Attraction Ban Phong Van, Luang Prabang Town, Luang Prabang Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why The Living Land Company is special ?
The Living Land Company is a community-run organic farm supplying fresh vegetables, herbs, salads and rice to hotels and restaurants in Luang Prabang. Visitors can take a trip to the farm and try their hand at being a farmer with an opportunity to grow rice and enjoy a beautiful Lao-style house overlooking rice terraces and the organic vegetable fields. The farm aims to offer an alternative to the current slash-and-burn farming methods which result in unusable land following harvest.
Struggling local families are invited to work on the farm where there are also student scholarships in place. The families benefit hugely from the income in an area that provides very little in the way of work, and the eating establishments in Luang Prabang reap the rewards of superior tasting fresh chemical free produce for their guests.
What to explore at The Living Land Company?
Available in both half-day and full-day tours, “The Living Land” offers tours to its organic vegetable farm and rice fields. You will be educated in and participate in content presented by our farmers and craftsmen in Ban Phong Van. The farm works with and supports the local community and helps educate children from disadvantages families.
You’ll be taught about ancient rice harvesting and planting methods and also all about threshing and winnowing rice. Alternatively you can combine time at the farm with a cooking lesson given by a hotel’s head chef creating clay-pot soup, curry paste and sticky rice steamed in a huat kao basket. The class takes place in a picturesque open-air wooden pavilion in the middle of the vegetable fields with grazing buffalo and rolling hills close by.
Wine is also included in the lunch which starts with a tour of the farm. The Living Land Company organic farm stretches over two hectares cultivating all manner of herbs and vegetables including beetroot, mint and mustard with an additional eight hectares of rice paddies.
- Hands on experience
- You will never look at rice the same way again!!
- Brilliant day out
- Perfect way to spend your morning in Luang Prabang
- Fun 14 steps making Sticky rice
Ban Phong Van, Luang Prabang Town, Luang Prabang
Tips for you
No visit to Luang Prabang is complete without a visit to Living Land rice experience and tour. Our only regret is that we did not plan an overnight stay there with the accompanying cooking class. This program is expertly crafted and executed, from the moment you step onto the farm to the (sad) moment you part ways. Our two families (nine altogether with kids ranging in ages from 6-14) all over the experience. You have the opportunity to work with the rice planting from choosing grains for planting to eating the harvested crop. Be brave and step into the mud to help plow the field, help cut the dried stalks, grind rice flour, and enjoy the various rice snacks offered at the end of your tour. Full disclosure, you're not actually "working" the rice fields, they take you through a demonstration field but it feels and looks like a working field. You will see village members creating amazing and cute) bamboo animals, pound the rice grains out of the stalks, pick fresh vegetables for your snack, all on a beautiful and very well maintained rice farm. Our leader for the day - he was the one who actually created this program - was a brilliant and engaging educator who captivated both the adults and kids with his humor and descriptions. Plan to spend half a day there if you are not spending the night and wear pants you can roll up so you can step into the mud up to your mid-calves. This was one of the highlights of our tour in Vietnam and Laos!