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.

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.

jollyfeet

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.

jollyfeet

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

Top 46 hostels in Laos.

There are 46 awesome hostels and budget places to stay in Laos.

Nakai Resort

Nakai Resort

Nakai Resort is located in the heart of the Khammouane province around 2 hours’ drive from Thakhek, the resort is surrounded by breathtaking nature and situated close to a beautiful lake. Previously our Resort used to be open for government use only; today anyone can join us in appreciating the stri

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Cafe de Laos

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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Vongkham Eco Resort

Vongkham Eco Resort

Vongkham Eco Resort has been built from scratch based on an idea of providing a getaway from the city and a springboard to the rural communities around the area. It is a place to relax and unwind with nature as the backdrop. Accomodation to suit individual and larger groups 6x4bed Dorm rooms,6x1

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Villa Mahasok Hotel

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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Singharat Guest House

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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Souk Lan Xang Guest House

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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Nana Backpackers Hostel

Nana Backpackers Hostel

Nana Backpackers Hostel is set in the heart of Vang Vieng, This 3-star hostel has a swimming pool, bar and restaurant in the property. The hostel has air-conditioned private and dorm rooms with a shared bathroom. The property is located a 3-minute walk from Vang Vieng Hospital and is also located ne

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Wopakok Hotel

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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Vang Vieng Boutique Hotel

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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Muenna 1989 Guesthouse

Muenna 1989 Guesthouse

Muenna 1989 Guesthouse is located in the center area of Luang Prabang. It is in a beautiful, quiet and peaceful alley which is beside Nam Khan River. It only takes 10 munites walk to night market, and only 5 munites walk to Utopia and bar street. The guesthouse is surrounded by restaurants and shops

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ThaViSouk Family Home

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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Sa Sa Lao

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

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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Nocknoy Lanexang Guesthouse

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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Pans Place Guesthouse

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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Pacific Vientiane Hotel

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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Mano Temple House

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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Army Barracks Hostel

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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Vang Vieng Rock Backpackers Hostel

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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Real Backpackers Hostel Vang Vieng

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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Vongprachan Backpackers Hostel

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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Vang Vieng Homestay

Vang Vieng Homestay

Welcome to Vang Vieng Backpackers! A place you can call home, join the fam, meet as travelling strangers and leave as friends. On the doorstep of Vang Vieng's glorious mountains, we've got the view, the sunset and the chilled vibes sorted for you. Our Kiwi, Aussie, Japanese, French, Vietnamese slash

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Moukdavan

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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Villa Thony 1 House 1

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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Aham Backpackers Hostel

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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Easy Go Hostel

Easy Go Hostel

WE NOW HAVE 6 PUPPIES AND 5 KITTENS!!! 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! You can enjoy breakfast or a fruit shake on our mountain view balcony whilst watching some natu

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Chaluenxay Villa

Chaluenxay Villa

Located in a convenient area of Luang Prabang, Chaluenxay Villa offers accommodation where guests can enjoy Buddhist atmosphere of the neighbourhood. Several beautiful temples and local restaurants are located within a walking distance. Chaluenxay Villa offers spacious rooms with a full range of

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Sabai Sabai Hostel

Sabai Sabai Hostel

Sabai Sabai means chill to relax in Laos. Providing the biggest hostel in Luang Prabang, Sabai Sabai Hostel features 72 beds, mixed dorm, males dorm and female dorm. Each bed is custom built on concrete materials for sturdy bed and overhead compartment with electrical outlet, private reading ligh

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Fan Dee Hotel

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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Dream Home Hostel 1

Dream Home Hostel 1

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 rooms

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IQ Inn by Xandria Hotels

IQ Inn by Xandria Hotels

Welcome to IQ Inn by Xandria Hotels. Our guest house is strategically located in the historic and charming town of Luang Prabang northern Laos UNESCO World Heritage, on the opposite side to the Wat Wisunarat (Wat Visoun) one of the oldest temples in town, and just couple minutes walking from Phousi

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Lakangthong 2 Friendly House

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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Real Backpackers Hostel Vang Vieng 2

