3 Best Hostels in Luang Prabang, Laos
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3 Best Hostels in Luang Prabang, Laos – Banana Pancakes & Sunset Views from the Swimming Pool

If you’ve been searching for where to stay in Luang Prabang, look no further. Welcome to the only guide you’ll need to the 3 best hostels in Luang Prabang!

It can be hard to choose a great hostel when there are so many choices.

This ancient city in northern Laos happens to have over 35 hostels on offer. From backpacker vibes to a chilled atmosphere.

Laos is a great destination for budget travellers, too.

It’s amazing what can be enjoyed for a few coins. Think swimming pools and free breakfast.

Our selection is sure to excite.

Planning to visit other parts of Laos? Check out our guide to the best hostels in Laos

Your Shortcut:

  1. Sunrise Riverside Pool Hostel - best for solo travellers
  2. Downtown Backpackers Hostel - best for backpackers
  3. Fan Dee Hostel - best for party goers and female solo travellers

Money-saving tip: Compare hostel prices with Hostelz.com. They compare prices from Hostelworld, Booking.com and others with 1 click.

On most backpacking plans for South-East Asia, the country of Laos is absolutely underrated, or not even included. We think, this is mistake and you will miss out. Laos is packed with amazing things to do, great good and culture, and people to meet.

Besides visiting Luang Prabang, the capital of Vientiane is worth your time. The easiest way to get from Luang Prabang to Vientiane is the new speed train. Ask your hostel for tickets. You cannot buy them online, and you will need help from the locals/ your hostel.

In this guide we share the best hostels in and around Luang Prabang.

This guide is perfect for YOU, when you…

  • are tired of crappy hostels!
  • want a social Hostel to actually meet people
  • are happy to spend $1 to $2 more for a much better experience

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It’s time to get your Zen on and enjoy the beautiful Mekong River and many Buddhist temples in the area. Within no time you will fall in love with Luang Prabang, like one of our readers did unexpectedly.

And if that’s not enough, we have a fantastic 5 star hostel in nearby Vientiane, Sailomyen Cafe & Hostel. You can find all 5 Star Hostels here with Hostelgeeks and all guides to “Best Hostels In” here.

Quick Introduction to Laung Prabang, Laos

Average price for a bed: Hostels in Laung Prabang are CHEAP and cost 3€ – 5€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 10€ up to 14€ per night. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.

Prices always depend on season and holidays. Please always check exact rates on Hostelworld.com or Booking.com.

Location: Bostels and budget accommodation in Luang Prabang are widely quite spread out. Essentially the very city center of Luang Prabang is around the post office – see our map. Here is pretty much anything you are looking for when backpacking Luang Prabang: Night Market, small supermarkets, restaurants, and bars. It is easy to get around by Tuk-Tuk or simply renting a scooter.

Private rooms: Unfortunately, private rooms are not really common in Luang Prabang hostels. As you will see, none of our top 3 hostels have private rooms. However, many of the mixed dorms have great beds including privacy curtains and lockers.

We suggest booking a small 4-6 bed dorm if you like quiet and privacy. Female solo travellers can opt for female-only dorms.

Couples remember: 10 Do’s and Don’ts to Sex in Hostels. If you really need that private room, ThaViSouk Family Home is a good option for couples and small families.

Party Hostels in Luang Prabang: There is no big party scene in Luang Prabang, and so no party hostels to be found. Sorry! However, there is a great place called Utopia Bar. Head here for ‘Zen by day, Groovy by night’. Eat, drink, relax and soak up the nightlife.

New to Hostels? Read our full hostel starter guide here. We especially recommend reading:

The 3 Best Hostels in Luang Prabang are …

Let’s jump right into the coolest hostels in Luang Prabang.

  1. Sunrise Riverside Pool Hostel – best for solo travellers
  2. Downtown Backpackers Hostel – best for backpackers
  3. Fan Dee Hostel – best for party goers and female solo travellers

We put all accommodations on the map, incl. our own tips for restaurants, things to see, and more.

Overview: Best Hostels by Traveler Type

🦸 Solo Traveler: Sunrise Riverside Pool Hostel
🙎‍♀️ best for Female Solo Traveler: Fan Dee Hostel
🥳 Party Hostel:Fan Dee Hostel
👩‍❤️‍👨Couple Hostel: Fan Dee Hostel
👨‍👩‍👦 Family Hostel: Downtown Backpackers Hostel
🎒 BackpackersDowntown Backpackers Hostel
🧘 Cozy Hostel: Sunrise Riverside Pool Hostel

We put all three accommodation on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.

