We have spent one week in Laos during our 4 months long Asia trip and it’s no secret that Vang Vieng was my favorite place in the country! We stayed at the Riverside Boutique Resort Vang Vieng for 3 nights which made our visit even more memorable. If you’re looking for an amazing hotel with the most beautiful views over the mountains, this is your place! Here’s my complete review about the resort.
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Arriving to Riverside Boutique Resort Vang Vieng
The Riverside Boutique Resort Vang Vieng is located in the heart of the city on the banks of the Nam Song River. Whether you want to explore all the amazing places Vang Vieng has to offer or you want to relax in peace, this resort will be a perfect choice for you!
Unfortunately Vang Vieng has no airport so you can either rent a car or book a bus/minivan from Luang Prabang or Vientiane. It takes around 5 hours to reach Vang Vieng from Luang Prabang and 3 hours from Vientiane.
If you’re planning to arrive with a car you can easily park in front of the resort. If you’re taking the bus you need to take a tuktuk from the bus station after you arrived. It takes only like 5 minutes to reach the resort from the bus station and it costs 30,000 kip (3.4 USD) per person.
Lobby & Check-in process
The parking lot is located right in front of the entrance. We entered through the door and immediately found ourselves in the stylish lobby, where we were greeted with a delicious juice.
Like every other room in the Riverside Boutique Resort, the lobby is also decorated with exotic wood and rattan furniture that reflects the traditions of the Lao ethnic groups and authentic art and craftwork by local artists. There is a small gift shop right next to the lobby if you want to buy some traditional Lao artwork.
One of the things I loved the most about the Riverside Boutique Resort is the staff. Everyone was so respectful and polite and we were always greeted with a big smile. It was no different when we arrived either, we instantly felt welcomed. The check-in process was quick and smooth and after that we were escorted to our room through the beautiful garden.
The rooms at the Riverside Boutique Resort are located in five different two-story buildings around the pool. There are 2 Riverside Suites, 28 Deluxe Rooms and 4 Classic Rooms in total. We stayed in one of the Deluxe Rooms located in the LL building that faces the pool and the mountains directly.
Our room was located on the top floor and it was beautifully furnished. The king-sized bed was super comfy and we were greeted with a sweet welcome message placed on top of the bed. The whole room design reflected the wealth and beauty of the traditional Lao ethnic groups, I absolutely loved it. The warm earth colors made us feel home instantly.
The private bathroom had a mixture of grey stone and wooden design. It featured a bathtub and a shower over the bath, a toilet and a wash sink with a wooden mirror. We also received toiletries produced by “les Artisans Lao” from natural tropic plants.
The room had a big, private balcony overlooking the pool and the mountains on the other side of the river. The view was incredible! Waking up to this view every morning felt like a dream. Since the sun sets behind the mountains we could watch the sunset from our balcony as well!
Service & Facilities
I think it’s safe to say that the pool is definitely the crown jewel in the Riverside Boutique Resort. Since all the rooms are located around the pool, all of them have an amazing view over this beautiful area. The pool is located right next to the Nam Song River and offers a panoramic view over the mountains on the other side.
It’s the perfect place to unwind and relax after a busy day of exploring Vang Vieng. To make your time more memorable, you can order some cocktails and tapas to your sun lounger from the Nam Song Bar while watching a beautiful sunset.
We tried the Riverside Sala Spa on our last day before leaving Vang Vieng and it was the perfect ending to our wonderful stay. The Spa is located at a remote area inside the Riverside Boutique Resort, right next to the Nam Song River. The ambience of the place is very quiet and relaxing and it offers an amazing view over the mountains.
We both chose the 60 minutes long traditional Laos massage and it was so great! This type of massage is based on the body’s pressure points and the masseuses use their own body-weight to add force to the rhythmic repetition. The treatment usually starts with foot reflexology and then moves up to the legs, back, arms and head.
The 60 minutes long session costs 200,000 kip (22 USD) per person which is a very good price for the value. You can find all the information of the different treatments together with the prices on the Spa’s website.
There are two different places in the Riverside Boutique Hotel if you would like to grab something to eat: the Nam Song Bar and the Restaurant du Crabe d’Or. Both are located in the same building right next to the pool. The Bar is on the ground floor while the Restaurant is on the upper level.
Nam Song Bar
The Nam Song Bar features a series of artwork from local artists and the whole style of the bar reflects the traditional Lao values. The bar is open from 9am to 10pm and it’s the perfect place for grabbing a cocktail or a coffee during the day. At lunchtime you can also order a light snack from the menu. There is a happy hour between 5pm and 7pm when you can get wines by the glass or cocktails with 50% off.
Restaurant du Crabe d’Or
Breakfast is served at the Restaurant du Crabe d’Or between 7am and 10am. The buffet style breakfast is served inside the restaurant but you can choose to sit outside the terrace as well. The view from the restaurant is absolutely amazing, on one side you have a view over the pool and on the other side over the river. There is a wide selection of food in the buffet and there is an egg station as well where you can order any types of eggs.
Beside the breakfast hours, the restaurant is also open between 11.30am and 9.30pm so it’s perfect for lunch or dinner as well. In fact, the Restaurant du Crabe d’Or is currently the nr. 1 restaurant in Vang Vieng according to Tripadvisor and I got to tell you, it totally lives up to the expectations!
On our first night we tried the Lao degustation menu which is composed of 5 different dishes served at the same time. Although the menu contains fish and meat, if you’re a vegetarian like I am, they can offer you another types of dishes to try like tofu or stir-fry vegetables.
We loved this restaurant so much that we ended up having dinner there every night. My ultimate favourite dish was the roasted eggplant with tomato and goat cheese but the fried noodles with vegetables and the mango sticky rice were also super delicious. The vegetarian dishes were clearly marked on the menu which was a big help for me!
Staying at the Riverside Boutique Resort truly made our Laos trip even more memorable. The hotel and the surrounding area is absolutely beautiful, I loved the peaceful and quiet vibes of the resort. I will never forget how amazing it was to wake up to the gorgeous view over the pool and the mountains!
If you’re planning to visit Vang Vieng I can definitely recommend staying at the Riverside Boutique Resort. You can check the latest prices and the availability here! If you want to read more about Vang Vieng, check out my post about the top 10 best things to do in Vang Vieng.
If you have any questions about the resort feel free to leave a comment below or send me an email, I always love helping you out! Have you ever been to Vang Vieng? How did you like it? Let me know in the comments!
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- Camera body: Sony Alpha 7 III
- Standard zoom lens: TAMRON 28-75 mm f/2.8
- Wide angle lens: Sony FE 16-35mm f/4
- Telephoto lens: TAMRON 70-180 mm f/2.8
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- GoPro: GoPro Hero 7
- Camera Bag: Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L
- Tripod: Manfrotto Compact Action
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