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Kamu Lodge
Ranked #30 of 69 Hotels in Luang Prabang
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Level 5 Contributor
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“Absolutely amazing trip!”
Reviewed 30 December 2011

We spent two nights at Kamu with our two children ages 7 and 10. We had a fantastic time. The lodge is sparse on arranged activities, you have a lot of time on your own. The food is a bit bland, we're guessing they're catering to a variety of tastes and true Lao food may be considered too much for tourists but there was a variety offered at each meal. We spent our afternoons playing at the "beach" joined by some children from the village. Our kids had so much fun and we loved watching them. This place is great for some quiet time away from it all. It was the best camping experience I could have hoped for in a remote part of Laos off of the Mekong River. I would love to return and bring clothes and toys for the kids in the village. The only feedback I would have for the lodge is to offer hiking/exploring itineraries and guides for that for guests staying more than one night. Definitely recommend more than one night.
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  • Stayed December 2011
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Terrigal, Australia
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Reviewed 18 December 2011

This was chosen for us by our travel agent and sounded like a little adventure. Arrived late in the afternoon just in time for the activities so we hurried to our tents to get ready. Lots of people to help us with our bags. Tents are lovely, canvas under a bamboo roof. Ehtic looking bamboo beds with mattresses and handmade bed covers, very low entry to a bathroom with a shower but no tap on the sink! Little terrace outside the tent where we hoped to have a drink later overlooking the resort which is very picturesque with bamboo huts where meals and drinks were served surrounded by rice paddi fields. The activities were a joke really. Our 18 and 16 year old were looking forward to rice planting but told sorry the buffalo had died! Gold panning in the Mekong? Sorry, gold pan was missing! Traditional fishing in the Mekong, sorry not allowed but you can fish in this murky pond full of weed instead! One of them had a go, got covered in mud and weed, not fish in there though. Archery turned out to be shooting a papaya with a small wooden crossbow, fun for about 15 minutes. They wanted us to tour the village but we had already been to two villages on the Mekong trip so we declined. We harvested some rice with a sickle and learned how to bundle it for drying. That was it. Total activity time about 45 minutes. The bar looked inviting so we sat down for a drink. We were served one drink then the bartender disappeared. After some hunting we managed to find someone to give us a couple of beers which we took to the balcony of our tent and drank overlooking the resort. We watched a group of children tormenting a pig and also some men chasing a buffalo up and down the rice field for some reason. We had one drink before a very average communal dinner with some other guests. Bed early, breakfast was nice but we really couldn't wait to leave. Oh and staff came out of the wood work when there was a chance to carry our bags and get a tip, I'm not being cynical, one of the female helpers actually walked up to me with her hand out! Other guests said that they were going trekking in the forest next day so this might have been worthwhile but you need a whole day there for this and I think it costs extra. This place is very expensive for what you get here.

Room Tip: All tents seemed the same.
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Lae, Papua New Guinea
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Reviewed 17 August 2011

Trip down the river was very relaxing albeit a bit cold. On arrival was a warm greeting, and overall a really relaxing place to stay. Wished we had booked an extra night. Food was good and beers ere cold!
Village visit was worthwhile and interesting. Gold panning and Archery were a bit boring and could have been done a bit better. Fishing was a waste of time - I seem to recall I was the only one to do it. Rice planting was fun
This is a great spot, service was good and staff in general were very helpful - overall it was more about having a luxury tenting experience in a truly beautiful and scenic spot

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  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with family
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Boulder, CO
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Reviewed 21 May 2011

Like most other reviewers, we stayed here just one night, traveling up the Mekong, visiting the Pak Ou caves en route. There were ten of us on the private boat from Luang Prabang, and we were accompanied by a very pleasant Laotian guide from Kamu Lodge.

We arrived before lunch and were met at the waterside by staff who carried our bags if we wished. Since the river was very low (April), there were a good number of steps up to the Lodge, with the lower ones being very sandy. We had a small greeting from the assembled staff and were then led to our rooms.

These are spacious and reasonably comfortable "safari" tents, with stone foundations and attached bathroom facilities. Lots of mosquito nets which seemed to do their job. Two single beds with plenty of covers that were comfortable. Lighting was overhead, and either on or off. I was glad I brought my headlamp for late night reading, although a flashlight was provided in each room. I never managed to get any hot (or warm) water, although my husband got the shower temperature up to warm by the time he had finished. One bar of soap provided.

