New Tented Camps in Laos with Shangri Lao
A new tented camp allows visitors to explore an area associated with the journey of a pioneering French colonial explorer over 120 years ago.
Dr Paul Neis, a well known French Indochina explorer who later became the French consul in Canton, led an expedition to the Laotian highlands in 1883. Dr Neis left Luang Prabang on 11 October in that year in two light boats going up the Nam Khan river.
He travelled up the Huay Sae (“Nam Sae”) and set up camp along the Huay Sae, a mountain stream ending in the Nam Khan River. Visitors today can now travel back in time and relive those exciting days when most of Indochina was unexplored territory for outsiders. The new journey has been made possible by German entrepreneur Markus Peschke. Markus is a long time Lao resident and the founder of Tiger Trail, the Indochina Spirit restaurant and, more recently, the Elephant Village. His new project is called Shangri Lao (www.shangri-lao.com). Shangri Lao will consist of two tented camps, one nearby the current Elephant Village, where Dr. Neis and his entourage set up camp in 1883 along the Tad Sae River and one at the Tad Huay Khot, close to Xieng Ngeung village.
The Huay Sae river valley has been leased by Shangri Lao from the Lao government for 20 years. It is carefully preserved by local and foreign natural resource managers.?
Shangri Lao will be the only company allowed to operate tours in this pristine river valley that ends in the mesmerizing Tad Sae falls that plunge into the Nam Khan River. Shangri Lao will be responsible for the protection of this river valley and hopes that careful management of the valley will bring back many of the animals that once used to live here.
Both tented camps are under construction. However, it is already possible to make elephant rides and treks in this beautiful river valley and to travel in the footsteps of Dr Paul Neis. The tented camps of Shangri Lao are expected to open later in 2010.
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