Opened in 2004, Kamu Lodge is a private eco-lodge engaged with low-impact travel, seeking for a balance between tourism and conservation of local culture and ethnic heritage. Settled on the banks of the Mekong River, in a remote valley of paddy fields, between small villages and forested mountains, Kamu Lodge is located 2.5 hours upstream of Luang Prabang. It is accessible only by boat. Kamu Lodge has been a pioneer of responsible tourism in Lao PDR. Involving inhabitants of one the surrounding villages, it is still a good example of integration within local life and natural environment.