The Living Land Company

Day Trips and Lodging in Luang Prabang, Laos

Experience life as a traditional Lao rice farmer in an idyllic countryside setting. You can go for a day trip or spend a night on the farm! The converted rice barn offers simple but comfortable accommodation for two, overlooking rice fields and mountains. You can relax on the terrace, sample some of their home-brewed rice wine, learn about traditional harvesting techniques and try your hand at some of the activities!

This entirely organic farm is a Community Enterprise, run by a local team and for the benefit of Lao people.

Right for You?

Experience

Community Visit, Cultural Activities, Farm Visit, Getting to Know Locals, Family Homestay and Class/Workshop

Style

Comfortable Stay, Cultural Immersion, Time to Relax, Cultural Immersion and Connect with Nature

Price

Budget

Location

Rural Communities

Connect with The Living Land Company

Locally Owned Social Enterprise

Why Lokal Recommends The Living Land Company

Background

Social Enterprise | Locally Owned with 100% local staff

A Unique Story

The Living Land Project was formed in response to the destructive methods of farming in Laos: slash and burn (swidden) culture, which leaves land overgrown with invasive shrubs (Lantana!) and weeds, preventing natural tree re-growth, and the extensive and indiscriminate use of insecticides, herbicides, pesticides and chemical fertilizers. This results in degraded, unusable land: dead land.

Community Connection

The Living Land Company employs locals who would not otherwise find employment, people with low educational achievements and ethnic minorities from remote villages, where their salaries are about the only cash income.

They also promote their knowledge and methods through cooperation with local farmers (they have 7 families working with them on rice growing), projects with the Department of Agriculture and Forestry of the District of Luang Prabang and the Agricultural College of Luang Prabang Province where they offer on-site training to 3rd year students and scholarships.

Environmental Engagement

By introducing organic and land-friendly methods, like organic composting, crop-rotation, fallow periods, green manure and the use of natural, locally available means to encourage growth and control invasive insects and diseases, The Living Land Company demonstrates the continuing fertile use of the land.

Additionally, they supply the organic vegetables, salad greens and herbs to the leading hotels and restaurants in Luang Prabang who appreciate their chemical-free produce and their superior taste, freshness and crispness, due to having been grown at their own natural pace.

Culture

They use a traditional farming style to preserve their culture and the environment by using compost fertilizer, buffaloes for ploughing and ancient husking mortars instead of chemical fertilizer and tractors.

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