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“Simply a must do - meet the locals”

The Living Land Company
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Full-Day Luang Prabang Rural Farm Experience
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Spend a morning on ourLIVING RICE FARM,Come and let us show you how rice is grown on our farm, experience the life of a farmer and try your hand at some of the activities. Or just view it all from the comfort of our traditional Lao rice house balcony, which is surrounded by rice terraces and our organic vegetable farm. All the family can join in and there are great photo opportunities. Our converted rice barn offers simple but comfortable accommodation for two, overlooking rice fields and mountains. Relax on the terrace and sample some of our home-brewed rice wine, walk to the ruined temple through our rice farm, be pampered with a massage then have afternoon tea, visit the local weavers who make our farm outfits before joining our farm family for a game of petanque or rattan ball! Watch or join in the preparation of the Lao dinner then dine with our farm family before you retire for the night (maybe after a Beer Lao or two?). Wake up to a brand new day and a typical Lao breakfast before joining the Rice Experience for the morning
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Brisbane, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
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“Simply a must do - meet the locals”
Reviewed February 6, 2013 via mobile

From the brilliantly informative guides, to the tasty rice meal, to meeting Susan the Buffalo - this was the best morning I had here in Luang Prabang. If you want to get away from the usual elephant/kayak/waterfall/cave experiences on offer here in this beautiful city and want to instead gain an understanding of what it takes to live, grow produce and farm the land to produce the staple diet of rice, then get yourself on the course. Over the last seven years they've built themselves up from organic subsistence farmers, to fascinating guides about the Laos lifestyle. Support the locals and learn loads too!

Thank BestJobBen
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“Fun in the mud”
Reviewed February 6, 2013

Very educational and fun hands on experience. You will never think of rice in the same way. Plowing with Susan, the water buffalo, was a highlight.
I would suggest wearing shorts because you are going to be in water and mud. Don't worry about shoes because you don't wear shoes in the mud.

Visited February 2013
Thank Karl B
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“A favourite memorable experience”
Reviewed February 1, 2013

This will be one of my favourite things to have experienced in all my travels.
Getting to experience the life of a farmer in a rice paddy for half a day. Such a fantastic memorable experience.

You start by getting an introduction to what rice means to the Lao people, and how it is used in day to day life.

Next, you are taking down to the paddy field and get to sink your legs knee deep in mud to plough the field with the very docile Susan, the buffalo.

You get taken from paddy to paddy to see the various stages of growth of the the rice plant, and then you get to plant some rice!

After planting, you are given the opportunity to harvest and extract the rice grains from the plant. It is very hands on and so much fun! In our group, we even found a snake slithering past which thankfully didn't get to harm anybody. Just gave everyone a little bit of a fright. Don't get me wrong, it is completely safe. I don't think snakes is a usual thing in the paddy...

After harvesting, we all got to play with the equipment to grind the husks off the rice, get our hands dirty playing blacksmith and learn how to strip bamboo and make things with it (unsuccessfully).

The guides, Lao Li and Xai were fantastic, funny, engaging and informative. They were perfect hosts. The perfect people to lead us through life as farmers in Lao.

At the end of the tour, we got to see a bit of their vegie garden and then got to see how the rice is cooked and prepared and best of all, after a hard morning 'at work' we all got to eat some rice and drink rice wine.

I will never look at a grain of rice the same way ever again. And I will never waste a grain of rice EVER.

Please do yourself a favour and experience this for yourself. My words cannot do justice to how awesome I felt afterwards.

Words of advice:
-bring a compact camera rather than an SLR, it is cumbersome and you will be getting dirty!
-wear shorts. Wear short shorts if you have any as the mud can be anywhere rom knee deep to thigh deep (depending on how tall you are....)
-be prepared to get dirty and muddy
- be prepared to have lots of laughs and fun
-ask lots of questions
-participate in everything
-maybe bring some long pants to change into cos the mornings can be rather cold.

Visited January 2013
1 Thank maehem
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Fascinating and fun experience!”
Reviewed January 27, 2013

This was one of the best days we spent in Luang Prabang. If spending half a day ploughing and planting rice sounds boring, it definitely isn't! You learn about how time intensive and important rice production is, from growing the seedlings to harvesting and threshing. Getting muddy in the rice paddies is great fun - just wear clothes that can be washed easily because you will get muddy!
The chance to pat and plough with 'Susan' the buffalo is a highlight. My 2 young nephews loved it! It would be a good idea to bring some morning snacks though if you have young kids with you because it's a long time for kids to go until lunch.

Soi and the other staff do a great job explaining everything without being tedious or boring. You get a new respect for the hard labour involved in producing rice,as well as the chance to eat food made with rice at the end. There is also a visit to the market garden on the farm as well. This project supports a number of local families so it's well worth a visit - educational,fun and helps thelocal community. Highly recommended for everyone!

Visited January 2013
1 Thank campbells05
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Lower Hutt
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3 attraction reviews
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“We did it”
Reviewed January 26, 2013

It started with "take your shoes off". We ploughed behind the water buffalo, up to our knees in mud, planted and harvested rice. Learnt how tools were made, weaving and how rice is processed. Saw the many plantings of herbs and vegetables that are sold to local restaurants.
We worked the equipment used to make rice flour. Demos were given on making the baskets, ornaments and blacksmithing.
We tasted sticky rice and sugar cane juice.
It was so interesting and at first a little out of our comfort zone because of the paddy field and the mud but it was an experience I would recommend.

Visited November 2012
1 Thank endhouse
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