Eco Rustic ~ Kamu Lodge, Luang Prabang, Laos
By Dian Hasan | September 24, 2009
2.5 hours from Luang Prabang may seem like a long road to nowhere. But on the left bank of the Mekong River you will find 20 Safari Tents that is KAMU ECO LODGE. Each tent has the modern amenity of an en-suite bathroom, so roughing it isn’t all that bad. Kamu is furnished in bamboo and rattan, using local artisans. The view from your balcony affords you a view of the river.
Access to the lodge is by a private boat – a two and a half hour ride upstream through glorious scenery from Luang Prabang.
The safari tents are mounted on semi-permanent bamboo platforms with thatched roofs. And all are fitted with solar powered electricity and hot water. Beds are comfortable and the rooms are well lit, with private balconies surrounded by forest and the river banks.
A number of excellent excursions are included in the price. In- house activities include rice farming, fishing, gold panning, Laos archery and interesting tours of the local village. More adventurous excursions include treks to caves and waterfalls and tribal villages. The staff will also teach you about medicinal plants in the forest.
The lodge is built next to a small Kamu village with close and harmonious ties between the two. The lodge is run in a sensitive and eco friendly way, protecting and enriching the village people. Nestled in a beautiful area, with lush paddy fields, a dramatic mountainous backdrop and the mighty river below.
The lodge is perfect for anyone interested in getting a taste of rural life in Laos or a voyage on the mighty Mekong River. It is a very peaceful place, ideal for relaxing and taking it easy. Food is served where you choose – either on your balcony or in the riverside restaurant. All meals and soft drinks are included in the price and organic ingredients are used.
The staff are key to the success of the lodge. Sourced from local villages they inject their warm and friendly personalities to give a very welcoming and engaging atmosphere to the entire project.
Kamu Lodge can also be visited as an extra night stop on the Luang Say cruise following the initial night stop in Pak Beng.
Kamu Eco Lodge is committed to Responsible Tourism efforts, by positively and directly impacting the community’s livelihood, working towards alleviating poverty, The mission is two-fold, encourage people to preserve their local culture and traditions while imparting sustainable skills for their benefit. It is this cultural heritage that travelers want to experience, and are drawn to learn more about.