The opening of the Luang Say Lodge gave employment to 37 villagers and tribal people. The wages earned at the Lodge are three to four hundred percent higher than the local standard in Laos.
Villagers around the Luangsay Lodge are encouraged to grow fruits and vegetables and raise poultry and all their products are purchased by the Lodge. The Lodge also has its own eco project where we have a garden and plant nursery to provide vegetables for the restaurant, a fish pond for fresh fish (ask the staff if it is feeding day and you can help feed them) and we also have a small farmyard with goats and cows.
Staff working at the Lodge are taught the importance of hygiene and living in a healthy environment, and they are provided with free meals and possibly needed medical attention.
Luang Say Lodge hired a dance teacher to teach Khamu and Hmong people tribal dancing, which is now performed regularly. The Lodge also supports the financing of local musical instruments. Dancers and musicians are now able to earn their living without sacrificing their culture and traditions, as Luang Say was able to revive these old traditions for them which had been lost from the Pakbeng area.
The Lodge staff are still continuing to improve their English and customer service skills and we regularly send the staff down to Vientiane for training.
Today all the workers at the Lodge live in harmony and consider each other as their family members. This is the beauty of the Luang Say Lodge.
Click here to know more about the Ecoutourism Policy of the Luang Say Cruise.