Book your hotels! August 6, 2006Posted by Veomani in hotels.
I’ve been looking online and searching for the best hotels in Laos. I have listed hotels from Vientiane and Luang Prabang, with prices ranging from “Backpackers” to “High Rollers” (high end). Click here for the hotel recommendations or on the tab “hotels in Laos” above to see the list.
I would recommend that everyone book their rooms as soon as possible, especially in Luang Prabang. I have received news from friends in Laos that December is an extremely high season for Luang Prabang and hotels will fill up very quickly. Keep in mind that Luang Prabang is a small town and most hotels/guest houses have very few rooms (10-20 rooms in most places). There is still choice now, but if you wait until September/October, rooms will likely fill up. I have made several phone calls to various hotels/guest houses and already, rooms are starting to fill up.
If you want us to help you book rooms, please let us know ASAP. That way we can also try to book people together in a few places. If you want us to look for you, let us know the following:
- Exact dates for Vientiane and Luang Prabang
- Your names
- Rough price indication (basic $5-$10, budget $10-$25, standard $25-$50)
- Room type: double, twin, single (double means one big bed, twin means two small beds)
Leave a comment (below the text) or send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want us to reserve for you, please allow us to weigh the different option and make a desicion on your behalf. We will try and find the best option for everyone.
Guest houses are usually much cheaper in comparison to “hotels”. At the bottom of the range you have the basic guest houses with rates between $5-$10 and which are popular with backpackers on a very tight budget. The rooms are very basic and usually have shared bathrooms and can sometimes be less than comfortable. In the range from $10-$25, from experience, many guest houses are clean, come with air-con, hot shower and tv and run by shy, friendly staff. In the next price range up from $25-$50 you get more comfort in the quality of the bed, the furnishing of the room and bathroom, etc. Prices differ a bit between the different cities. Luang Prabang is usually a bit more expensive than Vientiane. One other thing I would also like to suggest is that, paying more for hotels in Laos does not necessarily mean that you’ll get more. In terms of comparing prices with what you get, it can sometimes be dissappointing. You might find that you’re actually happier going with the cheaper but clean guest houses. Just something to keep in mind when you book :).
For Vientiane, I recommend the Vayakorn Guest House for location, price, cleanliness, and friendly staff. It’s listed on-line for $22-$25, but when I called, it’s only $15. For more moderate to high end hotels in Vientiane, please refer to the recommended list and book them soon. I suggest calling the hotel to compare rates. Sometimes rates listed online are higher than what is asked over the phone.
For those of you who plan to travel up north with us by bus, please let us know the date of your arrival in Vientiane. We plan to leave on the 28th of December in the morning and need to arrange for transportation to and accomodations in Vang Vieng in advance. I would prefer for everyone to stay under one roof, but of course that is not necessary. Two places I specifically recommend is the The Elephant Crossing or Ban Sabai Bungalows. You can check out pictures of both places on this website (http://www.laohotelgroup.org/accommodation.php) under the tabs ‘Mid-Range’ and ‘High End.’ I was not able to get the rates for The Elephant Crossing, but I am assuming it is roughly the same price as the Ban Sabai or less, around $25-$35 depending on room type. All rooms are equipped with AC (aircon) and have magnificent views of the Nam Song River. It is also possible to stay in cheaper guesthouses. If you would prefer that we help book a cheaper and seperate guesthouse for you, please let us know so that we can help book it for you during our trip there in September. I know a guesthouse that charges $5 that is just slightly outside of the “main” town center, but it is very clean and run by very friendly staff. However, only fan is available. For those who would like to go with our suggestion, please let us know soon. Keep in mind that additional discount of approximately 10% can be given for groups of 20-25.
For those that travel with us to Vang Vieng, we will arrive in Luang Prabang on 30 December. For Luang Prabang, I recommend the Senesouk Guesthouse. They charge $25-$35 depending on room type. The Ancient Luang Prabang is also a nice alternative, but they charge slightly higher, around $40-$50. There are many other budget guesthouses in Luang Prabang that are not listed online. For those of you who wish to spend even less, please let us know and provide us with all the necessary information so we can help you make bookings in September. For the remainder of people who do not mind spending $35+, please refer to the recommended list and book your rooms today.
Again, I want to emphasis the importance of booking your rooms as early as possible. I have called hotels around in Luang Prabang and it is still “safe” to find rooms at the moment. But if you wait much longer, you might not be able to find a place to stay (this excludes guest houses which might still be available in September). Luang Prabang is a town nestled in the mountains in the north of Laos and there is no such thing as “the next town over.” So please, do yourself a favor and book your rooms today. Guido and I are here to assist you in any way possible. Please let us know if you need help or have any questions.
- let us know whether or not you are planning to travel up north by bus with us to Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang, and when you are arriving in Vientiane
- let us know if you would like us to help you book guesthouses within the price range of $6-$20 and give us all the necessary information
- please respond by August 30th, a day before we leave for Laos
- please book your rooms (mid-range and higher end hotels) today!!