Opened in 2004, Kamu Lodge is a private eco-lodge engaged with low-impact travel, seeking for a balance between tourism and the maintenance of the region’s cultural and ethnic heritage. Placed on the banks of the Mekong River, in a remote valley of rice fields, small villages and forested mountains, Kamu Lodge is located 2h30 hours upstream of Luang Prabang and accessible only by boat. Developed by Apple Tree, it was at that time a pioneer of responsible tourism in Lao PDR and is still a good example of integration within the natural environment while working closely with a village.
What do they offer?
Kamu Lodge Experience offers 20 safari-tents and every lodge is equipped with a private thatch-covered veranda and its rustic easy chairs.
In the spirit of sustainable lodging, solar panels fixed to the roofs gather just enough juice to keep the fan turning all night and the interior lit. Every lodge features a white-washed stone annex. Hot water flows from Kamu's shower heads.
During the day, visitors are welcomed to participate in daily traditional activities of Kamu people: rice planting, harvesting, net fishing, crossbow shooting contest, gold panning… If guests decide to stay 2 nights, they will enjoy trekking through the forest and picnic at the waterfalls during the second day. Local guides help guests to learn more about Kamu culture and traditions, about the environment, how to identify local flora and fauna, etc.
At Kamu Lodge, we encourage guests to get up close to the local community, to share experience with them and learn from each other.
Whenever possible vegetables, fruits and meat are supplied from local production. All rubbish is recycled or returned to Luang Prabang, and a traditional Lao filter system has been implemented to clean waste water. Cleanliness and a hygiene campaign are regularly organized in the village.