Le Relais de Chhlong

Mar 18, 2019

The otherwise somnolent Mekong River town of Chhlong has been given an unexpected jolt of energy with the opening of this romantic, waterfront retreat. The former residence of a French governor, this stately yellow-hued mansion positively reeks of period charm. The property, which has been painstakingly restored to its former pomp, exudes colonial-era charisma in everything from its ornate stone balustrades to the ceiling fans that whir overhead, and the fresh-baked croissants and pains au chocolat served at breakfast. You don’t need to be a Francophile, though, to appreciate a gorgeous outdoor pool and giant suites with exquisite furnishing and terraces overlooking the Mekong. The sizeable rooms make the hotel a perfect escape for traveling families, while expeditions to spot the elusive Irrawaddy dolphins exclusive to this stretch of the river are a kid-friendly highlight not to be missed. relaisdechhlong.com; doubles from $109. — Duncan Forgan

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