The setting is striking! Sited on 3 hectares (30,000 sq.m.) of naturally landscaped land (a former Royal orchard), with the deep waters of the mighty Mekong gliding by, The River Resort rests majestically on an escarpment at the very edge of the River. The Resort draws its strength from the cultural traditions, heritage, friendly people and natural beauty of this destination in southern Laos.
Guests choose between Mekong RiverFront rooms and Pond/Garden View rooms, each widely separated to enhance guest privacy. All are modern and spacious, with stylish, environmentally sound bamboo furnishings and Laotian and Thai silk tapestries (many from of yore), and each has a large, private front terrace with awe-inspiring views and comfortable chairs for enjoying a morning coffee, tea or a cool afternoon beverage.
The Resort’s open air Riverside Sala overlooks the Mekong and includes a restaurant offering Western, Lao and Thai cuisine, a private dining room and lounge and a bar. Alfresco meals and beverages are served on the shady Riverside lawns adjacent to the Riverside Sala.
For exercise and relaxation at the Resort, guests enjoy a swim in either of our two Infinity Pools; a traditional Lao or Thai massage by well-trained masseurs and masseuses in the Resort’s air-conditioned Spa; strolling the private pathways of our verdant rice paddy and Parkland; and borrowing complimentary bicycles for a peddle through our neighboring farming and fishing village or cycling to nearby, charmingly laid-back Champasak Town.
On special occasions and on guest request, we arrange for various cultural activities at the Resort, such as dinner performances by traditional Lao dancers and musicians from Champasak Province, and for our neighboring villagers to join with our guests in a traditional baci ceremony to give and receive blessings of good fortune.
Our Riverboats, docked just below the Riverside Sala, offer daytime and sunset journeys on the Mekong River, including in the High Season a stop for drinks and canapés on the sandy beach of Turtle Island, shortly offshore the Resort.
Our Front Desk staff will also help you arrange transportation with an outside operator of your choice, and/or a guide, for pleasant excursions outside the Resort, such as an early morning visit to the Pakse wet market; a several hour visit by tuk tuk to the remarkably beautiful and magical Wat Phou (a nearby UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site); an elephant trek; a day trip to the fabled "4,000 Islands"; or a day trip to the cool Bolaven Plateau, with many beautiful waterfalls and a thriving coffee culture.
Enjoy your stay!
Embark from our private dock in a custom-made Riverboat on a Mekong River journey for one or two hours in the morning or late afternoon.
During the High Season, when the Mekong is not in flood, enjoy a private sunset cocktail party on the sandy beach at “Turtle Island,” in the middle of the Mekong, not far offshore the Resort.
Private, amidst greenery and foliage at the edge of the Mekong, our two Infinity Pools are a few steps from the Riverside Dining Sala. Relax in the morning or late afternoon in a comfortable chaise longue, enjoy a cool drink, watch the panoramic Riverscape, its long-tailed boat life and our Village fishermen casting their nets. Take a refreshing plunge in Infinity’s sky blue waters and feel at the far edge of the pools that you have become an integral part of the fabled Mekong.
The River Resort strives to provide our guests with a very pleasant interlude from the noise and turmoil of daily life. Here for your private enjoyment are 3 hectares (30,000 sq. meters) of verdant, naturally-landscaped Parkland, formerly a Royal orchard.
Stroll in the morning and late afternoon in tropical breezes through any of the many pathways in the Parkland, Read more...
Enjoy a one or two hour traditional Lao or Thai massage, soothing oil massage, or foot and shoulder massage at our Spa, our well-trained masseurs and masseuses will ensure you a pleasant journey. Read more...
Experienced kayakers may enjoy borrowing our 2-seat kayak to explore the Mekong Riverscape offshore the Resort and watch the fishermen cast and haul in their nets. For this outing, the Resort requires that each kayaker wear a life safety jacket. Currents on the Mekong are sometimes treacherous, and there are often large logs floating downriver, so kayakers are forewarned to stay close to the shore.
AT LEISURE ON TURTLE ISLAND:
During the High Season, when the Mekong is not in flood, enjoy a private sunset cocktail party on the sandy beach of “Turtle Island,” in the middle of the River just offshore the Resort. Round-trip transportation from our private dock by Riverboat.
Participate in a traditional Baci ceremony on our Riverside lawns, paying respect to ancient animist traditions, whose protective spirits are said by our local community to reside in the Resort’s towering trees.
Visit the Pakse wet market in the early morning to see a profusion of fresh Laotian vegetables; seasonal tropical fruits; fresh fish and seafoods; and local meats; and ask our Chef to prepare a Laotian lunch (spicy or not, up to you as guests) for you from the day’s catch.
LAO TRADITIONAL DANCE & MUSIC:
For special parties at the Resort, we will arrange on advance request for a group of accomplished, traditional Lao musicians from Champasak Province to perform on their classical instruments, and, if also desired, Lao dancers to accompany the performance.