The Riverside Resort is a simple lodge in a truly magical setting, on the banks of the Nam Ou River – a wonderful option if you want to get beyond Luang Prabang.
There are just 15 comfortable bungalows, all with private balconies facing the river and surrounded by limestone peaks blanketed by lush forest. The clean, simple rooms are enhanced by deluxe mattresses, wireless internet and electric blankets for the cool winter nights. There is no air-conditioning and it must be said that facilities are limited….but the the reason you are here is for the views of the Nam Ou and the picturesque town of Nong Khiaw.
It is just a two-minute walk from the bridge that leads directly into Nong Khiaw and an interesting excursion from here is a gentle cycle or short drive to some caves 4km from town which were the Pathet Lao headquarters for the Luang Prabang Province. Set in dramatic scenery there are several chambers open to the public which offer an insight into the life of the Lao people during the “secret war”. There is also some wonderful trekking opportunities from the isolated fishing village of Muang Ngoi, located one hour upstream from Nong Khiaw. The only access to the village is by river, and the surrounding area is an idyllic landscape of rice paddies, forested hills and small hill tribe villages.