Best Places for Backpackers in Laos.

Enjoy backpacking around Laos without a fixed itinerary by using our handy listings of the best hostels in every destination. Specially curated for backpackers and economy travellers, we help you find an amazing place to stay no matter where you're headed!

The best backpackers destinations & accommodation in Laos.

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Top 50 hostels in Laos.

These are the 50 most awesome hostels and budget places to stay in Laos.

1
Cafe de Laos

100 /100

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Cafe de Laos

Welcome to our boutique inn and homestay! Offering great daily, weekly and monthly rates, our Inn is hands down Luang Prabang’s best value, making it simple and affordable to be part of our historic community! Housed in a 100-year old French colonial bungalow, with local architectural feature...
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Sanga Hostel

98 /100

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Sanga Hostel

Sanga Hostel is set in Pakse less than five minutes away from Wat Luang and just ten minutes walk from the Kong River. A highlight of the area is the Pakse Golden Buddha, which is situated across the river on a hill overlooking Pakse just 4 kilometers from the hostel. Sunset and sunrise views fr...
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Nakai Resort

97 /100

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Nakai Resort

Nakai Resort is located in the heart of the Khammouane province and around 1 hours’ drive away from Thakhek City, the resort is surrounded by breathtaking nature and situated next to a beautiful Nam Theun lake. Previously our Resort used to be open for government use only, though today anyone can j...
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Souk Lan Xang Guest House

95 /100

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Souk Lan Xang Guest House

Souk Lan Xang Guest House is a Lao traditional wooden house built in 1943 and newly renovated in 2008. The house has kept its old unique style of Lao Luangprabang and heritage architecture, with fine wooden decoration and furniture fittings, full size comfortable wooden single or double beds, moder...
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Vongkham Eco Resort

94 /100

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Vongkham Eco Resort

Vongkham Eco Resort has been built from scratch based on an idea of providing a getaway from the city and also as a springboard to the rural communities and attractions in the local area. It is a place to relax and unwind in an established garden and close enough to all amenities.It is set in a hect...
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Barn 1920s Hostel

94 /100

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Barn 1920s Hostel

Barn1920s Hostel is located in the central point (KM Zero) of Vientiane Capital, the vibrant night food market is just outside the hostel. The hostel features a lovely garden, a shared lounge as well as a coffee bar. The highlight is also the in-house Cafe called Drip 1920s which offers one of t...
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Nana Backpackers Hostel

93 /100

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Nana Backpackers Hostel

Nana Backpackers Hostel is set in the heart of Vang Vieng. This 3-star hostel has a swimming pool, movie room, mini gym, bar and restaurant in the property which is all accessible by our guests. The hostel has air-conditioned private and dorm rooms with a shared bathroom. The property is located a 3...
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Wopakok Hotel

91 /100

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Wopakok Hotel

Wopakok Hotel is set in beautiful & serene locatio,n right next to the mighty Mekhong River. Come and see the extraordinary & panoramic Mekong River views from our wide riverside terrace. Awake if you wish at dawn to a stunning Mekong River sunrise. Relax in the evening silence and watch the sun...
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Smile Luang Prabang Hostel

91 /100

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Smile Luang Prabang Hostel

Smile Hostel Luang Prabang it's a brand new hostel located in a beautiful old colonial part of the town. Just a few minutes walk from the main attractions - night market, Mount Phousi, national museum, and Mekong river. Brand new and clean dorms can accommodate from 4 to 10 people. Our internationa...
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ThaViSouk Family Home

90 /100

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ThaViSouk Family Home

Situated in the centre of Luang Prabang, a 10-minute walk to the local night market, ThaViSouk Family Home features accommodation with free WiFi access and free private parking. Each room at this hotel is breakfast and features a flat-screen TV. For your comfort, you will find free toiletries and...
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Villa Mahasok Hotel