Lunch was a good selection of of Lao food, and beer and wine was available if required. The afternoon was given over to the various activities that Kamu advertises. I was feeling unwell, so didn't participate, but got full reports from my traveling companions. It was evidently all a little disappointing, although the fishing and gold panning were fun to do. The area covered by Kamu Lodge is quite small, obviously very close to the Mekong, and surrounded by rice paddies and then forest.

Everyone enjoyed the visit to the local village, from which the staff are trained, and there were various handicrafts for sale. I missed out on dinner as well, which was at the village. Guests could enjoy a drink beforehand in the Lodge bar area, but the general consensus was that the food was pretty average, and perhaps the food that the villagers normally ate was a little more exciting and spicy.

Breakfast was either Asian or Western, with tea and coffee available. When I asked for another glass of orange juice I was told it was "all gone". A strange incident occurred when we were all packing up and getting ready to leave. Our Vietnamese friends were on the little terrace in front of their room and being watched by two of the maids. Then one of the young women walked on to the terrace and started talking with the other maid who was on the ground, picking at some vines. It was as if there were no guests in the area.

All in all, a little disappointing. My husband and friends agreed that one night was certainly more than enough. Perhaps if there were more open space to hike and stroll it would be more appealing. Having said that, the owners are apparently giving the local village employment and other opportunities. If you have never stayed in safari tent in a remote environment before this would be a good experience, if a pricey one.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Adelaide
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Reviewed 9 April 2011

We loved our night at Kamu Lodge. Initially we were worried about it being isolated but it was truly a great experience and very comfortable. The tents are much nicer than you'd think and we had a wonderful welcome. Going to the nearby village was a highlight as was my husband having a turn at sowing the rice fields with a water buffalo! The food was lovely too. It was so pretty there I couldn't stop taking photos and so quiet too. A more authentic view of how the locals live than anything else we'd done. Worth the expense.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with friends
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Lagos, Nigeria
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Reviewed 25 October 2010

We stayed at this property on 19th October 2010 as an additional extension of our cruise enroute to Luang Prabang.
There were only eight guests at the time all of whom had also arrived and traveled with us on the boat but who we had not known prior to the trip.
Our tent accommodation was perfectly comfortable & quite charming with basic ensuite facilities, but we did have hot water.
Our tent was equipped with mosquito nets, torches and bottled water.
Our bags were carried for us from the boat to our rooms and we found the staff to be accommodating & trying hard with their basic English and service skills.
The location is very picturesque - the tents are set beautifully within the grounds with an outside seating area and the restaurant and bar are located amongst the rice fields.
As there were so few guests we all ate together & the food, breakfast & drinks selection were perfectly adequate.
The property do employ some locals from the village which is located alongside the grounds and the village children roam happily around the communal area.
We did have an English speaking guide who met us on arrival & accompanied us on to Luang Prabang and he made every effort to show us some local practices - fishing, rice planting and walked with us and explained the workings of the village.
From my own point of view I would have liked more information about the relationship between the property and the village and how much revenue is invested back to the villagers to aid their living conditions and prospects.
We went to bed soon after it was dark and woke with the sunlight.

Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Cavan, Ireland
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Reviewed 9 March 2010

We stayed here as the 2nd night of a 3 day cruise down the Mekong with the Luangsay Cruise from Houisay to Luang Prabang and totally loved it. The whole trip was quite expensive but we thought well worth it. The accomodation is in the type of safari tents that you find in Africa with comfortable beds and mozzie nets and a stone built bathroom with solar shower, a seating area outside and fresh flowers everywhere. We had hot water any time we showered during our stay.

The communal areas were just beautiful, set in the middle of a rice paddy with walkways linking them. The local village is just round the corner and had a great visit there with not another tourist in sight. We went for a walk in the pm which was a lovely way to stretch your legs after cruising but it would be an exageration to call it a hike. Our guide did not speak any english which was a shame - but then we didnt speak his language either... There is no road to the lodge so all movement is by river which makes it even more peaceful. The staff were all lovely.

There were only four of us staying in the place which made it even more peaceful and quiet. The food was good but not fantastic and there was some reluctance toserve us more drinks after dinner but then Laos was not a late night country!

We preferred the place to the more formal Luangsay Lodge further upstream.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Kamu Lodge
Address: 44/3 Ban Wat Nong | Kham Kong Rd,, Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
Region: Laos > Luang Prabang Province > Luang Prabang
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Ranked #30 of 69 Hotels in Luang Prabang
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Kamu Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 20
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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