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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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Riverton
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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Greater Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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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 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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187 reviews 187 reviews
38 hotel reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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 

Brisbane, Australia
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99 reviews 99 reviews
49 hotel reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015 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
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

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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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

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 

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