Luang Prabang in lovely Laos is one of those places that you really just need to see to believe. A UNESCO Heritage Site, it is partially surrounded by rivers and home to some charming traditional wooden homes. If you love nature, you’ll feel right at home in Luang Prabang, as there are plenty of waterfalls and hiking trails to explore. It’s a relaxing, mountainous utopia that fits the bill for any backpacker.

Although slightly more expensive than it’s popular neighbor, Thailand, Laos is still backpacker-friendly, with plenty of hostel dorm rooms available for under $10. What’s more, you can feast on street food at Luang Prabang’s famous night market, and cruise around the city in a tuk-tuk. Kuang Si Falls, the famous waterfall and bear preservation area, is right down the road by minibus, and you can catch a fabulous sunset from the top of Mount Phousi.

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Observe the backpacker golden rules of separating your valuables and always keeping your passport under lock and keyer. Luang Prabang might have a small city charm, but you can still fall victim to pickpockets. 

Put this Laotian gem on your bucket list, and make sure you stay at one of their world-class hostels!

Sunrise Riverside Pool Hostel

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from $6 / 8-dorm 4.4/5 Map

Highlights Of The Hostel

  • Swimming pool on site
  • Breakfast included
  • 24/7 reception
  • On-site bar 

Sunrise Riverside Pool Hostel has a great location and is full of travelers from all over the world. If you like social hostels and want a cool place to chill out after a long day exploring the city, this is the place for you. With a swimming pool and furnished terrace, Sunrise Riverside Pool Hostel is the place to chill out while in Luang Prabang.

Reception is open all day and night, so don’t worry about coming back late. The dorms are top-notch too, with privacy curtains so you can get that single-room feel for a dorm price. Also, every dorm has a bathroom located inside of it, so you don’t have to worry about plodding down the hall to wait in line. Did we mention that they have hot water? 

Sunrise Riverside Pool Hostel offers the social environment of a party hostel with the comfort of a high-end hotel.

Vongprachan Backpackers Hostel

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from $8 / 6-dorm 3.8/5 Map

Highlights Of The Hostel

  • Free breakfast
  • Pool table
  • Hot tub 
  • On-site bar

If you’re planning on doing some hiking during your time in Laos, Vongprachan Backpackers Hostel is the right spot for you. It’s just a few minutes’ walk from Mount Phousy, and very close to the famous night market. If you’d prefer to eat at the hostel instead, there is a restaurant right on-site.

Even if you’re enjoying that dorm life, you’ll still have the convenience of a bathroom right in your room. This means that you can stash your bathroom stuff in the shared room, and save yourself the hassle of lugging it down to the shower. Bikes are available at the hostel, and there’s a pool table if you want to partake in a quick competition with your fellow travelers.

The Vongprachan Backpackers Hostel is a chilled out spot that’s just social enough for you to have a good time, while still having the energy to explore the city.

Chill Riverside Backpackers Hostel

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from $6 / 8-dorm 4.5/5 Map

Highlights Of The Hostel

  • Free breakfast
  • Hot tub
  • Bar/restaurant 

If you want to maximize your relaxation time in Luang Prabang, check out the Chill Riverside Backpackers Hostel. This beautiful hostel has a gorgeous garden and terrace where you can have a Beerlao overlooking the lovely Nam Khan River. It’s a great place to chill, but also a good jumping-off point to visit the rest of the city. 

The dorms are some of the best in the city. Each one has airconditioning and an ensuite bathroom, so you don’t have to fight for space. You can also use the WiFi in the rooms, a welcome change from many hostels that have it in the common rooms but not in the actual dorm rooms. There are plenty of plugs, so your appliances won’t ever run out of juice. 

The Chill Riverside Backpackers Hostel definitely lives up to its name. You won’t be disappointed with your stay at this Luang Prabang gem! 

Lakangthong 2 Friendly House

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from $7 / 6-dorm 3.9/5 Map

Highlights Of The Hostel

  • Swimming pool
  • Games room
  • Free breakfast

If you want to be close to Luang Prabang’s famous Mekong River Front, consider staying at the Lakangthong 2 Friendly House. It’s only a few minutes from the popular destination and only a matter of minutes from the night market.

If you need a shuttle to or from the airport, the staff at Lakangthong 2 Friendly House can assist with translation and setting up the shuttle. This way, you don’t have to deal with navigating your own way or getting overcharged by a tuk-tuk. 

Showers have hot water, and all of the rooms are air-conditioned, so you’ll be fairly comfortable for the whole time that you’re staying at this hostel. There’s also a swimming pool and games room for when you want to be more social. Breakfast is tasty and complimentary, making the Lakangthong 2 Friendly House a happy place for backpackers who are sick of sub-par hostel breakfasts.

Y Not Laos Hostel

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from $7 / 14-dorm 4.2/5 Map

Highlights Of The Hostel

  • Airport transfer
  • Free breakfast
  • Laundry facilities

The Y Not Laos Hostel is very centrally located and you walk to just about any destination in Luang Prabang. If you have a short amount of time in the city and want to make the most out of it, Y Not Laos Hostel is a great choice for you.

They offer room service and airport transfers, rarities in the hostel world, and even though you don’t have the option of staying in a dorm, their private rooms are still backpacker-budget friendly! Your guestroom will have WiFi and fresh towels, so you can properly chill out after a long day of exploring Luang Prabang.

If you’re looking for a good place to splurge on a private room, and you want to be close to all of the action in Luang Prabang, make sure you give Y Not Laos Hostel a try. You really can’t beat the location or amenities!

Smile Hostel Luang Prabang

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from $7 / 10-dorm 4.5/5 Map

Highlights Of The Hostel

  • Brand new dorms
  • Free breakfast
  • Currency exchange 

You’ll be grinning cheek to cheek when you step inside Smile Hostel Luang Prabang. That’s because even though it’s in one of the older parts of town, this hostel is brand-spanking new. 

The dorms are sparkling clean, and each one has its own bathroom, so you can even store your shower stuff in there if you’re staying for a few days. You can use the WiFi in your dorm room, and the beds come with privacy curtains so you can chill out in peace after a long day. The staff is also international, so you don’t need to use your rusty Lao or mess around with miming. You’ll be able to communicate what you need quickly and effectively. 

It’s clear that the Smile Hostel Luang Prabang is aiming to be a world-class hostel with services for everyone, and this new kid on the block will definitely not disappoint you! 

Luang Prabang is an often-overlooked destination in Laos, but you should give this backpacker paradise a try. Not only is it inexpensive, but there’s plenty to do and great hostels to lay your head down at.