TOURCODE 63167 (KML-3) Description
Three hours north of Luang Prabang a truly magic place is waiting for you...hidden on the banks of the mighty Mekong river! Kamu Lodge is nestled in the green heart of the amazing Lao countryside and offers the perfect hide away for people who like nature and culture while being away from it all...without cars, engines and phones you can enjoy the lifestyle of Laos. Kamu Lodge offers private jungle style accommodation in classy safari tents. The tents combine touch of luxury built in harmony with nature, a small lao Kamu community and the rugged landscapes along the Mekong.
Day 01 Luang Prabang – Kamu Lodge (L, D)
Board on a traditional Long River boat at Kamu Lodge pier at 09:30am and take a leisurely cruise upstream while enjoying the refreshments served on the boat.
Marvel at the thousands of gold Buddha statues placed in sacred Pak Ou caves by devotees. Most people failed to marvel at Pak Ou towering limestone cliff.
Continue upriver and you would reach Kamu Lodge eco hotel in Luang Prabang around noon. A refreshing welcome drink is served. You can check into your super size tents with attached modern bathroom amenities and facilities. You will enjoy lunch in an airy SALA settled in the middle of rice paddy fields.
After lunch, you can choose to either relax or to enjoy the traditional Kamu lifestyles and activities such as rice planting and harvesting in surrounding rice fields, gold panning in the Mekong (anything you find is Yours!), traditional fishing techniques (you can sample your catch for dinner!), visit of the kamu village, archery contest.
Dinner at our eco hotel in Luang Prabang is a feast by Kamu tribe standards. We want you to see the world from the Kamu's eyes.
After dinner, retire to your tent.
Day 02 Kamu Lodge (B, L, D)
After breakfast, you will have the opportunity to go for a 4-hour trek in the surrounding forest to the waterfall (trekking grade: moderate/challenging). You will enjoy a picnic lunch to the waterfall. On your way back to the Lodge, you will visit one village along the Mekong River. In the afternoon, you will have time to relax enjoying leisure activities available on site such as bathe in the Mekong, one hour Lao traditional massage in our eco hotel in Luang Prabang's riverside spa, “petanque” contest (…) Dinner is served at the restaurant. After dinner, you can retire to your tent.
Day 03 Kamu Lodge – Luang Prabang (B)
On the final day, we would ask guests to vacate their tents by 10.30am. Departure takes place after lunch (approximately 2.30pm) with estimated arrival in Luang Prabang at 4.30pm.
Life at Khamu Lodge
We share our environment with the local people who are of the Khamu ethnic minority. They share their traditional methods of farming, weaving, fishing and even panning for gold! Guests at Khamu Lodge are able to fully participate in rural life alongside the Khamu people, giving a unique insight into the lives of these extraordinary people. Whether trekking to a remote waterfall, learning about medicinal plants in the jungle, planting rice alongside villagers in a paddy field or watching life on the river, all of our guests find a stay at Khamu Lodge educational and inspirational.
Our 20 safari tents are purpose built and feature solar-powered electricity. Each has a private balcony overlooking the river and is simply but comfortably furnished with bamboo and rattan furniture. Each tent has twin beds with a comfortable duvet and mosquito net. Like all the structures at Khamu Lodge, the tents and attached stone bathrooms are designed to blend perfectly with the surrounding environment and scenery.
More Background on Laos and the Kamu Lodge
Since opening up to tourism in 1989, Laos has developed something of a cult status amongst travelers who are naturally in awe of the country’s spellbinding scenery and friendly inhabitants. Presenting seemingly endless opportunities to pursue adventure in a sustainable manner, Lao PDR has established it self as a leader in ecotourism tourism within the region. Lending to the personality of the destination and seeking to reveal its true character, ecotourism encompasses everything from sustainable stays to immersive encounters, to hands on experiences. Essentially, ecotourism strives to be low impact with an educational twist, directly benefiting and empowering local communities while simultaneously rewarding travelers with eye-opening and rewarding experiences. Taking these values to heart, Kamu Lodge embodies the ‘eco philosophy’ at every turn. Immersing guests in a truly authentic sustainable tourism experience; here at Kamu we are defining a new type of low-key luxury where experience is everything. We invite guests not just to observe but to participate in local culture. Under the expert and often humorous eye of the Kamu ethnic group, guests have the opportunity to partake in activities including rice farming, weaving, traditional fishing and the popular pursuit of panning for gold in the Mekong River!
Included Travel Services
- Boat transfer from and to Luang Prabang
- Entrance fee at Pak Ou Caves
- Accommodation in twin sharing tent
- Meals as mentioned in the program
- Activities in the lodge
Not Included Travel Services
- Air tickets and personal insurance
- Any services or meals not mentioned
- Drinks, except bottled water, coffee and tea on the boat
- Arrival or departure transfer from/to hotel to the pier in Luang Prabang
- Personal Expenses
What to bring: hat, sunscreen, and good shoes for walking. Kindly note that the program is subject to change depending on the weather.