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.

1 hour Tour

 

Stop for a one-hour 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

 

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.

Nearby Attractions

 

  • Kuang Si Waterfalls
    Approx. 6km. from Lao Buffalo Dairy Farm lies the largest and most breath-taking of Luang Prabang’s waterfalls. Tad Kuang Si boasts an impressive three tiers of falls. If considering a moderate trek to the very top of the falls, there is a trail to take you there. Bring along your swim gear if planning a swim in the refreshing turquoise pools.
    Hours of Operation: 8.00am – 5.30pm daily.
  • Free the Bears Rescue Center
    Free the Bears Rescue center is located inside Kuang Si waterfalls and is free with your entrance to the falls. It’s worth noting that they do not receive any funds from the park itself. Thus, if you want to support them, there is a donation box or better yet, buy yourself a souvenir to take home with you. They do amazing work for these bears.
    Hours of Operation: 8.00am – 5.30pm daily.
  • Kuang Si Butterfly Park
    Kuang Si Butterfly Park is just under 6km. from the Lao Buffalo Dairy farm and only 300m from the entrance to Kuang Si waterfalls. It is a lovely eco-attraction focusing on educating local schools and children about biodiversity and the importance of nature.
    Hours of Operation: 10:00am – 4:00pm daily.
Located

South of Luang Prabang.

Dock Location

Ban Sing

Lao Buffalo Dairy Farm Activities

Guided farm tour.
Nearby feeding stations for the farm animals.

Hour of Operation

9.30am – 5.30pm daily.
Same day booking – 1 hour advance notice preferred

Facilities

Buffalo dairy ice cream
Café with a range of buffalo dairy cheeses.
Children playground
Toilets

Cruising Time

Departing LP: 1hr downriver.
Return to LP: 1hr 30 mins upriver.

Land Transportation

Ban Sing village to Buffalo Dairy Farm is approx. 5 km. Approx. 8-10 minutes.

Note: Transportation should be arranged prior to arriving in Ban Sing. Local drivers don’t wait to pick-up visitors up at this location. Given that it is inland slightly and off the main road.