Homosexuality isn’t criminalized in Laos but the existing laws have suppressed the rights of the Laos LGBTQ community. Overall, the Lao people tend to be welcoming to visitors. Vientiane, the capital has the most of gay friendly hotels Luang Prabang.
However, while the country is tolerant towards LGBTQ visitors, Lao society remains traditional and conservative towards homosexuality.
Luang Prabang, the ancient capital of Luang Prabang Province in northern Laos, lies in a valley at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers. Inhabited for thousands of years, it was the royal capital of the country until 1975. It’s known for its many Buddhist temples, including the gilded Wat Xieng Thong, dating to the 16th century, and Wat Mai, once the residence of the head of Laotian Buddhism.
Top attractions to visit in Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang Day Trips
Luang Prabang is definitely still worth a visit. In fact, for us, it was one of our highlights of Laos. Even though it’s touristy, it never felt too busy. The old town was a perfect place to walk around, relax and enjoy the stunning river views
- Private Tour: Pak Ou Cave and Kuang Si Waterfall Tour from Luang Prabang
- Day Trip to Nam Ngum Dam from Vientiane
- Like Laos local – Exploring Vientiane full day by Tuk Tuk
1. Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao 5* – Gay Friendly Hotels
Located on the Phou Vao Hills, Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao offers luxurious rooms with free WiFi. The hotel features a spa, an infinity pool, restaurant, bar and free parking.
Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao provides rooms with a private terrace, sofa, satellite TV and minibar. Each bathroom has a terrazzo bathtub.
Massages, facial and body treatments are available at The Mekong Spa. A steam room offers traditional herbal steam baths.
The Mountain Terrace Restaurant serves traditional Laotian cuisine and European dishes in an indoor and outdoor setting. Snacks and cocktails are offered at the Mountain Bar.
Relax, unwind, and embrace the tranquil spirit of Luang Prabang. Positioned atop a hill, gazing across the sacred mountains, Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao is an unforgettable place to stay. Designed in a traditional style, this intimate hotel is gemmed with teak, silk and fresh cotton accents. It is famed for its wonderful French-influenced local cuisine and an open-air spa beside a water lily pool. With a reputation as one of the most serene Luang Prabang hotels, Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao is a haven of peace. Relax, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy stepping back into a more gracious era.
Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao” is a amazing hotel in Luang Prabang. You can find peace in the hotel but the location is so convenience. The hotel provide complimentary bicycles to go around the city. The hotel is not far from “Mount Phousi” one of the landmark in Luang Prabang.
Lovely small hotel with serene views over the hills and Mount Phousi. Loved the common areas of the hotel – restaurant, pool area and bar – understated oriental elegance. Lovely helpful staff, delicious food – breakfast by the pool was very special, as was dinner outdoors. We enjoyed the location – we rode the bikes around so it was nice to be a few minutes out of the centre – the quiet and the view was definitely worth it – at night the hotel dropped us off when we wanted to dine out and also collected us.
The hotel is on the outskirts of town, which gives it a nice quiet ambience away from noise and dust. It has beautiful landscaped gardens and a very romantic view over mount Phousi.
Was in a wonderful Mountain View Junior Suite on the 2nd floor, a few steps from the lobby/bar/restaurant/pool. VERY spacious, luxurious bathroom almost as big as the bedroom and a living room definitely as big as the bedroom. Very precise A/C & heat. The complimentary wifi in both the room and public areas was as good as what I have at home in Canada.
The pool is such a work of art, perfectly reflecting the stunning view of Mount Phousi with its golden stupa in the distance. Poolside dining for both breakfast & dinner is a tranquil, scenic delight. And in January, it’s surprisingly cool/chilly, even for a Canadian! But, fear not, the helpful staff always puts a wooden box full of red-glowing charcoal right beside you with so much radiant heat that you still enjoy dining al fresco.
The restaurant (Phou Savanh) serves some of the most delicious & creative Laotian food in all of Luang Prabang. The amazingly talented Belgian chef will drop by your table to see if you have any special requests. Be sure to try his Laotian tasting menu. Outstanding!
There’s always a driver/hotel car available to give you a free 5-minute lift into the heart of Luang Prabang. The hourly evening shuttle is also very convenient. Otherwise, my guess is it’s a good 20-30 min walk one-way to get to the major sights/sites in Luang Prabang … and it’s all uphill when coming back to the hotel.
