With closures last year of the ramshackle bars along the notorious tubing route, Vang Vieng is rebranding itself as a nature / activity destination and Riverside Boutique is perfectly positioned as the only luxury property in town.
I'm surprised that it got such an amazing location despite being open for less than a near, but suffice to say, the stay is worth it simply for what may be the most scenic pool in SE Asia. Set directly overlooking the river, with the limestone mountains reflected on surface of the pool, I could've easily sat there for days.
A 7-10 minute walk into the two road town, and there are plenty of food options. The pretty wooden bridge next to the hotel's entrance leads to the Blue Lagoon, a great place to chill out for half a day.
I liked the simple ethnic decor of the spacious rooms and breakfast was good but being able to have breakfast overlooking the river was GREAT. I stayed when the hotel was almost at capacity and hardly saw anyone during the day. For the price, this is definitely affordable luxury.
For more photos of the property and what I did in Vang Vieng, feel free to check out my blog post:
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