THE SANCTUARY pakbeng lodge
Sitting on the banks of the Mekong, the Sanctuary Pakbeng Lodge is midway between the World Heritage Town of Luang Prabang, and Huay Xai, the main border crossing between northern Thailand and northern Laos. Both towns are reachable by boat, within a day.
The Lodge is an ideal starting point for walks into the forest, for a few hours or the whole day, to see villages which are off the main tourist trail. The Lodge also faces the Mekong Elephant Park, which is dedicated to the protection of elephants and offers a wonderful opportunity to discover the life of an animal important in Lao culture.
The Sanctuary Pakbeng Lodge suggests that you stay a few days in this protected area off the beaten track. You will enjoy the comfortable atmosphere, the picturesque sunrise and sunset over the Mekong, and the comings and goings of the different boats that dock near the Lodge's beach.Your visit will be one of relaxation but also of unusual encounters and an immersion into traditional Lao life.
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THE SANCTUARY PAKBENG LODGE AND THE LOCAL COMMUNITY
THE DISPENSARY OF pAKBENG
The Sanctuary Pakbeng Lodge's free health centre is a division of Les Medecins de Chinguetti Pakbeng.
This association built the health center, which has been managed by French doctors since November 2007. These doctors, who are present for three weeks each month, year-round, deliver free care to the local population in Pakbeng and its surrounding villages.
The Sanctuary Pakbeng Lodge houses the health center on its property, finances the presence of the doctors every year and takes care of the transportation and accommodation of the entire team.
The Lodge also facilitates the collaboration between the association's doctors and the local health service, by arranging meetings and training initiatives.
The Sanctuary Pakbeng Lodge collects medicine donated by travellers and gives them to the free health centre, which, in turn, organises and classifies the drugs according to their expiration date.
The Sanctuary Pakbeng Lodge manages a fund for donations.
We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travellers to make a lasting impact in the community at their travel destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and bring supplies for area schools or medical clinics in need, you'll make a priceless impact on the lives of local children and their families.
The Sanctuary Pakbeng Lodge has financed the founding of one of the town's schools, and provides students with supplies and clothes donated by travellers.
the water reserve
The Sanctuary Pakbeng Lodge has financed the building of a water reserve to aid the town's inhabitants.
This generates around forty jobs for local staff, and also for the crew of both boats built by the company to transfer travellers to and from Luang Prabang