Ban Saleuan Homestay
On the beautiful hour-long cruise down the Mekong, you can enjoy Bounmi’s all-inclusive hospitality whilst taking in an array of sights, from local Lao villages and buffalo, to the vibrant green forests, spectacular limestone cliffs and several of the Mekong’s fish farms.
First stop…Pottery Village to meet some local craftsmen. Once back onboard Bounmi you will make your way south to Ban Saleuan. After arriving, your guide will show you the way to your local homestay to meet your host family and get settled in. Spend the afternoon exploring the village or caves, relaxing with a book or playing with the kids. If you would like to help with any village chores your guide will be happy to help arrange for you.
Ms. Pai will serve up a delicious traditional Lao dinner in the evening. Enjoy the company of your host family and the locals and perhaps a couple of beer Lao. When it’s time to say goodnight head up to bed and rest up for the next day’s adventures.
Local villages come to life early in the morning so be prepared for roosters crowing and an early start to the day. You’ll enjoy a tasty breakfast and a relaxing morning before saying good-bye to your hosts and Ban Saleuan village.
Head down to the river with your guide for a quick local ferry ride across the river. As you pull up to Ban Sing, transportation will be waiting to bring you to Kuang Si Butterfly Park, Kuang Si Waterfalls and Free the BearsRescue Centre. 15 minute drive.
After a visit with the butterflies and spending some time with the bears enjoy the rest of your time exploring the many trails, having lunch, taking a dip in the refreshing pools or simply relaxing.
As the day’s activities wrap up your driver will be waiting to take you back to Ban Sing where Bounmi will be waiting. Once comfortably settled onboard we will commence the 1 ½ hour cruise upstream towards Luang Prabang, again taking advantage of Bounmi’s complimentary all-inclusive style as you relax and enjoy more of Laos’ beautiful Mekong river scenery.
Ban Saleuan Village
Ban Saleuan has a warm and friendly atmosphere and we are blessed to have forged such a close relationship with this village. Not only will you be welcomed with open arms, you will enjoy a truly memorable experience as you learn about life in a Lao-Loum village.
Dictated by the seasons, village life is ever-changing, offering up an interesting array of chores that need to be attended to at any one time. This means there will be a variety of simple yet essential tasks with which you can help if you choose.
Your English-speaking guide will be with you over the two-day trip to ensure your tour is not only insightful, but also carefree and pleasurable. He will help to arrange activities for you depending on your interests. There will be opportunities to try your hand at traditional Lao fishing. Likewise, for those who would like to learn about Lao cooking you will have the chance to help with food preparation and cooking if you wish. Or perhaps a game with the local kids.
Ban Saleuan Cave Trek
A moderate trek is recommended from the village through rice fields and jungle to explore the local caves. The trek takes roughly one hour and involves a steep but manageable climb as you near the caves. The local kids are fun to have along and are great guides. Smiles!
Tad Kuang Si Waterfalls
The largest and most breath-taking of Luang Prabang’s waterfalls, Tad Kuang Si boasts an impressive three tiers of falls, culminating in a sensational 50 meter cascade, before spilling into a series of mineral-rich turquoise pools. The water in Kuang Si’s shallow pools remains cool throughout the year and is therefore a popular swimming spot for locals and tourists alike, especially in the summer months when escaping the heat becomes a priority.
Free the Bears Rescue Centre
Located at the entrance to the falls, Free the Bears Sanctuary provides a home to over forty Asiatic Black Bears that were confiscated from poachers intent on selling them to bile-harvesting-farms beyond Laos’s borders. Each of the large enclosures have viewing platforms where you can watch the bears as they eat, snooze and play – a truly heart-warming sight.
Kuang Si Butterfly Park
Opening its doors in January 2014 the butterfly park aims to raise awareness about the vulnerability of Laos’ ecosystem and educate locals about the values of preservation. Visitors are encouraged to wander through their landscaped rock gardens, swim in their very own limestone pools or take a guided tour to learn about the many varieties of butterflies and tropical plants that are on display.