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 San Baleuan 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.
LOCAL LUNCH & HOSPITALITY
LOCAL LUNCH & HOSPITALITY
What to Expect
DEPART LUANG PRABANG
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 BAN SALEUAN + LUNCH HOSTED BY MS. PHAI
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.
DEPART BAN SALEUAN
Say good-bye to your hosts and Ban Saleuan Village. Depart for the 1.5-hour scenic cruise up river to Luang Prabang.
ARRIVE LUANG PRABANG
Arrive back at Luang Prabang. Transportation will be ready to take you back to your hotel.