90 /100

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Villa Mahasok Hotel

Villa Mahasok Hotel is located near many tourist attractions, namely Wat Aphay, Wat Visoun and Night Market which are just a 10-minute walk away. Offering free on-site parking, Villa Mahasok Hotel is a 5-minute drive from Wat Aham. Luang Prabang International Airport is a 15-minute ride away. Fea...
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Friendly Backpackers Hostel

89 /100

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Friendly Backpackers Hostel

Friendly Backpackers Hostel is located in the heart of Luang Prabang. It is about 600 meters from Night Market. Located around 600 meters from National Museum, the hostel with free WiFi is also 700 meters away from Mount Phousy. At the hostel, Every dorm has airconditioning, wifi that actually r...
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Downtown Backpackers Hostel 2

88 /100

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Downtown Backpackers Hostel 2

Large campus, separate smoking area with Billiard table. Free hot shower and daily towels. You can buy water, beer right here. Each bed is equipped with a charger socket, reading lamp, locker and mini fan. We provide dorm room. Free wifi features the whole property. Our friendly staff is a...
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PVO Hostel

87 /100

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PVO Hostel

We are a New, Clean and Cheap Room Service located in downtown for backpackers. *A friendly staffs who you can ask for information about places, food and direction to make your plans better *Free WiFi (strong signal) are covering on the whole building *Free Sandwich for breakfast *We provide F...
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Y-Not Laos Hostel

87 /100

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Y-Not Laos Hostel

For travelers who want to take in the sights and sounds of Luang Prabang, Y Not Laos Hostel is the perfect choice. From here, guests can make the most of all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the property offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations. Y Not...
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Sunrise Riverside Pool Hostel

87 /100

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Sunrise Riverside Pool Hostel

Sunrise Riverside Pool Hostel offers completely furnished dorms in what is sure to be one of the most amazing locations you've ever stayed at. Come have a drink on our roofed terrace overlooking the Nam Khan river or just lounge around in our massive garden. We have an international staff of loc...
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Chill Riverside Backpackers Hostel

86 /100

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Chill Riverside Backpackers Hostel

Chill Riverside Backpackers Hostel is one of the best hostels in Luang Prabang. The hostel features a garden and a terrace by the Nam Khan River where Guests can have a drink and chill out with friends. Or just lay down All of our staffs are helpful and friendly, we are ready 24/7 to make your s...
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Villa Thony 1 House 1

86 /100

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Villa Thony 1 House 1

The Thony 1 House 1 is a Family run Hostel in the World Heritage Town Luang Prabang. It is a good option to stay in Town. You can better enjoy staying by your self. Luang Prabang has got 6 Years Gold Award from one the Best Magazine in UK. Please try to book our room and enjoy your stay at the...
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Pacific Vientiane Hotel

85 /100

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Pacific Vientiane Hotel

In August 2017, Pacific Vientiane Hotel was renovated with the East-West Boutique Style. Creating the wonderful stay with a conformable environment is our main mission of renovation. Moreover, the meaning of our renovation is not only about new out-looking but also about new professional services. C...
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Sailomyen Cafe & Hostel

85 /100

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Sailomyen Cafe & Hostel

Sailomyen Hostel is a newly renovated property (originally known as Saylomyen 1 Guesthouse which was established in 1994). The Hostel features a loft design with an in-house café located on the ground floor. Sailomyen Hostel offers a unique and comfortable rooms for travelers at an affordable pri...
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Vang Vieng Garden Bungalow

85 /100

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Vang Vieng Garden Bungalow

Set in Vang Vieng, Vang Vieng Garden Bungalow offers a garden and bar. Each accommodation at the hotel has garden views, and guests can enjoy swimming and relax by the outdoor pool. Rooms are complete with a private bathroom and air conditioning. Selected rooms have a balcony. Breakfast is ava...
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Vang Vieng Rock Backpackers Hostel

84 /100

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Vang Vieng Rock Backpackers Hostel

