Asian Oasis has been recognized as one of the first travel operators in Thailand realizing the significance of responsible tourism. It is innovative in producing travel programs that not only provide unique and fulfilling travel experiences for its clients but also give back to the visited community and the environment.
The company works with villagers to promote sustainable and environmentally-friendly tourism in remote areas, helping to improve their quality of life. Its award-winning community-based programs at Lisu Lodge and Lahu Outpost in northern Thailand are fine examples of the success of this vision.
As a result, the company expanded its program to a new destination. Lanjia, meaning ‘peaceful’ in Hmong language, is an eco-friendly community-based lodge in Kiew Karn Village, Chiang Khong District in the Chiang Rai Province. The village is currently supported by the Population and Community Development Association (PDA) under the “Quality of Life Improvement for the Tribal Communities” project. PDA is one of Thailand’s most respected and diverse non-government organizations whose work covers various aspects of community development.
Nestled on an ever-green hill overlooking the Mekong River and Laos, the village is inhabited by the peaceful Hmong and Lahu hill tribe villagers. The lodge is located in the village’s area and constructed carefully to blend in with local architecture and environment. It consists of four local-style thatched cottages. Each features a shared living area and four bedrooms, each equipped with a private bathroom and basic amenities.
The hosts at Lanjia are the proud Hmong and Lahu villagers who will look after visitors and all activities during their stay. Personally guided by a villager, guests will have an opportunity to visit the shaman’s house and observe various aspects of Hmong and Lahu cultures. Contributions from their stay will be used to support community projects that will improve their living conditions and to preserve their customs and traditions.
Additionally, the lodge is only a 20-minute drive to the border checkpoint of Chiang Khong, providing visitors who plan to travel to Laos with the most convenient access. Community-based tourism allows travelers to immerse themselves in another culture while connecting with people from different social backgrounds. By treating indigenous people and the environment with respect, travelers gain memorable travel experiences, support the various cultures and add another source of income to the community.