An Interactive and Hands-On Day All About Life in Laos
Get a glimpse into life in Laos that is hands-on fun for the whole family. This activity is a great idea for a different way to spend a day out in Luang Prabang.
Water Buffaloes and Rice Paddy Fun
Your clients can learn all about how rice is traditionally grown and produced in a series of interactive steps. Each step is explained and demonstrated by our charming local guides. Your client’s active involvement will make for a fun and educational experience – the most spectacular of which involves getting in the mud and meeting a friendly water buffalo named Susan.
After learning so much about how important this staple grain is to life in Laos, the last part of the experience of course has to be a tasting. Visitors get to taste some sticky rice accompanied by a traditional dipping sauce, rice crackers and a couple of other local products made from rice. Mm-mm!
There are also other activities that demonstrate life in Laos such as traditional trades plied outside of the rice season. A blacksmith forges blades for reaping the harvest. Farmers weave storage baskets from natural materials. A stroll around the organic vegetable gardens is a pleasant way to finish off this great insight into rural life in Laos.
Making Silk from Worms
In the afternoon your travelers can visit Luang Prabang’s Living Crafts Center to find out all about Laotian silk. Located just outside of town, the center occupies a peaceful garden setting along the Mekong riverside. Visitors learn how to prepare natural dyes to use on a souvenir silk scarf. This interesting workshop informs about silkworms, silk thread and weaving techniques. There is even an opportunity to try the spinning wheel and operate a weaving loom or just watch as friendly staff members demonstrate their skillful artistry.
The program is interactive and full of fascinating information. It is a unique and entertaining opportunity to learn all about this beautiful product and how important silk is to life in Laos. The day ends with a stroll around the garden, a nibble on some tasty fried silkworms. Best of all, visitors can enjoy a cocktail or some silkworm tea as the sun dips behind the mountains on the Mekong.
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