Vang Vieng Rock Backpacker Hostel should be MORE THAN JUST A BED ! It should be a place you feel safe , comfortable , relaxed and be somewhere you can meet awesome people ! We offers cozy accommodation in a convenient area of Vang Vieng, located right in the center of Vang Vieng ,only less than 200...
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Sa Sa Lao

83 /100

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Sa Sa Lao

Within a quiet space, full of flowers, trees, and fresh air, the wooden and bamboo house style, .With courteous staff and attentive service, and modern equipment and facilities, we’ll make sure you’ll have an interesting time. Welcome to Luang Prabang, the enchanting UNESCO World Heritage town...
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DownTown Backpackers Hostel

82 /100

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DownTown Backpackers Hostel

Located in Luang Prabang, 201 metres from National Museum, DownTown Backpackers Hostel features a restaurant and free Wi-Fi. You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property. The rooms have a shared bathroom. This hostel has water sports facilities and bike rental is available. Night Market...
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Fan Dee Hotel

81 /100

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Fan Dee Hotel

Fan Dee Hotel is designed as Bamboo style. Located at Nam Khan River, Fan Dee Hotel starts with 5 bungalows and 40 single beds. A beautiful area, large space, large garden and Nam Khan River view. With a simple design, however we have amazing relax area, all rooms with detail bamboo decoration...
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Easy Go Hostel

81 /100

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Easy Go Hostel

Welcome to Vang Vieng and welcome to Easy Go! We are a family run hostel that focuses on making people feel welcome and included just like they would be at home! We even have puppies and kittens for you to play with! mountain view balcony whilst watching some nature programs listening to chilled...
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Dream home hostel

81 /100

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Dream home hostel

The dream Home Hostel is located in the heart of Vientiane. The surrounding area hosts a large number of Authentic Lao food options, Markets, Foreign Restaurants, Bars, and the Famous Mekong River. Everything is walking distance from our Dream Home Hostel! The Dream Home Hostel offers dorm roo...
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Moukdavan

80 /100

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Moukdavan

We are located in the centre of Luangprabang, 350 metres from Night Market, 600 metres from National Museum and Mount Phousy, 4.8km from International Airport and 2.5km from Southern Bus Station. Free WiFi and bicycle/motobike hire are available. We always try to create a friendly, comfortable...
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Sakura Hotel

80 /100

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Sakura Hotel

Sakura Hotel is the old centre of Luangprabang world herritage, along this road are many Restaurants for service Guests, you walk by foots about 10 minutes is the Night Maket they have many Laos foods and you can buy many Luangprabang Souvenirs by Hand made. In the same road in the morning you can g...
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Vientiane Backpackers Hostel

80 /100

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Vientiane Backpackers Hostel

We are close to the busy main street to to visit Night market, Restaurant. ATM, Bar, Pool hall, Temple, Tourist attractions but far enough away to be quiet for a good nights sleep. BRAND NEW dormitory rooms are now open. We have 20-bed ' Anaconda' and 8-bed 'Monkey options. Both of these rooms ar...
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Mano Temple House

79 /100

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Mano Temple House

Mano Temple House is with perfect located,on the main road in the heart of the Luang Prabang. It is only 700 meters to the Night Market and 800 meters to Phousi Mountain. Mano Temple House provides you with clean and comfortable private rooms: - Double room and twin room: Quiet room with window...
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Pans Place Guesthouse

79 /100

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Pans Place Guesthouse

Pan's place, situated on the main street of Vang Vieng, offers a friendly home from home atmosphere for all our guests. We pride ourselves in offering very clean rooms at an affordable price as well as many other comforts and services. We invite you to be part of our extended family during your stay...
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Lakangthong 2 Friendly House

78 /100

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Lakangthong 2 Friendly House

