Best hotels and hostels in Southern Laos

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Don Det & Don Khon

    Baba Guesthouse

    This solid guesthouse looks out at the Mekong on one side, and emerald paddy fields on the other. The price is a bit above average for this area, but you get more for your money here. Rooms are sleekly white and almost luxurious, with private balcony, tasteful decor, mosquito net and spotless bathroom. There's also an attached restaurant (open 7am to noon). The terraced restaurant over the river is as classy as the guesthouse and is a great breakfast spot. The owners are the perfect hosts. They offer steep discounts in low season.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Bolaven Plateau Region

    Tayicseua Guesthouse

    This friendly spot surrounded by seven large waterfalls deserves its rave reviews. You'll fall asleep to tumbling water and wake up to birdsong from under mosquito nets in rustic bamboo huts (or your own tent), or more substantial timber bungalows. A communal lodge overlooks the distant mists of Tat Jariem deep in the valley below. Simple meals cost 20,000K. Everything is very basic, but all things considered, this place is perfect for those OK with roughing it a bit.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Don Det & Don Khon

    Sala Done Khone

    Five hotels in one, Sala Done Khone has both the classiest and the most original rooms in Si Phan Don. Its signature unit, the French Residence, is a renovated 1896 trading headquarters with timbered interiors, beautiful original tiled floors and louvred blinds, while out on the river the Sala Phae wing features floating cottages with bio-safe toilets and private decks. The newest Ban Din rooms are built of clay and other eco-friendly materials, and are just as lovely and comfortable as the others.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Pakse

    Le Jardin

    One of the nicest places to stay in Pakse, Le Jardin oozes old colonial charm, with yellow-ochre-and-white-trim walls and floral tiling throughout. The garden adds to the atmosphere, and the rooms are decorated with artworks and stylish touches. It's a bit out of town, just behind Dao Heuang market, but there's a free shuttle into the main restaurant hub every evening at 7pm. Note that in Lao it's pronounced 'ler jardaeng'.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Bolaven Plateau Region

    Mr Vieng Coffee & Homestay

    This fun, friendly homestay on a coffee plantation in Ban Houay Houn sits just in from Rte 20, 19km southwest of Tat Lo. Rooms are simple, but quite good for the price, and the Katu couple who run it give plantation tours (15,000K per person), and make and sell weavings. A grass-roofed pavilion to showcase weaving and other products was under construction at the time of research.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Si Phan Don

    Don Som Riverside Guesthouse

    This guesthouse, run by a friendly Dutch-Lao couple, is deservedly popular because of its stunning location on Don Som, which is a short ferry ride from Don Khong. There is no wi-fi, so the emphasis is on simple living. Rooms are in rustic but attractive and neat wooden bungalows, one of which has a shared bathroom. There is a restaurant, and Lao cooking courses are also available.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Pakse

    Athena Hotel

    Athena's subdued style features tasteful timber finishes and a classy ambience. The beds are marshmallowy delights, and dimming inlaid ceiling lights let you illuminate them in many ways. The cosy pool is most welcome after a day out on dusty roads and there's an upmarket thatch-roofed sala for relaxing (or photo ops). It's about a 10-minute walk from the tourist centre.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Pakse

    Residence Sisouk

    This exquisite boutique hotel occupies a lovely old house and evokes a bit of old France. The rooms enjoy polished hardwood floors, flat-screen TVs, verandas, Hmong bed runners, stunning photography and fresh flowers everywhere. Breakfast is in the penthouse cafe with great views. Paying extra gets you a bigger, brighter room with a balcony in front. Rates drop 30% in low season.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Si Phan Don

    Mekong Inn

    This Lao-Canadian-owned spot a bit south of the centre is more upmarket than a typical guesthouse, but it's a very welcoming place. Rooms, which are solid and spacious with wonderful river views, are in two buildings, one of which fronts the pool. When we passed through they were conducting a Lao dancing class for the guests.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Si Phan Don

    Pon Arena Hotel

    This upscale hotel has a great location right on the river and beautifully designed rooms with soft beds, neat wood trim and flat-screen TVs, plus two swimming pools, one of which is so close to the river it actually sticks out over it. There are a number of buildings, and at the time of our visit the hotel was expanding.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Bolaven Plateau Region

