• Spring River Resort Stilted bungalows in an immaculately landscaped garden at the edge of Nam Hin Bun.
  • Mandala Ou Resort Stunning boutique accommodation in cinnamon-coloured chalets in Nong Khiaw.
  • Pon Arena Hotel Tastefully designed hotel with beautiful rooms and stunning views on the banks of the Mekong.
  • Apsara Indochinese charm by the sleepy Nam Khan.
  • Vieng Tara Villa Boutique resort delivering some of the most stunning hotel views in Southeast Asia.

Best on a Budget

  • My Box Modern, clean and inviting dorms, plus tidy, spacious common bathrooms.
  • PVO Hostel Centrally located Vientiane digs, with air-con dorms for two or four travellers.
  • Alisa Guesthouse Best-value lodging in Pakse; sparkling rooms and tiled floors.
  • Aham Backpackers Hostel Budget crash pad in Luang Prabang, with fan-cooled beds at rock-bottom prices.

Best for Families

  • Kong Resort Wacky place in Vang Vieng makes use of disused but attractive cargo containers,
  • Nakorn Cafe Guest House This spot on the river in Champasak has the cleanest rooms in town and great breakfasts.
  • Thongbay Guesthouse Subtle lighting and immaculately managed foliage intersperse bungalows overlooking the Nam Khan.

Best for Solo Travellers

  • Hostel Savan Cafe Swanky hostel right in the heart of 'downtown' Savannakhet.
  • Sailomyen Hostel Rooms and dorms are tidy, with access to rain showers and the inviting cafe.
  • Kingfisher Ecolodge A beautiful spot on 7 hectares at the edge of the wetland in Kiet Ngong.
  • Fan Dee Guesthouse Jungly oasis of thatch-roofed bungalows boasting an array of on-site activities.

Best for Nature Lovers