LOCATION AND SURROUNDINGS
In the heart of the Lao jungle, on the banks of the Mekong, Kamu Lodge strikes a delicate balance between tourism and the maintenance of the region's cultural and ethnic heritage. However swift-moving the flow beneath our bluffs, the Lodge is an eddy in the rushing currents of our age.
Primitive paths lead to remote villages, through a wonderland of flora and fauna. Upriver and down, the allure of Lao looms large, whether you're checking in at the Pak Ou Caves, where pilgrims have placed thousands of Buddhist statues, or are by some timeless village that looks much the way it did when French explorers first visited these waters in the 1860s.
HOW TO GET THERE
Thirty kilometers upstream from Luang Prabang. Daily transfer from Luang Prabang to the Lodge by a 3-hour Mekong River Upstream Cruise on our Lodge boat.
THE GLAMPING UNITS
Beyond the confines of a compound made up of mosquito-free safari tents and stilted, thatched pavilions, Lao beckons. Our 20 free-standing lodges are hybrids actually. Thick-walled tents shut out the elements while a sturdy thatch roof guards against rain and sun. However rustic the look and feel, Kamu's mattresses guarantee a good night's sleep.
In the spirit of sustainable lodging, solar panels fixed to the roofs gather just enough juice to keep your fan turning all night and your interior lit. Every lodge features a white-washed stone annex, and the familiar trappings of a traditional bath. Hot water flows from Kamu's shower heads. On the outside of every lodge, a thatch-covered veranda with rustic easy chairs encourages the passive enjoyment of a timeless view over the slow-moving Mekong.
Our full board package feature return transfers from Luang Prabang to the Lodge.
Everybody loves the idea of low-impact travel. But so few actually embrace its tenets. At our lodge, we do. We're all about a low-impact footprint. We work on a small scale. We're intimately involved in the economic developments of neighboring villages. We're educating our guests, and doing what we can to empower the Kamu.
The lodge neighbors Ban Nyoy Har, where 63 families make a living in traditional Kamu fashion. They fish; they farm; they harvest teak they've planted, after 15 or 20 years. No visit to the Lodge is complete without a visit to Ban Nyoy Har. This is life as the Kamu live it. Such a visit is vital and life-affirming. Walk about the village on a Saturday morning when children are everywhere at play, and everywhere delighted by your visit. They're learning about you, and you're learning about them. We're building bridges.
A million things always seem to be in the works here. A villager braiding strips of bamboo into a cylinder for rice. Another scooping harvested peanuts from a tarp to a bamboo basket. And yet another shaping a door frame. And everywhere, dogs and pups, pigs and piglets, chickens and chicks. Between the lodge and the village, our rice field takes in two hectares. The villagers work this field. And our guests work this field, harvesting what's known in the region as white gold. Our efforts, and your visit, help support this traditional way of life, stimulating sustainable economic development.
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