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Slow down and experience humble village life on this authentic Luang Prabang tour experience. Explore the rural village of Ban Saleuan, a charming local riverside community where time slows down, and where the Laotian saying “bpai sa sa” (go slowly) is an actual way of life. The warm and friendly atmosphere of the villagers will make you feel right at home.
This guided tour departs from the capital of Luang Prabang where an English-speaking tour guide, a boat captain and a traditional Lao slow boat will be waiting to take you on a journey to discover life on the Mekong. You’ll have a relaxing 1-hour cruise to the village of Ban Saleuan, giving you the opportunity to start observing life on the river as you cruise past traditional local villages and the beautiful landscapes Laos has to offer. In Ban Saleuan, you’ll spot villagers working their rice fields or tending to their water buffalos. Some may be weaving baskets while others repair their fishing nets. Each day is different, and every one is spent going with the flow of life.
Enjoy an authentic Lao village lunch prepared by Ms. Phai, a San Baleuan local who will host you for lunch in her very own home. After lunch, you can choose to work off the calories with a trek to Ban Saleuan Caves. The 1-hour trek leads you through rice fields behind the village and into the jungles before reaching the caves, and involves a rather steep but manageable climb up to the cave entrance. The local kids are great guides to have along for some added fun and laughter! If you don’t feel like trekking, you can also choose to hang back, relax, and take in more of village life. After the day’s explorations, you’ll hop back aboard the slow boat and begin the 1.5-hour scenic cruise journey back to Luang Prabang. Take this time to reflect on your day’s experiences, soak up more of the Mekong’s beauty, or indulge in an afternoon siesta on the river.
Bounmi works with a select number of exceptional locals to provide you with a variety of authentic Luang Prabang tour experiences. We develop close relationships with the people we work with and are excited to be able to expand on the types of authentic local experiences we offer to visitors. We are fortunate to have forged deep friendships with the local villagers in Ban Saleuan that allows us to bring visitors into their homes to experience a natural, authentic, and untouched way of life.
Meet your English-speaking local guide and boat captain at the docks. Depart Luang Prabang and enjoy the 1-hour cruise on the Mekong river to Ban Saleuan.
These choices are available for this tour:
San Baleuan Lunch Host – Ms. Phai
Bounmi is made up of a team of Mekong river specialists who have built a reputation for delivering exceptional Mekong river experiences.