When planning our third trip to Laos (two adults and one 5 year old) we wanted some thing off the tourist path (last time we went to Vang Vieng???) and not far from the capital where we would be visiting my brother and his family.
Rivertime sits on the bank of the Nam Ngum river and it's setting is sectacular!
You can get a tuk-tuk from the morning market but we were driven out and it took a bit over an hour (it might be worth a cab fare as the road is very rutted but the tuk-tuk- would be an adventure)
We stayed in a cabin but semi detached and dorm cabins are avaliable. At the time we stayed the resort was brand new and we were the second guests to stay. The cabins all have views down to the river and paths to the floating resturant. Before booking we inquired if there were bikes (we just wanted to know if they had one small enough for our son) , fishing eqipment and life jackets. When we arrived ALL of these things were waiting for us.
From the time we entered the resort the staff went out of their way to make us welcome and to make sure we were happy. When using the bikes a staff member showed us around the nearby Lao Loum village and its temple (the village kids played with my son for hours) and on another occasion another person showed us the traditional lao doctor practicing across the river in Ban Na Taer (even wearing a life jacket so my son would which i'm sure is very uncool for a young Lao man). These things weren't added extras on our bill but part of the service. I cannot reccomend Rivertime enough.
After four great days we were taken by raft boat down river (a two hour trip and a highlight) to Ban Pako Eco Lodge. This lodge has been operating for some time and is starting to need an update.
It also has a spectacular setting but up high off the river. Our visit is tainted by my son receiving food poisioning the first night but before hand we went on a tour across the river (no life jackets this time). The village and whats left of the forest (ie:very very little) is worth a visit and we were accoppanied by a part owner of the lodge which was great and very informative.
This time however we were charged $20 a head for the tour. Ban Pako does charge extra for all activities but still worth the visit just make sure the large part of your stay is up river at Rivertime!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a riverside ecolodge resort only 30 km outside of Vientiane which offers a true taste of rural Lao life but with most of the comforts of home. We have a floating restaurant on the river and offer a range of activities such as local village tours, tubing, cooking classes, massage, a sauna nearby, boat trips, fishing, free bicycles etc. We do our best to live in harmony with both the local people and the surrounding forest. We also donate $2 per guest night to local education and community projects. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Rivertime Resort And Ecolodge Hotel Vientiane
- Rivertime Hotel And Ecolodge
- Rivertime Hotel Vientiane