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August 30, 2017 | Last Modified: 2020

Travel Experience

At Kingfisher Ecolodge, guests can soak up the tranquil beauty of Xe Pian NPA’s wetlands. The lodge played a large part in establishing tourism in this once off-the-beaten-track destination and it remains the primary accommodation option. Kingfisher Ecolodge is a kilometre down from Ban Khiet Ngong village. The lodge’s situation on the edge of the wetlands, a water world frequented by birds and water buffalo, is nothing short of idyllic. It’s all best viewed from the Sala or one of 16 bungalow balconies, sturdy raised timber bungalows with a front wall of glass and an enormous deck with hammock. These bungalows will suit a traveller with a flexible budget but as advertised, it is comfortable rather than fancy. These bungalows include ensuite toilet and solar heated shower, fan, safety box and tea/coffee. The Deluxe includes air-con and a stocked fridge. The rooms also looked well maintained. The 2019 added pool is a blessing.

Responsibility

Kingfisher Ecolodge believes that education is of primary importance for the development of local communities and a better understanding of environmental protection, Kingfisher Ecolodge supports the primary school of Khiat Ngong village (more than 120 children). We support the school and students' needs as well as the teachers' needs (Teachers in Laos are underpaid and with little or no equipment support by the government so we believe they deserve some kind of help in order to achieve better teaching results). In order to guarantee that all donations will reach the intended target we have agreed with the village chief as well as the school authorities that, as soon as we have funds available to donate, we will request a list of what is needed, we than purchase the materials and hand them over directly to the school. We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travellers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. A 2020 addition is the efforts undertaken in the creation of an elephant sanctuary in order to preserve this traditional animal to the region.

Business Case

Kingfisher Ecolodge was set up as a family business owned and managed by Mr. Massimo Mera from Italy and Ms. Bangon Phommachan (On). In 2017 the lodge was sold and has gone through a two-year renovation and upgrades including nine Deluxe stilted bungalows featuring air-conditioning and a mini-fridge among other luxuries. We elected to call our resort an "Ecolodge" because we believe that it is possible to do business in a sustainable way, trying to set an example for many other people to follow. We would like to demonstrate that it is often easy to change some of our everyday habits in order to better serve and sustain our world's environment as well as to help people that still lack the basic needs that we, in the western world, "take for granted" as the standard way of life. The lodge uses glass in-room drinking water bottles, ceramic refillable shower gel and shampoo containers and continues to implement re-usable and environmentally sound attributes. The lodge is a member supporter of the Refill-no-Landfill initiative.

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At Kingfisher Ecolodge, guests can soak up the tranquil beauty of Xe Pian NPA’s wetlands. The lodge played a large part in establishing tourism in this once off-the-beaten-track destination and it remains the primary accommodation option. Kingfisher Ecolodge is a kilometre down from Ban Khiet Ngong village. The lodge’s situation on the edge of the wetlands, a water world frequented by birds and water buffalo, is nothing short of idyllic. It’s all best viewed from the Sala or one of 16 bungalow balconies, sturdy raised timber bungalows with a front wall of glass and an enormous deck with hammock. These bungalows will suit a traveller with a flexible budget but as advertised, it is comfortable rather than fancy. These bungalows include ensuite toilet and solar heated shower, fan, safety box and tea/coffee. The Deluxe includes air-con and a stocked fridge. The rooms also looked well maintained. The 2019 added pool is a blessing.

Kingfisher Ecolodge believes that education is of primary importance for the development of local communities and a better understanding of environmental protection, Kingfisher Ecolodge supports the primary school of Khiat Ngong village (more than 120 children). We support the school and students' needs as well as the teachers' needs (Teachers in Laos are underpaid and with little or no equipment support by the government so we believe they deserve some kind of help in order to achieve better teaching results). In order to guarantee that all donations will reach the intended target we have agreed with the village chief as well as the school authorities that, as soon as we have funds available to donate, we will request a list of what is needed, we than purchase the materials and hand them over directly to the school. We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travellers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. A 2020 addition is the efforts undertaken in the creation of an elephant sanctuary in order to preserve this traditional animal to the region.

Kingfisher Ecolodge was set up as a family business owned and managed by Mr. Massimo Mera from Italy and Ms. Bangon Phommachan (On). In 2017 the lodge was sold and has gone through a two-year renovation and upgrades including nine Deluxe stilted bungalows featuring air-conditioning and a mini-fridge among other luxuries. We elected to call our resort an "Ecolodge" because we believe that it is possible to do business in a sustainable way, trying to set an example for many other people to follow. We would like to demonstrate that it is often easy to change some of our everyday habits in order to better serve and sustain our world's environment as well as to help people that still lack the basic needs that we, in the western world, "take for granted" as the standard way of life. The lodge uses glass in-room drinking water bottles, ceramic refillable shower gel and shampoo containers and continues to implement re-usable and environmentally sound attributes. The lodge is a member supporter of the Refill-no-Landfill initiative.

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