Luang Prabang is a beautiful small city lies in a valley at the confluence if the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers. Perched atop a hill, less than a couple of miles away from the UNESCO world heritage site of Luang Prabang is Belmond La Residence Phou Vao, a haven of peace and serenity.
It is a high end boutique hotel with just 32 suites, each appointed with teak, silk and fresh cotton accents, with balcony and lanai affording gorgeous views. My most favorite place at the hotel is the freshwater infinity pool clinching on the edge of a cliff, with the spectacular view across the sacred mountains. The staff are all very friendly and accommodating. It is a place you can totally relax and enjoy the laid back luxury.
The facility itself is pretty amazing, slightly outside of the main hustle and bustle of downtown, perched on a hill that leaves you with gorgeous views over their infinity pool. The rooms themselves are spacious and comfy, with mosquito nets draped over the four poster beds. Where this hotel really shined is with their personnel. Everyone, I mean literally everyone, that we encountered went above and beyond for us. The waitstaff, the bartenders, housekeeping, and our drivers all delivered a level of service that was unmatched.
How much does a room costs at Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao?
Prices start 340 $/night for Junior Suite with Garden View. The Mountain and Pool View Junior Suite is 470$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.
Overlooking the tropical gardens from its private terrace, the suite is fitted with rosewood and natural wood furnishings. The spacious bathroom includes a free-form terrazzo bath.
Where to book online – Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao – Gay Friendly Hotels Luang Prabang – you can find the best hotels deals in Luang Prabang during Boun Pimai (Laos New Year) in Luang Prabang which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Luang Prabang on Booking.com and Trip.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.
2. My Dream Boutique Resort 3* – Gay Friendly Hotels Luang Prabang
Located by the, My offers non-smoking rooms with a private balcony. Guests can enjoy meals at the open-air restaurant on site. The resort also features an outdoor swimming pool, free WiFi and free bicycles for rent.
Cosy rooms come with elegant wooden interiors and have plenty of natural light. Each is equipped with a cable TV and personal safe. Shower facilities and toiletries are included.
Guests can enjoy a relaxing body massage, or spend some quiet reading time in the library.
Nestled in a peaceful garden, leading down to an uninterrupted view of the Nam Khan river, My Dream is an oasis of tranquility, just minutes from Luang Prabang’s bustling town centre. Rooms and furnishings of natural woods and woven Lao fabrics blend seamlessly into lush surroundings. Sunshine streams through floor-to-ceiling glass doors, which open out to private balconies. You may choose a room in Sala, Chandara, or Latsana, or select your own bungalow – or bungalow suite. All are light, airy, and a reflection of Lao culture and design.
The hotel runs free shuttle buses, or it’s a ten minute walk into two town across the bamboo bridge. Even at night the bridge is well lit and safe. The hotel is in a very safe area and even at night everything is safe
My Dream is a five minute walk from ancouple of great gay friendly restaurants, Dyen Sabai and the pizza restaurant.
The hotel is actually pretty close to the centre of town, but there’s a river in the way!!! If you dare to cross on the bamboo bridge, it’s a lovely walk. There’s also a bicycle and motorbike bridge quite close by, so if you’re OK with walking, it’s an OK walk!
If you need transportation, you need to get a Tuk Tuk – which the hotel will get for you – just give 10 minutes or so notice. It seems like a long way into town by Tuk Tuk, as it has to go some distance to get to the new bridge, and then back into town. Having said that, we loved the ride, and it’s not very expensive at all. There’s also a ‘tuk tuk bridge’ which seems to be for them only – but we were only ever taken on this route once; it was a bit of a bumpy ride!
Breakfast had good choices, eggs (fried, scrambled, boiled or an omelette made to order), juices, fruits, yoghurt, choice of cereals, three hot local dishes, croissants or toast. I ate here twice for dinner and it was very enjoyable.
It is only a 6-8 minute walk to the Bamboo Bridge to get into town. Ten left at the entrance then at the Wat turn left then about 10 metres there is a dirt track (look for the signs to Dyen Sabai restaurant or Garden of Eden). It costs 5000 kip for a multi use daily pass. It is safe to use even at night, when it is lit by fairy lights. Otherwise the hotel runs three services a day into town and one return of a night.
Rooms are large and new and very clean as well and everything I ate was very good. Loved having a balcony looking out on a relaxing view though I didn’t spend much time out there. I stayed in a deluxe room during the hottest part of the year and would note that the AC can barely keep up during the day (though you’ll be okay at night) but that was true just about everywhere that time of year. Same for the pool: on hot afternoons it’s just a bit warmer than you’d wish for it to be.
