge, on a large, inviting pool. The decor is simple and traditional, with lots of wood and locally produced textiles. The restaurant serves both Western and Asian dishes overlooking the water. Affordable and relaxed.

For a Special Occasion

  • Just outside of Luang Prabang is the Amantaka, an old hospital beautifully renovated by Anamresorts, into a beautiful retreat. The 24 rooms and suites offer luxurious relaxation facilities: an impressive spa and treatment menu, yoga studios, attentive staff, and the opportunity to have your own private swimming pool. There’s also a romantic, riverside restaurant, and a gym. If you’re here to explore the area, there are a myriad of ways the hotel will help you with that too, from private cycle hire, to private boat tours.
  • For a special occasion in Vientiane, try the Settha Palace, it’s a luxurious choice, in a French Colonial style that’s very much a hybrid of western grande dame hotels, and traditional Laotian elegance: think pillars, French doors, and chandeliers, but with dark rosewood floors and furnishings, a lush tropical garden, and a lagoon pool with a dining terrace. There are just 29 rooms and suites, the most romantic with four-poster beds as well as antiques. The fine dining restaurant is French, and the more casual option is contemporary Asian. There’s also a poolside car, a gym and spa.

For Romantics

  • The Hotel de la Paix is a cluster of French Colonial buildings, built to a Laotian style and surrounded by lush grounds, and now cleverly converted into 25 luxurious suites. The suite design offers privacy, and luxury, with spa-like indoor-outdoor bathrooms, private plunge pools and gardens, and pared back design choices. The restaurant has a beautiful terrace, and the pool is a stunner. Perfect for a special occasion.

For Colonial Style

  • The Villa Maly was built during the French Colonial period, and retains quite an Art Deco flavour to its white facade and glamorous communal areas. If anything a recent update has returned much of the hotel to its 1930s elegance, including the beautiful outdoor pool, bar, and restaurant terrace. And the location is perfect for exploring Luang Prabang’s temples and markets.
  • Just ten minutes stroll from the centre of Luang Prabang, the Satri House is an elegant, carefully restored colonial era mansion with a white facade, and peaked, Laotian-style roofs. Inside are 31 rooms and suites, decorated with traditional furnishings in dark wood, and elegant details. Our Gurus like the locally sourced art, antiques, and design, and the bright yellow spa. Set within beautiful manicured gardens, the hotel also benefits from an elegant, fine dining restaurant and a yoga studio.

For Foodies

  • The Belmond La Residence Phou Vao is an elegant, colonial era hotel, in a secluded setting just outside Luang Prabang. The fact that it’s part of the Belmond group means guest can anticipate excellent service and fantastic facilities, but this hotel also offers a stunning panoramic views from its hilltop spot, which are especially magical from the infinity pool. The interiors are all impeccably designed, and the 34 rooms and suites are spacious and elegant, but for our Gurus the hotel’s second string highlight is the cuisine, Laotian, with in-house cooking classes so you can take it home with you.
  • The restaurant at the 3 Nagas has been voted the best Laotian restaurant in Luang Prabang. Elegantly located in the hotel courtyard, the restaurant is central to the hotel’s design, as well as its offering, because the 15 rooms of the hotel started out in three different historic mansions. During their conversions the houses had all the mod. cons. added, but all the historic charm retained. It’s another one for fans of colonial style too, because as well as the great decor, guests are also able to take a ride in one of the hotel’s classic card, a 1952 Citroen, of a ’56 Mercedes. You’re within walking distance from around 30 of Luang Prabang’s UNESCO listed temples, so you don’t really need to, and the same can be said for the hotel bikes. But it is a nice touch.
  • Also in Luang Prabang, the Luang Say Residence is a great pick for foodies because of its cooking school, which specialises in the same fusion cuisine served in its elegant restaurant, and chic bistro. Converted from a glamorous mansion, the Lunag Say Residence is quite Laotian in style, with several separate buildings arranged around a central pool, and surrounded by lush tropical gardens.

For Families

  • The Sanctuary is our pick for family-friendly accommodation in Luang Prabang. It has been designed around three historic buildings, now brought together around a central tropical garden, complete with a lotus pond and palm trees. The hotel has 51 rooms and suites, decorated with minimal fuss, and a traditional aesthetic of dark wood and white walls, and all have private balconies overlooking the pond. The location is super central, but it feels a world away from the bustle of town. Calm and friendly, and super great value.
  • Conveniently located for the centre of Vientiane, and for the Mekong River, the Dhavara is a luxurious, 26 room hotel, with a grand, traditional looking facade, and elegantly furnished rooms and suites - think dark wood and white walls. Our Gurus recommend it for families because the family suites are a god size, and have small kitchenettes. This is also a hotel with all the mod. cons., and a restaurant driving modern Laotian cuisine.

