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“Excellent River View, Good Lao Food ....”
Review of River Spirit

River Spirit
Ranked #43 of 87 Restaurants in Vang Vieng
Price range: US$2 - US$10
Cuisines: Chinese, Thai
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Restaurant details
Good for: Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Outdoor Seating
Description: Ideally located right on the Nam Song river and facing the beautiful mountain ranges, River Spirit is the restaurant of Ban Sabai Bungalows. Wide range of Lao specialties and International dishes are proposed. Try our cocktails creations during happy hour.
Reviewed 26 February 2015

Our party of four recently stayed at the Ban Sabai Hotel and had dinner
at their "River Spirit" Restaurant.

This restaurant is basically an al fresco restaurant though a section above
the kitchen is covered. This makes this section look like a tower ! Pls see attached
picture.

As it was past 8 pm when we had our dinner, the restaurant terrace is pitch-dark, save
for an island with a large tree which is strung up with bright lights. See attached pictures.

All tables had candles but with a brisk breeze it is a challenge to read the menu and
see what you are eating. True this may be romantic what with the twinkling lights of nearby hotels
and lights on the river.

Two persons in our party had the fillet of fish steamed with herbs & coconut cream,tasty but we found it the fish mushy in texture.

My wife had the deep fried fish with garlic, a whole river fish, fried very crispy. This was a well executed and tasty dish.

We voted this the best dish.

I had the BBQ pork ribs. Good succulent fall-off-the bones pork. Nicely marinaded with a
well-balanced sauce.

Service was fairly prompt as it is only a 13-villa resort. Wait staff are pleasant & friendly.

Hotel guests get a 10% discount.

We also had breakfast the next morning and one sees that place is rundown, the brick-paved
floor is uneven, old furniture, the previous night's beer bottles and beer crates are still not cleared.

The breakfast consist of choice of main dish with a generous baguette with butter & jam.

For fruits,juice and coffee/tea, it is self-service.

Our rating for this restaurant : 6 out of 10 points.

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Thank LowHarry
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

nice location by the river which was very beautiful in the mornings when you ate breakfast. the staff were friendly and the rooms where nice but not the biggest. However it was nice living in a bungalow

The pool however was small, cold and full of insects

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Thank Thomas_Nilsson
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Reviewed 13 July 2013

Great location down by the river.The view of the mountains is amazing. Staff were very friendly and always on hand. Pork spring rolls were amazing, nice big homemade ones. Chicken cashew was great also. Pad thai was a fail. Was just a bunch of stuck together noodles with a few bits of meat hidden underneath. had to chop up with knife just to try it. Didn't bother eating it. Price is more than the majority of places we went but the location and food (except the pad thai) were better.

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Thank Tommy G
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Reviewed 30 May 2013

Food delicious and watching the sunset behind the mountains was breathtaking. The staff were always friendly and attentive. Showery weather made their task difficult at times but they always conducted themselves with good cheer.

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Thank Karen Y
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Reviewed 9 May 2013

It was realy a great time and the manager is very frindly! The river view is beautifull and the service in this hotel is very good!!!

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Thank Lami33
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