River Fishing Tour in Laos with BBQ on a Sandbank
Looking for products which introduce the daily life of the locals to our visitors, Khiri Travel Laos recently created a fishing tour which includes a traditional BBQ on a sandbank.
As we want to make sure that in the end of the day, nobody goes home hungry, we start this tour with a visit to the local market to stock up some sticky rice, vegetables, sauces and (just in case!) fish. Then we carry on by tuktuk to a local village which is famous for its bamboo weaving activities. There, we watch the locals making baskets and fish traps before we board our traditional long boat together with Thongpan, our fisherman. While our English speaking guide is explaining the different forms of fishing which are practiced in the area, we can already watch the way Thongpan is throwing his net. Then it’s your turn to prove if you have some talent in this field!
After about an hour (or when you think you’ve tried enough) we lead our boat to a sandbank to prepare our BBQ lunch. If you have been lucky, you will have the fish you caught yourself (a catfish maybe, or a carp?) if not, it will be the one you have bought from the market together with sticky rice and fresh vegetables. Again, you have the chance to help out with making the fire, preparing the fish or cooking the vegetables. Alternatively, you can refresh yourself in the river or just relax and watch.
We end this trip by leading our boat for another ½ hour straight to LuangPrabang, floating by the pretty riverside landscape and spotting water buffalos, playing kids or locals harvesting vegetables in their garden on the shore. If you have had enough of being on the river, you can alternatively stop at the next village (which is famous for their blacksmith work) and from there, take a tuktuk back into town.
This tour is a beautiful combination of local day-to-day life and hands-on fun. Welcome to Laos!