Conveniently located, Lakangthong 2 Friendly House is a 5-minute walk to Mekong River Front. It provides free Wi-Fi throughout the property. Dara Market is a 5-minute walk from the hotel. It takes 10 minutes to walk to Night Market. Luang Pranbang Airport is a 20-minute ride away. Simply-furnishe...
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Vang Vieng Freedom Hostel

78 /100

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Vang Vieng Freedom Hostel

Vang Vieng Freedom Hostel is newly opened, with the best location right in the heart of town, we offer everything what a backpacker heart needs. We provide 3-4-6-8-bed-dorm single bed dorm and private rooms for two. All our rooms are newly renovated, very clean, with thick comfy mattresses, Ai...
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Army Barracks Hostel

78 /100

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Army Barracks Hostel

In Army Barracks Hostel, you will find different experiences from the others similar-hostels nearby. Its decoration like you are in a Army Barrack. Every room has A/C, ceiling fan and soft mattress. Before opening the hostel, the owner also runs a famous restaurant in Vientiane, so he knows how...
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Pakse Riverside Bed and Breakfast

78 /100

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Pakse Riverside Bed and Breakfast

Pakse Riverside Bed and breakfast (PRBB): Located in the south of Lao along the Nam Sedone River in a nice environment. Pakse Riverside Bed and breakfast (PRBB, is the fruition of our experiences of hosteling, backpacking and budget travelers around the globe and meeting like-minded travelers. O...
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Matata Garden Guest House

77 /100

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Matata Garden Guest House

MATATA Garden GH is located in the central area of Luang Prabang, only 5-minute-walk away from the Night Market and just a few steps from the bar streets. There are 15 spacious rooms in the hotel including deluxe double bed, deluxe twin beds and multiple beds rooms and they are built in Southeas...
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Vongprachan Backpackers Hostel

76 /100

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Vongprachan Backpackers Hostel

Vongprachan Backpackers Hostel is situated in Luang Prabang, 300 metres from Mount Phousy and 400 metres from Night Market. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free Wi-Fi is provided and free private parking is available on site. Some units have a seating area where you can relax. All rooms...
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Real Backpackers Hostel Vang Vieng

76 /100

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Real Backpackers Hostel Vang Vieng

The Real Vang Vieng Backpackers Hostel is a newly opened Backpacker Hostel in Vang Vieng (8/2015). With the best location right in the heart of the little city, we offer everything what a backpacker heart needs. We provide 6-bed-dorms and private rooms for one, two or three people. All our rooms...
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Pakam Guesthouse

76 /100

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Pakam Guesthouse

We are a small traditional Lao style house, every room is with private toilet with hot shower, nice bed, the rooms are neat and tidy good location. The house is situated half a block from the Mekong, quiet and very clean, just 1-minute walk to the morning market, 2 minutes walk to night market an...
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Lucky Backpackers Hostel Vientiane

76 /100

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Lucky Backpackers Hostel Vientiane

Our dorm rooms are 8 bed and 16 bed mixed dorms. Additionally we offer private rooms for those who want to enjoy the best of both worlds - connecting with fellow travelers in the common area but also have privacy when desired. All private rooms have en suite bathrooms and dormitories have access to...
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Khaw Hoom

75 /100

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Khaw Hoom

600 meters from Laos National Museum, KhawHoom is located in Vientiane and offers free WiFi and a ticket service. The property is around 1.1 km from Wat Sisaket, 1.3 km from Hor Phra Keo and 3.7 km from Thatluang Stupa. The property is 5 km from Lao-ITEC Exhibition Centre. The rooms at the h...
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Sabai Sabai Hostel

74 /100

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Sabai Sabai Hostel

Dear All, As the owner of Sabai Sabai Hostel, my sincere apology to all of my guests during the past 2018 management. Since September to November 2018 we closed all our booking to renovate and maintain all our facility, and review all our guests feedback, constructed new swimming pool, upgrade...
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Aham Backpackers Hostel

