Lovely, upscale feeling in a "hut" - all bamboo and wood - with a huge balcony overlooking the green valley, Thai/Laos border, and Mekong river. The lodge is run by Asian Oasis whose mission is to create experiences focused on community development, environmental balance, culture and nature. The lodge is made up of four, huge, traditionally thatched cottages built to blend with the local architecture and surroundings. They are unique, secluded, quiet, beautiful, clean, and steeped in local art and culture. In the evening, two staff members came in and unfurled an ingenious mosquito net apparatus which was the cleverest I have ever seen. Dinner was served on our balcony and was cooked by a chef from the local Hmong village which my traveling companions and I strolled through earlier in the day, watching women carry sacks of rice weighing more than two times their body weight as they made local deliveries, youngsters playing soccer, and roosters strutting and claiming their territories. We arrived via bicycles up final hills so steep only the heartiest could continue to pedal, but the lodge and little village were worth the effort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Lanjia, or 'peaceful' in Hmong language, is an eco-friendly community-based lodge nestled high on a hill in Chiang Rai Province, northern Thailand. Offering dramatic vistas of the Mekong Valley and Laos, it is in complete harmony with the lush green environment as well as the Hmong and Lahu villages in which it is located. Your hosts at the Lanjia Lodge are the proud Hmong and Lahu villagers who take care of all visitors and all activities at the lodge during your stay. All visitors are taken on personal tours of the villages where they can freely intermingle and even meet the local shamans. Contributions from your stay will be used on community projects that will improve the local hill tribe people's living conditions. A variety of packages is available, all of which have been created to give you an insight into the culture of the Hmong and Lahu people. Choose from trekking tours, a boat ride on the mighty Mekong River or a visit to the nearby Golden Triangle. The lodge is only 30 minute drive to the Thailand-Laos border and immigration check-point where many tourists board an overnight boat to the world heritage site of Luang Prabang, Laos. There is no public transportation between Lanjia Lodge and the border. We can arrange a car or a van for guests who stay at the lodge and continue their trip to Luang Prabang. Our prices include accommodation in comfortable king-size or twin bedded rooms with en-suite bathrooms (where applicable), electric fans (non air-conditioned), meals and drinks as specified in the programs, as well as English speaking tour/activity guides. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lanjia Hotel Chiang Rai