For City Style

  • The is a great colonial era hotel in downtown Vientiane. Despite the colonial facade, the interiors are contemporary Laotian in style, with clean, straight lines and dark woods. Our Gurus favourite rooms, of the 22, are those with private balconies. The restaurant is French, and there’s a terrace, the bar elegant, and the pool is large.
  • Also centrally located in Vientiane, the is a sleek and stylish pick, with decor rich in traditionally patterned silks, against simple white linen and dark wood. It’s 42 rooms and suites are light and spacious, and while some are simple, you can upgrade to hot tub baths, or a family sized suite. There’s an excellent bar, restaurant, gym and spa, but no pool.
  • The Green Park Boutique Hotel looks traditional on the outside, with hung tiles, lots of dark wood, and a lush garden setting. The interiors have the same traditional materials, but used with contemporary straight lines, and featuring all the mod. cons.. All of the 34 rooms and suites have private balconies overlooking the inviting pool, and large bathrooms complete with large bathtubs. The hotel offers complimentary bike hire, and has a spa too, as well as a popular restaurant and bar.

For a Rural Escape

  • For an experience outside the main centres of Laos, look up the Nong Kiau Riverside Resort, an eco resort on the banks of the Nam Ou River, with 15 well designed rooms - compete with four-poster beds with mosquito nets, and private, river-facing terraces. This is a proper escape, where you’ll be riding down the river on an inner-tube with your family, rather than watching a film, and playing pétanque with the locals, rather than checking your phone.
  • The Riverside Boutique Resort isn’t quite as remote, and probably looks more like many people’s idea of a resort. It’s beautifully arranged along the banks of the Nam Song River, with a spectacular backdrop of karst mountains and mist. The resort’s 34 rooms and suites are arranged in eight blocks, all offering slightly different decor, though all of it traditional in style, and featuring local textiles and handicrafts. All of the rooms have incredible views, but the best views are had for the rooms closest to the pool. The restaurant serves French and Laotian cuisine, and has an impressive wine list to compliment it. Romantic and relaxing.

For Great Value

  • Maison Dalabua is the epitome of value chic, a collection of 26, individually decorated rooms and suites arranged in stilted cabins reached by a series of walkways weaving over lotus ponds, and through a tropical garden. But still just three minutes from the centre of Luang Prabang. Inside, the rooms are unfussily decorated in traditional dark wood, with antiques from the owner’s collection. Some of the rooms are ideal for families, and guests of all ages will appreciate the pool and friendly restaurant, while adults also get use of the spa and bar.
  • The Indigo House Hotel is a traditional Laotian townhouse turned contemporary hotel, close to Luang Prabang’s night markets, and within a pleasant stroll of many of the town’s highlights. The 12 rooms and suites are decorated with contemporary style, featuring whitewashed walls, dark wood floors and furnishings, and local textiles. The rooftop terrace has fantastic views, and theres a friendly cafe onsite.

For a private apartment or villa

  • If you’d prefer to stay in an apartment or private villa while staying in Laos, we recommend you visit our online partner, Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Laos has two major international airports, Vientiane Wattay Airport, and Luang Prabang Airport. Vientiane Wattay Airport is in the Sikhodtabong district of Vientiane, which is about three kilometres outside the centre of town, and is connected to many major Asian cities, and destinations within Laos. Luang Prabang Airport is just outside Luang Prabang, and is also connected to major Asian cities and destinations within Laos.
  • If you plan to hire a car we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.
  • Laos is best between October and April, when, broadly speaking, it’s warmer and drier. If you’re planning to travel along one of Laos’ waterways, the best time is probably between November and January, when water levels are high. The best time for trekking is probably the cooler months of November, December and January, when everything is lush and green. Between May and September, Laos gets plenty of rain, usually in the form of short, sharp showers, which you can definitely work around, but the humidity from the heat and frequent rains will make it a difficult time to visit for some people. It can also be more challenging to visit remote areas because many parts of Laos experiences some annual flooding.

Still not sure where to stay?

See all » 22 hotels in Luang Prabang

  • Mekong Villa @ Ock Pop Tok Luang Prabang 4 rooms from AU$66

    Local exploring  -  Though just outside Luang Prabang, it's a great spot from which to explore
    Value chic  -  Doubles start from just $45 per night B&B in low season
    Sights nearby  -  A free daily shuttle bus runs between 8am and 5pm and takes you to the centre of town.
    Restaurant  -  The Silk Road Cafe embodies their East meets West philosophy
    Air conditioningRestaurantViews

    Four unique rooms sit in the grounds of the Ock Pop Tok Living Craft Centre, perched on the banks of the Mekong. Spacious and chic & adorned with the beautiful textiles which are made on site. Make the most of complimentary bikes and a free tuk tuk into town. Off the beaten track but well worth it! See More

