Overnight Village Homestay – Bounmi Cruise

OVERNIGHT VILLAGE HOMESTAY

Local Hospitality 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.

Choose a simple homestay experience or combine it with other activities such as pottery making in Ban Channeau or exploring Kuang Si waterfalls.

Bounmi works with a select number of exceptional locals to provide you with a variety of authentic Luang Prabang tour experiences. We are fortunate to have forged deep friendships with the local villagers in Ban Saleuan and are grateful to be able to offer these types of local experiences to our guests.

Nava Noi

18m Custom Riverboat

6 Guests

Overnight Village Homestay

2D/1N

Overnight Village Homestay

OVERNIGHT VILLAGE HOMESTAY

What To Expect

OVERNIGHT VILLAGE HOMESTAY

Traditional Lao Loum Village

DAY 1

Meals: Lunch & Dinner

HOTEL TRANSFER

Your English-speaking guide and driver will meet you for transfer to the boat.

1100AM – DEPART LUANG PRABANG

Meet your 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.

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

Meal: Breakfast

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 – 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.

OVERNIGHT HOMESTAY

& Pottery Experience

DAY 1

Meals: Lunch & Dinner

HOTEL TRANSFER

Your English-speaking guide and driver will meet you for transfer to the boat.

1100AM – DEPART LUANG PRABANG

Meet your 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.

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

Meal: Breakfast

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

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 – 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.

OVERNIGHT HOMESTAY

& Pottery Workshop

DAY 1

Meals: Lunch & Dinner

HOTEL TRANSFER

Your English-speaking guide and driver will meet you for transfer to the boat.

1100AM – DEPART LUANG PRABANG

Meet your 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.

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

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

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

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 – 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 – 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.

OVERNIGHT HOMESTAY

& Kuang Si Waterfalls

DAY 1

Meals: Lunch & Dinner

HOTEL TRANSFER

Your English-speaking guide and driver will meet you for transfer to the boat.

0830AM – DEPART LUANG PRABANG

Meet your boat captain at the docks. Depart Luang Prabang and enjoy the 1-hour cruise on the Mekong River to Ban Sing.

0930AM – EXPLORE KUANG SI WATERFALLS & ONE STOP

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

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.

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

Meal: Breakfast

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 – 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.

OVERNIGHT VILLAGE HOMESTAY

Additional Information

Boat Information

Nava Noi ~ 18m Custom Riverboat 

Complimentary: Traditional Lao snacks & chilled water. 

Onboard Provisions: Cooler, ice bucket, cups, serving dishes & Bluetooth speaker. 

Meal Services: Included as per itinerary. Local village home. 

Bathroom: As part of the authentic local experience, Nava Noi does not offer onboard bathroom facilities. Guests must be ok with going “o-natural” or using local facilities along the way. On Nava Noi, we do it as the locals do!

Safety Equipped: Yes

Food & Beverage Services

Village Meals with Ms. Phai

Delight in traditional Lao dishes with Ms. Phai and you won’t be disappointed. Ms. Phai is a fantastic host whilst her meals are delicious and often prepared with fresh organic produce from the village. Yum!

Wine & Champagne

Enjoy a selection of wine & champagne by the bottle. Provisioning upon request.


*Chilled beer Lao for sale when enjoying local experiences. Guests are welcome to drinks from the boat coolers or bar however if guests would like to support their local hosts and wish to indulge in a beer or two guests can buy on-site.

Kuang Si Waterfalls (Optional-Day 1)

Kuang Si Waterfalls

The largest and most breath-taking of Luang Prabang’s waterfalls, Tad Kuang Si. 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!

Kuang Si Bear Rescue Centre

After entering the waterfalls, Tad Kuang Si Bear Rescue Centre also known as “Free the Bears sanctuary” is only a short walk away. FTB provides a home to over 50 Asiatic Black Bears. It is worth noting that this sanctuary does not receive any money from the park entrance fees, thus any support in the way of a donation or purchase of their merchandise, helps them maintain the rescue center.

Swimming at Kuang Si Waterfalls

Enjoy a refreshing dip in the turquoise blue waters of Tad Kuang Si. Change rooms located near the swimming areas.

Trek to the top of Kuang Si Waterfalls

You may choose to trek up to the top of the Kuang Si Waterfalls and visit the peaceful oasis that lies at its peak. Approximate time: 45m – 1-hour return. Depending on your pace.

Lao Buffalo Diary & Butterfly Park

Via land and en route to Kuang Si Waterfalls lies Butterfly Park and Lao Buffalo Dairy. We included a stop at one of these sites so do let us know which attraction you would like to have on your tour. If you would like to stop at both, let us know.

Lao Buffalo Dairy Farm – Tour #1

Located 7km from Kuang Si Waterfalls, you’ll find Lao’s first Buffalo Dairy Farm. This new socially-responsible enterprise is 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 yogurt, 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 and learn about many varieties of butterflies and tropical plants that are on display.

Lao Pottery House & Restaurant (Optional-Day 2)

Traditional Lao Pottery-Making Experience- 1hr (Included in Kuang Si package)

Upon arrival to Ban Channuea, head up the stairs to meet the Lamphet family, owners of Lao Pottery House. On this one-hour experience, visitors get a chance to get hands-on with the clay. Skilled pottery makers will be close by to help guide you as you craft your own small masterpiece. Learn and ask questions as you go. It’s a great way to spend an hour.

Traditional Lao Pottery-Making Workshop

On this tour get a behind-the-scenes look at these ancient pottery techniques. Visitors enjoy a guided village tour and visit the community kiln before heading back to Lao Pottery House to get hands-on with the clay. Skilled pottery makers will be close by to help guide you as you craft your own small masterpiece. Good luck.

Once your hands are all washed up, sit down and enjoy a delicious traditional Lao meal cooked by the Lamphet family themselves. All their ingredients come from local sources and if the season is right, they might even come from their very own organic garden. Visitors will get a chance to sample some of Luang Prabang’s favorite traditional foods such as; Khaipan (fried river weed), grilled fish, eggplant dipping sauce, and spicy papaya salad. You won’t be disappointed.

The Crew

Licensed English-Speaking Tour Guide

Bounmi’s guides have been carefully chosen for their professionalism, cultural knowledge, and fun characters!

Ban Saleuan 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 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 that 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 noted in specific itineraries. See “What to Expect”. 

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, dock confirmation will be provided at the time of your booking.

What’s Included/Not Included

Nava Noi

Included

Private custom riverboat & professional captain.

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

English-speaking tour guide.

Village & lodging fees.

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

Meals as per itinerary.

Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary.

Traditional Lao snacks & chilled water.

Bluetooth speaker.

Not Included

Beer Lao, spirits, soft drinks & juice.

Wine & champagne.

Personal insurance.

Crew gratuities.


Please let us know should you have any special requests.

What To Bring

Suitable footwear and clothing for the appropriate seasons. Mornings and evenings can be cool during the winter months.

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.

Personal overnight sundries.

Earplugs if necessary (for the roosters).

Towel & swimming gear.

Sun protection and bug spray.

Things To Consider

Homestay Notes

Village life starts early in the morning and there are roosters in the village so do bring earplugs 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.

Cultural Considerations

It is polite to remove your shoes before entering any temple or local Lao home. Your feet should never be used for pointing, especially in the direction of a monk or novice. One should not stand directly above or pass over the top of 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.

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

The dry season is between Nov-Apr with average temperatures of 27°C. The 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.

OVERNIGHT VILLAGE HOMESTAY