We found this place by accident during a 3 week visit to Laos. We had heard about Vang Vieng, and while the town and the backpacker scene didn't really sound like our kind of place, I wanted to see the countryside around Vang Vieng. It was with some trepidation that we booked this hotel and made our way to Vang Vieng.
As it turned out, this was one of the highlights of our trip. A gorgeous, elegant hotel away from all the backpacker madness of the town. The hotel has an excellent location, outside the town and away from the noise, but within walking distance if you wanted to go into town. It took us about 10 minutes to walk to the centre of Vang Vieng.
One of the highlights of the hotel were the lovely staff. Always friendly, smiling and helpful. And brilliant service - attentive without being "in your face".
Another highlight was the stunning view - from the pool or from our balcony, across the river to the mountains. The hotel is right next to the little toll bridge and it was great watching the flow of people going across - school kids, monks on bicycles, ladies with shopping - throughout the day.
All in all a highly recommended spot in a fabulous country.
To the owner and staff, I say extremely well done and thank you. If only more hotels around the world could follow your lead!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally located on the bank of the Nam Song River, multi-award winning Riverside Boutique Resort is a luxury hotel with charm and character. It is laid out around one of the most inviting swimming pools to be found in Laos, and offers stunning views of the surrounding lush landscapes and forest-clad limestone mountains. Thirty-four rooms with large balconies are located within the tranquil gardens, as well as a traditional herbal spa and an elegant restaurant overlooking the river. With a beautiful design that blends local traditions, ethnic arts and French colonial architecture, Riverside Boutique Resort celebrates the exceptional diversity of Laos, just a short drive away from Vientiane. ... more less
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