We took the long boat trip to Pakbeng, which was beautiful peaceful. However, it was a long trip and therefore, to be met at the port at Pakbeng by staff from Le Grande was a real treat while most others had to carry their own bags to their various hotels. We were met with welcome drinks by the manager. We were blown away by the beauty of this unique resort. In the midst of the breathtaking nature of this region and overlooking the Mekong River, sits this exquisite resort made up of many bungalows of various sizes. As a family, we were shown to two bungalows which excited the children especially as they had their own bungalow. The bungalows are stunning. Huge king size beds overlook the breathtaking view. The rooms are spacious and have the most stunning shower rooms with a view. You feel like you are showering in a waterfall due to the setting and views. We then enjoyed a few hours swimming and splashing in the pool that sits atop the resort which makes the hours fly as you are too busy trying to take all the view in. The lovely staff are prepared to put your order of cold drinks or snacks in your fingers at any time. To end the evening that went by too fast, we had a family dinner in the restaurant. The a la carte menu consists of the delicious tastes and aromas of Laos prepared by the fantastic chef. Our family kept wondering if we should pinch ourselves as it simply was too beautiful and wonderful to be real. We never left the hotel as there certainly was enough to do during our few hours there. We would highly recommend a few nights there as one or two nights is not enough. You really can take a step back and breathe in the serenity of the beauty and peace that surrounds you. We even got to see elephants bathing in the river the following morning over an excellent breakfast. We were sad to leave and we hope to return on our next visit to Laos. Don't make our mistake...book a few nights...you won't regret it!