Apple Tree Group Welcomes New Management Duo

Join us in welcoming Mr. Olivier Trafial, who has overseen operations at the Kamu Lodge since October and Ms. Natchanan Kamchua, our newly appointed F&B Manager, who will also oversee Villa Maly and Nave Mekong's culinary services.

Online PR News – 16-October-2012 – LUANG PRABANG, Laos – Luang Prabang, Laos - The multi-awarded Apple Tree Group last week appointed a new management team to head operations at the eco-glamping retreat Kamu Lodge in Luang Prabang. French native Olivier Trafial takes the reins as Manager of the 20-tent lodge while Natchanan Kamchua from Thailand is set to revitalize Villa Maly kitchen as F&B Manager.

The 53-year-old Trafial has some seven years of experience as a sales executive in France, and comes to Luang Prabang fresh from his most recent position as a public relations manager for Le Lutecia restaurant in Koh Samui, Thailand.

Kamchua brings nine years of experience in culinary arts to her new post, including four years as a chef at Koh Samui’s well-known Vikasa Yoga Boutique Resort.

Located 30km upstream from Luang Prabang’s city centre on the banks of the Mekong River and surrounded by vast rice paddy fields and tropical jungle, Kamu Lodge ( features 20 private, solar-powered canvas tents, a thatch-roof riverside spa, open-air restaurant and bar.

Renovated and reopened in 2008, Villa Maly ( is a 33-room boutique property, anchored by the 1938-built residence of Princess Khampieng and Prince Khamtan, a grandson of the 19th century’s King Zakarine. The residence is located in a neighborhood of garden homes that was once a royal enclave and today ranks as one of Luang Prabang’s most exclusive development zones.

About Apple Tree Group
An entrepreneurial and diversified group operating in Vietnam, Laos, Campodia, Myanmar, Thailand and India focusing on Tourism & Hospitality, Real Estate & Construction, Import & Distribution and Premium Retail. The hospitality division manages Press Club Hanoi, Emeruade Classic Cruises Ha Long Bay, La Residence Hotel & Spa Hue, Villa Maly Luang Prabang, Kamu Lodge Luang Prabang and Nava Mekong Luang Prabang.