Meet your guide and driver after breakfast, then start the day with a visit to the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, a museum dedicated to the ethnic minorities of Laos. Then drive into the peaceful countryside, stopping to explore several villages along the way. See a Hmong, a Khmu, and a Lowland Lao village and compare their different lifestyles, traditions, and religions. In Ban Long Lao, you can see Hmong and Khmu people living peacefully side-by-side. The Hmong settlers were the most recent to come to Laos. Hmong built their villages on the mountaintops and practiced shifting cultivation of corn and other crops. With local guides, you have the chance to see houses from inside, traditional dresses, and explanations about different craft productions or other common work routines. The villagers are grateful for this additional income, and proud to welcome visitors from far away!
Continue on with a trek through various landscapes until you arrive at the top of the Kuang Si Waterfall. Hike down and enjoy lunch here as crystal water cascades into idyllic turquoise pools. Also, take time to visit the nearby Sun Bear Refuge to learn more about the poaching of these endangered creatures.
After this, visit the Buffalo Diary Farm, known for its sustainable approach to local farming. A guided tour of the farm and information on how they work with the local community are included, as well as buffalo feeding and bathing, milking demonstrations, feeding chickens, pigs, and rabbits, and bottle feeding calves. Before returning to your hotel, relax in the café and enjoy the 'cake of the day' served with ice cream and tea or coffee.