Only 60km from Pakse, the Kingfisher Ecolodge is the perfect gateway for exploring the Xe Pian Protected area, ranked as the third most bio-diversified region of South-east Asia.
What to experience ?
Located on the edge of the Xe Pian Protected area, the Kingfisher Ecolodge is the perfect gateway to visit the park. Be immersed in the local culture while relaxing comfortably in this charming wooden building.
Kingfisher Lodge is a family-run business, nestled in between the rice fields of Kietngong village and the wetlands and forest of the Xe Pian protected area. Designer Vincent Fischer Zernin blended traditional building materials and workmanship with modern concepts and architecture. The front wall is made of glass allowing the possibility of admiring the surrounding countryside, and providing an incomparable sense of space. The hot water (solar-powered) showers have a view of the green- and blue-coloured wetlands. All ten rooms have a ceiling fan, hairdryer, coffee/tea facilities, and safe. Internet is available. An open-plan restaurant serves organic Lao food prepared with locally grown ingredients. There is no music or television here; the sounds of the jungle will be your soundtrack.
During the daytime in the resort you can chill out, or go trekking through the jungle and wetlands, birdwatching by boat in the wetlands, mountain biking, boating to the nearby villages or elephant-riding to climb to the top of Mount Phou Asa, enjoy an amazing view and discover the remnants of a former civilisation. Homestay can be organized if you want to experience villagers’ daily lives. In the evening after a stiff walk or elephant ride in the forest, a massage done by a woman from the village will relax your tired muscles.
How does it help ?
Kingfisher Ecolodge is deeply committed towards the communities of the surrounding villages by helping them to promote activities within the Xe Pian Protected Area organised by and with them. They’ve been working closely with WWF, who was developing ecotourism in Xe Pian and who trained local guides, developing five senses interpretive trails. For all decisions related to fees paid to locals and staff activities to develop, the village elders were consulted.
The opening of the lodge meant the length of stay could be extended from a day visit to one or more nights, thus allowing the locals to earn more from tourism. They make donations to the local school and helped to develop the village development fund, they also advise local tourism micro enterprises and support Elephant Asia’s work to protect and treat elephants.
As the lodge is small, the impact on the environment is limited, the 7 hectares of land are used for preservation and to grow organic vegetables. The lodge is powered by solar panels, uses a waste-water treatment plant, and the rubbish is recycled whenever possible otherwise taken to the closest dumping site 70 km away. The lodge is monitoring logging and illegal activities by outsiders.
Certified by Green Globe / EarthCheck.org, see following link for more info: http://www.kingfisherecolodge.com
Kingfisher ecolodge: 55 km south of Pakse. At Pathoumphone junction, km 48, turn right (East) for 7 km to Ban Kietngong village.