Luang Prabang is a city in northern Laos bordered by the Nam Khan and Mekong rivers. This colorful and artistic city is full of colonial-style buildings and a plethora of incredible temples and was once home to many members of the Lao royal family. Monks walk the streets alongside noisy street vendors and longtime yoga practitioners. With night markets and day trips to the waterfalls, this is a laid-back and beautiful place to unwind spiritually.
To this end, you will find plenty of places to rest at night in Luang Prabang. There are villas from the French colonial era to more luxurious traditional-style villas overlooking the lotus ponds and riverside guesthouses. There are plenty of options for upscale or affordable tropical comfort in this heritage city.
1. Villa Oasis
True to its name, this hotel is an oasis, with stilt houses on ponds and gardens about a five-minute walk from central Luang Prabang. You can spend time here relaxing in your own private outdoor area, strolling through the lush gardens or swimming in the refreshing outdoor pool. The rooms are fresh and contemporary, with white walls, large beds, and tiled floors. There are also family rooms, with extra space and beds for everyone. Breakfast is served every morning and you can rent bicycles to cycle around the area or simply drive into town to see the sights.
2. Dalabua House
Perfect for nature lovers, this hotel is surrounded by lush tropical plants and lotus ponds for a true oasis getaway. The rooms at Maison Dalabua are bright and spacious, with simple white walls and wooden furniture, allowing the beautiful gardens – which can be seen from the rooms – to take center stage. Guests can swim in the outdoor swimming pool, enjoy a massage at the spa or eat Laotian dishes in the restaurant overlooking the ponds. Luang Prabang town center is a five-minute walk away, with sights like Wat Ho Ziang and Dara Market right on your doorstep.
3. Secret retreats of the Satri house
Housed in an impressive and historic colonial-style house that was the residence of Prince Souphanouvon, this hotel has a lot to offer. Surrounded by green trees, green lawns, and tropical gardens, there are even two outdoor pools for cooling off. This beautiful hotel has beautiful rooms with antique furniture, wooden floors, ceiling fans, four-poster beds and even bathrooms. Satri House Secret Retreats offers dining on an outdoor terrace, featuring Laotian specialties. This hotel is also well located, with the Center for Traditional Arts and Ethnology a short walk away, but staying here means enjoying the peace and quiet of the neighborhood.
4. Hotel Villa Mahasok
Located near many tourist attractions of Luang Prabang, such as the temples of Wat Aphay and Wat Visoun, as well as the National Museum, this hotel enjoys a convenient location. The rooms have a private bathroom and are decorated with traditional designer fabrics and tiled floors, some with their own balcony. A buffet breakfast is served every morning at Hotel Villa Mahasok, served in a charming outdoor area with a pond, water lilies and a place to rest. For more food and drink options, there are local restaurants and bars located a short walk from the front door.
5. Kiridara Luang Prabang
Offering views of the city and the surrounding mountains, rooms at this hotel are a mix of rustic and chic, with hardwood floors and large beds, as well as private balconies. There is an infinity pool at Kiridara Luang Prabang for more luxury, as well as a gym and spa. For young children there is a children’s pool. To go out in the surrounding area or explore the city, bicycles can be rented at the hotel. The restaurant serves local Laotian dishes and the pool bar offers drinks. The Chao Anouvong monument is nearby, as is the Dara Market.
6. Merry Riverside Hotel
This is a guesthouse located along the Nam Khan River, where you can spend days sitting on the bridge watching the life of the river go by, surrounded by blue skies and mountains. Rooms at the Merry Riverside Hotel feature hardwood furnishings and whitewashed walls, and a selection of rooms are offered, from full suites to family packages. You can have breakfast on the terrace every morning. It is less than ten minutes walk from this hotel to the artisan night market and the Royal Palace, and all the bars and restaurants in the area are within walking distance.
7. My Dream Boutique Resort
Located near the banks of the Nam Khan River, My Dream Boutique Resort feels like an authentic and natural place to stay in Luang Prabang. There is a romantic outdoor stone patio, perfect for a candlelit dinner overlooking the river. A small but well-maintained outdoor pool with plenty of lounge chairs on the deck is a great way to cool off after a day of exploring the city. Nearby you will find Wat Aham and the famous community project, Ock Pop Tok, among other attractions. The rooms are of a high standard, with high ceilings, rustic windows and shutters, and hardwood furniture.
8. Jasmine Luangprabang Hotel
The Jasmine Luangprabang hotel has a beautiful outdoor swimming pool located between two hotel buildings. Some rooms open up to the pool, which means you can practically dive into the water to wake up in a refreshing fashion. The rooms are sophisticatedly elegant, with wooden furniture and seating, touches of warm reds and browns that make it a comfortable and welcoming place to rest your head. Staff at the 24-hour front desk will provide everything you need for a comfortable stay. The night market is just a minute’s walk away, as is the tourist office.