1. Sunrise Riverside Pool Hostel

It’s really no surprise that many people are saying Sunrise Riverside Pool Hostel is the best hostel in Luang Prabang. And we’re inclined to agree. Not only is it clean and affordable, but there is also an outdoor pool and free breakfast included in the price!

You heard it here first: there is no hidden agenda.The super friendly team want to offer a memorable hostel that doesn’t cost the earth. Nothing more, nothing less.

And boy have they managed to pull it off!

The pool is large enough for a proper swim and is covered by the scorching sun. Alongside that, there is plenty of space to sunbathe and relax in the big garden.

For a change of scenery, head up to the roofed terrace to enjoy views over the Nam Khan river. A top spot to relax.

Book Sunrise Riverside Pool Hostel here

Check prices at:
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Sunrise Riverside Pool Hostel

Sunrise Riverside Pool Hostel Outdoor Pool

There are only dorms here ranging from 4-bed female to 8-16 bed mixed. Each room has:

  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Air-conditioning & fan
  • Privacy curtain, lamp & socket per bed
  • Lockers
  • Free Wi-fi

You can admit it – you didn’t expect the dorms to be this swanky in Laos, right?

Reception is open 24/7 for all your needs and questions. The staff love to share knowledge and get to know their guests. We love that.

Location: close to the must-see night market and Utopia bar just next door. All major sights are within walking distance.

This is one of the best hostels in Luang Prabang for

  • Solo travellers
Book Sunrise Riverside Pool Hostel here

Check prices at:
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Sunrise Riverside Pool Hostel Dormitory Hangout with friends at Sunrise Riverside Pool Hostel

2. Downtown Backpackers Hostel

Who said basic can’t be enjoyable? Downtown Backpackers Hostel  is a nice option for budget travellers that enjoy banana pancakes.

Yep, the free breakfast is very filling thanks to the stack of banana pancakes and fruit salad.

Because when you’re on holiday, you can treat every morning like a weekend. There’s a song there, somewhere.

Those holiday vibes flow easily at our #2 recommendation because of the…

  • Unlimited free tea & coffee
  • Friendly, helpful staff
  • Market on the doorstep
  • Free Wi-Fi
Book Downtown Backpackers Hostel here

Check prices at:
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Downtown Backpackers Hostel

Downtown Backpackers Hostel Dorm Room

As for the social side of things, there is a great shared space that includes a pool table and outside seating.

It’s a lovely area to retreat from the sun and wind down after exploring.

As for the rooms? There are mixed dorms available with 4, 6, 8 and 10-beds.

Hopefully, you’ll agree that although basic, they’re great value for money. Some inclusions:

  • Little locker & shelf above bed
  • Privacy curtain
  • Ready-made bed
  • Lamp & socket
  • Big windows, generous space

Couples looking for a quieter stay should opt for the 4-bed dorm as there are no private options.

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Location: This is a top location close to all of the main attractions, including the night market which is only 300m away.

This is one of the greatest hostels in Luang Prabang for

  • Backpackers
  • Budget travellers
Book Downtown Backpackers Hostel here

Check prices at:
Hostelworld | Booking.com | Hostelz.com

Downtown Backpackers Hostel Outdoor area Dinner with friends at Downtown Backpackers Hostel

3. Fan Dee Hostel

Fan Dee Hostel  has a unique Bamboo-inspired decor.

They offer a restaurant serving both traditional Lao and European cuisine, as well as a wonderful lounge where you can unwind, and all of their rooms are decorated with intricate bamboo carvings.

Guests are always welcome here, and they make sure guests have all they need throughout their stay by providing a wide range of hospitality services.

Take a look at some inclusions:

  • Security lockers
  • Bicycle parking
  • Ceiling fan
  • Book Exchange
Book Fan Dee Hostel here

Check prices at:
Hostelworld | Hostelz.com

Relax and unwind at Fan Dee Hostel Outdoor Area Fan Dee Hostel Dormitory

Location: Located on the banks of the Nam Khan River, the Fan Dee Hotel provides a modest beginning with its 20 single beds spread among many bungalows. Expansive grounds with a stunning panorama of the Nam Khan River.

This is one of the greatest hostels in Luang Prabang for

  • Party goers
  • Female Solo Travellers
Book Fan Dee Hostel here

Check prices at:
Hostelworld | Hostelz.com

Have some beer and enjoy the nature at Fan Dee Hostel Fan Dee Hotel

Best Hostels in Luang Prabang for Solo Travelers?

What is seriously the best hostel in Luang Prabang for solo-travellers? Well, that’s easy: all of the hostels we’ve mentioned in this guide are great for solo travellers!

That’s because they all offer purely dorm rooms and wonderful shared spaces that offer great socialising opportunities.