I stayed in a deluxe room above the restaurant and it was gorgeous. It had a balcony with spectacular views over the pool and lush gardens. It also offered me an incredible view of the lightning storm overnight!
The pool is lovely and was a welcome relief after walking around the town in 40 degree heat. I would recommend walking into town via the bamboo bridge, it takes about 10-15 mins but it’s worth it!
There are a couple of very nice restaurants nearby but the hotel also does excellent food. The breakfast in the morning was scrumptious.
How much does a room costs at My Dream Boutique Resort?
Prices start 60 $/night for Classic Double Room. The Private Bungalow with Garden View is 100$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.
Offering views of the Nam Khan River, larger bungalow features a private balcony and TV.
Where to book online – My Dream Boutique Resort – Gay Friendly Hotels Luang Prabang – you can find the best hotels deals in Luang Prabang during Boun Pimai (Laos New Year) in Luang Prabang which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Luang Prabang on Booking.com and Trip.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.
3. Avani+ Luang Prabang Hotel 5* – Gay Friendly Hotels Luang Prabang
Set in the centre of AVANI Luang Prabang, AVANI Luang Prabang boasts a central garden and a 25 m long swimming pool. Free WiFi is offered throughout the property and free private parking is available on site.
Every room at this hotel is air-conditioned and has a flat-screen TV. There is also an electric kettle, a minibar and tea/coffee making facilities. The en suite bathroom includes a shower, a hairdryer and free toiletries.
There is a 24-hour front desk at the property and guests can enjoy their meals at the on-site restaurant.
Wake up to cappuccinos and croissants as saffron-robed monks file past in the early morning light. Cycle picturesque streets of a UNESCO World Heritage town, taking in temples, cafes and artisan stores. Charter one of our boats for a sunset cruise down the Mekong River. Get ready for your Avani Moments. Avani+ Luang Prabang Hotel is a modern boutique hideaway with a storied history. Formerly the site of French officer quarters, then home to a landmark local hotel, these peak-position grounds in the heart of the old town now welcome you with classic-contemporary style – design that’s a breath of fresh air while remaining true to the town’s colonial architectural heritage.
The hotel is in an unbeatable location in the middle of the city, opposite the night markets and Phousi Hill. It also has a swimming pool which was important to us when the temperatures hit 40 degrees with high humidity.
All rooms overlook the lovely courtyard with the swimming pool and lovely old trees being preserved. Food and beverages were outstanding, we had our best meal in Luang Prabang. As a foodie and passionate cook, I did a cooking class with Sous Chef Sith at the hotel, it was excellent! For breakfast, don’t forget to try the Laotian rice porridge! Our cocktails were delicious and delicately made, wine selection were also excellent
The hotel is located near the National Museum and the city’s main street. In the evening, the Night Market is just across the street. Early mornings, the almsgiving is also just at the doorstep of the hotel grounds. Banks and ATMs, convenience stores, and lovely restaurants such as Manda de Laos, and Gaspard are walking distance.
The staff are customer service oriented and were so accommodating. Great English speakers, and arranged my tours (Mekong River and Kuang Si Falls cruise), restaurant reservations (and great recommendations to Manda and Gaspard). They gave me space, and though I traveled alone, I never felt alone nor bothered.
The facilities are beautiful. The pool is wonderful. I had a great room: Deluxe Room Pool View, which had a nice balcony. Only caveat is mosquitos, which is not the hotel’s fault, it’s more like the city has a mosquito problem. Hotel provides mosquito coils for the balcony. Restaurant was great, breakfast was included with my room. The room is contemporary and modern decor, with traditional accents representing Luang Prabang. I loved the toiletries.
Our pool view room though not overly large was still a good size, beautiful decor and lovely big balcony.
Breakfast was really good. Small but lovely buffet, egg station including duck eggs and also an al a carte selection. We had nice macchiato coffee each day too. Good addition might be a coffee menu, as first day only thought Lattes available, which are too milky for me, wasn’t till second day we thought to ask for something else.
Hotel Restaurant Main Street is good option if you want to dine in. Reasonably priced, good food, lovely staff and nice decor. If you go out, then best place we had dinner at was Cafe Toui. Beautiful local food! Chang Khan Restaurant across the road does the best club sandwiches!
