After 12 hour flight, a 16 hour overnight train and a slightly backwards border crossing it was  nice (understatement) to finally reach the first hostel of our 3 week SE Asia tour – Vientiane Backpackers.

Vientiane Backpackers Hostel is bright and vibrant.  Make you way through/over the mountain of flip flops that swamp the front step and once inside you’ll find a sea of backpacker eagerly either eating, reading, drinking or playing on facebook.  It bought a smile to my face, like I belonged.  Working in a London office for so long I had desperately missed the feeling of being a hostel crowd.  I was delighted to be back.

The Rooms @ Vientiane Backpackers

Check-in was easy with nothing involved other than handing over you passport, the staff do all the processing for you.  We were staying in the smallest dorm located on the top floor.  It consisted of 12 beds, all bunks and was amusing entitled the monkey room.  The other two dorm rooms housed 16 and 20 beds respectably.  During the day two fans kept some of the heat at bay, whilst at night air con made sleeping easy.

I was impressed with the sizable storage units under each bunk.  These meant that the room stayed tidy and that all your gear was safely stowed away.


The Front Desk

After unpacking we made our way downstairs to ask the advice of the staff on what to do on our only day in Vientiane.  Despite not arriving till midday we still found quite a lot to do that afternoon thanks to the guys at the hostel.  I took a walk around town and took in a few of the temples whilst Esther pointed in the direct of a local massage parlour where she treated herself for an hour or so.

In addition to telling us what to go see, the front desk where also able to book our onward travel to Vang Vieng the next day for us.  Very handy.

Vientiane Backpackers Facilities

The Vientiane Backpackers Hostel has a pretty basic look and feel (despite some very creative art on the walls), but that doesnt mean its lacking when it comes to facilities.  You might not find a pool, but all essentials are covered …

  • Computers
  • Free Wifi
  • Laundry service
  • Hot showers
  • Drinks fridge
  • Travel desk inc visa processing
  • Money exchange
  • Maps of local area

The only thing you might argue that is missing is a kitchen, but food is so cheap and tasty in town you’d be a fool to stay in a cook for yourself.  I doubt you’d even save any money by doing so such is the cost of food in town.

Room for improvement?

Looking back through the notes in my travel diary I see only a single bullet point under the ‘could do with having’ column and that was some soap by the toilets.  Its only small I know, but the little things count.  Other than that both Esther and I were very happy with our stay at the Vientiane Backpackers Hostel, very happy indeed.


Are you looking for a dorm room in Vientaine to bed down in for a couple of nights?  Look no further.  Whilst you wont find lavish double rooms or a rooftop bar, the Vientiane Backpackers Hostel covers all of your typical backpacker needs and at a very affordable price.  Although short lived, I thoroughly enjoyed my stay.


Rates at The Vientiane Backpackers Hostel start from just £3.70 per night for a dorm bunk. Visit for more information and to book.