    Sokpaserd Riverside

    Probably the best value for the price you can get in Attapeu, the Sokpaserd has decent air-con rooms in a couple of buildings with a nice garden, friendly service and a pleasant atmosphere. Though it's across the street from, rather than on, the Se Kong, you can see the river through the trees from the 2nd floor.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Don Det & Don Khon

    Pomelo Guesthouse

    Run by a Thai-Swiss couple, this rustic and tasteful guesthouse has a stunning location over the river in Ban Hang Khon. There are two spacious rooms in a traditional stilt home with rain showers and sweeping views, as well as two bungalows. There's a private swimming platform and a kayak free for guests.

  • Lodging in Bolaven Plateau Region

    P&S Garden

    This lovely resort at Tat Hua Khon is a welcome surprise. For accommodation there are tents, which are pitched on a stilted and thatched-roof platform and scattered throughout the neat and picturesque grounds. Damage from the 2018 Attapeu dam collapse had a big effect on the site, and plans for guest rooms were on hold at the time of our visit. The restaurant serves coffee, herbal teas and juice and a small menu (mains 20,000K to 80,000K) of Lao food, including 'bugs' (roasted crickets) in season and spicy papaya salad.

  • Lodging in Pakse

    Champasak Palace Hotel

    Palace indeed. This vast, wedding-cake-style building was originally built for Chao Boun Oum, the last prince of Champasak and Lao prime minister between 1960 and 1962. The standard rooms are a tad twee, but well kept with comfortable beds, while the graceful restaurant and common areas turn heads with wood columns, louvred windows and touches of flair. It is worth investing in a huge VIP suite (550,000K), with parquet floors and panoramic views. The cheapest rooms are in the newer Sedone building out back and are far less inspiring.

  • Lodging in Bolaven Plateau Region

    Tad Fane Resort

    This jungle lodge has a one-of-a kind location, overlooking Tat Fan and nestled in a cool forest setting. The rustic duplex cottages let you enjoy the nightly symphony of forest sounds and get up to see the falls before the crowds arrive. A few of the cottages at the back even have partial waterfall views. A big attraction here is the zip line, but the resort also offers half-day (US$10) and one-day (US$15) guided forest walks to Tat Nyeaung, among other places.

  • Lodging in Pakse

    Mekong Paradise Resort

    A riverside spot just 3km southeast of central Pakse that makes for a wonderful escape from the city. Most rooms have unbeatable Mekong sunset views. The superior rooms (US$55) with their private balconies are almost romantic, but the views are actually better from the US$45 Mekong Paradise rooms. The Garden View rooms (US$38) defeat the point of staying out here. It's a bit far from town, but if a retreat is what you want, this may be just the place.

  • Lodging in Bolaven Plateau Region

    Sinouk Coffee Resort

    Set beside a babbling brook on a working coffee plantation 32km northeast of Paksong on the road to Tha Taeng, there's a hill-station feel here. Like its sister lodge, Pakse's Residence Sisouk, it's loaded with indigenous textiles, period furniture and framed old-world photos. It's also worth stopping in for a meal (mains 25,000K to 75,000K) amidst the manicured gardens if you're passing by.

  • Lodging in Bolaven Plateau Region

    Tadlo Lodge

    Situated above Tat Hang, this is the only semi-fancy lodging around. The main building exudes some classic Lao style, while rooms are stylish and comfortable with decks out front. The views of the falls from the restaurant are excellent. Only the suite has air-conditioning. Animal lovers should note that the hotel keeps trekking elephants chained up most of the day.

  • Lodging in Bolaven Plateau Region

    Mystic Mountain Coffee

    Friendly Mr Khamsone has built a couple of simple rooms with two beds at his remote coffee plantation. Though facilities are rustic, you'll be well cared for. Tours (from US$60 per person) are the main focus. Meals are free if you book a tour, otherwise they're 20,000K. It's about 12km north of Paksong on the rough road to Lao Ngam. Reservations required.