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  • My Dream Resort Luang Prabang (Ban Meung Nga Village) 24 rooms from AU$85

    Hideaway  -  Set on the banks of the Nam Khan River gives complete solitude in a town
    Value chic  -  Simple clean design without a heavy price tag
    Local markets  -  Enter the hussle and bustle of the Luang Prabang nightmarket
    Great walks  -  The hotel organises hill and village walks
    Air conditioningRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenNo pets

    A place of calm set on the banks of the Nam Khan River. Bamboo bungalows give a laid back feel yet your are only a 15 minute cycle away from town. Rooms are spotless and the staff friendly and efficient. Well priced plus the owners donate a portion of the profits to local projects. A great find. See More

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  • Hotel Khamvongsa Vientiane (Ban Vat Chan) 26 rooms from AU$66

    Local exploring  -  With its central location opposite the Inpeng Temple and just steps from the Mekong, it's perfect for sightseeing.
    Value chic  -  Double rooms start from just $45 per night including breakfast.
    Sights nearby  -  A short walk from Nam Phou fountain, opposite the Inpeng temple, and a stone's throw from the Mekong river
    Views  -  All rooms have views either over the Inpeng Temple or the Mekong River
    Air conditioningGardenViewsParking

    Relaxed, family run house minutes from downtown Vientiane. The twenty six rooms are French colonial chic meets Laos in style with dark wooden floors, high ceilings and large windows. Perfect for families, groups, couples or even those who want to stay for a while, with plenty of options for all. See More

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  • Hotel Beau Rivage Mekong Vientiane 16 rooms from AU$76

    Local exploring  -  Within easy reach of Vientiane's markets and restaurants.
    Restaurant  -  Makphet Restaurant employs disadvataged youths from the local area and serves delicious local cuisine.
    Boutique
    Air conditioningRestaurantGardenParkingNo pets

    You can't miss this flamingo pink edifice located along a dusty downtown street. Its 16 individually decorated blue and pink rooms feature cosy waffle bedspreads, bamboo screens, and many, Mekong River views. Local cuisine is served at The Spirit House and there is a pleasant sun dappled garden. See More

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  • Nong Kiau Riverside Resort Nong Kiau Town 15 rooms from AU$44

    Great walks  -  Explore rural Lao and visit the surrounding villages before hailing a boat ride back to the hotel
    Hideaway  -  No electronics and a secluded location. Ideal for getting away from it all
    Fishing  -  Rent a boat and rod and set off fishing on the Nam Ou River
    Barefoot Luxury  -  For total relaxation.
    RestaurantGardenViews

    Fifteen eco bungalows nestled on the banks of the Nam Ou River. The rooms are simple but well designed: hard wood flooring, four poster beds draped with mosquito nets and private river facing terraces. With plenty of activities on offer it is ideal for families. See More

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  • La Folie Lodge BP 668 Pakse, Champasak 26 rooms from AU$79

    Value chic  -  Here the price is as inviting as the interiors
    Birdwatching  -  Cross the Mekong to Done Deang Island and search for the 39 residing species
    Sights nearby  -  Boat up the Mekong to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Wat Phou
    Hideaway  -  Island life brings complete tranquility
    RestaurantSwimming PoolViewsNo pets
    Recommended by  -  I Escape

    Set on a remote island on the banks of the Mekong river La Folie Lodge houses 26 stilted Bungalows surrounding a large, sparkling pool. The rooms are simply decorated with wooden floors and Laotian textiles. Western and Asian dishes can be enjoyed overlooking the waters. Experience the island life. See More

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  • Riverside Boutique Resort Vang Vieng (Vientiane Province) 34 rooms from AU$117

    Romantic Break  -  Couples will love the candelit riverside dining and private balcony suites.
    Value chic  -  High levels of luxury at a low price
    Hideaway  -  Set on the Nam Song River with spectacular views of the surrounding limestone mountains
    Cooking classes  -  Foodies will love a day spent learning local dishes at a nearby organic farm
    Air conditioningRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenViewsParkingNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    A beautifully designed property, right on the Nam Song River. Rooms are decorated in the style of eight different ethnic groups. All have spectacular views but the best are to be found lounging by the pool. Restaurant du Crabe d’Or serves Laotian and French cuisine and has an impressive wine list. See More

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See all » 22 hotels in Luang Prabang

  • Mekong Villa @ Ock Pop Tok Luang Prabang 4 rooms from AU$66

    Local exploring  -  Though just outside Luang Prabang, it's a great spot from which to explore
    Value chic  -  Doubles start from just $45 per night B&B in low season
    Sights nearby  -  A free daily shuttle bus runs between 8am and 5pm and takes you to the centre of town.
    Restaurant  -  The Silk Road Cafe embodies their East meets West philosophy
    Air conditioningRestaurantViews

