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Kamu Lodge
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Reviewed 16 November 2014

Kamu Lodge was a great experience for all of us (4 adults and 4 kids). We were lucky enough to be alone in the hotel, so the kids could do all the noise they wanted !!! Activities were great, especially the swim with the kids from the village. Tents very nice. We also tested the massage with the view on the Mekong, that was great and relaxing ! Food was ok. The staff super nice. I would recommend it. The kids loved it and would have loved to stay longer.

  • Stayed: October 2014, travelled with family
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2  Thank 8CPM8
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Reviewed 12 November 2014

A remote stop on our trip down the Mekong which surprisingly quite enjoyed, the rooms are large tents with a good bathroom, beds have mossie nets and are comfortable. You definitely need a torch here and good shoes if wet for the paths.OK for 1 night and the activities ok but a bit 'set up'. the massage, so i was told is good and reasonable cost.
The staff are from the local village and you can see straight away the benefit that it brings.
The food is not brilliant at dinner however but was good enough for one night, Breakfast was usual fare for Laos and ok.

Room Tip: all the same
  • Stayed: November 2014, travelled with friends
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1  Thank kenty
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Reviewed 4 October 2014

This is a remote stop on a slow cruise down the Mekong. Accommodation is in individual combination tent/cabins, simple but with everything you would need for a stay - with the probable exception of air conditioning (and it was hot, but don't travel in Laos if you prefer the cold!). However this is a remote Eco lodge in a very much developing and poor country, so to travel in Laos you should not expect American/European five star facilities. The emphasis is to give some insight into the local way of life, with sample activities such as rice planting and fishing local style. It is set up beside a local village which you can visit to see how the locals live (very simply), work and play. They were all extremely friendly and welcoming - Kamu Lodge is set up to help train local people in tourism related work. The location is great, right on the banks of the Mekong, set in paddy fields (the Restaurant is right in the middle) with a backdrop of mountains. The Manager shouted guests a bottle of wine at dinner to celebrate the Lodge's 10th (I think) birthday.

Room Tip: Doesn't matter - all tent/cabins are similarly located on the banks of the Mekong
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank ian2005wine
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Reviewed 21 September 2014 via mobile

This is very expensive place to visit! Activities were cut short due to rain! Bugs crawling through food because no method used to deter. Bright lights in a restaurant encouraging bugs so truly back to nature. Food was bland!
White bread, jam, banana and eggs for breakfast. So many bugs in the beds that we used nearly a full bottle of jungle insect repellant! Toilet stank! Shower didn't clear and sink had no taps. It might be better if you are a tour party but the advertising did not meet the reality - sadly!

  • Stayed: September 2014
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5  Thank babsl66
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VillaMaly, General Manager at Kamu Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 24 September 2014

Dear babsI66,
Sunny greetings from Luang Prabang...
We understand that you did not fully enjoy Kamu Lodge during your stay. It is to be noted that during your stay, Luang Prabang had been hit by typhoon Kalmaegi. Obviously as stated we have had to face very heavy rain. Kamu Lodge sits in the rain forest where there are insects too. Olivier our Manager on site informed me about the insects in the restaurant attracted by the light. Lights were switched off and candles on.
We feel sorry that you couldn't enjoy the experience. I am sure that you can also understand that we did our best during such extra-ordinary weather condition.
Looking forward to welcoming you again at Kamu Lodge, I wish you a nice day.
Warm regards,
A. de Boynes
General Manager

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Reviewed 24 August 2014

We were the only guests when we stayed at this lodge, and perhaps that was the reason the activities were cut short. Each of rice planting, net-fishing and archery was just for 5 minutes and it's ridiculours to call that 'eco experience'. The visit to the village was interesting though the school was unfortunately closed for summer holidays. Some of the reviewers say there was a dance parformance presented by the village children but no arrangement like that was made for us.

However, we thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful scenery and environment. Facilities and meals are very basic but good enough. Even thought it was a hot summer day, temperature dropped in the evening and we could sleep comfortably without air-con. The lodge staff were welcoming and we felt at home despite the language barrier.

The unfortunate thing was that we remain unconvinced why we had to pay the money for the massage to the guide. He suggested we go for massage before dinner for $12 per hour. We first declined because it was far too expensive (twice as much as the avarage in Luang Prabang) but later agreed thinking that it would be good if the locals could receive money. (The lodge staff are all Kamu villagers.) But the guide told us not to pay the therapists or the lodge staff but to him. He said the manager kept calling to ask him to make sure we do that because the lodge people would not give the money to the manager. It was hard to believe... the cell phone cannot even work there.

When the chief staff brought our drink bills during the breakfast the following morning, we asked to include the massage fees. To our surprise, he said the massage was free of charge. The guide kept quiet then, but he demanded $24 as we got back to Luang Prabang. He said the manager had called again to remind him.

We wonder if the manager does not trust the lodge staff, why they are tasked to collect money for drinks. Secondly, is the massage indeed $12 while the lodge staff said it was free? How much was going into the guide's pocket if not all?

That was the only incident we want to receive explanation about, otherwise we had a pleasant stay at Kamu Lodge. It would have been better if we didn't have to leave immediately after the breakfast. We wanted to relax a little bit more in that lovely setting but were kind of rushed to the boat.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with friends
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2  Thank riariaria2014
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VillaMaly, General Manager at Kamu Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2014

Dear riariaria2014,
Sunny greetings from Luang Prabang...
First of all, I would like to thank you very much for sharing your experience with us. I am quite shocked to read your comments about the massage. Would you be kind enough to contact me directly at: gmlaos@appletree-asia.com . I would be more than happy to discuss further with you what happened during your stay...
I look forward to hearing from you.
Warm regards
A. de Boynes
General Manager

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