Set in idyllic countryside in the heart of Laos, you’ll find the Living Land Farm. Established in 2005, this thriving farm was formed by a group of locals who wanted to combine their land to give it a better use. And it seems they have had every success.
Today, they not only run an entirely organic farm, but a successful community enterprise offering visitors a glimpse into rural life in Laos. Being just a short drive from the ancient capital of Luang Prabang, the farm makes for a great break from city sightseeing and a wonderful stop on our Laos group tours. So here we reveal a little more about what you can expect.
What is the ‘Rice Experience’?
Arriving at the Living Land Farm, you’re in for a fun and hands-on experience. Rice is the centre of life in Laos, and here you’ll learn all about how this staple food is produced. Local farmers will teach you about the 13 stages of cultivating rice and you’ll get to try your hand at these activities for yourself. From selecting the seeds to planting and even ploughing the paddy with the farm’s water buffalo!
By the end of the experience, you’ll no doubt be muddy, but also have a fantastic insight into what life is like as a Lao farmer. And to top off your morning, you’ll then enjoy a tasty lunch of typical Lao dishes at the farm’s Terrace Restaurant. With fantastic views over the surrounding rice terraces and mountains, this is the perfect way to end this half-day farming experience.
Run by a local team, the Living Land Farm also supports a variety of community projects. These range from helping with village improvements to offering free English language classes to local children.
The rice, herbs, salad greens and organic vegetables grown on the farm also supply leading hotels and restaurants in Luang Prabang. And, if that wasn’t enough, the farm acts as a training site for students from the Northern College of Agriculture.
Ensuring the benefits of travel reach the communities we visit is a key part of our sustainable travel ethos. And by visiting the Living Land Farm, we’re not only giving our travellers a taste of rural life in Laos, but helping contribute to this fantastic community project.
Interested in visiting the Living land Farm? As well as our group tours, we could arrange your visit as part of a tailor-made holiday.