Apsara Rive Droite
Luang Prabang, Laos
At a Glance
Located across the Nam Khan river means Apsara Rive Droite is away from the hustle and bustle of Luang Prabang. Good if you want a more peaceful location
Beautifully decorated and spacious rooms. You get a little more space for your money this side of the river
Serene gardens with a sleek pool that's perfect for an afternoon relaxing
Good quality food with both Laoitian and Western options
We love the range of ways to get into the center of Luang Prabang - by boat, bicycle or tuk tuk
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Laos enjoys a warm, tropical climate year-round. The cooler, drier months of the year are from November to March; however, temperatures rarely drop below 22°C during the day. Humidity is highest between May and September, when sunbursts follow tropical downpours and temperatures can climb to 35°C. However, the average year-round temperature is a pleasant 25°C.
To start planning your vacation to Apsara Rive Droite
The Apsara Rive Droite is a chic and sophisticated boutique hotel that sits across the Nam Khan River, away from Luang Prabang's hustle and bustle. With just nine rooms, a sleek pool and a highly regarded restaurant, it works well as a couples' retreat.
Colorful and contemporary, Apsara Rive Droite is one of Luang Prabang's hippest and most intimate boutique hotels with a wonderful restaurant. The easiest way to arrive at the hotel after a day's sightseeing is by the hotel's wooden boat that ferries you from one river bank to the other. After a short climb up some bamboo stairs you arrive at the serene and tranquil property that's brimming with style. Its location, sitting peacefully at the water's edge, a short boat ride away from the temples and restaurants of Luang Prabang, ensures a quiet and laid back ambiance. We feel it's more suited to couples than families.
The nine room hotel looks more similar to a villa than a hotel; the property is encased by gardens with a small, cool pool at its center. The bedrooms are all roomy and very comfortable with fantastic designer touches. Think polished wooden floors, shuttered French windows and crisp white sheets. They all enjoy either a balcony or a terrace and are adorned with black and white photographs, silk hangings, and lanterns.
All meals can be eaten at the hotel, perfect if you fancy a day relaxing around the pool. The small restaurant spills out into the garden and serves French inspired breakfasts and both Western and Asian inspired meals for the rest of the day.
Getting to and from the main part of town is simple; you can catch the short boat ride to the busier banks of the Nam Khan River, use the hotel's bicycles to make your way across the bridge or you can catch a lift with hotel's very own tuk-tuk. We love all of the options and found they really added to the experience.
Apsara Rive Droite is a delightful and good value option in Luang Prabang that's perfectly suited to couples or families with older children, wanting some peace and quiet after a busy day exploring.
All 9 rooms internally are identical with wooden floors, airy bathrooms, king-size beds and air-conditioning. They are all very spacious, stylish and incredibly comfortable with modern Indochinese inspired artifacts and art, giving them a glamorous feel. The Garden View Deluxe rooms are on the ground floor (direct access out to the gardens and pool) whereas the River View Deluxe rooms are upstairs and have a slightly more private terrace (some have view partial views of the river as well).
Please be aware that Apsara River Droite does not accept children under the age of twelve. Please contact one of our Travel Consultants for a suitable alternative.
There are limited facilities as there are only nine rooms. However, the property does boast a lovely pool, a highly regarded restaurant, free WiFi, in room massages (on request), beautiful gardens and complimentary use of bicycles and transfers by tuk-tuk.
Clare Barratt (Staff)
Apsara Rive Droite was such a find. A gorgeous boutique hotel located very close to the center. There are only 9 rooms and the rooms are like a very welcoming guest room - absolutely charming. They are spacious and lovingly decorated. You can enjoy river views from most of the rooms which is a nice bonus too! To get to the center you just take a boat across the river which is available on demand 24 hours and within minutes you will be at the heart of Luang Prabang.
Books Not Bombs
Sadly in Laos, books are often a luxury few can afford. Spend the day learning about the people and organizations trying to change this, bringing education and a love of reading to local children.
Cookery Class at Tamarind
This shared excursion takes place at Tamarind, one of Laos' most celebrated restaurants. The lesson teaches you how to cook Lao food, but you'll also learn the habits and customs of the Lao people too.
Elephant Experience at MandaLao
This wonderful morning experience takes you to a local elephant sanctuary just 40 minutes from Luang Prabang. You'll learn all about the majestic creatures and will feed and walk with them along tropical paths and through rice paddies.
Gourmet Breakfast at Kuang Si Waterfall
Rise early to enjoy Kuang Si Waterfalls at its best with a gourmet breakfast picnic overlooking the emerald water.
Kayaking on the Mekong
Spend the day leisurely paddling along the mighty Mekong, admiring the picturesque scenery, and visiting some of the more interesting sites along this stretch of one of Asia's most famous rivers.
Kuang Si Waterfalls
Visit local markets and villages before heading out to the glorious Kuang Si Waterfalls, an idyllic spot that's ideal for swimming.
Living Land Organic Farm
Spend an interactive morning at the Living Land Organic Farm, which is a rice farm. A local farming guide will teach you about the methods and you will have ample opportunities to give the methods a go yourselves!
Luang Prabang by Bicycle
Cycling through Luang Prabang is one of the best ways to experience this small, safe and charming city, so we've created a full-day cycling tour that gets you down the tiny winding streets to the sparking temples and out to the local villages.
Luang Prabang Full Day Tour
Enjoy a full day tour of the fascinating UNESCO protected city of Luang Prabang, exploring the Royal Palace, shimmering temples, ancient streets and traditional art and ethnology center. The day culminates in a climb to the top of Phousi Hill.
Luang Prabang Walking Tour
Enjoy a walking tour of historic Luang Prabang with a local guide. This is one of the best ways to see and experience the hidden secrets and gems found in this wonderful town.
Private Baci Ceremony
After another of your excursions you have the opportunity to participate in a private Baci Ceremony, which is a ritual in Lao culture used to celebrate important events and occasions.
Responsible Luang Prabang
This completely unique and educational experience explores Big Brother Mouse, an innovative social enterprise in Luang Prabang that is committed to educating children by publishing and distributing books.
Boutique Laos and Cambodia
Luang Prabang, Champasak, Siem Reap & Kep
from $4100 pp 12 nights
- This journey really is a perfect two-week adventure. It's both romantic and adventurous and appeals to anyone who wants to avoid the crowds, experiencing truly unique parts of both countries. A perfect trip for active couples and families with teenagers.
- Stay in beautiful, small and charming hotels that feel in-keeping with Laos and Cambodia's rich culture and history.
- Really get away from the crowds at Angkor Wat with our specialist guides who will be able to take you to lesser known temples during the peak times, and then return to the more popular sites after the groups have left.
Location & directions
Luang Prabang, Laos
The hotel is located outside of the historic part of Luang Prabang, just over the Nam Khan river. It's just a 2 minute boat hop across the river to the temples and restaurants, or a bicycle ride across the bridge.
How to get there
14-hour international flight (one change) to Luang Prabang International Airport. Apsara Rive Droite is approximately a 15-20-minute drive from the airport.