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!
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.