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Live like a local and experience Laos village life in this overnight homestay experience in the agricultural and fishing village of Ban Dan. Your English-speaking boat captain, guide and homestay host on this tour will be Mr. Phet. Phet has been a boat captain for most of his life and knows the Mekong’s waters like the
back of his hand. Having grown up on the river, you’ll be guided by a true-blue local Laotian, passionate about sharing the mesmerizing beauty of his homeland with others.
Spend a day exploring Ban Dan and immersing yourself in village life before spending the night in your local host’s home – a third-generation Lao Loum family home passed down from Mr. Phet’s great-great-grandparents. The Ban Dan Homestay tour is a truly simple, basic, authentic local experience.
Your journey starts with a relaxing boat ride to Ban Dan, an agricultural and fishing village that is home to both Khmu and Lao ethnicities. Upon your arrival into Ban Dan, get into active mode because you’ll be going trekking! Phet will guide you on the trek to the top of Ban Dan mountain for breath-taking panoramic views. On a clear day, you may also catch a glimpse of Wat Phousi, a popular spot in downtown Luang Prabang for catching spectacular sunsets. The estimated trek time is 1.5-hours return, depending on fitness levels. No rush though – we’ll go as fast or slow as you need so you can take it easy and enjoy the experience!
After the trek, a leisurely lunch awaits. The afternoon is free-and-easy exploration time for you to experience any part of village life you wish. Try your hand at fishing, play a game of soccer with the kids, help out with cooking, or just sit back, relax and soak up the sights and sounds around you. After the day’s activities, you’ll sit down to a local dinner with your host family. Settle in for the night with a stroll by the quiet riverside, watch the stars come out and light up the night sky, and perhaps enjoy a few friendly beers with the locals.
Your second day in Ban Dan kicks off with a village breakfast before we depart back down the river towards Luang Prabang. You’ll hop on the boat and move onto a local village of your choosing. If you fancy yourself some sightseeing and shopping, Ban Xang Khong has a wonderful collection of Saa paper products for you to browse through and do a little souvenir shopping. In Ban Muang Khum, you may just catch the seasonal-making of “Khaiphan”, a delicious local snack made of riverweed. If you fancy a bit of relaxation after your trek, stop at Wat Kokpab for an easy stroll around this temple’s gardens with the beautiful Mekong river as a backdrop. After your local village visit, it’ll be a short 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.
A LOCAL HOMESTAY EXPERIENCE
WHAT TO EXPECT
DEPART LUANG PRABANG
Meet your English-speaking boat captain/guide at the docks. Depart Luang Prabang and enjoy the 1-hour cruise up the Mekong river to Ban Dan village.
ARRIVE BAN DAN + MORNING TREK
Arrive in Ban Dan Village and get ready for your morning trek! Your guide will lead you on your trek to the top of the mountain to an amazing panoramic view point, and then back down again. The return journey up and down should take approximately 1.5 hours depending on your fitness levels.
Enjoy a local village lunch after your morning trek and recharge!
Live like a local. Explore the charming village and try different activities such as fishing, playing with the village kids, helping with cooking, learn more about Khmu or Lao culture. Participate in as much or little as you want and just take it easy, relax, and enjoy your day in the village.
DINNER + SLEEP
To wrap up your first day in Ban Dan, you’ll sit down to a local dinner with your host family and guide. Chill out for the evening.
DEPART BAN DAN
It’s time to say goodbye to your host family and Ban Dan village as you head off to explore other characteristic Laotian villages/attractions.
Stop at either Ban Xang Khong, Ban Muang Khum, or Wat Kokpab to experience more of local Laotian life. You can find more information on these villages in the section below (“More About This Tour”).
DEPART FOR LUANG PRABANG
ARRIVE LUANG PRABANG
After a short 15-mins cruise, you’ll arrive back at Luang Prabang. Transportation will be ready to take you back to your hotel.
MORE ABOUT THIS CULINARY CRUISE
Choice of Local Village Destination (Day 2)
What’s Included/Not Included
What To Bring
Things To Consider
Departure Times & Meeting Points