A Rice Journey in Luang Prabang

A Rice Journey in
Luang Prabang

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.

TRAIL ITINERARY

A Rice Journey in Luang Prabang

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?

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A half-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide.
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges

EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on joint / Seat-In-Coach basis only with English-speaking guide.
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside Luang Prabang.
  • Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside this area such as Kuang Si, along the Ou and Nam Khan River, Nong Kiau and Luang Prabang International Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • Guests are advised that some walking is required during this excursion; we always ensure that we take the most comfortable ways from the entrance of the sight to the sight itself.
  • To respect local customs and respecting the religious sites and temples on this tour, it is customary for guests to take off their shoes before allowed entrance. Your guide will inform you in advance for which of these sites this is applicable.
  • Royal temples and palaces uphold a very strict dress code: it is essential that you dress appropriately during this excursion by wearing clothes that cover shoulders and fall below the knees.
  • Customers wearing shirts with obscene and disrespectful prints and pictures and brightly-coloured clothing may be refused entrance.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pickup and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.
  • This tour is operated only in the morning.

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