BAN SALEUAN HOMESTAY

Overnight in a Lao Loum Village

Soak up the simplicity and charms of village life on this overnight homestay experience in Ban Saleuan. A charming Lao Loum community where time slows down and the warm and friendly nature of the villagers will make you feel right at home.

This guided tour departs from the city of Luang Prabang where an English-speaking tour guide, a boat captain and a custom fishing  boat will be waiting to take you on a journey to discover life on the Mekong. On this hour-long scenic cruise downriver, relax and take in the sights and sounds of life on the Mekong. Feast your eyes on vibrant green forests and striking mountainous landscapes as you cruise past Laos’ abundant natural surroundings.

Upon arriving in your homestay village, head up to meet your host, Ms. Phai, a Ban Saleuan local and a long-time friend of Bounmi’s. You’ll have time to get settled in before sitting down to enjoy a delicious village lunch, cooked with fresh local produce.

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. The kids in this village are fun to play with, Ms. Phai welcomes helping hands in her kitchen and if you’re interested in a little fishing down by the river, let your guide know. As evening approaches, you’ll have a local dinner with your host family before settling in for the night.

Day 2 starts early with a delicious village breakfast. Once everyone has eaten, your morning will continue according to your interests. Stay and enjoy a leisurely morning in the village or head off straight after breakfast for a traditional pottery making experience or workshop in Ban Channeua (Pottery Village). When your morning explorations and activities have come to an end, you’ll hop aboard the slow boat for the 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 grateful to be able to offer these types of local experiences to our visitors. We are fortunate to have forged deep friendships with the local villagers in Ban Saleuan.

Add Kuang Si waterfalls to your homestay experience. See details below.

Nava Noi

17m Custom Fishing Boat

6 Guests

Cruise Capacity

Private 2D/1N

Local Village Homestay

BAN SALEUAN HOMESTAY

Additional Information

Your Choice of Homestay Experience

Do let us know which homestay option you would like.

Ban Saleuan Homestay

Ban Saleuan Homestay + 1-hr Pottery Making Experience (pottery package #1).

Ban Saleuan Homestay + Morning Pottery Making Workshop & Traditional Lao Lunch (pottery package #2).

Ban Saleuan Homestay + Kuang Si Waterfalls package.

Optional Tour Add-Ons

1-hr Pottery Experience @ Pottery House on day 2. See pricing.

Morning Pottery Workshop & Traditional Lao Lunch @ Pottery House on day 2. See pricing.

Ban Saleuan Homestay & Kuang Si waterfalls package. See pricing.

Choice of Activities with Kuang Si Package

Day 1

On the way to Kuang Si Waterfalls, there lies a number of interesting attractions that are worth paying a little visit to. We’ve highlighted a few of them here, do let us know which attractions/activities you’d like to have on your tour.

Lao Buffalo Dairy Farm

Located 7km from Kuang Si Waterfalls, you’ll come across Lao’s first Buffalo Dairy Farm. This new socially-responsible enterprise is located in Ban Muang Khay and they are pioneering a brand-new industry in Laos – sustainable cheese. Run by a group of expatriates who now call Luang Prabang home, they started a commercial dairy and production facility to produce yoghurt, cheese, and ice cream for local and overseas consumption – staples that were part of their diet that was hard to find in Laos.

Kuang Si Butterfly Park

The Kuang Si Butterfly Park is one of Luang Prabang’s top eco-attractions. Located near the entrance of the Kuang Si Waterfalls, the Butterfly Park aims to raise awareness about the vulnerability of Laos’ ecosystem and educate visitors about the value of preservation of local nature and wildlife. Visitors are encouraged to wander through their landscaped rock gardens, have a swim in a limestone pool, or take a guided tour to learn about the many varieties of butterflies and tropical plants that are on display.

Tat Kuang Si Bear Rescue Centre

Tat Kuang Si Bear Rescue Centre is an animal rescue sanctuary located right by the entrance of the Kuang Si Waterfalls. Also known as “Free the Bears sanctuary”, it provides a home to over 50 Asiatic Black Bears who were rescued from poachers who intended to sell them to bile-harvesting farms beyond Laos’ borders. Each of the large enclosures have viewing platforms where you can watch the bears as they eat, snooze and fool around. It is worth nothing that this sanctuary does not receive any money from the park entrance fees, thus any support in the way of donations or merchandise purchase is welcome to help them maintain the rescue centre.

