Where to Stay in Xishuangbanna: 4 Best Places to Stay for Xishuangbanna

Xishuangbanna, the ancient Dai language for "Mengbalanaxi", means "the ideal and magical paradise". Xishuangbanna is located on Yunnan’s southernmost border with Myanmar and Laos, a unique Dai culture, cool natural landscape of tropical rainforest, and the complex of religious buildings invite countless tourist to explore this place every year. So, where to stay in Xishuangbanna for your landscape admiration of the tropical rainforest and other ethnic custom highlights there? This guide info will tell you the 4 best places to stay, top recommended accommodations and more useful planning tips for your Xishuangbanna tour in 2024/2025!

4 Best Places to Stay in Xishuangbanna

Xishuangbanna is a large autonomous prefecture located on the southeastern border of Yunnan, there are many attractions and scenic spots in Xishuangbanna which are worth to visit, such as Manting Park, Mengle Great Buddhist Monastery, Buddhist Temple, Tropical Plants Garden, Wild Elephant Valley, Gaozhuang, Wangtianshu Scenic Area, Mengjinglai Village etc. More than 70% of tourists would choose to stay at Jinghong downtown. Here are 4 best places to stay in Xishuangbanna, including Jinghong downtown, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Menghan Town and Menghai County. Check the details and top hotels in each place at below!

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Map of Where to Stay in Xishuangbanna

Map of 4 Best Places to Stay in Xishuangbanna

1. Jinghong Downtown - Very Convenient and Most Chosen by Visitors

Jinghong downtown (景洪市), the capital of Xishuangbanna Prefecture, is located in the center of the autonomous prefecture and tourism industry is well developed here. Hotels are concentrated at two main areas in Jinghong downtown, Water-Splashing Square (泼水广场) and Gaozhaung Xishuangjing (告庄西双景). Accommodation here is the most concentrated and conditions of hotels are good, more than 70% of tourists would choose to stay here. There are not only quantities of high-end resorts, but also economic hotels for visitors to choose. For backpackers, Jinghong city also has a lot of featured family hotels and youth hostels; you may have a chance to learn more about local lifestyle.

Famous attractions nearby are including Manting Park, Mengle Great Buddhist Monastery etc. Jinghong City is at the center of Xishuangbanna and has a very convenient transportation system, well connected to other places in Xishuangbanna, such as Menghai County, Dai Minority Park and Mengjinglai Village, Wild Elephant Valley etc.


Has a complete infrastructure;

Multiple hotel types to choose from;

Well connected to attractions in Xishuangbanna.


Less natural scenery;

Hotel prices usually would rise during tourist peak season.

Recommended Accommodations at Duoyishu Rice Terraces:

InterContinental Xishuangbanna Resort (西双版纳洲际度假酒店) (5 star)
Address: Mannongfeng District 2nd Phase Tourism A, Jinghong

Wanda Vista Resort Xishuangbanna (西双版纳融创万达文化别墅度假酒店) (5 star)
Address: No.99 Yingbin Road, Wanda International Holiday District, Jinghong

Ramada Plaza Xishuangbanna (西双版纳嘉盛华美达广场酒店) (5 star)
Address: Mannong Fengpian District Jinghong Tourism Resort, Jinghong

Sheraton Grand Xishuangbanna Hotel (西双版纳云投喜来登大酒店) (5 star)
Address: No. 1, Yuntou Road, Gasa Town, Xishuangbanna

Laetis St Cedro (来町柏颐美宿) (3 star)
Address: Building 12 Jinglanzhai, Jinghong, Xishuangbanna

Yourantai B&B (悠然台民宿)
Address: No.18 Galan North Road, Jinghong, Xishuangbanna

Xishuangbanna Caffy and Ken Backpackers’ Youth Hostel (西双版纳背包客国际青年旅社)
Address: No.20 Mengzhe Road, Jinghong, Xishuangbanna

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2. Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden - Easy to Reach Wangtianshu Scenic Area and Mengyuan Fairyland Scenic Area

There are two highlights at the southeast part of Xishuangbanna, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden and Wangtianshu Scenic Area. Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden is about far 60km from Jinghong downtown, takes about 1.5 hours to drive there, the garden is very large, need at least half a day to explore. Wangtianshu Scenic Area is farther about 149km from Jinghong downtown, from Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden to the Scenic Area need another 2 hours driving. Most people would tour these two places in one day and spend the night at one of the most famous resort - Anantara Xishuangbanna Resort and enjoy the luxury spa to fully relax themself.