74 /100

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Aham Backpackers Hostel

Great location in the heart of UNESCO World Heritage city Luang Prabang! Aham Backpackers hostel is located at the foot of Mount Phosi , with lots of shops, restaurants and bars within five minutes walking. is an excellent value The main tourist area. 300m from Night Market with 4 minutes walking...
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Singharat Guest House

74 /100

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Singharat Guest House

Singharat Guesthouse is easily accessible from both the airport and the pier. There are 2 kinds of rooms in the property, double and twin room, all of which are quiet room with window, cable TV channels ,air conditioning, mosquito net, high-speed Internet access and daily housekeeping. Baggage st...
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Atlantic Vientiane Hotel

73 /100

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Atlantic Vientiane Hotel

In September 2018, Atlantic Vientiane Hotel was renovated with the East-West Boutique Style. Atlantic Vientiane Hotel opens by October 2018. Hotel is located in downtown Vientiane, which is very convenience for a short holiday or business trip to enjoy 100% Vientiane’s Lifestyle. Our location is...
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Greenbox Hotel

71 /100

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Greenbox Hotel

Greenbox Hotel was opened in January 2017. The point is it is clean, clean and clean, we designed 24 single beds, 8 double beds, and 6 bathrooms. In addition, we also have a private room with bathroom inside. With box style design, we look forward to bringing you privacy and convenience while restin...
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Ali Hotel

71 /100

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Ali Hotel

The hotel is close to the river, has beautiful views, The whole campus is covered with plants and flowers. There are plenty of common spaces for travelers to have fun talking. next to the night market, convenient for leisure travel. At the hotel, there is a restaurant, a coffee shop for guests....
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Vang Vieng Boutique Hotel

71 /100

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Vang Vieng Boutique Hotel

Vang Vieng Boutique Hotel situated on the main street of Vang Vieng, offers a friendly home from home atmosphere for all our guests. We pride ourselves in offering very clean rooms at an affordable price as well as many other comforts and services. Run by Michael and Neil, an old hippy from Vietnam...
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Nocknoy Lanexang Guesthouse

68 /100

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Nocknoy Lanexang Guesthouse

Featuring free Wi-Fi, Nocknoy Lanexang Guesthouse offers pet-friendly accommodation in Luang Prabang. Guests can enjoy tasty dishes and refreshing drinks at the on-site restaurant and bar. Nocknoy Lanexang Guesthouse comes with air conditioning and cable TV. Selected rooms also feature a seating...
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Things to see and do while backpacking in Laos.

Check out tips from other travellers and bloggers and their experiences in Laos.

If you're already planning to visit Laos - scroll to the next section for a list of the best places to stay.

Car crash in USA

Well I will sign off now, but please….even if you are going for a 5 day holiday, get travel insurance! I have been mugged at knife point, drugged in Laos and crashed my car in USA…travel insurance every single time! And all with covermore! Worth it!

Kara Tomes

LAOS: Christmas in the treetops

For most people Christmas has some sort of tradition attached to it. I am exactly like most, I have strong traditions in my family and each year Christmas tends to be much the same. But this one year I had decided to spend Christmas away from my family, across the other side of the globe, in a country where a white Christmas would be something of a miracle. I chose to spend my Christmas in LAOS. Alone.

Claudia Lowe

 Transport from Chiang Raid to Luang Prabang

There are some things that before you do them you think you know how you will look back on them… This is what myself and Ash were thinking about a two day longboat trip down the Mekong river from Huay Xai (border town on the Lao side) to Luang Prabang (Laos).