Real Backpackers Hostel Vang Vieng 2

Real Backpackers Hostel Vang Vieng 2 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 mattres

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Vang Vieng Sunrise View Resort

Vang Vieng Sunrise View Resort

The best value 3 star resort in Vang Vieng. New, clean rooms in a tranquil garden setting only 5 minutes walk from the town centre. We pride ourselves in offering excellent customer service and providing comprehensive information on the many things to do and see in the area. A la carte restaurant

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Chillao Youth Hostel

Chillao Youth Hostel

Quiet location, only 300 metres from the centre of town , and 200 metres from the river. Water, beer and soft drinks available at low cost from the communal area. All rooms have air conditioning, comfortable beds and are mossie proofed. Cheerful,friendly and approachable staff who can speak Eng

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Lucky Backpackers Hostel Vientiane

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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One Tree Guesthouse

One Tree Guesthouse

One Tree Guesthouse is a nice lodging situated in the centre of Luang Prabang City at Ban Mano Road, beside Sofitel Hotel. If stay here, you can easily find the shopping areas, restaurants, bars, internet cafe and night market which is well-known for tourists. Featuring free Wi-Fi throughout the

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Backpackers Garden Hostel

Backpackers Garden Hostel

Backpackers Garden Hostel brings you a relaxing atmosphere and amazing customer service. 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. The hostel features private rooms

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Hive Hostel and Cafe

Hive Hostel and Cafe

Situated in Vientiane, 300 meters from Laos National Museum, Hive Hostel and Cafe features air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi throughout the property. You can enjoy the on-site bar. Each room is fitted with a shared bathroom. You will also find dry cleaning services near the property. Wat

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Vientiane Backpackers Hostel

Vientiane Backpackers Hostel

Welcome to 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 bo quiet for a good nights sleep. BRAND NEW dormitory rooms are now open. We have 16-bed ' Anaconda' and 12-b

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Rivertime Ecolodge Resort

Rivertime Ecolodge Resort

Rivertime Ecolodge Resort About 29 km from Vientiane, we are an ecolodge located in a forest on the banks of the Nam Ngum river. We offer a true taste of rural Laos but with most of the comforts of home. Activities and facilities in our resort include trekking and cycling, fishing, boat trips, ka

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Popularview Guesthouse

Popularview Guesthouse

The Popular View is a newly opened guesthouse in Vang Vieng (October 2010). The best View Located in the backpacker area of Vang Vieng. In front of Hotel next to City center and behind of Hotel right on the Nam Song river and Mountains Sunset View, the Popular View Guesthouse is right in the hear

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Sunrise Hostel

Sunrise Hostel

Sunrise 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 locals and travele

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Villa Sayada by Xandria Hotels

Villa Sayada by Xandria Hotels

Villa Sayada is a popular choice amongst travelers in Luang Prabang, whether exploring or just passing through. The hotel has everything you need for a comfortable stay. Tours, laundry service, Wi-Fi in public areas are just some of the facilities on offer. Each guestroom is elegantly furnished and

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Sakura Hotel

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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Namkhan Riverside

Namkhan Riverside

Situated only 0.5 km from the city center, guests are well located to enjoy the town's attractions and activities. With its convenient location, Namkhan Riverside offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations. At Namkhan Riverside Hotel, every effort is made to make guests feel comfortab

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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…

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Living with Elephants: The Sayaboury Jungle, Laos

Getting there… 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… The bus journey from Luang Prabang should take around eleven hours, but…

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PAKSE: First and Lasting Impressions

Rare Opportunity 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…

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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…

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The Maldives on a Budget

Would you like to go to the Maldives but you’re not a millionaire? That’s not a problem! Let me show you how to travel the Maldives on a budget. The Maldives on a Budget When you think about the Maldives you probably picture an overwater bungalow, white-sand beaches with palm trees and…

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Myanmar: a hidden gem in South East Asia

Yangon Where you meet one tourist every hour Upon arriving in Myanmar it was clear that this wasn’t a country like any other  in South East Asia. Where as in Thailand it’s sometimes impossible to find an authentic Thai restaurant, in Myanmar it will seem impossible to even find a…

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