The Kamu Lodge, an eco-friendly resort, recently opened in Northern
Laos 2½ hours upriver from Luang Prabang, along the Mekong River.
This eco-accommodation utilizes pollution-free energy by
offering guests solar power for lighting and warm water in each of
the resort’s 20 canvas-walled tents. Decorated with bamboo and
topped by traditional thatched roofs, each tent comes with two twin
beds, wooden furniture and an adjoining private bathroom.
Restaurants offered by Kamu include a traditional Laotian sala
(restaurant) for lunch among the rice patties and a separate
facility for breakfast and dinner that serves customary cuisine of
The Kamu Lodge hosts standard two-day, one-night (with extension
nights available) inclusive packages consisting of roundtrip
transportation by Kamu Lodge’s traditional riverboat, authentic
Laotian meals and a trip to sacred Pak Ou (Tam Thing) Caves.
Surrounded by a natural wilderness setting, the Kamu Lodge
places an emphasis on sharing the simple ways of local Laotian life
with its guests. Native staff encourage patrons to appreciate and
learn from the experience with additional cultural activities,
including rice planting and harvesting, panning for gold, fishing
in the Mekong River, forest walks that include searching for
medicinal plants in the local forest, swimming by a local waterfall
and a visit to a nearby native village for a further cultural
Children under the age of two stay free with children 12 and
under receiving a 50 percent discount. Agents and tour-operator
options include reduced “contract rates.” Contact Kamu Lodge for
In other news, EVA Air will be adding a flight to Vientiane,
Laos, beginning Feb. 24.
This new schedule offers three flights a week through Chiang
Kai-Shek International Airport (CKS) Monday, Thursday and Saturdays
arriving in Vientiane Airport (VTE), with same-day returns to
“Vientiane is an excellent addition to our Southeast Asia
network,” said K.W. Nieh, executive vice president for EVA Air. “In
cooperation with leading travel agents, we have already developed a
series of group packages for trips that begin in Hanoi, Bangkok and
Phnom Penh and end in Vientiane for the inaugural flight. We are
also creating additional travel products that are very attractive
and accommodate both demand and interests.”
Agents interested in discovering more about Laos or Indochina
may consider exploring the upcoming issue of Distinctive
Destinations Newsletter for Sophisticated Travelers Spring 2005.
The newsletter focuses on the luxury market in travel.