Judit Díaz Merchán

Five things you should not miss in Luang Prabang

Laos, situated in South East Asia, is a unique country, not only for its cascading mountains, glorious waterfalls or the genuine locals, but rather the influence from Western countries has been minimal, compared to Thailand or Cambodia. This means that you will not find any fast food restaurants, no convenience stores like 7 Eleven and supermarkets are hard to find. I loved this about Laos, because it feels like you are in ‘real’ Asia or rather, what it would’ve been like a few decades ago. Without major franchises like McDonalds etc, the money you spend on food, groceries, clothes and souvenirs goes straight back to the community. For reasons I do not know, travellers seem to overlook Laos as a destination on their itinerary, which is very unfortunate as it has so much to offer.

Caitlyn Dickens

Once Without a Knowledge about Laos

Pakse:  A Unique and Unforgettable Experience Once Without a Knowledge about Laos Studying about Asian countries in grade school, I never thought that I would ever get to visit Laos.  The country never triggered any interest in me.  I even confused it with Burma and Cambodia.  Yeah, I guess I was that ignorant back then.

jollyfeet

PAKSE: First and Lasting Impressions

Studying about Asian countries in grade school, I never thought that I would ever get to visit Laos.  The country never triggered any interest in me.  I even confused it with Burma and Cambodia.  Yeah, I guess I was that ignorant back then.   Years later, the opportunity to travel to Laos presented itself when I volunteered to be part of the Asia-Pacific Missions Team of the Baptist Missionary Association of the Philippines.  My specific destination in Laos, I was told, was the capital city of the biggest southern province, named Pakse.

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The Trail

The Trail When you think about Laos all these beautiful turquoise waterfalls pop into mind, as do green valleys of rice fields and emerald lakes. However, after spending 14 days in this breathtaking country these sceneries come attached to a taste, a smell, a hangover… On this post, I will let you in the most epic bar to bar experience in Vang Vieng. Why is that? Because it is free. FREE WHISKY for everyone, no exceptions (well, except underage). So aside from the infamous Tubing experience, I am sure most have heard of, Vang Vieng has a just as crazy inland must do for the night crawlers. Chillao Hostel As you walk around Vang Vieng during the evening you will hear an energetic chant going “Beer Laos Beer Laos Beer Laos” as local vendors try and lure you into their bars. The atmosphere suddenly turns from laid-back relaxing-by-the-river to a growing whisky frenzy all around town. I knew my hostel had free whisky for guests at certain times, what I did not know was that Chillao gave us as many whisky bottles as we wanted/could during three hours. No, this is not a typo. From 19:00 to 22:00 we could enjoy the company of other guests (also non-guests) with a bottle in hand. The staff there exceptionally cool, full of smiles during the day and ready to hop on the table while deejaying to get the mass moving. I had a private room there which was quite nice, real comfy big double bed and a small yet clean bathroom. My friends weren’t as pleased with the dorm beds which they compared to thick blocks of rock. Honestly though, if you’re venturing through the Whisky Trail for the night I guaranty sleeping won’t be an issue. VIVA Pub When spirits are high near whisky wrap up time Chillao staff will signal the more than excited crowd to the next free whisky spot. Yep. Another full hour of free whisky and coke. At Viva Pub, aside from the complimentary whisky and coke from 22:00 to 23:00, you will also find beer pong tables, happy balloons and a big enough dancefloor for everyone to trip the light as if they’ve downed two bottles on their own. The staff here are crazy in the best possible way, they will make sure you have a memorable (or complete blacked out) night. Now I will give you the best tip yet: The Padthai stand by Viva Bar. Do not miss it. This is the best Pad Thai I have ever had, considering I spent a whole month in Thailand and two weeks in Laos. There is obviously the X- Factor of being high as a kite when you walk out of Viva but trust me this will save you from what could be a life-threatening hangover the next morning. Sakura Bar If you want to change up a bit the vibe for round two, worry not! The Whisky Trail is long and full of surprises. You can opt for the number one competitor of Viva Pub, the Sakura Bar. The staff there are also very friendly and there are plenty of beer pong tables to down your drinks with your friends. But what is especially nice about Sakura Bar is the open area. It’s quite a big bar and on the back, you have a cool area decorated with some trippy lights where you can chat and make new acquaintances. Free whisky hours at Sakura Bar go from 20:00 till 21:00, so you can still head to either Chillao or Viva after. There are other bars around town with same same, but different setup. These are the ones I recommend due to proximity (drunken wandering might culminate in misplacement) and chirpy atmosphere. So to put it nice and easy here is my prefered Whisky Trail timetable: Chillao Hostel: 19:00 – 22:00 Sakura Bar: 20:00 – 21:00 Viva Pub: 22:00 – 23:00 Tubing How could I not mention Tubing when the subject is partying in Vang Vieng? If you haven’t heard of Laos’ must do tubing experience, this is your lucky day. Imagine floating down the river surrounded by tall green mountains while sipping on your drink of choice with your buddies towards the next bar. Essentially a wet pub crawl in a sublime setting. Read on for the do’s and don’ts on Tubing for a more than epic wet and wild evening. Pick Your Tube There are a few Tubing agencies you can choose from to have your drunken-down-the-river experience, and it appears that the most popular is the Yellow Tube one. The difference is essentially the bars you float to during your ride. There used to be loads of bars open at the same time for Tubing as well as flying fox, swings and slides to jump from. However, due to a large number of accidents, these have been banned and now as little as 3 bars are open at a time, alternating every other day. The last bar, however, is a constant finish line, so be sure not to miss it. In most bars, there is a local ready to throw you an empty bottle tied to a rope in case you float the wrong way and miss the bar. This does not apply to the last bar though, it’s a challenge you’ll have to conquer on your own. The Yellow Tubing company charges 55,000kip per person and another 60,000kip as a deposit for the tube. This deposit is the smartest business move ever, keep reading and you’ll see why.

