A Ban Saleuan Village Experience

Slow down and experience local village life on this authentic Luang Prabang tour experience. Explore the rural village of Ban Saleuan, a charming local riverside community where time slows down and the warm and friendly atmosphere of the villagers will make you feel right at home.

This guided tour departs from Luang Prabang where an English-speaking tour guide, a boat captain and a traditional Lao slow boat will be waiting to take you on a journey to discover life on the Mekong. You’ll have a relaxing 1-hour cruise to the village of Ban Saleuan, giving you the opportunity to observe life on the river as you cruise past traditional local villages and the beautiful landscapes Laos has to offer.

Enjoy an authentic Lao village lunch prepared by Ms. Phai, a Ban Saleuan local who will host you for lunch in her very own home. After lunch, you can choose to work off the calories with a trek to Ban Saleuan Caves. The 1-hour trek leads you through rice fields behind the village and into the jungles before reaching the caves, and involves a rather steep but manageable climb up to the cave entrance. The local kids are great guides to have along for some added fun and laughter! If you don’t feel like trekking, you can also choose to hang back, relax, and take in more of village life. After the day’s explorations, you’ll hop back aboard the slow boat and begin the 1.5-hour scenic cruise journey back to Luang Prabang. Take this time to reflect on your day’s experiences, soak up more of the Mekong’s beauty, or indulge in an afternoon siesta on the river.

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 grateful to have forged deep friendships with the local villagers in Ban Saleuan.

Nava Song

20m Custom Slow Boat

7 Guests

Tour Capacity

Private 5hr

Local Lunch & Hospitality

Nava Thip

45m Custom Slow Boat

20 Guests

Tour Capacity


Additional Information

Choice of Local Guide or Expat Tour 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.


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.

Ban Saleuan Lunch Host – Ms. Phai

Ms. Phai has been a long-time friend of Bounmi’s and we absolutely love her! With a warm, friendly, and helpful nature, she will be the fantastic host of your lunch at Ban Saleuan. She whips up delicious Lao dishes in her modest kitchen for visitors. Whilst she may not speak English, she will most certainly show you the warmest hospitality while you are guests in her home – a universal gesture which transcends a common language.

Professional Boat Captain

Bounmi’s captains 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 0900AM and 1200PM.

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


Private custom slow boat & professional captain.

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

English-speaking tour guide or expat tour host.

Ban Saleuan lunch host – Ms. Phai.

Local village lunch.

Chilled beer Lao, non-alcoholic beverages & water.

Traditional Lao snacks.

On-board music system.

Karaoke (Nava Thip only).

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 visit the temple in Ban Saleuan.

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

Things To Consider

Lunch Time

When considering departure also take into consideration time what time you would like to enjoy lunch. It is an hour cruise to the village.

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.

When at temple and in the presence of a monk and/or elder, one should consider their body and head position, in relation too the monk(s) or elder(s) in the room. One should not stand directly above or pass over top another person’s head, especially a monk and/or elder. In general, it is best not to touch another persons head if you don’t know them. Children included.

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.

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.

Cruise Rates

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


What to Expect


Meet your English-speaking tour guide or expat tour host (depending on your choice), and boat captain at the docks. Depart Luang Prabang and enjoy the 1-hour cruise on the Mekong river to Ban Saleuan.


Arrive in the village of Ban Saleuan and 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. After lunch, guests can choose to work off the calories with a trek to Ban Saleuan Caves, or simply hang back, relax, and take in more of village life.


Say good-bye to your hosts and Ban Saleuan Village. Depart for the 1.5-hour scenic cruise up river to Luang Prabang.


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