Experiencing the rice culture of Laos

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Date: January 4th 2018
Traveller: Carla Rijnders
Laos has a very diverse landscape, however, this country, that only covers 236,000km2, exists 70% out of mountains, plateaus and rivers. Some of the mountains in the North go as high as 2,800metres above sea level and are covered in forest. But the high and low plateaus that can be found throughout, are what’s making it the perfect place for the cultivation of rice.

Not only is rice important to the national food supply, but also for the economy. It is the main crop that can be grown during the rainy season. In the ‘80s it took up over 80 percent of agricultural land! Even though this has gone down over the years, rice is still utterly important.

For many people visiting Asia from outside the continent, it remains a mystery how this little plant is grown, harvested and cooked perfectly. Here comes the Living Land Farm in Laos to explain it all to you. Several years ago Living Land Farm was set up to educate local farmers about sustainable farming techniques. And from this, the idea came to also share this knowledge with tourists.

While visiting the farm you will learn the 14 (!) steps of getting rice on your dinner table – from selecting the right grain to harvesting, to eating this oh so popular Asian dish that can be eaten in so many different ways. This incredible farming experience gives you a rare glimpse into the lives of traditional rice farmers in Luang Prabang. You can even get your hands dirty while having a go at ploughing the land with the help of Suzuki the water buffalo! And of course, you’ll be able to try out some of the delicious rice that is grown on the land here.

Why not join us for a visit to this interesting place. Afterwards, we’ll head out to the Mekong River to visit the famous Kuang Si Waterfall, where you can swim, relax and stroll through the jungle. More information can be found here

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