    Four unique rooms sit in the grounds of the Ock Pop Tok Living Craft Centre, perched on the banks of the Mekong. Spacious and chic & adorned with the beautiful textiles which are made on site. Make the most of complimentary bikes and a free tuk tuk into town. Off the beaten track but well worth it! See More

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  • My Dream Resort Luang Prabang (Ban Meung Nga Village) 24 rooms from AU$85

    Hideaway  -  Set on the banks of the Nam Khan River gives complete solitude in a town
    Value chic  -  Simple clean design without a heavy price tag
    Local markets  -  Enter the hussle and bustle of the Luang Prabang nightmarket
    Great walks  -  The hotel organises hill and village walks
    Air conditioningRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenNo pets

    A place of calm set on the banks of the Nam Khan River. Bamboo bungalows give a laid back feel yet your are only a 15 minute cycle away from town. Rooms are spotless and the staff friendly and efficient. Well priced plus the owners donate a portion of the profits to local projects. A great find. See More

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See all » 7 hotels in Vientiane

  • Hotel Khamvongsa Vientiane (Ban Vat Chan) 26 rooms from AU$66

    Local exploring  -  With its central location opposite the Inpeng Temple and just steps from the Mekong, it's perfect for sightseeing.
    Value chic  -  Double rooms start from just $45 per night including breakfast.
    Sights nearby  -  A short walk from Nam Phou fountain, opposite the Inpeng temple, and a stone's throw from the Mekong river
    Views  -  All rooms have views either over the Inpeng Temple or the Mekong River
    Air conditioningGardenViewsParking

    Relaxed, family run house minutes from downtown Vientiane. The twenty six rooms are French colonial chic meets Laos in style with dark wooden floors, high ceilings and large windows. Perfect for families, groups, couples or even those who want to stay for a while, with plenty of options for all. See More

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  • Hotel Beau Rivage Mekong Vientiane 16 rooms from AU$76

    Local exploring  -  Within easy reach of Vientiane's markets and restaurants.
    Restaurant  -  Makphet Restaurant employs disadvataged youths from the local area and serves delicious local cuisine.
    Boutique
    Air conditioningRestaurantGardenParkingNo pets

    You can't miss this flamingo pink edifice located along a dusty downtown street. Its 16 individually decorated blue and pink rooms feature cosy waffle bedspreads, bamboo screens, and many, Mekong River views. Local cuisine is served at The Spirit House and there is a pleasant sun dappled garden. See More

    Check Availability

See all » 1 hotel in Nong Kiau

  • Nong Kiau Riverside Resort Nong Kiau Town 15 rooms from AU$44

    Great walks  -  Explore rural Lao and visit the surrounding villages before hailing a boat ride back to the hotel
    Hideaway  -  No electronics and a secluded location. Ideal for getting away from it all
    Fishing  -  Rent a boat and rod and set off fishing on the Nam Ou River
    Barefoot Luxury  -  For total relaxation.
    RestaurantGardenViews

    Fifteen eco bungalows nestled on the banks of the Nam Ou River. The rooms are simple but well designed: hard wood flooring, four poster beds draped with mosquito nets and private river facing terraces. With plenty of activities on offer it is ideal for families. See More

    Check Availability

See all » 1 hotel in Champasak

  • La Folie Lodge BP 668 Pakse, Champasak 26 rooms from AU$79

    Value chic  -  Here the price is as inviting as the interiors
    Birdwatching  -  Cross the Mekong to Done Deang Island and search for the 39 residing species
    Sights nearby  -  Boat up the Mekong to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Wat Phou
    Hideaway  -  Island life brings complete tranquility
    RestaurantSwimming PoolViewsNo pets
    Recommended by  -  I Escape

    Set on a remote island on the banks of the Mekong river La Folie Lodge houses 26 stilted Bungalows surrounding a large, sparkling pool. The rooms are simply decorated with wooden floors and Laotian textiles. Western and Asian dishes can be enjoyed overlooking the waters. Experience the island life. See More

    Check Availability

See all » 1 hotel in Vang Vieng

  • Riverside Boutique Resort Vang Vieng (Vientiane Province) 34 rooms from AU$117

    Romantic Break  -  Couples will love the candelit riverside dining and private balcony suites.
    Value chic  -  High levels of luxury at a low price
    Hideaway  -  Set on the Nam Song River with spectacular views of the surrounding limestone mountains
    Cooking classes  -  Foodies will love a day spent learning local dishes at a nearby organic farm
    Air conditioningRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenViewsParkingNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    A beautifully designed property, right on the Nam Song River. Rooms are decorated in the style of eight different ethnic groups. All have spectacular views but the best are to be found lounging by the pool. Restaurant du Crabe d’Or serves Laotian and French cuisine and has an impressive wine list. See More

    Check Availability