Rice & Silk Experience in Laos
On this unique tour, learn how rice is traditionally grown and produced in 13 very interactive steps! All the steps are explained and demonstrated by charming locals and your active involvement will make for a fun and educational experience – the most spectacular of which involves plowing the paddy field with a buffalo named Susan! (yep – you read that correctly!) After learning so much about this Lao staple, you’ll have the chance to taste some of the fruits of your labor.
Travel on to the Living Crafts Centre for a delicious Laotian lunch. Spend the afternoon in a stunning Mekong riverside garden where you will prepare natural dyes to dye your own silk scarves. The workshop allows you to learn about silkworms, natural dyes and weaving techniques. The program is interactive and full of fascinating information; a unique and entertaining opportunity to learn about silk weaving. Meet the silkworms with an introduction to the types of silk they produce. After preparing the dye sources, you’ll dye white scarves in your chosen colors. Try weaving and spinning on the demonstration looms.
The day ends with a leisurely stroll around the garden. If you’re brave enough you can nibble on some tasty fried silkworms! Washed down with a refreshing cocktail as the sun dips behind the mountains of the Mekong.
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