Choosing a guest house in Luang Prabang is (much like the city in general) pretty stinkin’ great. Just wander down one of the cobblestone side streets on either side of the night market, and you’ll be surrounded by gorgeous two story buildings with dark wood balconies.
Prices on the street seem to vary only slightly, with doubles from 60,000K – 100,000K ($8 – 12). Most have wifi in rooms, and provide free tea, coffee, cold drinking water, and bananas (one day I ate 10 of those suckas. Banana buffet for the win!)
We chose Somjith Guesthouse, on a wee alley way off an apparently nameless side street just south west of the night market. Somjith won us over with its light-filled rooms and balconies (with one perfect little table and chair set up per room).
The Good: Fantastic location, rad balcony, free bananas!
The Bad: The wifi wasn’t perfect, particularly on the first floor. That said, having to spend an afternoon with a brownie and a giant mug of coffee at Joma Café isn’t the worst thing ever…
The Price: Our double room set us back 90,000K ($11) per night — a little more than we paid in other parts of Laos, but certainly nothing bank-breaking.
Getting there: From the bus station or airport, ask your tuk-tuk/taxi driver to drop you at Joma Café, near the night market. Take the side street right next to Joma. About half way down, you’ll spot a ‘Somjith Guesthouse’ sign on your left. Follow the signs!