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The River Resort

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Ban Phaphinnoy, Champasak, Laos
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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Sydney, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We travelled to this resort just prior to the start of the rainy season and as there were not many guests we were given an upgrade on our room in one of the houses to the top floor, nice river glimpses and above the small creek/canal and close to the restaurant and swimming pool. The staff bent over backwards to... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stayed here just 1 night at the end of our Mekong Cruise. It has a lovely riverfront location, modern comfortable rooms, ours was at front upper level, very nice pool, nice grounds, friendly staff, good little spa, and good and reasonable resto which is great because there is nothing else around ! View from room and pool out to river... More 

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David D, Owner at The River Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for your very nice review of your recent stay at our Resort for one night, following your several day Mekong Cruise. We are pleased to have received such positive comments about our Riverfront location and landscaped grounds; impressive views of the Mekong from our modern, comfortable rooms; very nice swimming pool; friendly stafff; small but good Spa; good... More 

Harpenden, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
10 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This hotel resort was chosen by us for our final night of a hectic tour of Laos. It helped us relax before our long journey home. We tried to get in for two nights but only managed one. In the end we were glad. While it has a lot to commend it, there is very little to do within the... More 

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David D, Owner at The River Resort, responded to this review

Dear Guests, We regret that you were able to stay with us only one night at the end of what you describe as a "hectic tour of Laos". Most of our guests tell us that they truly enjoy the opportunity to relax at The River Resort, while at the same time venturing out for a 1/2 day visit to a... More 

Riverton
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We used The River Resort as a stop over in Laos as we head south and into Cambodia. What a great find. When we landed at the airport one of the staff was already waiting for us, totally unexpected but welcomed. The resort lies on a wide stretch of the Mekong with an island in front composed of strange looking... More 

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David D, Owner at The River Resort, responded to this review

We are very pleased that you chose to stay at The River Resort when you were on your way through Laos to nearby Cambodia.and that you thought the Resort to be a great find! Yes, most of our guests who choose to stay in a Riverfront Villa enjoy waking to a stunning sunrise from their front verandah. We are also... More 

Greater Melbourne, Australia
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

When we arrived at the River Resort we were captivated by the beauty of the grounds and gardens and impressed by the styling of the accomodation set amongst the trees....but most of all the breathtaking panorama of the Mekong which was right on our doorstep. Having travelled extensively throughout South East Asia over many years and stayed in many wonderful... More 

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David D, Owner at The River Resort, responded to this review

We are thrilled by your generous review of your stay at The River Resort: that on arrival you found the landscape captivating, the accommodations stylish, and the panorama of the Mekong River breathtaking from your doorstep; in summary, one of the best places you have stayed in your many visits to S.E. Asia. It is pleasing to know also that... More 

Hong Kong, China
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

This was a return visit to the River Resort. It's even better than before. The resort's own organic rice field and organic vegetable and herb gardens have matured and now are an integral part of the resort's charm. The landscaping has become more verdant with sensitively placed flowering plants of many types. The setting feels more tropical and lush. The... More 

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David D, Owner at The River Resort, responded to this review

Dear Guest, What a pleasure it was to have a return visit from you, and also a great pleasure now to have a review from you on TripAdvisor confirming that the second visit was even better than the first, since you found that our organic gardens have now matured and become an integral part of the Resort, the landscape even... More 

Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

I have previously written a glowing review on this resort and that stands. I loved it so much that myself and my now husband decided to host our wedding here with 50 family and friends from NZ, Canada and the middle east. This was the first wedding that the resort had hosted and they exceeded my expectations. I felt special... More 

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David D, Owner at The River Resort, responded to this review

It was a great honor for you and your fiancee to trust us with the arrangements for your recent, magical wedding and wedding celebration for close to 3 days at The River Resort. You are correct in saying it was the first wedding we had hosted at the Resort, thus it is wonderful for us to know that everything exceeded... More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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203 reviews 203 reviews
39 hotel reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We have visited the River Resort three times now and even though we stayed 7 days the days went so quickly in this little part of heaven. Everything about the resort is first class lovely airy rooms great views and excellent staff. We enjoyed lots of items on the new menus which are always cooked fresh and too our taste(we... More 

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David D, Owner at The River Resort, responded to this review

Dear thrice-returned guests, As always it was a pleasure to have you stay with us, this time for 7 days! We are very happy to know that you continue to feel that everything at The River Resort is first-class, including your airy room with great views, new menu items, excellent staff and our iconic sunset cocktail cruise with a stop... More 

Redmond, Washington
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

In December 2014 I took an organized tour of Laos, starting up in Luang Prabang, and working our way south to Don Khone. Our tour finished with two nights at The River Resort near Champasak. And what a finish! By far this was the most luxurious accommodations of the tour. Our room was on the upper floor of a two... More 

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David D, Owner at The River Resort, responded to this review

Dear guests, Thank you for your very nice review on TripAdvisor of your 2-night stay last December at The River Resort, at the very end of your countrywide, organized tour of Laos from North to South. Your gracious comments are much appreciated: that our accommodations were the most luxurious of the tour, that you found the view from your room... More 

Bahrain
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

We came here for friend's wedding. We arrived in the dark and checked into a delightull and spacious villa. We awoke the following morning to stunning and awe inspiring view of the Mekong River. Quite stunning with a view on to Turtle Island; this was the actual venue for the wedding nd the entire wedding party arrived by boat. The... More 

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David D, Owner at The River Resort, responded to this review

Dear Wedding Guests, Thank you so much for the lovely review of your stay last weekend at our Resort for the wedding on our adjacent Turtle Island, in the middle of the Mekong River, of your friends from New Zealand and Canada. We are thrilled to know that you and the other guests (50 in all) were very satisfied with... More 

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