Yet if we had to pick our favourite, we’d go with Sunrise Riverside Pool Hostel.

For one thing, the hostel name represents the place perfectly.

  1. Swimming pool? Check
  2. Riverside views? Check
  3. Spot to see the sunrise? And the sunset!

This is also the closest hostel to the fabulous Utopia Bar for solo travellers looking to enjoy the local nightlife.

Book Sunrise Riverside Pool Hostel here

Check prices at:
Hostelworld | Booking.com | Hostelz.com

Sunrise Riverside Pool Hostel is one of the best hostels in Luang Prabang for Solo Travellers, Laos

What about the cheapest hostels in Luang Prabang?

Of course, there are always cheap hostels. But how do you actually find them? When you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you want to save every dollar, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Luang Prabang.

  1. Open Hostelz.com with a full list of all hostels in Luang Prabang
  2. add your dates
  3. Order the listings by price

Simple as that.

Hostelz.com is a price comparison site for hostels. They list every single one in the world and tells you exactly which website is cheaper to use.

Another smart Tip: Check what is actually included, and what is excluded. Take a closer look at the location, too. A further location might mean more costs in transport.

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How to book?

The most popular booking platforms are Booking.com and Hostelworld.com. On both platforms, your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.

We included some handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.

Read: step-by-step guide on how to book with Hostelworld

We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible! All of Luang Prabang best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish and good hostels, secure your room/ bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.

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All 3 Hostels put on a map + sights

Let us have a look at the map. Below, we list all three best Luang Prabang hostels on a map.

Personally, we love to plan our trips with a map having all sights and potential hostels on it. We thought this map will help you with planning your trip too.

In Luang Prabang we absolutely enjoyed:

  • Phousi Hill
  • Wat Xiengthong
  • Royal Palace Luang Probang
  • Night Market Luang Probang
  • Dara Market Luang Probang
  • Tat Sae Waterfalls

FAQs

Here we share with you the most asked question:

What are the best hostels in Luang Prabang?

The best hostels in Luan Prabang are:

  1. Sunrise Riverside Pool Hostel - best for solo travellers
  2. Downtown Backpackers Hostel - best for backpackers
  3. Fan Dee Hostel - best for party goers

Are hostels in Luang Prabang safe?

Not all hostels in Luang Prabang are necessarily safe, especially the one that offers the cheapest price in sketchy areas. It might be an illegal hostel, without proper license to run and safety measures.

So in all fairness, it is best to check out Hostelgeeks.com because we feature safe hostels in Luang Prabang. You can find backpacker hostel with top ratings! Keep a close eye on the overall ratings on booking platforms!

If you are not secure, you can also send us an email and ask us!

How much are hostels in Luang Prabang?

Hostels in Laung Prabang are CHEAP and cost 3€ – 5€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 10€ up to 14€ per night. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.

What are the best sites for finding hostels?

Of course, the best site to find hostels is Hostelgeeks.com

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The most common way to get to Luang Prabang is by airplane or Slow Boat from Huay Xai (or Chiang Rai from Thailand).

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Last note: Our commitment

This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter, and find the best place on a budget! We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We are constantly updating all our guides to keep them as fresh and accurate as possible.

Safe travels,
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Sabai Sabai Hostel Backpacker – CLOSED

Update: This hostel is permanently closed. 

Our #2 recommendation, Sabai Sabai Hostel Backpacker, has been through extensive renovations in 2018 to create a fantastic space for travellers.

That’s because these guys take feedback seriously. Great, right?

After listening to their guests, Sabai Sabai…

  • Constructed a new rooftop pool
  • Built en-suites for all dorm rooms
  • Extended air-con usage (8pm-11am)

Hold on a second… rooftop pool?!

Oh yes! Whilst cooling off from the hot Laos temperatures, enjoy a beautiful sunset from here.

As for the rooms, choose between mixed and female-only dorms.

Note: sorry couples, no privates here.

We especially love the bunks. They’re super sturdy and have individual lamps that offer a warm light.

Whilst there are no curtains, the walls between beds offer a nice bit of privacy from your roomies.

This is one of the greatest hostels in Luang Prabang for social butterflies.

You’ll see what we mean when you check out the on-site sports bar and bistro.

All seating is outside and there is a great menu and fridge full of cold drinks. Grab a beer and make new friends – simple.

This is also where you can enjoy a free breakfast each morning to kick-start your day.

Location: the city of Luang Prabang is 2km from Sabai Sabai, so you can expect to be in a safe, quiet neighbourhood. It’s just 900m to the night market.

This is one of the coolest hostels in Luang Prabang for

  • Female solo travellers
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