Kuang Si Waterfalls (Tad Kuang Si)

The largest and most breath-taking of Luang Prabang’s waterfalls, Tad Kuang Si boasts an impressive three tiers of falls, culminating in a sensational 50-meter cascade down into a series of mineral-rich turquoise pools. Pathways lead you through the forest towards a charming wooden bridge where you’ll be able to admire the falls in all their splendour. For the adventurous, a trail to the side of the falls leads you to the very top where you’ll find a beautiful pool with the view of the mountains beyond it. The water in Kuang Si’s shallow pools remains cool throughout the year and is a popular swimming spot for locals and tourists alike – especially in summer when you need an escape from the scorching heat!

The Crew

Licensed English-Speaking Tour Guide

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

Ban Saleuan Homestay– 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 homestay 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 times vary and are dependent on your choice of homestay experience.

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

Private custom river boat & professional captain.

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

Licensed English-speaking tour guide (required).

Ban Saleuan Homestay Host– Ms. Phai.

Village & lodging fees in Ban Saleuan.

Homestay amenities (clean bedding, mosquito net, toilet paper, hand soap).

Meals – (Day 1 – lunch + dinner, Day 2 – breakfast).

1-hour traditional pottery-making experience @ Pottery House & Restaurant (w/ pottery package #1).

Morning workshop & lunch 2 Pottery House & Restaurant (w/ pottery package #2).

Land transportation between Ban Sing and Kuang Si waterfalls (w/ Kuang Si package).

Entrance fees for Kuang Si Waterfalls (w/ Kuang Si package).

Entrance to Kuang Si Butterfly Park or Lao Buffalo Dairy (w/ Kuang Si package).

Entrance fee to Wat Sak Kalin caves (w/ Kuang Si package).

1-hour traditional pottery-making experience @ Pottery House (w/ Kuang Si package).

Chilled beer Lao, non-alcoholic beverages & water (on-board).

Traditional Lao snacks (on-board).

On-board music system.

Not Included

Personal towels & overnight sundries.

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.

Personal overnight sundries.

Towel & swimming gear.

Ear plugs if necessary (for the roosters).

Sun protection and bug spray.

Please ensure you are dressed appropriately and respectfully if wishing to visit the village temple.

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

Things To Consider

Homestay Info

Village life starts early in the morning and there are roosters in the village so do bring ear plugs if you want a more restful sleep.

The homestay house is simple and basic in true village fashion. Amenities and facilities will be basic.

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.

If visiting Butterfly Park during the winter months, afternoons are usually better for seeing the butterflies. As the mornings are cooler, it gives the butterflies time to warm up.

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.

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 to 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 person’s head if you don’t know them. Children included.

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

BAN SALEUAN HOMESTAY

What to Expect

DAY 1

1100AM – DEPART LUANG PRABANG

Meet your English-speaking local guide and boat captain at the docks. Depart Luang Prabang and enjoy the 1-hour cruise on the Mekong river to Ban Saleuan.

1200PM – ARRIVE BAN SALEUAN + LUNCH

Arrive in Ban Saleuan and head up for a delicious local lunch prepared for you by Ms. Phai, your homestay host.

1330 onwards – AFTERNOON ACTIVITIES

Live like a local. Explore the village of Ban Saleuan and try out different activities such as fishing, playing with the village kids, cooking, village chores, or trek to nearby local caves with the kids as your guides! Do as much or little as you want and just take it easy, relax, and enjoy local village life.

EVENING – DINNER + SLEEP

When you’re hungry, sit down to a local dinner with your host family and guide before settling in for the evening.

DAY 2

0800AM – VILLAGE BREAKFAST

After a restful night’s sleep, wake up to a local village breakfast and get ready for the day’s adventures ahead.

0900AM – 1100AM – LEISURELY MORNING IN THE VILLAGE

Enjoy a slow paced morning in the village. No need to rush.

1100AM – DEPART BAN SALEUAN

Say goodbye to your host family before heading off for the scenic 1.5-hour cruise back to Luang Prabang.

1230PM – ARRIVE LUANG PRABANG

The tour is now ended as you land back on the shores of Luang Prabang. Transportation will be ready to take you back to your hotel.

DAY 2

0800AM – VILLAGE BREAKFAST

After a restful night’s sleep, wake up to a local village breakfast and get ready for the day’s adventures ahead.

0915AM – DEPART BAN SALEUAN

It’s time to say goodbye to your host family and Ban Saleuan village as you head off to explore other Laotian villages and activities.

1015AM – ARRIVE BAN CHANNEUA

Arrive in Ban Channeua, a riverside village that has been manufacturing pottery for more than 400 years.

1030AM – 1130AM – POTTERY MAKING EXPERIENCE

Before this hands-on experience, you’ll get a chance to meet the Lamphet family, proud owners of Lao Pottery House. You’ll be introduced to ancient pottery-making techniques used before getting your hands dirty creating your own pottery masterpiece!

