The vast array of accommodation options on offer to Laos visitors is constantly increasing. In recent years, the countrys ever-expanding choice of hotels, resorts and guest houses has enticed a plethora of visitors, from sybaritic, suitcase toting two-weekers to the dreadlock laden backpackers.
The bulk of resort accommodation in Laos lies in the three prime tourist destinations of Vientiane, Luang Prabang and the adventure capital of Vang Vieng. Prices vary from a couple of dollars to a few hundred a night, dependent on the amenities and location. Advanced bookings are recommended for the higher-end options, while it is usually possible to walk in to the budget guest houses. Availability cannot be guaranteed during busy periods such as the Lao New Year, however, price competition means decent deals can always be found, even at top resorts.
In the Lao capital of Vientiane, most of the accommodation tends to be of a contemporary design, including renowned brands. A number of the boutique hotels and resorts are situated down quaint lanes and in placid gardens, meaning you rarely experience the big city bustle, felt in larger capitals. Luang Prabang is a far more cultural, romantic experience and the exclusive hotels such as Luang Say Residence, opulent villas and comfortable guesthouses reflect this, with many situated in tastefully renovated colonial buildings. Vang Vieng is served primarily by hostels and guesthouses. The majority of the latest properties offer additional amenities and almost all the rooms provide fantastic views of the natural surroundings.
Due to the accessible size of Laotian cities, attractions and sights in the majority of the popular destinations are easy to reach, most resorts are usually within walking distance of shopping, historical sights and ancient temples. This provides visitors with the liberty to choose their holiday activities, from embracing onsite amenities to exploring the countrys cultural side and languishing in local life, accentuated by the proud Lao peoples welcoming and affable attitude.
Excursions to local attractions are also effortlessly organised through hotels, resorts and hostels in Laos. There is even the option to stay in style aboard specially modified boats, with professional companies like Mekong Cruises, dropping by at secret caves, riverside temples and untouched villages. A visit to Laos continues to be one of South East Asias most remarkable experiences and with an abundance of mesmerizing resort alternatives on offer, visitors can look forward to an unforgettable escape.