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The Belle of the Mekong – The Belle Rive

When we are in an unfamiliar territory, it is ironic, howevermuch expected, how we seem to look for places with a certain sense of home. We may start our journeys all wide-eyed and open-minded, but a time comes, when we somehow get tired of the foreign, and seek comfort in the familiar. When you find yourself at a loss at moments like this, and you just so happen to be in Luang Prabang, a night or two at The Belle Rive is in order.

The Belle Rive offers fuss-free rooms and ultimate convenience. Providing five-star amenities may not be the priority, but needs are anticipated and taken care of. As they say, luxury is just all about the perks and the little extras.

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Fondly referred to by the locals as the “White House”, this is one of the 3 heritage houses that comprise the Belle Rive
The Belle Rive, Luang Prabang, Laos
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Details of the “White House”
The Belle Rive, Luang Prabang, Laos

Here, time is always your own, and no one else’s. You do not need to adhere to strict schedules. What check-in, what check out time? Check-in or check out at your own leisure! On top of that, sleeping in after a busy night would not keep you from enjoying a good breakfast. Here, you can have your breakfast the way you like it, whatever the time may be, wherever you want it served – be that in the ever-lovely The Belle Rive Terrace by the Mekong River or in the comfort of your room. You can even enjoy a piece or two of the town’s best croissant (which is usually sold out come noon) without the hassle of waking up too early. But, nothing beats that complimentary river cruise with complimentary beer or wine. No need to stress over looking for and negotiating with a reputable riverboat company just to enjoy one of the world’s most serene sunsets.

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Sunset Cruise at The Belle Rive
The Belle Rive, Luang Prabang, Laos
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Sunset as viewed from the Belle Rive Sunset Cruise
The Belle Rive, Luang Prabang, Laos

All in all, staying at The Belle Rive seems like staying at your childhood best friend’s pad or, perhaps, your ancestral home. The place sure is cozy, and everything feels familiar. Your stay is extremely relaxing. After, you leave for another destination refreshed, with a renewed perspective.

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One of the UNESCO-protected buildings at the Belle Rive. Their famous Balcony Maisonettes are housed here.
The Belle Rive, Luang Prabang, Laos

The Belle Rive does boutique so well, as far as service is concerned, although management still has to improve on other aspects. But, right now, a lot of hotels identifying themselves as boutique in Luang Prabang might already want to take a cue – or two!

Would you like us to give a full review? Let us know!

Jillian @ Passport Out

Jillian is the Editorial Director of Passport Out.

14 Comments
  1. Alex Wong

    August 11, 2018 2:10 pm

    beautiful photos as always

  2. J. Müller

    August 11, 2018 2:21 pm

    Professional staff with excellent service. They go all out to assist me when I need help.

  3. Julie Dowd

    August 11, 2018 2:22 pm

    Good location and excellent service.Even building is old, room is clean, but vry interesting history!

  4. Seah Wei

    August 11, 2018 2:24 pm

    I like your photos! What equipment you use?

  5. Anthony Yiu

    August 11, 2018 2:36 pm

    This is beautiful! Is the Sunset Cruise free?

  6. Anne S.

    August 11, 2018 2:38 pm

    It shows her age but she is in great shape still. The state of a maintenance is very good. Staff are all very friendly from front desk to breakfast!
    If I ever find my way back to Laos, I will stay here again.

  7. Anthea Kwok

    August 11, 2018 2:39 pm

    I like the colors of the facade! Is there a direct flight from Hong Kong?

  8. Abigail Rhodes

    August 11, 2018 2:42 pm

    how do you take perfectly proportional photos?! do you stand on something? this is crazy.

  9. 桃乐

    August 11, 2018 2:45 pm

    非常美好的一次體驗!

  10. Sarah

    August 11, 2018 2:46 pm

    I really like your photos!!!! As Always

  11. 田甜梦薇

    August 11, 2018 2:46 pm

    各種方便,好評!

  12. Kaori

    August 12, 2018 5:09 pm

    ホテル內の雰囲気は良かったです。

  13. 訪客

    August 12, 2018 5:10 pm

    唯一推薦的是,酒店裏的餐廳還挺好吃,是清淡的家常菜,酒店早餐也不錯。

  14. David C.

    August 12, 2018 5:30 pm

    Nice photos as always

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