A Rice Journey in Luang Prabang
A Rice Journey in
From grain to plate: the life story of rice largely remains a mystery to the general public.
Numerous species and labour-intensity plus a growing interest in rice cultivation
resulted in the creation of half a day Luang Prabang exploration of Laos’ rice.
WHY THIS TOUR?
When talking about Laos, one automatically will raise its deeply-rooted agricultural culture. With more than 80% of the population making their daily living from farming and fishing, for many years, rice remains the most cultivated source of income. Depending on the soil quality and precipitation, rice farmers in this land-locked country can grow up to three harvests per year. This, too, largely depends on the quality of the rice grain, be it sticky or tacky.
A popular saying says that “rice is life”, and where other than in Laos makes this perfect sense. A short drive outside Luang Prabang, we now can show you the ins and outs of rice cultivation – ranging from watching the seeds entering the paddy to a more hands-on experience by getting into a paddy field and become a temporary rice farmer yourself.
08:30 - 12:00
Our driver for the morning will pick you up from your hotel in Luang Prabang where you may join other ‘rice enthusiasts’ before heading out into the rural landscape of charming Laos. The ride is a short one, and you may see the abundance of green already from a distance (season depending). This educational and family-orientated half-day journey into the rice paddy fields takes place all around a local farm, specializing for generations in the art of rice farming and cultivation. A local English-speaking guide will welcome you and will be your host for the morning. The process from seed until they reach your plate in a cooked or fried version are said to take 14 different levels, and all this, and more, is explained and showed during these 3.5 hours of learning the fine art that surrounds Laos’ stable food.
The farm and the community living on and around this fertile part of Luang Prabang have made it their livelihood to cherish and protect this means of honest, Laotian form of labour. In just a few simple yet well-explained steps, your host takes you from one stage to the other: from planting to harvesting, quality control, sieving and packing it. In the end, nothing gladdens the mood when you see buffalos ploughing through the land to prepare the planting. All income of this tour goes back for the full 100% into the community, giving this experience a very much sustainable stamp of approval.
Other farming activities may pass the revue such as weaving and gardening, all in line with local Laotian traditions. At the end of the morning, we will bring you back to your hotel in Luang Prabang just before lunch. Time for some rice?