The Bamboo Experience in Luang Prabang
The Bamboo Experience
in Luang Prabang
There is hardly a natural material that can compete with bamboo in terms of versatility.
Used for handicraft, cooking and the foundation for local Laotian games are all
shown at the Luang Prabang-based and interactive Bamboo Experience.
WHY THIS TOUR?
Nature and Laos – a match made in heaven; around 70% of the country consists of mountains, reaching elevations up to 2800 meters above sea level and with this comes the perfect terrain for one of nature’s most versatile natural materials: bamboo. Local businesses – ranging from construction companies to restaurants – have found numerous ways to use bamboo in their daily lives.
Even households in Laos have found useful means in making use of the material in all means possible, including toys and instruments. It is not strange to see that these various means of its functionality are blended into half-day learning and gaining hands-on experience on the possibilities with bamboo.
08:00 - 13:30
Your driver will be ready to bring you from your hotel in Luang Prabang to the Bamboo Experience, an interactive place where everything revolves around the use of bamboo. As this is a joint experience, you may see more bamboo aficionados partaking on this encounter with this versatile material. You are welcomed by the local team who will be guiding you through all stages and usage of bamboo in a rural, Laotian lifestyle.
Your guide will show you the technique and/or the usage of each product as such fishing tools, music instruments etc. Start your simple bamboo weaving class with an expert – it may be challenging in the beginning but as always, patience is a virtue. The team behind the Bamboo Experience show you the best and safest way to cut the bamboo in workable sheet before moving into the weaving and fabrication stage. Proceed to the bamboo cooking demonstration (you are free to assist) as such bamboo shoot soup, bamboo shoot steamed in banana leaf, fermented bamboo shoot dipping and sticky rice and more. The fun really starts once your local bamboo professionals show you the rules of local games with bamboo; the competitive edge will bring out the best of everyone!
Savour your creations at the end of the session in a traditional Lao house (Pavilion style) overlooking the pristine scenery and rice fields. The emphasis is to have fun and learn a little about bamboo work and bamboo dishes. We end the morning with a delectable lunch, made of (what else) mainly bamboo! A joint transfer back to your hotel in Luang Prabang is included.