The Living Land Farm
The Living Land Farm
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This charming community farm just outside of Luang Prabang overlooks wonderful Rice Fields and Mountains. Rice is planted all year round and they welcome guests who want to learn about Rice planting and other farm activities like bamboo weaving, sugar cane pressing, black smithing. Visitors get to try most of the activities or can just watch. Rodolphe and Susan, the two buffaloes help with the ploughing of the rice paddies and guests can have a go too. The half day programme starts at 08.30 and finishes with a tasting of rice based snacks. The farm is shared by 9 families who also grow organic vegetables and flowers. Lunch is available too and includes a selection of typical Luang Prabang dishes and fruit. Proceeds from the Rice Experience go to supporting over 60 students with their studies and they operate free English classes for the whole village. They have a small Homestay unit made from an old granary. Booking is necessary and pick-up and return by tuk-tuk is included.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Mark
    Victoria, Canada6 contributions
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    Excellent experience! Fun, educational and great value!
    This was a highlight for our family of 4. Our kids are 10 and 13, and we all absolutely loved our experience. We rented motor scooters from Luang Prabang, and shuttled ourselves to the farm in 15 minutes. We skipped the lunch and did the tour only, but part of the tour was making and tasting sugar cane juice and sticky rice prepared 4 different ways. Den, our guide, was sensational, spoke excellent english, and had a great sense of humour. I had no idea how rice was farmed, and this was eye opening and a lot of fun! Wear flip flops and clothes you can get muddy!
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 7, 2023
  • Gabriela B
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    Highly recommend
    One of the best experiences we ever had! We strongly recommend to opt for this tour. We did a SE Asia tour but only at The Living Land in Laos we found this great opportunity to learn about the rice cultivation and harvesting. The tour is very well-designed with one being able to get information about the whole process of rice farming, and being able to practice evey step of the process. It's a hands-on experience. Our guide did a wonderful job in explaining, showing patience and encouraging questions. He also helped us with taking pictures 😉 His English was very good and fluent - he revealed that the Farm supported him to get higher education, since in Laos it's not free.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 7, 2023
  • Ann P
    Los Altos, California71 contributions
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    The Living Land Rice Farm a must see and do!
    My husband and I spent the morning at the living land farm. It was absolutely wonderful! Our guide was a young man named Tham and he and his wife and 6 month old daughter live and work on the farm. Tham’s English was excellent! He was friendly and kind and very informative! My wife removed her shoes and walked in the mud and helped plant the rice plants and walked behind the water buffalo pulling the plow! Fantastic! We watched men weaving baskets; we helped thresh the rice; we milled it and saw how sticky rice is made. We saw how rice was planted and harvested in each step. We then had a delicious lunch prepared by the staff. The experience here is an absolute must!
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 14, 2023
  • John H
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    You won't spend a more interesting morning in Laos
    We spent a wonderful morning at this farm. The experience way exceeded our expectations mostly due to a wonderful young man who conducted our tour named Kham. He explained in great detail the process of planting and harvesting rice and we got into the mud and ploughed the land in preparation and planted the young shoots. Cannot recommend this farm enough if you want to understand the heart and roots of Cambodian people.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 28, 2023
  • Fam3travelbugs
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    Just as great as it was in 2012 - this time with our son!!
    My wife and I had been to the Living Land in 2012 and now we returned with our eight year old son. Simply put - it was even more amazing this time. It was great to see Susan the Water Buffalo still working and so well taken care of. We had so much fun doing the 12 steps of the rice planting process - plus number 13 is a surprise! An absolute must do in LP for families or folks that have a good sense of fun!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 13, 2023
  • Manny K
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    Once in a lifetime rice agricultural experience!
    Absolutely incredible, once in a lifetime experience. Expert guide who led us thru the entire rice planting, rice harvesting and rice preparation process. Walked thru muddy rice paddies, plowed fields with water buffalo, thrashed and ground rice seeds, pressed sugarcane into a refreshing drink, and then enjoyed a delicious meal on the patio overlooking the fields & nearby mountains. We will never forget our day at Living Land Farms!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 13, 2023
  • Brooke B
    DeWitt, Michigan13 contributions
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    Living Land is a must do in Luang Prabang!
    This tour is a must-do! We had an incredible time experiencing how rice is made, from plowing the field with the water buffalo, to planting, to harvesting, to separating the rice from husk, to cooking. I have a much greater appreciation for the rice growing process now. We also had a lovely lunch. The staff was friendly and spoke English well.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 7, 2023
  • seng d
    42 contributions
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    Visit Farm
    I had a great time on a visit to Living Land Farm in Luang Prabang. The tour was well-organized and informative, and our guide was excellent. We started our day with a visit to the farm's rice fields, where we learned about the traditional methods of rice cultivation in Laos. We then visited the farm's animals, including water buffalo, pigs, and chickens. After lunch, we learned about the traditional Laotian way of life. We visited a traditional Laotian village, where we saw how people live and work. We also learned about Laotian music and dance. I highly recommend a visit to Living Land Farm to anyone interested in learning about Laotian culture and agriculture. It was a fascinating and educational experience.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 6, 2023
  • Niiccoo17
    3 contributions
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    A great experience!
    The 'Rice Experience' was a really fantastic and interesting experience, to see what it takes to get rice for eating. Our guide explained every step and could answer all our questions. The Living Land Company is doing so much for the local community! Among many other things, there is a daily free English lesson for kids.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 5, 2023
  • Philip M
    Sydney, Australia3 contributions
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    A tour with a difference
    A wonderful way to learn how rice is grown. You are taken to a rice field set in spectacular scenery just outside town and you yourself will be asked to get dirty in a paddy and learn how the product is cultivated, picked and processed. At the end of a most interesting tour that helps the local community you get to eat some of the rice grown in the area. This Living Land tour is a memorable way to spend three hours or so in this captivating area. It’s all for a good cause too.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 11, 2023
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siobhanstewart
Edinburgh, UK96 contributions
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Feb 2020
We spent half a day in this rice plantation, learning about the 13 steps of rice production. We got our hands and knees dirty in the process and we ended getting one of the best meals of our trip for lunch, fresh and tasty. We won’t waste any rice from now seeing how much hard work is behind the rice harvest. Great experience and a fun day.
Written February 23, 2020
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MWashatkaphotography
Bonn, Germany176 contributions
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Feb 2020 • Family
We had the best time!!! We have 4 and 7 year old and they had a blast learning the process of how rice is grown and dealt with. We also did bamboo weaving and sugarcane juice processing! My daughter rode a water buffalo and my son was able to plow the rice field with Susan the water buffalo. They loved getting their toes into the mud and planting rice....We added they lunch into our package which was tasty as well. Our guide was fantastic and they put us with another family with small children.....so smart! 😆
Can’t recommend this experience enough!
Written February 7, 2020
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Ann P
Los Altos, CA71 contributions
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Mar 2023 • Couples
My husband and I spent the morning at the
living land farm. It was absolutely wonderful! Our guide was a young man named Tham and he and his wife and 6 month old daughter live and work on the farm. Tham’s English was excellent! He was friendly and kind and very informative!
My wife removed her shoes and walked in the mud and helped plant the rice plants and walked behind the water buffalo pulling the plow! Fantastic! We watched men weaving baskets; we helped thresh the rice; we milled it and saw how sticky rice is made.
We saw how rice was planted and harvested in each step. We then had a delicious lunch prepared by the staff. The experience here is an absolute must!
Written March 15, 2023
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Jonathan K
Princeton, NJ547 contributions
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Feb 2023 • Couples
This is a very interesting and well-conceived tour. Our guide was personable and informative and spoke English well. You are taken through every step of rice growing, from germination through threshing through the forging of tools for harvesting. Unless you are on a very tight budget I would recommend shelling out a bit extra for the lunch, which was bounteous and tasty. They provide water and a hat, but do bring sunscreen. And do be prepared for the somewhat disconcerting sensation of being immersed up to mid-calf in sucking mud at the very beginning of the tour.
Written February 6, 2023
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Kevin G
St. Andrews, UK11 contributions
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Nov 2022 • Friends
We had a superb morning at the Living Land Farm learning about the local community and their traditional rice farming. Our local guide was outstanding and took us through each of the steps of rice growing, harvesting, preparation and cooking. The whole morning was really interactive and the whole group got the chance to try out each step of the process.