Dtrippin

Laos: Slow Boat Down The Mekong

How To Travel Through Laos The most popular way to get from the Northern Thai border into Laos is to take a slow boat down the Mekong River. The public boats seat around 50 people, are fitted with chairs ripped out of old cars, and don’t even have the luxury of drinking water.

Sarah Fox-Moore

Laos: the Bolaven Plateau

Anyone who has been to Laos can attest to its beauty and scenic wildlife. Its cities are minimalistic compared to some of the country’s neighbors like Siem Reapp and Ho Chi Minh. While this provides a nice change of pace from the rest of South East Asia, it also provides for some tough travel days on dirt roads. So why not take your mode of transportation into your own hands for a couple of days? Take a break from the bumpy bus rides and explore one of Laos’ most scenic areas by motorbike. The Bolaven Plateau is a 320 km loop departing and returning to Pakse. This 3-4 day adventure will give you the opportunity to explore beautiful waterfalls, charming towns, and some intriguing coffee plantations at your own pace.

Riley Grim

Living with Elephants: The Sayaboury Jungle, Laos

I know it’s not going to be an easy venture getting to Laos’ one and only elephant conservation centre, which is nestled deep within the Sayaboury jungle, but I have a sneaky feeling its all going to be worth it…

Sophie Wilmot

PAKSE: First and Lasting Impressions

Studying about Asian countries in grade school, I never thought that I would ever get to visit Laos.  The country never triggered any interest in me.  I even confused it with Burma and Cambodia.  Yeah, I guess I was that ignorant back then.   Years later, the opportunity to travel to Laos presented itself when I volunteered to be part of the Asia-Pacific Missions Team of the Baptist Missionary Association of the Philippines.  My specific destination in Laos, I was told, was the capital city of the biggest southern province, named Pakse.

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LAOS: Christmas in the treetops

For most people Christmas has some sort of tradition attached to it. I am exactly like most, I have strong traditions in my family and each year Christmas tends to be much the same. But this one year I had decided to spend Christmas away from my family, across the other side of the globe, in a country where a white Christmas would be something of a miracle. I chose to spend my Christmas in LAOS. Alone.

Claudia Lowe

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