Good surrounding environment;

On the way to Wangtianshu Scenic Area and Mengyuan Fairyland Scenic Area;


Limited accommodation to choose from;

Recommended Accommodations around Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden:

Anantara Xishuangbanna Resort (西双版纳安纳塔拉度假酒店) (5 star)
Address: Menglun Town, Mengla County, Xishuangbanna

Mengla Jinlan Hotel (勐腊景兰大酒店) (4 star)
Address: Main Road of Xincheng District, Mengla County, Xishuangbanna

Hejin Hotel (和锦大酒店) (4 star)
Address: Bihaiyuntian Mengla New Vity, Mengla County, Xishuangbanna

Tropical Botanical Garden Hotel (热带植物园宾馆)
Address: Menglun Town, Mengla County, Xishuangbanna

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3. Menghan Town - Featured with Dai Ethnic Custom and Near Dai Minority Park

If you want to be fully emerged into local life and have the best experience of Dai ethnic customs, then living in Menghan town would be the best choice for you. Menghan Town (勐罕镇), also known as Ganlanba (橄榄坝), is the largest Dai natural village in Xishuangbanna. Composed of 5 Dai villages, it has formed a Dai Minority Park characterized by its cultural traditions and customs. There are many ethnic featured inns for tourists to choose in this area.


Best living place to fully experience Dai Culture;

Closer to nature;


Limited accommodation and advance booking is required during peak season;

No luxury hotels in this area;

Recommended Accommodations at Menghan Town:

Shamandala Inn (西双版纳沙曼达拉客栈) (3 star)
Address: No. 1 Manga Village Dai Garden, Ganlanba, Jinghong

Distance Home Dauyuan Boutique Inn (远方的家傣园精品客栈) (3 star)
Address: No. 22 Binjiang Road, Jinghong

Shamandala Inn (西双版纳沙曼达拉客栈) (3 star)
Address: No. 118 Manchunman, Daizu Garden, Ganlanba, Jinghong

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4. Menghai County - Feel the Exotic Charm and Appreciate Local Life around the Country Board

If you plan to visit Mengjinglai (勐景来) - being praised as the first walled village of China and Myanmar or want to head to Daluo Port (打洛口岸) to see the national board of China and Myanmar, accommodate at Menghai County (勐海县) might be a wise choice. Hotels conditions are limited here, therefore for those who have high demand on hotels conditions better drive back to Jinghong for accommodating.


Appreciate the exotic local life near country board;

Closer to nature;


Limit living conditions and few hotels to choose from;

Recommended Accommodations at Menghai County:

Angsana Xishuangbanna (西双版纳悦椿温泉度假酒店) (5 star)
Address: Manxing Lake, Menghai County, Xishuangbanna

Mengjinglai Xianglian Big House (勐景来香莲主屋) (4 star)
Address: Mengjinglai Scenic Area, Daluo Town, Xishuangbanna

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How to Plan a Xishuangbanna Tour

Most people would plan 3-4 days tour in Xishuangbanna. There are many places worth to visit, you can get a intimacy contact with tropical plants and animals by going to Wild Elephant Valley, Tropical Plants Garden; experience different ethnic culture and customs by heading to Jinuo Ethnic Village and Dai Minority Park; appreciate the architecture group featured with Theravada Buddhist characteristics at Mengle Great Buddhist Monastery and Buddhist Temple, then wandering around Manting Park to immerse yourself in the old fairytale.

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Kunming is an important gateway city to go to Xishuangbanna. Spend 1-2 days in the capital of Yunnan - Kunming city, meet the black-headed gull at Green Lake Park, plan a hiking tour to Western Hills and pass through the Dragon Gate, and visit the world famous Karst landscape - Kunming Stone Forest and Jiuxiang Caves.

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If you have longer vacation, extend your trip to other hot destinations in Yunnan to explore the variety ethnic cultures and varied splendor of nature in the colorful kingdom. Continue your trip to the romantic Dali - the ancient kingdom of Nanzhao to appreciate the beauty of the magnificent Cangshan Mountain and pure Erhai Lake. Want to cooler down yourself after the tropical tour? Visit Lijiang, you can enjoy the pleasant weather and fully relax yourself in Lijiang Old Town, if you visit during winter or spring, you can head to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain to appreciate the astonishing scenery of snow and the massive glaciers in the scenic spots. The Blue Moon Valley also a place you can’t miss during your Jade Dragon Snow Mountain tour. Find your way to the lost fairyland - Shangri-La in Yunnan, the local Tibetan culture, the amazing natural plateau scenery, the magnificent of the No.1 holy snow mountains and charming flower seas all makes this place a must-visit destinations in Yunnan.

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