1145AM – DEPART BAN CHANNEUA

Depart Ban Channeua village for Luang Prabang.

1200PM – ARRIVE LUANG PRABANG

The tour is now ended as you land back on the shores of Luang Prabang. Transportation will be ready to take you back to your hotel.

DAY 2

0700AM – VILLAGE BREAKFAST

After a restful night’s sleep, wake up to a local village breakfast and get ready for the day’s adventures ahead.

0800AM – DEPART BAN SALEUAN

It’s time to say goodbye to your host family and Ban Saleuan village as you head off to explore other Laotian villages and activities.

0915AM – ARRIVE BAN CHANNEUA

Arrive in Ban Channeua, a riverside village that has been manufacturing pottery for more than 400 years.

0930AM – 1100AM – VILLAGE TOUR & MORNING POTTERY WORKSHOP

Before this hands-on experience, you’ll get a chance to meet the Lamphet family, proud owners of Lao Pottery House. Take a guided tour of the village and learn about ancient pottery-making techniques used in the Ban Channeua before getting your hands dirty creating your own pottery masterpiece!

1100AM – 1200PM – TRADITIONAL LAO LUNCH

Head upstairs to the open air seating and enjoy a traditional Lao meal made from fresh local ingredients. You won’t be disappointed.

1215PM – DEPART BAN CHANNEUA

Depart Ban Channeua village for Luang Prabang.

1230PM – ARRIVE LUANG PRABANG

The tour is now ended as you land back on the shores of Luang Prabang. Transportation will be ready to take you back to your hotel.

HOMESTAY & KUANG SI WATERFALLS

What to Expect

DAY 1

0830AM – DEPART LUANG PRABANG

Meet your English-speaking local guide and boat captain at the docks. Depart Luang Prabang and enjoy the 1-hour cruise on the Mekong river to Ban Sing.

0930AM – ARRIVE BAN SING + VISIT KUANG SI WATERFALLS & OTHER SITES

Once you arrive in the village of Ban Sing, land transportation will be ready to take you to the Kuang Si Waterfalls. On your way to the main attraction, you’ll also have the option to explore other interesting pockets of Luang Prabang such as visiting the Kuang Si Butterfly Park, or tour Lao’s very first Buffalo Dairy Farm, and once at the falls spend some time at the Bear Rescue Centre. Go at your own pace and explore these attractions in any order you wish.

1245PM – DEPART BAN SING TO BAN SALEUAN

Depart Ban Sing and cross the river to the village of Ban Saleuan where you’ll be staying for your homestay.

1300PM – ARRIVE BAN SALEUAN+ LUNCH

Arrive in Ban Saleuan and head up for a delicious local lunch prepared for you by Ms. Phai, your homestay host.

1300PM onwards – AFTERNOON ACTIVITIES

Live like a local. Explore the village of Ban Saleuan and try out different activities such as fishing, playing with the village kids, cooking, village chores, or trek to nearby local caves with the kids as your guides! Do as much or little as you want and just take it easy, relax, and enjoy local village life.

EVENING – DINNER + SLEEP

When you’re hungry, sit down to a local dinner with your host family and guide before settling in for the evening.

DAY 2

0800AM – BREAKFAST

After a restful night’s sleep, wake up to a local village breakfast and get ready for the day’s adventures ahead.

0900AM – DEPART BAN SALEUAN

After a restful night’s sleep, wake up to a local village breakfast and get ready for the day’s adventures ahead.

1015AM – ARRIVE BAN CHANNEUA

Arrive in Ban Channeua, a riverside village that has been manufacturing pottery for more than 400 years.

1030AM – 1130AM – POTTERY MAKING EXPERIENCE

Meet the Lamphet family, proud owners of Lao Pottery House. You’ll be introduced to ancient pottery-making techniques used in the Ban Channuea village before getting your hands dirty creating your own pottery masterpiece!

1145AM – DEPART BAN CHANNEUA

Depart Ban Channeua village for Luang Prabang.

1200PM – ARRIVE WAT LONGKHOUN & WAT SACK KALIN

Wat Longkhoun and Wat Tham Sack Kalin are places of historical, cultural, and religious significance, once of great importance to the royal family of Laos. Also explore the sacred Sack Kalin caves, where kings would retreat for meditation and cleansing.

1245PM – DEPART FOR LUANG PRABANG

Depart the local village and head back to Luang Prabang.

1300PM – ARRIVE LUANG PRABANG

The tour is now ended as you land back on the shores of Luang Prabang. Transportation will be ready to take you back to your hotel.

BAN SALEUAN HOMESTAY WITH BOUNMI