Showing posts from March, 2020

Visit Kuang Si Waterfall

A ‘must do’ when visiting Luang Prabang (and yet somehow something I missed during my first trip) Kuang Si waterfall is a fun half day trip. Not wanting to travel all that way just for half a day, we also visited Laos Buffalo Dairy (more on that in another post!)  This photo doesn't do the falls justice, but it still looks pretty good!   How to get there:  The best way is to go via songthaew. There are lots of prices shown online, but as we wanted to go for the whole day. We paid 20usd to hire a driver for the day, there are plenty of them around town, and they often wait outside hotels. I wouldn’t recommend booking through wherever you’re staying as we found there was a 50%(!) markup.   Don't be fooled by this smile.  This hurts. How long does it take: About 45 minutes depending on the speed of your driver. It isn’t a comfortable ride as the roads aren’t exactly smooth and songthaew suspension leaves much to be desired. That said, the breeze is wonderful and th

Laos Buffalo Dairy

Luang Prabang has so much to offer, so there was some stiff competition, but after much thought, I have to say that a visit to Laos Buffalo Dairy was the highlight of my trip.   A visit that feels good and does good The Buffalo Dairy is a working farm, they have many animals on-site and educate local farmers on sustainable practices. They loan out animals and help treat them if they get sick, they also don’t allow those animals to be killed (hence the loan!) and if the farmers don’t want them anymore, they must be returned.  Sister sister This social enterprise does SO much for the local community, click here to learn more from their website. If you’ve travelled in South East Asia a lot, you may be somewhat jaded by the number of ‘social enterprises’ or ‘NGOs’ that seem to just be exploiting local people and raking it lots of money from well-meaning travellers while they do it. This is NOT the case at Laos Buffalo Dairy! You’ll see first hand just some of the good