Local Activities

Traditional Kamu Massage

Traditional Kamu Massage in a hut overlooking the Mekong river. The Kamu people have relied on the curative powers of traditional massage for centuries. Today, visitors to Kamu Lodge can partake of the healing power of Laotian massage in our open-air pavilion on the banks of the Mekong. Relax under the hands of our expert masseuses and tune in to the soothing sounds of nature.

Visiting Ban Nioy Hai village

Guided tours to Ban Nioy Hai village occupied by the Kamu minorities. Our guides will share with our guests the village’s historical and cultural background. Our guests get to see how the tribe’s has evolved or lack-of over the years. As we do not stage any show for our guests, guests will get to see how the villagers or Kamu gets on with their daily lives – from preparing their meals, repairing their fishing nets to weaving their own baskets, just to name a few.

Rice planting and harvesting

Rice is the most important staple in Southeast Asia, providing substance for millions of people and playing a central role in festivals and traditions. At Kamu Lodge, we encourage guests to get up close with this miraculous grain, with paddy walks, planting and harvesting lessons.

Rice Milling

After ploughing, planting and harvesting, the last step in rice culture is milling. With the traditional rice milling tool, you will get a fully experience on Lao rural life style! Pounding the paddy induces upward and downward forces on grain against grain that removes the husk and bran layers. The pounding also breaks up fissured grain. The final cleaning is by winnowing in a woven bamboo tray. The winnowing process to separate un-milled paddy grain is an art.

Traditional net fishing

Fishing is one of the most important sources of income for families in many small towns along the river in Laos. There is an intricate link between various fishing techniques and knowledge about the fish and their behavior including migration, foraging and habitat, which are influenced by the position of the sun and the moon. Try your hand at net fishing and even if you don’t catch dinner, you can learn the tricks of the trade from the locals who know best.

Traditional gold panning

The oldest form of gold mining, panning is also one of the simplest ways to extract gold. Traditional gold panning is popular with geology enthusiasts because of its inexpensive costs and relatively easy process. At the Lodge, guests are taught the correct way to sift and search for gold dust and nuggets. Anything you find is yours to keep!

Bamboo weaving

Uncover the ancient secret of weaving bamboo basket from tribal elders. The elders will allow you to keep what you have created.

Archery

Archery as a sport or hobby can be enjoyed by young and old. Archery was once a prized skill used in hunting and battle. Today, guests at Kamu Lodge can sharpen their skill and learn proper technique from our local archery experts. While you may not get your name engraved on the arrows like in the Olympics games, you will have lots of fun shooting arrows at the targets.

Trekking (two hours)

Trekking through the forest and picnic at the waterfalls (two-hour hike and boat ride in green season, three-hour hike in summer time) Hiking is a terrific way to keep your body and mind in top shape. Explore the Laos forest, discover new trails, learn to identify local flora and fauna and enjoy the fresh air and beautiful views in this unspoiled corner of the world.

Traditional team building programs

The forests and fields surrounding the Lodge provide the perfect grounds for companies to engage in original team-building activities. Reconnect with nature and learn your co-workers’ strengths with back-to-nature competitions and adventures that will leave everyone in high spirits.

Shore excursion to Pak Ou Caves (entrance fee included in all packages)

The caves are home to hundreds of antique wooden Buddhist statues, filling the floors and shelves of the caves’ interiors. The figures take many different positions, including meditation, teaching and reclining (nirvana). Gazing out over the Mekong River, being inside the caves is a surreal and peaceful way to explore Laos’ deeply rooted religious beliefs.