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.