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“Good and bad” 3 of 5 stars
Review of River Spirit

River Spirit
Sisavang Street | ban viengkeo, Vang Vieng 1111, Laos
0085623511088
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Ranked #29 of 53 Restaurants in Vang Vieng
Price range: $2 - $10
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Description: Ideally located right on the Nam Song river and facing the beautiful mountain ranges, River Spirit is the restaurant of Ban Sabai Bungalows. Wide range of Lao specialties and International dishes are proposed. Try our cocktails creations during happy hour.
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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36 reviews 36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Good and bad”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

Great location down by the river.The view of the mountains is amazing. Staff were very friendly and always on hand. Pork spring rolls were amazing, nice big homemade ones. Chicken cashew was great also. Pad thai was a fail. Was just a bunch of stuck together noodles with a few bits of meat hidden underneath. had to chop up with knife just to try it. Didn't bother eating it. Price is more than the majority of places we went but the location and food (except the pad thai) were better.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Peppermint Grove Beach WA Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Best location in town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

Food delicious and watching the sunset behind the mountains was breathtaking. The staff were always friendly and attentive. Showery weather made their task difficult at times but they always conducted themselves with good cheer.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Great time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013 via mobile

It was realy a great time and the manager is very frindly! The river view is beautifull and the service in this hotel is very good!!!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Columbus, Ohio
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45 reviews 45 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“may be the best place we ate in vang vien”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

there is not a lot of great food in vang vien so this is all relative. however, the view here is great - overlooking the river and the beautiful limestone cliffs. we stayed at the hotel so we ate here on different days for breakfast, lunch and dinner. here is what we ate... Very tasty: Fresh pork spring rolls, fish laab, tom yum soup all delicious. Scrambled egg breakfast made perfectly, not too dry or burned as is common. Not so tasty: Green papaya salad had too much fish sauce for my taste.
you will find that at many places in Laos, and other southeast asian countries, the wait staff will hover until you order. i don't find this offensive although it can seem a bit awkward; i think it is simply their way of being attentive and sometimes i think the language barrier is also a confusion.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Sukhothai, Thailand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“grumpy stuff, poor food, good shakes”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

We chose the restaurant because the tables are situated next to the river. We got the menu and even though it was obvious and we told the waiter twice that it would take us a moment to decide what we'd like to order he kept asking us _every_ minute. The chicken in banana-leaves was simply poor, the fish with lemongrass was only seasoned from one side but so hot that we could hardly it. We have to admit that we didn't tell them to make it less spicy, but at this point of travel we already had several weeks of spicy food and thought we could handle it, especially because there was no hint of chili in the menu. The banana-shake at least was good. At one point we were the only guests and the waiter started to straighten up the chairs and cushions right beside us, which made it quite uncomfortable and made us feel unwelcome.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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