Ban Saleuan is a Lao Loum agricultural and fishing village and located one-hour south of Luang Prabang. Situated on the west side of the river across from Ban Sing, it is a charming riverside village with smiling locals and a place where time slows down. The sounds of children playing and the gentle ring of the buffalo cow bells in the nearby fields echo throughout a warm afternoon. We are blessed to have forged such a close relationship with this village.
Governed by the seasons, village life is ever-changing. Local villagers can be spotted in the rice fields or attending to their water buffalo or harvesting lentils, nuts and a variety of other tasty organic produce. Some may be weaving basket while others repairing their fishing nets. Every day is different. Go with the flow. A moderate trek to small local caves leads out of the village, through rice fields and into teak forest. The trek takes roughly an hour return depending on your pace and involves a steep but manageable climb as you near the entrance to the caves. If you are not up for a venturing to the caves, simply enjoy the slow pace of the village. Have a seat at one of the little shops with the locals or stroll over to their beautiful temple at the north end of the village. Ban Saleuan is rich with water buffalo and there is no shortage of farm animals wondering around. Locals are often seen doing a multitude of different chores from working in the fields to repairing fishing nets and weaving baskets.