Sticky Rice is Special Food in Laos

February 4, 2015 by | Filed Under: Authentic Experiences, Culinary, Laos, News

ploughing rice paddy large, Luang Prabang, Laos

Sticky rice is the main food staple of Laos, yet rice in this form remains a mystery to most visitors to Southeast Asia. At the Living Land Farm, just outside of Luang Prabang, your travelers will have the opportunity to learn about this special kind of rice and become a rice farmer for a day. The energetic farmer/guide will discuss and model every step of growing rice from selecting the seeds, to plowing the land with a water buffalo and the actual planting.

“In the six years that I lived in Laos, I have eaten sticky rice well over a thousand times,” says country manager Ait. “I was intrigued to learn how complicated it is to grow this staple of Laos everyday life. I appreciate sticky rice even more now! I can highly recommend to anyone who is interested to learn about the real Laos to participate in this tour.” It is especially suitable for families as children as young as six years can participate.

what to do in Laos - grow rice with farmer

This farm museum serves to preserve a traditional way of life and gives outsiders an opportunity to learn more about this important part of Lao culture. Profits from this community enterprise go to a selection of educational and farming programs, help with the improvement of village infrastructure and sanitation, as well as finance scholarships for local farmers to study at the Agricultural College of Luang Prabang.

It is also possible to spend a night at the farm. Converted rice barns that overlook the fields and mountains offer basic, but comfortable accommodation for two.

For more information about things to do in Luang Prabang, the countryside day trip or special rice dishes in Laos, and for booking reservations, please contact Khiri Travel Laos via the form below.