Very Budget Accommodation in Luang Prabang?
Replies: 28 - Last Post: Jan 23, 2013 10:31 AM Last Post By: smartcookiee
Jan 17, 2013 6:15 AM
Very Budget Accommodation in Luang Prabang?Now, I have reasonable enough standards, and don't expect too much. But the best hostel I can find that's decently reviewed on Hostelworld is Khammany Inn ($6 a night per person, but huge room of other beds).
Considering I'm travelling with my girlfriend, is there a place that could offer a better price, whilst still being recommended?
Permission to call me a tight arse, if that's what I'm being!
Jan 17, 2013 7:39 AM
Jan 17, 2013 8:02 AM
2There are a few places between the post office and the river for around 60,000kip that was Dec 2011, one was in LP, forget name began with Ph I think, basic ensuite room, OK for 1 night, there are other choices in that road (cul de sac) there are about 6 GHs, others were a bit more around 80,000. For fairly central location I think that is your best bet.
Jan 17, 2013 8:03 AM
3As the adage goes you get what you pay for. If you are determined though to get accomodation for that price here is what I would recommend:
Instead of booking/looking on Hostelworld, you should try finding a GH/hostel on arrival. You may be able to get a lower price (bargain) and see for yourself whether you will be comfortable or not in that place.
There are many good guesthouses in Luang Prabang that aren't necessarily 'recommended' or even listed on the internet. And of course these guesthouses will likely charge lower prices. As well, things are changing all the time, new businesses opening, new management etc. Guidebooks and websites can't keep up to the minute.
Jan 17, 2013 10:21 AM
Jan 17, 2013 5:44 PM
Jan 17, 2013 9:24 PM
Jan 17, 2013 10:10 PM
7Alright, alright! I get the message :) I'll be happy to spend a few extra dollars in LP, particularly as we want to be able to relax there. I am paying $10 for a couple of hostels in Vietnam anyway, so shouldn't be that bothered.
Jan 18, 2013 11:31 AM
8Hostels in SE Asia don't typically make sense for 2 people. It's usually cheaper to find a guesthouse and get a private room. You can walk around and negotiate. We did this about a year ago and got a room at an almost brand new place with TV, A/C etc for $12 per night. There are tons of guesthouses in LP, so you won't have a problem finding something and negotiating a good rate once you're there.
Jan 18, 2013 4:49 PM
9Ok, maybe I'll try that. Will be arriving late in the day, so probably want to have one booked for a couple of nights first, but may have up to 6 nights there anyway.
Cheers for the tip.
Oh, by the way. I'm going to blog my trip (how original!). Should I mention the site on here, or is that advertising? I mean I'm going to put updated costs and things in for potential travellers and stuff.
Jan 18, 2013 9:35 PM
Jan 19, 2013 5:33 AM
11Most super-cheap rooms aren't likely to show up on any booking website muchless with reviews positive or otherwise. Forget about "hostels" which more or less don't exist in Laos, and aim for a cheap double room in a guesthouse or homestay. You can probably do better than $12 but it may take a while searching the streets on arrival. If arriving by slow boat go up the ramp and turn right, there are some cheaper places along the small lanes between the river and the post office.
Jan 19, 2013 12:52 PM
12Well said Captain_Bob( + #' 2,3, and 8). It's very easy to find a room for $12 give or take in Lao. Look/ask around and you'll very easily be able to find something in your price range without looking for space in a toilet, a shop front, or on the dock.
Richard, if you don't want to blog everything you could always come back here and ridicule people with similar questions.
Jan 19, 2013 8:59 PM
Jan 20, 2013 2:46 AM
14" It's very easy to find a room for $12 give or take in Lao."
I guess you don't know Lao very well. It is not easy to find something in Luang Prabang for that price.
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