Review of Tingkham Guesthouse in Luang Prabang, Laos


Where We Slept is our hotel roundup from our time on the road. We hope it helps budget travelers see how far their dollar can go--even though sometimes, it's not far enough!

Every crumbling French villa is now a hotel, so the question really is: "how much do you want to spend?" We weren't sure what we could afford in our budget, but there were surprisingly a ton of places under $10 in the historic peninsula area. Since we wanted AC, those were all out.

We ended up at Tingkham Guesthouse, a family-run place with a few rooms, all with balconies overlooking the quaint street. With AC, our room was $18/night (they originally asked for $20). Although it was cozy (read, tight), the balcony made it worth it. Every morning, at 6am, we could see the monks gathering alms simply by stepping outside. There's no website or link, but it's across the street from Kinnaly GuestHouse and Cafe Toui, both of which are in Lonely Planet.


If you want to really splurge, it's possible. Rooms in Luang Prabang go into the $1000s per night. The people who sleep there likely eat at restaurants such as L'Elephant, 7 Nagas, Blue Lagoon, and Couleur Cafe. The menus looked great and still loads cheaper than NYC.

More Luang Prabang

Interested in seeing more of the fashion show, monks or the Royal Ballet of Luang Prabang? Check out our Luang Prabang photo tour.

Do you have any tips for travel in Luang Prabang on a budget or Luang Prabang budget hotels? Let us know in the comments!