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. On the banks of the Mekong River, in a remote valley of rice fields, small villages and forested mountains, it is still a good example of integration within the natural environment while working closely with a local village, where guests have the opportunity to see firsthand the rural life in Laos.
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. A place to slow down. Disengage.
Accommodation is in 20 luxury safari tents with built in bathrooms. These are mounted on semi-permanent bamboo platforms with thatched covered roofs. All are fitted with solar powered electricity and hot water. Beds are comfy and the rooms are well located, with private balconies surrounded by forest and the river banks.
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 ecofriendly way, protecting and enriching the village people. The area around the lodge is spectacularly pretty, with lush paddy fields, a dramatic mountainous backdrop and the mighty river below.
FOOD & DRINK
Perched on a bluff above the Mekong, dining at Kamu Lodge is a cultural experience all its own. In this unique, stilted pavilion, guests dine as local Kamu villagers frequently do. In the open air. Under thatch. On Lao cuisine borne in the heart of jungle. At dinner, eat local food, drink local beverage. Feast on fish harvested from the Mekong. On pork raised by local farmers.
Most of the rice and produce is grown within walking distance. And the fruits you eat at dinner may be the fruits you passed during your trek that day. Likewise, lunch is a local affair.
The lodge is remote and is staffed by local villagers so service can be a little patchy. The experience offers a myriad of activities, including rice planting and harvesting, gold panning, learning the Lao method of fishing and other traditional activities. The lodge can also make special arrangements for trekkers and birdwatchers.