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The River Resort

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Ban Phaphinnoy, Champasak, Laos
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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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 5 days ago NEW

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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Manchester, United Kingdom
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187 reviews 187 reviews
38 hotel reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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Redmond, Washington
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Brisbane, Australia
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99 reviews 99 reviews
49 hotel reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed at this resort as part of a Scenic Tours group traveling through Indochina. It is crucial that visitors to Laos be aware that this is a developing country that has only in recent years opened its doors to tourists. So tolerance and understanding is required if you intend to visit as infrastructure in the form of roads and... More 

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

Dear visitor, We thank you very much for having written such a thoughtful review of your recent stay at our Resort. We are very pleased to know that you enjoyed your stay, including the meals, our reasonable drink and spa prices, and especially our welcoming, friendly and helpful staff! Your accolade to our wonderful young General Manager, Khun Kitkosol, whom... More 

Rayong Province, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Been there on New Year Time-2-3 Jan 15. We travelled with a very big group of friends with children. We were welcomed by all the staff who were really willing to help you at anytime. The staff were very polite and the food both dinner and breakfast were very good. The house is very close to nature and from your... More 

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

Dear guest, Thank you kindly for reviewing your stay at The River Resort during the New Year Holidays with a large group of friends and children. Our staff and management are pleased that you found them welcoming and always helpful, that your breakfasts and dinners very good and our location on the Mekong River cozy. And we are all happy... More 

Harrogate, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This feels as though it is in the middle of nowhere and has a stunning location on the Mekong River. A simple but functional room overlooking the river, a restaurant offering great service and excellent Laos and European food (try the chicken mousse ravioli!) and .... two male pet otters running around, which I had the privilege of meeting close... More 

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

Thank you for writing about your 3-night stay at The River Resort. We are very pleased to know that you enjoyed all of your meals, both western and Laotian, in our Riverfront dining room, as well as your Riverfront room and our 2 very frisky River Otters, orphaned when some local hunters killed their mother for food and then fortunately... More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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73 reviews 73 reviews
14 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a place, really is stunning. Totally relaxing, you can't help but love this at all, we don't have a bad word to say about it. Staff were super good, anything you asked for it was sorted out. We went n a trip with Mr Ko, he looked after us for a day, saw the rare dolphins, wonderfull waterfalls and... More 

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

Dear guests, What a generous 5-Star review ("Magical Place!") you have written about your stay at our Resort, thank you kindly for that. Our staff are very proud that you commented they are "super good, anything you asked for it was sorted out." Alom, our Resident Manager, is also smiling broadly today for the special mention you gave him for... More 

London
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153 reviews 153 reviews
105 hotel reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We tried to book here but the place was full so we stayed elsewhere. We did however go for lunch which although nice enough took a long time to arrive and was expensive. We looked around the resort and it is indeed a fabulous setting. It is so nice that you could easily forget you are in Laos. If this... More 

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

Dear Lunch Guests, Although you didn't stay with us (since we were full house that night), we are pleased that you stopped by for lunch. Most of our western food is imported from Thailand for reasons of freshness and food safety, which is why you would have found it rather more expensive than local food you might find at one... More 

New York City, New York
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68 reviews 68 reviews
36 hotel reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I spent 5 nights here, and just loved it. Total relaxation in a beautiful setting. The staff were excellent - and the man doing Thai massage very good. While his is very expensive for Laos, and especially Champasak, it is worth it. I did a day trip to the Boulaven Plateau from here - I don't understand all the hype... More 

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

Dear recent independent traveler from New York City, We are thrilled by your 5-star review of our Resort, titled "Great", and especially for telling us that you "loved" your 5-day stay with us, "total relaxation in a beautiful setting," and our staff also thank you very much for your kind words about our "excellent" staff and our masseur. You are... More 

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