There is no bathtub (apparently in the whole hotel, no rooms have bathtubs). the bed is large and comfortable. There is no curtain on the windows, only wooden doors to shut the light in. I had a decent size balcony facing the pool. Very pleasant to have a drink there in the evening (with mosquitoes).
The breakfast was plentiful and offered lots of choices. I always went for the egg benedicts but those ones were duck eggs (my first time ever) and it was delicious. the staff was also very friendly and professional.
Location is excellent, at the beginning of the night market with easy walking distance to everything. There are also free bikes available (old town is perfect for this). The hotel is in excellent shape and has a light feeling using light wood and white paint. We stayed in a suite facing out (ground floor; veranda with seating facing white wall). It wasn’t particularly big, but certainly nice enough with a seating area in one corner.
Mirror/wash basins separated from bedroom with a curtain, but shower and toilet have doors. Tripadvisor reviews have several noise complaints although we didn’t have any problems in that regard. The hotel wasn’t particularly busy when we were there mid-December, so maybe that’s part of it and with the bed fairly close to the hallway door I can see how it might be an issue if you’re close to a busy junction.
How much does a room costs at Avani+ Luang Prabang Hotel?
Prices start 277 $/night for AVANI Deluxe Room. The AVANI Deluxe Pool View Room is 306$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.
This twin/double room features a balcony, electric kettle and bathrobe.
Where to book online – Avani+ Luang Prabang Hotel – Gay Friendly Hotels Luang Prabang – you can find the best hotels deals in Luang Prabang during Boun Pimai (Laos New Year) in Luang Prabang which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Luang Prabang on Booking.com and Trip.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.
4. Kiridara Luang Prabang 5* – Gay Friendly Hotels Luang Prabang
Kiridara Luang Prabang offers well-appointed rooms and interconnecting rooms built around an infinity pool with 180-degree views of Mount Phousi. Located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang, this boutique hotel has a spa and restaurant.
Featuring wooden interiors and private balconies, Kiridara’s rooms have an iPod docking station and a flat-screen TV with DVD player. A personal safe and tea/coffee making facilities are also provided. The private bathrooms are fitted with a bathtub and shower.
Guests can exercise in the small fitness room, or visit the spa for a massage. A children’s pool is available, while bicycles can be rented free of charge. WiFi is free throughout the hotel.
Kiridara is an elegant, contemporary and luxurious boutique hotel located in the mystical city of Luang Prabang. Our 24 room contemporary boutique hotel scaled on a hillside and surrounded by native teak forests, offers panoramic views of Mount Phou Si, with easy access to central Luang Prabang and Luang Prabang International Airport.
If you’re looking to relax away from the city center of Luang Prabang and feel like you’re really on vacation at a high end resort, I would recommend Kiridara. The staff is so nice and very helpful. Since it’s located about 10 minutes drive from the center, they offer a free shuttle in the evenings down to the night market and free on-demand shuttles for the duration of your stay to the center. The rooms were very traditional in decor and well kept.
The hotel is in a very quiet location a bit out of town, which at a guess would be a 30 minute walk. There is a regular shuttle bus which drops off and picks up in the centre of town.
The hotel itself is great! It’s situated on a hill with the rooms being built around the masterpiece swimming pool. The swimming pool is excellent & the view you get while in it is breathtaking. The hotel is about a 5 minute drive out of the town centre but this is ok because the hotel offers free transportation back & forth all day long. I stayed in a Kiridara Suite (70sqm) which was very nice. The room featured a king sized bed, spa bath & a good sized balcony with picturesque views of the mountains.
It was a beautifully designed boutique hotel sitting on the hill side a few minutes drive from the downtown. Slightly remote location gives the whole property a peaceful environment. All rooms are surrounding a beautiful courtyard with dining terrace and swimming pool. Lush greens, oriental landscape and blooming flowers are embracing every corner of the place. Chilling out on the king size beds next to the pool after swimming became the daily routine during my stay.
Rooms are spacious and spotlessly clean. The premium room is way too big for one person to stay. Bed is very comfortable and pillows are the best I’ve every had. Each room have a terrace facing the courtyard and the pool.
Staffs are friendly and helpful. They were really trying hard to meet all the requirements you may have. It was also a pleasure to chat with the waiters at the restaurant and to know more about the life of local Laos and Luang Prabang young people. The manager is a nice humble guy constantly looking after the place in person. You can feel the tone was set up that in this place you were taken good care of by these people here.
