Lao Buffalo Dairy

Lao Buffalo Diary opened its farm to the public in 2016. It is the first of its kind in Lao and a socially-responsible enterprise consisting of a commercial dairy and production facility to make products such as yogurt, cheese and ice cream.

Lao Buffalo Dairy cooperates with people from local villages in and around Luang Prabang. Their business model is quite different as they wanted to make a real difference and get the community involved. So, instead of buying their own buffalo to start the business, they rent buffalo from the local farmers. This rental process gives local farmers an income stream that they never knew existed whilst still retaining ownership of their buffalo.

In return, Lao Buffalo Dairy are also training local farmers in the proper care of their animals, helping to vaccinate the buffalo against disease and providing not only cheese for visitors coming to Luang Prabang, but helping to promote the idea of dairy for improved nutrition in the local community.

Take a Guided Tour

Stop for a tour with the friendly staff of Lao Buffalo Diary. Learn about their project while getting up close and personal with the buffalo themselves. You will have the opportunity to feed and bathe them before witnessing a milking demonstration. After spending time with the larger buffalo, head over and bottle feed the babies. It is always a treat!

Hobby Farm

Lao Buffalo dairy is also home to a little hobby farm of rabbits, chickens and pigs. The farm offers feeding stations nearby so guests can easily share some snacks with the animals. The kids love it. On conclusion of the tour, head over to the outdoor café and enjoy a little “cake of the day” served with buffalo ice cream and coffee or tea.

Helpful Information

To Ban Sing

Departing from Luang Prabang: 1hr downriver.

Returning to Luang Prabang: 1hr 30m upriver.

Additional time to Ban Muang Khay

Downriver: 20m

Upriver: 35m

Ban Sing – 11km from Kuang Si.

Ban Muang Khay – 7km from Kuang Si.

Dock location depends on the boat, captain and time schedule.

Lao Buffalo Dairy is located in Ban Muang Khay.

Land transportation is organized prior to arriving in either Ban Sing or Ban Muang Khay. Local drivers are not waiting to pick up visitors at these locations, given both locations are off the main road and inland slightly.

Guided tour of the farm.

Feeding, milking and washing water buffalo.

Feeding stations for the hobby farm animals.

Buffalo cheese and ice cream tasting.

Café and eating area.

Buffalo cheeses and ice cream made on site. A must try!

Childrens playground.

Clean toilets and wash areas.

Everyday: 9.30am – 5.30pm

Tad Keo Waterfalls

Carpe Diem Restaurant