9 LANDSCAPE AND GARDENING

Resort gardens with plenty of water, plants and trees

Designing a beautiful ecolodge goes beyond the physical structures on the property. Tourists are very interested in seeing local trees, flowers and insects too, and will expect your ecolodge to have a nice garden. You should therefore try to conserve and enhance your property’s flora by limiting the number of trees you remove during construction and by planting flowers. Well-drained walkways should be built through the garden. If located on a slope they should have steps with a handrail. Walkways should be well-lit using lighting that has wires buried underground. Common areas should also be well lit at night.

If you are going to build a parking lot at your ecolodge, think carefully about where to put it. Do not pour ugly concrete in front of rooms or the restaurant. Tourists do not like a parking lot in front of their room or restaurant because cars will make a lot of noise, and smelly car exhaust disturbs them when they are eating or sleeping. If your ecolodge is near a tourist attraction or river pier, you should make a walkway from the ecolodge to the site of interest.
If you ask a tourist “what are you more afraid of, a tiger or a mosquito”, most would answer mosquito. Why? Because tourists are very afraid of malaria, dengue and other mosquito born diseases. An additional benefit of planting local plants like lemongrass, marigolds and mint in your garden is that they help to repel mosquitoes.



Lemongrass to deter mosquitos





18 DESIGNING AND BUILDING AN ECOLODGE IN THE LAO PDR SUGGESTIONS FOR LOCAL INVESTORS

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