Lastly I have to mention the SPA at the top level of the hotel. Wensy was the masseur I fell in love with. Her massage released all the stress in my body and mind before and during my travel. I went 4 times within my 5 days stay for her treatment. If you stay here, the SPA is a must try.
How much does a room costs at Kiridara Luang Prabang?
Prices start 111 $/night for Deluxe King Room. The Kiri King Suite is 161$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.
Featuring mountain views from its private balcony, the king suite comes with elegant teak floors and furnishings. The private bathroom is fitted with a hand-crafted Terrazo bathtub and free toiletries.
Where to book online – Kiridara Luang Prabang – Gay Friendly Hotels Luang Prabang – you can find the best hotels deals in Luang Prabang during Boun Pimai (Laos New Year) in Luang Prabang which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Luang Prabang on Booking.com and Trip.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.
5. Hotel Maison Dalabua 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Luang Prabang
Surrounded by lotus ponds and tropical garden, Maison Dalabua offers spacious air-conditioned rooms a 15-minute drive from Luang Prabang International Airport. It provides free Wi-Fi, a swimming pool and massage services at the spa.
Maison Dalabua Hotel is a 5-minute walk from Night Market as well as the Royal Palace.
Rooms come with private bathroom facilities. They feature cable TV, a minibar and tea/coffee maker.
The name Dalabua means “Lotus Princess” which perfectly describes the refreshing character of our charming boutique hotel surrounded by UNESCO classified ponds. Maison Dalabua stands on one of the most serene location in Luang Prabang away from the hustle and bustle of the Peninsula, we are just 3 minutes walk from the historical center with easy access to the night market, royal palace and historical temples & buildings.
The hotel features 40 rooms set in a tropical environment with different maisons scattered around the property. All rooms are furnished in an elegant blend of traditional Lao contemporary design, with all modern amenities. The spa and swimming pool are the best places to chill out after a long day in town. As the sun goes down while sipping a drink on the deck of Manda de Laos, our Laotian restaurant, watch the sunset and the secret view of Mount Phousi before a romantic dinner.
Location wise , the hotel was perfect , just a short stroll into Luang Prabang with its many restaurants both on the main street and also overlooking the rivers on both sides of the peninsula.
Stylish furnishings and low key quiet quality with high attention to customer service was the hallmark here that struck us right away. Nice touches were the welcoming dish of fruits in our room that was located right next to a Lotus pond …protected by UNESCO as a historical landmark.
At breakfast there was quality food including homemade yoghurt, French baguettes, Lao pate and a huge selection of standard breakfast buffet items tastefully presented. Thai hotels that call themselves so-called “resorts” should learn from the service standards here in Laos.
Staff spoke English fluently and were friendly and helpful beyond expectations. A Laotian man called Kamput served us faithfully at breakfast and brought Lao coffee to our table and chatted about places to see. Dirty plates were removed immediately. There were also no tour bus loads of Chinese hordes to fight at the buffet..so this was truly a relaxing and refreshing change from Thailand. We slept peacefully on a huge King bed that staff came in to turn back the covers, close curtains and light incense before we came back from a short stroll to the nearby Night Market.
Personal touches matter here and we noticed it everywhere…free to ride hotel bikes, clean and clear swimming pool and staff smiling and happy to help.
Warmly welcomed by our hostess we felt at home from the moment we arrived. Stunning lily pound and world heritage protected as evidenced by a gift book from Lulu – lovely touch and much appreciated thanks. Room was spotless and was kept that way throughout our stay. The room was spacious as was the bathroom and to sit on the balcony having a drink early evening overlooking the ponds was totally relaxing and beautiful.
Despite the tranquillity it was an easy short stroll to the night market and beyond to the touristy high street. Similar short stroll to the Mekong and we regularly used the bikes to explore further. A real bonus was the new swimming pool which was quiet but well maintained and optimum temperature for a cooling relax after a hectic day out. The reception staff were ALL helpful and nothing was too much trouble.
How much does a room costs at Maison Dalabua?
Prices start 107 $/night for Classic Double Room. The Bungalow with Pond View is 221$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.
Bungalow features a terrace with with lotus pond view. It comes with a minibar, safety deposit box and en suite bathroom.
Where to book online – Maison Dalabua – Gay Friendly Hotels Luang Prabang – you can find the best hotels deals in Luang Prabang during Boun Pimai (Laos New Year) in Luang Prabang which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Luang Prabang on Booking.com and Trip.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.