We weren't sure what to expect from our one night at Kamu Lodge. We met our 4 companions & guide for the trip when we boarded the boat in Luang Prabang for the cruise up the Mekong to Kamu Lodge. For our visit there was just 3 couples (English, Australian & Norwegian) and we all got on well. The cruise was really interesting with some fantastic views of the river and mountains.
Arriving at Kamu lodge seems to be arriving at a remote island with a makeshift landing stage. The Lodge is very beautiful set amongst the paddy fields and the jungle. The tents and the adjoining bathroom are excellent considering the location and even have some solar powered lighting.
Our guide took us to the adjoining village and I had been unsure about that as I didn't want to intrude but found the people friendly and welcoming. The children are clearly happy to see you and seem to be as interested in us as we are in their way of life. I came away quite inspired.
The activities were fun and not taken too seriously.
The Laos massage was quite an experience (I am reliably informed) and to be recommended. I walked down to the river whilst that took place to take a few photos. I was joined by a few village children who tried to teach me their names and then spontaneously broke into a song and dance which was magical.
Lunch and dinner were excellent and what could be better than dining in an idyllic location amongst the paddy fields and water buffalo.
The tents are very good quality so no need for fears about snakes etc. we drifted off to sleep to the jungle sounds which are so different to those of the city.
It's definitely different and we're glad we came for a night which is probably the ideal length of time
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sitting along the Mekong River, Kamu Lodge offers the unique opportunity to experience slow travel with accommodation in our spacious "African Safari" tents, each with a private balcony and thatched roofs. Our tents provide all necessary comforts and great river views. Using only solar power energy at the lodge, rooms have lights, fans and each has an en-suite private bathroom with shower facilities. The experience includes boat transfers to and from Luang Prabang. Step back in time visiting and getting to know the people from the neighboring Kamu Ethnic Minority Village. Activities include the chance to learn traditional crafts from the Kamu people of net fishing, gold panning and to learn with a "hands on" opportunity of rice planting and harvesting. We also offer traditional massages that complement the experience. Enjoy al fresco dining at the lodge's rustic restaurant in the middle of the rice fields. We serve Lao specialties, offering lunch, dinner and breakfast included in the package. There is also a well-stocked bar, offering a delicious selection of drinks and refreshments. Kamu Lodge is in Yoi Hai Village, a 2.5-hour boat ride from Luang Prabang, tour includes a stop at the revered Pak Ou Caves. The 2 day 1 night package departs Luang Prabang daily at 9.00am, returning the following day before 4pm ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kamu Hotel Luang Prabang