Local Life & Village Lunch Cruise
Enjoy Bounmi’s all-inclusive hospitality on this beautiful hour-long cruise south down the Mekong. Take in an array of sights from local Lao villages and water buffalo, to the vibrant green forests, spectacular limestone mountains and several of the Mekong’s fish farms.
On arrival to Ban Saleuan, hop off Bounmi and head up to the village for an authentic tradition Lao lunch with Ms. Pai. Make yourselves at home. Ms. Pai is a fantastic host; her home is warm and friendly and her food is simply delicious and always fresh! After enjoying a leisurely lunch, there will be time to wonder through the village or take a trek to the local caves if time permits and you are up for it.
When it’s time to say goodbye, guests will climb back aboard Bounmi for the return cruise back to Luang Prabang. Revel in this scenic and peaceful hour-and-a-half cruise; soak up the magic of the Mekong and enjoy the river Bounmi style!
Ban Saleuan Village
Ban Saleuan is a Lao Loum agricultural and fishing village south of Luang Prabang. It is a charming riverside village with smiling locals and a place where time slows down. The sounds of children playing and the gentle ring of the buffalo cow bells in the nearby fields echo throughout a warm afternoon in this village. We are blessed to have forged such a close relationship with this village.
Ban Saleuan Local Caves & Activities
There is a moderate trek that leads out of the village, through rice fields and jungle, to explore the local caves. The trek takes roughly an hour return depending on your fitness level and involves a steep but manageable climb as you near the caves.
For guests, not up for a venture to the caves, you can simply enjoy the village. Have a seat at one of the little shops with the locals or take a leisurely stroll through the village. The temple at the far north end of the village is beautiful. Buffalo are often seen in the rice fields behind the village and a variety of village animal life can be seen everywhere. The locals could be doing a multitude of activities depending on the seasons.