Built on the banks of the Mekong, Kamu Lodge blends hands-on camping with a hot shower and comfy bed. Thatched roofs keep tropical rain from drenching the lodge’s 20 safari tents and solar panels suck up enough sun to power a fan and brew hot water for the ensuite bathroom.
Meals – brekkies of eggs, bacon, baguettes and jam, and dinners created using locally sourced produce – are served in a stilted pavilion overlooking lush rice paddies. During the day you can go hiking, help plant and harvest rice, or try your hand at net fishing. There are also excursions to the nearby Pak Ou Caves.
The spa, overlooking the Mekong, offers traditional Kamu massages. There’s no wi-fi, so evening entertainment involves a couple of drinks at the bar or lazing on the deck by your tent, listening to the thrum of jungle life and watching the flow of the Mekong. On most nights children from the nearby village perform traditional dances by the campfire.
Prices start at about US$135 per night with full board and activities included.