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Rivertime Resort & Ecolodge

The resort is working with villagers to protect part of an old-growth forest from illegal loggers and poachers.
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Thadindeng Village, Vientiane Province, Laos

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Edited on August 25,2014

About 45 minutes outside of Vientiane, this bend in the Nam Ngum River was so ravishing it "called out to be shared," declares British expat Philip Gibson, who left his long-time academic post at a near-by agricultural college to build 12 balconied cottages on a crest above its banks. After erecting chalets in a ragged formation to preserve the surrounding forest, he cut a nature trail through the bamboo stands and agar trees so visitors could inhale the local eucalyptus and marvel at tiny indigenous pineapple plants.

Gibson and his wife Chanthone are equally passionate about local ingredients, and established two eateries on the property: the Floating Restaurant, where freshly caught barbecued fish comes with bountiful platters of lettuce, peanuts, ginger and noodles, and the Thai Garden Restaurant, whose ingredients are plucked from the adjacent organic garden.

On the resort grounds is the Rivertime Community School, which holds courses on agriculture and community development for adults as well as evening English classes for Hmong villagers. The resort is also working with villagers to protect part of an old-growth forest from illegal loggers and poachers.

Tel: +856 20 5686 1166

Website: rivertimelaos.com

 

Published on Aug 19, 2009

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