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Cruising south on the Mekong river is always relaxing and peaceful. Couple it with lunch at Ms. Pai’s house and it makes a great way to experience the Mekong and some warm local hospitality.
Village Lunch & Cruise to Ban Saleuan
A private, cultural and personalized Mekong river experience hosted by Bounmi’s founder Adele. Providing higher quality customer service coupled with personal insight and perspectives on Laos’ customs and culture.
A Custom Mekong River Experience
Cruise down river on a stunning hour-long cruise to Ban Saleuan for a traditional Lao Loum lunch. Indulge in Bounmi’s all-inclusive hospitality while life floats you by on the Mekong. Take in sites, from local riverside huts and lushes gardens. To water buffalo and Mekong fish farms. Marvel in the spectacular limestone cliffs and vibrant green forests. Smiles!
After docking in Ban Saleuan, head up river’s bank to meet Ms. Pai. She will be awaiting our arrival and the table will be set. Make yourselves at home and enjoy the local hospitality. Ms. Pai is a fantastic host. Her home is warm and friendly. Her food is simply delicious and always fresh! You won’t be disappointed.
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, head back to the boat for the cruise back to Luang Prabang. Once comfortably settled on-board, sit back for the 1 ½ hour cruise back to Luang Prabang. As we head up river, enjoy Bounmi’s all-inclusive hospitality while you soak up more of the Mekong’s astonishing landscape.
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 seems to stand still. The sounds of children playing and the gentle ring of the buffalo bells in the nearby fields echo throughout a warm afternoon. And, the likelihood of seeing another ‘falang’ is minimal. “Bpai sa sa” as they say in Lao. (Go slowly).
Ban Saleuan’s Local Caves & Village Life
This moderate trek to the caves leads through rice fields behind the village and up into the jungle forest. The trek takes roughly one hour (give or take) and involves a steep but manageable climb up to the cave entrance. The local kids are fun to have along and are great guides. Smiles!
For guests, not up for a venture to the caves, you can simply enjoy a leisurely stroll through the village. Or, have a seat with the locals at one of there little shops. Visit Ban Saleuan’s beautiful temple at the north end of the village. See water buffalo scattered throughout the village along with a variety of other farm animals.
Local villagers can be spotted in the rice fields or attending to their water buffalo. Harvesting lentils, nuts and a variety of other tasty organic produce. Some may be weaving basket while others repairing their fishing nets. Everyday is different. Just go with the flow and ‘Bpai sa sa’ (go slowly) as they say in Lao.