- In a quieter part of Luang Prabang
- Convenient access across river to city centre
- 9 chic, contemporary rooms with views
The city of Luang Prabang, along with the rest of Laos, only started actively encouraging tourism in the late 1980’s. Since then, the city has grown steadily popular with tourists thanks to its peaceful ambiance and appealing collection of historic buildings. Many hotels and resorts have sprung up around the city over time, and one of the most luxurious and stylish of them is The Apsara Rive Droite. Decidedly chic throughout, it offers plenty of comfort and space. The hotel isn’t actually on the city’s main peninsula, though its sister hotel, The Apsara, is. Guests have access to the hotel’s private boat, the Apsarian Queen, which provides convenient transport across the river to the sister hotel and the city centre beyond. During the dry season, which runs from November to May, a bamboo bridge for pedestrians is constructed to provide access across the river.
There are nine rooms in total, all of them designed to offer more than enough space, along with a good range of amenities. The bathrooms have both a shower and a bathtub, and all rooms have air conditioning, a fan, a minibar and a comfortable king size bed with very soft bedding. Each room has a terrace or veranda with lovely views of the city’s assortment of historical buildings and the surrounding mountains. While the hotel doesn’t offer any babysitting services or child-designated activities, children are welcome.
The restaurant, situated directly across the river at the sister hotel, is open for all-day dining. The menu comprises a variety of freshly prepared local delicacies and national dishes. Back at the Apsara Rive Droite, guests can make use of the swimming pool and catch the daily alms giving procession. Though this procession is smaller than the one held on the peninsula, it’s a lot less touristy with a more authentic feel.
The hotel has a number of bicycles available for guests to use. There’s a cycling bridge nearby which offers quick and easy access to the city centre and its many attractions. Luang Prabang is famed for its many well-preserved heritage buildings and most of the city has been declared a dedicated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some of the major attractions include the Buddhist temples of Wat Xieng Thong, Wat Hosian Voravihane and Wat Wisunara, as well as Mount Phousi, a centrally located hill offering stunning views of both the city itself and its striking mountainous surroundings.
Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)
The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.
Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!
Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good
Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.
Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.
Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.
Pippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019
Once again you organised a really good holiday for us.
If there was one criticism it was that there were too many flights. I don’t know whether you could do Bangkok first, Chiang Mai, then fly down South?
Your drivers and Guides - all really good. The variety of transport on the tours in Bangkok and Chiang Mai; we all loved.
Tamarind Village - Our room was a bit of a squeeze, with the 3 of us and 3 big suitcases.
Lisu Lodge- I enjoyed our time here. Going forward I would suggest only 1 night or they need to have some more activities. I liked how we ate on the floor, the food was really good. Staff very friendly. We liked the cycling, tea plantation, trekking and white water rafting.
Riva Surya- good location.
Elephant Hills- we loved looking after the elephants, the lake was also a really good experience. The guides were informative and looked after us well. The resort locations and tents were perfect.
Santiburi - amazing; we upgraded to a beach bungalow which was fantastic. The hotel is in a stunning location, the facilities and the service was impeccable. Sam has some private Thai boxing lessons, which he loved. We had cookery lessons and used the paddle boards. A perfect end to quite a busy holiday.
Natasha L reviewing Thailand Family Adventure on 24 September 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019