Gardens & Farms on the Mekong

EXPLORE NATURAL OASES ALONG THE MEKONG RIVER

Bounmi Song

20m Custom Slow Boat

7 Guests

Tour Capacity

8hr

Gardens & Farms on the Mekong

Bounmi Tip

45m Custom Slow Boat

20 Guests

Tour Capacity

Gardens & Farms on the Mekong

Get back to nature on this off-the-beaten-path tour experience in Luang Prabang. Wander through Laos’ very first botanical garden, enjoy an authentic Lao village lunch hosted by a local, and continue your nature immersion with an Agro-Ecological Tour at an organic and sustainable farm that promotes sustainable farming methods.

Your tour departs from the city of Luang Prabang where an English-speaking tour guide, a traditional Lao slow boat and its captain will be waiting to take you on a journey to discover pockets of natural oases along the Mekong river. You first stop is Pha Tad Ke, the very first botanical garden in Laos. This lush garden showcases Laos’ indigenous flora such as various species of gingers, orchids, ferns, bamboos and palms, around the base of the stunning Pha Tad Ke cliff towering over the Mekong river. The highlight of Pha Tad Ke is its series of ethno-botanic gardens that demonstrate the relationship between Laotian natives and the natural plant world, featuring crops used in medicine, handicraft and spiritual ceremonies.

After a morning strolling around lush forests in total tranquillity, you’ll depart to the local village of Ban Saleuan for an authentic Lao lunch. In Ban Saleuan, you will be hosted by Ms. Phai, a local Lao lady who is an experienced cook and offers her guests only the warmest Lao hospitality. Sit back, relax, and savour an authentic village lunch prepared with only the freshest natural local ingredients. If time permits, you have the option of taking a trek to explore the Ban Saleuan Caves.

Once you’ve filled your bellies and recharged a little, we continue upriver to Mekong Eden Farm. Secluded and accessible only by boat, Mekong Eden Farm is a sustainable organic farm focusing on promoting ecological farming models and agro-ecology education to achieve sustainability within local communities. You’ll be joining an Agro-Ecological tour where you get to learn how they create sustainable food ecosystems and the different farming techniques they use. After this educational afternoon around Mekong Eden Farm, we begin our 1-hour cruise back to Luang Prabang.

Bounmi works with a select number of exceptional locals to provide you with a variety of authentic Luang Prabang tour experiences. We develop close relationships with the people we work with and are excited to be able to expand on the types of authentic local experiences we offer to visitors.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Choice of Local Guide or Expat Host

Expat Tour Host & Bounmi Managing Director – Adele

If you would like to enjoy a little expat insight and hospitality. Adele would be happy to join you.

or

Licensed English-Speaking Tour Guide

Our guides have been carefully chosen for their professionalism, cultural knowledge, and fun characters!

The Crew

Licensed English-Speaking Tour Guide or Expat Tour Host – Adele

Choose your preference. See Choice of Local Tour Guide or Expat Tour Host.

Professional Boat Captain

Bounmi’s captain’s are local experts on the river and safety conscious.

Departure Times & Meeting Points

Departure Time

Departure time is flexible and can be arranged for the hours between 0800AM and 1030AM.

Note: Pha Tad Ke closed on Wednesdays.

Meeting the Boat

We offer transfers to and from the boat and will pick you up directly at your hotel. Within city limits.

If you would like to make your own way to the boat, the confirmation of dock will be provided at the time of your booking.

If staying within walking distance of the Mekong, we ask that you meet us on the Mekong. We will provide the location to the most convenient dock in relation to your hotel.

What’s Included/Not Included

Included

Transportation to and from the boat (hotel pick-up). Within city limits.

English-speaking tour guide or expat tour host.

Entrance fee to Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden.

Local village lunch.

Garden tour at Mekong Eden Sustainable Farm.

Chilled beer Lao, non-alcoholic beverages & water.

Traditional Lao snacks.

On-board music system.

Not Included

Personal insurance.

Crew gratuities.

What To Bring

What to Bring

Suitable footwear and clothing for the appropriate seasons. Mornings and evenings can be cool during the winter months.

Sun protection and bug spray.

Please ensure you are dressed appropriately and respectfully if wishing to visiting religious sites in Laos.

Ladies should have their shoulders and knees covered. Men should also have their shoulders covered but knee shorts are acceptable.

Things To Consider

Pha Tad Ke Botanical Gardens

Closed on Wednesdays.

Visiting Local Sites of Interest

When visiting local villages and temples along the Mekong river, do be aware that oftentimes there are no paved pathways and you’re usually met with uneven ground and stairways. We ask each of our guests to please be aware of your own fitness level and to take this into consideration on your tour.

Cultural Considerations

Please ensure you are dressed appropriately and respectfully for entering any religious site in Laos. Villages have their own local temples, so kindly take note of this if you wish to pay them a visit.

Ladies should have their shoulders and knees covered. Men should also have their shoulders covered but knee shorts are acceptable.

It is polite to remove your shoes before entering any temple or local Lao home. Note: Your feet should never be used for pointing, especially in the direction of a monk or novice. It is also impolite to step over or through people sitting down.

Responsible Tourism

We kindly ask our guests not to hand out money to children in the villages they visit. Should you wish to support any of the villages or temples that you come across, please let us know and we’ll be happy to advise on how to do that responsibly.

Seasons & Temperatures

Dry season is between Nov – Apr with average temperatures of 27°C. Rainy season is between May – Oct with average temperatures of 32°C.

Prices

Price per Adult
Price per Adolescent
Price per Child
  • Prices are in US Dollars.
  • Prices are per person.
  • Free – Infants 3 years and under.

Gardens & Farms on the Mekong

WHAT TO EXPECT

DEPART LUANG PRABANG

Meet your English-speaking boat captain and tour guide at the docks. Depart Luang Prabang and enjoy the 30-min cruise down the Mekong river to Pha Tad Ke.

ARRIVE PHA TAD KE BOTANICAL GARDENS

Arrive at Pha Tad Ke, the first botanical gardens in Laos. Spend some time to explore the abundant garden grounds and the beautiful displays of flora in this natural oasis.

DEPART PHA TAD KE TO BAN SALEUAN

Depart Pha Tad Ke and head downriver to Ban Saleuan village.

ARRIVE AT BAN SALEUAN + LUNCH WITH MS. PHAI

Arrive in the village of Ban Saleuan. You’ll be warmly welcomed into the home of Ms. Phai, a San Baleuan local who is a long-time friend of Bounmi’s and your fantastic lunch host! Savour an authentic Lao lunch prepared with delicious fresh ingredients, cooked by Ms. Phai herself. An optional trek to the Ban Saleuan Caves is possible if time permits.

DEPART BAN SALEUAN TO MEKONG EDEN FARM

Depart San Saleuan and head upriver to Mekong Eden Farm.

ARRIVE MEKONG EDEN FARM + AGRO-ECO TOUR

Arrive at Mekong Eden Farm and receive an introduction about this facility and enjoy the Agro-Ecological tour where you get to learn about sustainable farming methods and how they create sustainable food ecosystems and the different farming techniques they use.

ARRIVE LUANG PRABANG

Arrive back at Luang Prabang. Transportation will be ready to take you back to your hotel.

GARDENS & FARMS ON THE MEKONG WITH BOUNMI