Best hotels and hostels in Northern Laos

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Nong Khiaw

    Mandala Ou Resort

    This stunning boutique accommodation in cinnamon-coloured chalets – six facing the river – has imaginative features like inlaid glass bottles in the walls that allow more light, contemporary bathrooms and swallow-you-up beds. The owners are friendly and there's a terrific Thai and Western menu, the town's only pool and a yoga deck used by Luang Prabang Yoga, which runs monthly retreats here. There's also a herbal sauna, which is perfect for the cooler winter nights. Find it just a short stroll from the bus station.

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    Nong Kiau Riverside

    Bungalows here are romantically finished with ambient lighting, wooden floors, woven bedspreads and mosquito nets. Each includes an attractive bathroom and balcony for blissful river views of the looming karsts. There's an excellent restaurant serving Lao food with a mouth-watering breakfast buffet. It also has mountain bikes for hire. Discounts are available on room rates in the low season.

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    Phou Iu II Bungalows

    Set around an expansive garden, the biggest bungalows have fun, outdoor, rock-clad shower spaces. All rooms have comfortable beds, mosquito nets, fans and small verandas, although the rooms are cold at night during the cool season. There's an on-site herbal sauna (10,000K) and massage (50,000K per hour), plus a small restaurant serving local Lao dishes.

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    Ou River House

    Located in a floating barge on the Nam Ou, this place is definitely one of a kind in Nong Khiaw. It offers six simple fan-cooled rooms with attached bathrooms and a small terrace out front for soaking up the impressive views. There is a little cafe-restaurant on-site that's popular with Lao customers. It is possible to swim in the river directly from the deck.

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    Pha Xang Resort

    About 1km out of town, Pha Xang is hardly a resort, more a collection of comfy A-frame rattan bungalows with wood floors, white walls and en suites dotted around a manicured garden. The staff's English is limited, but the peace and sense of nature here is not, making it a serene spot to take in the karsts. It is conveniently located opposite the bus station.

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    View Point Resort

    Looming large above town, this property offers some of the best panoramic views in Nong Khiaw. The 10 rooms are attractively finished with imported bed linen and upscale bathroom amenities. More convenient if you have a private vehicle – it involves a notable climb for those without wheels.

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    Thongmyxai Guesthouse

    Just about the smartest accommodation in town, set in an attractive garden with bungalows.

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    Delilah's Place

    Delilah's Place has clean shared-bathroom rooms and cosy dorms with mozzie nets, superthick mattresses and safety lockers. There's also a great little traveller cafe to 'carb-up' before activities, so one-stop-shop Delilah's is deservedly the main traveller hub in town. Thanks to the goodwill of exuberant owner Harp, it is also a great resource for travel information.

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    Sengdao Chittavong Guesthouse

    This family-run spot sits in splendid isolation on the west bank and has wooden bungalows with rattan walls, mozzie nets, clean linen and balconies, located in a garden looking out onto the river. Even closer to the water is a new block of more upscale air-con rooms. Popular with families; there's also a restaurant with river-garden views.

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    Sunrise Guesthouse

    Showing their age now, these tightly packed, termite-worn wooden bungalows are the polar opposite of luxury, but have stunning views of the river and bridge. There are four newer bungalows with relatively swish bathrooms, one of which has air-con. There's also a decent cafe with Western breakfasts and Lao fare.

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    Naxay II Guesthouse

    Opposite the cave office, these bamboo-accented bungalows are set around a manicured garden backed by an impressive split-toothed crag. Beds are comfy, hot water flows, lino floors are clean and fans keep you cool, but overall the bungalows are showing their age. They also have private verandas and bathrooms.

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    Sailomyen Guesthouse

    Built on stilts atop a serene artificial lake with a communal balcony that's perfect for daydreaming. The rooms may be small, with wonky carpeted floors, but there are hot showers, fans and mosquito nets. And did we mention the view? Picture jungle-clad hills with watercolour reflections.

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    Chitchareune Hotel

    This white monolith sits immediately south of Vieng Xai market and has clean air-con rooms with above-average furniture and stylish en suites. The parking lot doubles as the bus station for Vieng Xai so it is a convenient spot for arrival or departure.

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    Namhoun Guesthouse

    Namhoun's cheaper bungalows are set around a small garden behind the family house. Much better are the more expensive riverside bungalows facing the Nam Ou. All rooms have mosquito nets and balconies with compulsory hammocks.

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    Thongnaxay Guesthouse

    Close to the caves, this little guesthouse has six super-fresh rooms with pink walls, private bathrooms, fans, clean linen and double beds. Oh, and rather nice views of the karsts.

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    Phuet Mung Khun Guesthouse

    Located on a riverbank, the friendly Phuet Mung Khun Guesthouse has neat little bungalows, plus a small restaurant. The owner speaks a little English.