This is a genuine and positive community enterprise helping the local families with education and livelihood. It was not at all commercial - they did not have a shop or try to sell us any touristy stuff. It was all about educating us and supporting their local community.
Written November 27, 2022
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LeicesterProperjob
Leicester, UK70 contributions
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Feb 2020 • Friends
What a beautiful place! We were taken through the stages of seeding, planting, ploughing, harvesting etc. Enter into the spirit of the day and be prepared to get your feet and legs muddy and you'll have a blast. The guide was charming and informative and an added bonus was the drink and snacks at the end plus a bird or animal woven from bamboo to take home. Having eaten lots of sticky rice in China, Vietnam, Thailand etc I now have a respect for the people that grew and cooked it for me. Plenty of water and brushes and towels to clean yourself afterwards and good, clean toilets as well ( some members of our party were concerned about this in advance of visiting)
Written February 22, 2020
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Gibran Z
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
I visited the Living Land Farm at the beginning of Jun'22. Laos is open!

I spent one month traveling around SEA and as far as organized tours I can say this was the best one I did. It was also a great experience being one of the few tourists around.

The tour is very well organized and structured with different activities that take you over the process of growing rice, you'll learn to appreciate the hard work behind having a bowl of rice in your home. My tour guide Den was extremely professional, you can tell he knows his stuff and the farm is beautiful. This was one of the highlights of my trip, I highly recommend you do it while in Luang Prabang.
Written June 18, 2022
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Sightsee777821
7 contributions
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Feb 2024 • Couples
We had a great time visiting this farm and learning the whole process to produce sticky rice. Our guide, Sai was really informative and funny. We had a chance to have a go at all of the different stages. Standing knee deep in mud planting rice is really good fun. You can even plough with Susan the buffalo. Even if you don't include lunch with your booking you get lots of really delicious rice snacks at the end.
We booked direct with the farm as it's cheaper and they pick you up from the hotel in their own tuk tuk
Written February 24, 2024
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Naomi W
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Nov 2022 • Friends
The whole experience was absolutely brilliant. We eat rice everyday but the experience of what is required to be done before the rice comes to our table was so valuable…. Getting into the muddy water to plant the seeds and encouraging the water buffalo to plough the field. It was absolutely wonderful.
Written November 24, 2022
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Frank T
Edinburgh, UK21 contributions
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Nov 2022 • Friends
A delightful surprise- wasn’t expecting this to be interesting or fun but it was an education and amusing way to spend a morning- good workout if you took part In All the tasks but no issue if you decided to decline. The guide was wonderful and a Swiss man , mark, who lives in London and spends months here for the past 13 years explained the ethos well. We made a donation on leaving as they are a great organisation to support.
Written November 25, 2022
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