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Nam Ou Riverside Hotel and Resort

Lovely rural retreat

Ban Vanglae Village, Pak Ou District T: (030) 924 8567 (020) 22 350 157 F:

Nam Ou Riverside Hotel and Resort

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Nam Ou Riverside Hotel and Resort joins the growing list of beautiful properties offering an eco-escape from Luang Prabang. The hotel, which neighbours an elephant camp, can be reached by boat, making for a more interesting journey and experience.

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Just lovely.

The hotel is 35 kilometres, or a 50-minute drive, from town and is situated on the Nam Ou River, known for its dramatic mountain landscapes hugging the river closely. This is the same river that flows through Nong Kiaow, eventually joining the Mekong at Pak Ou Caves. While further from Luang Prabang than Hillside Resort or Zen Namkhan, unlike these resorts the journey to Nam Ou Riverside is almost all paved and a smooth ride.

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The restaurant.

The grounds are spacious, the atmosphere is tranquil. The hotel is accessed via a tiny village and when we arrived, we could hear the sound of… nothing. The main lobby/restaurant has high ceilings and full windows creating a breezy, elegant space. Steps lead down to an outdoor riverside terrace. The swimming pool is also not a bad place to kick up your heels.

Nam Ou Riverside living up to its name with a riverside restaurant terrace.

Nam Ou Riverside living up to its name with a terrace on the river.

The best rooms are the seven Lao-style River View Bungalows constructed with lots of heavy wood, high ceilings and riverside balconies so big you could do several cartwheels in a row if you wanted to. Air-con, ceiling fans, WiFi, minibar and safe are all provided. Rooms range in size from “standard” to “grand suite”.

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River view bungalows.

A new building block was completed in 2014. The hotel wing rooms are fairly modern and generic, with white walls and tile floor. The rooms are cavernous with high ceilings. While no one would complain about the extra space and clinical looking bathrooms with bathtubs, it feels a little out of place in this natural setting. But the rooms are spotless and have the same amenities as the villas, as well as a small terrace facing the lawn and garden. Upstairs rooms have a mountain view.

Brand new Hotel Wing.

Brand new wing.

We think the big draw is the outdoor activities. The resort is well situated for village visits, biking on dirt roads and trips on the river. You can arrange for kayaking, fishing, a visit to the Whiskey Village and Pak Ou Caves seven kilometres downstream. Overall, the hotel is a pleasant place for a one-night getaway or a few nights to explore a more rural side of Luang Prabang.

How to get there
Two free daily shuttles run by road to and from town. Private transfers one-way cost US$25 or US$80 by boat. By road from Luang Prabang, head up Road 13 for 35 kilometres, approximately 50 minutes. By river, the boat should travel up the Mekong and then east at the mouth of the Nam Ou, approximately 2 hours 40 minutes upstream, 1 hour 30 minutes downstream.

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Walk-in rates at Nam Ou Riverside Hotel and Resort

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Standard double room
Hotel wing
Superior double room
Villa riverview
Room: Standard double room, low season: US$74, high season US$74. Notes: Hotel wing
Room: Superior double room, low season: US$99, high season US$99. Notes: Villa riverview

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Where is Nam Ou Riverside Hotel and Resort

Nam Ou Riverside Hotel and Resort
Ban Vanglae Village, Pak Ou District
T: (030) 924 8567 (020) 22 350 157 F:
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º14'12.66" E, 20º3'10" N
Room rates: US$50 to 100

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