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Luang Prabang: Bamboo Experience & Kuang Si Falls Tour

Activity provider: Wander Laos
Water activity

Luang Prabang: Bamboo Experience & Kuang Si Falls Tour

Activity provider: Wander Laos

From US$ 49 per person

Enjoy a full day of discovering Lao culture. Take part in a weaving experience, cook your own traditional lunch and visit the Kuang Si Falls.

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Duration 8 hours
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Pickup included
Please wait in the hotel lobby 5 minutes before your scheduled pickup time. Drivers will wait no longer than 5 minutes after the scheduled pickup time.


  • Learn about the importance of bamboo in Laos culture
  • Combine Laotian cuisine with crafts on this combined activity
  • Enjoy a fun and interactive cooking class using bamboo shoots
  • Visit Kuang si waterfalls and see the bear sanctuary
  • Dip into the pools of the spectacular waterfalls
Full description
Spend a full day cooking traditional and authentic Lao food and exploring the Kuang Si falls. Begin your journey with a tuk-tuk pick-up from your hotel at 8.30 AM and head to a rustic pavilion modeled on a traditional Lao house in a picturesque setting.  After a warm welcome, your guide will explain how bamboo is a key part of Lao culture and how numerous items found in Lao households are made from the versatile bamboo plant, including fishing tools and musical instruments. Then, try your hand at weaving a souvenir mat made from strips of the bamboo plant. Your local teacher will guide you through techniques that have been used for hundreds of years. Learn how to sharpen knives and cut bamboo into strips, then make a small mat using an overlapping weaving process. After admiring your finished creation, learn how the bamboo plant also plays a vital role in everyday Lao cuisine. In a hands-on workshop, you will then assist a chef in cooking traditional local dishes such as bamboo shoot soup, bamboo shoot steamed in banana leaf, and bamboo shoot dip. After class, relax on the terrace and enjoy your culinary creations along with views of the countryside. After lunch, you will visit the most beautiful waterfalls in Luang Prabang, the mighty Kuang Si falls. You will also get to see the sun bears living in the rescue center inside the falls. Finally, enjoy swimming in the turquoise pool inside the falls before being transferred back to your hotel in Luang Prabang in the evening.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off by tuk tuk
  • English-speaking guide (At Cooking class)
  • Traditional lunch
  • Bamboo weaving activity
  • Lao cooking class
  • Entrance ticket fee at Kuang si falls
  • Travel Insurance
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • Food and drinks

Know before you go

  • You will have plenty of photo-taking opportunities and village visits en route
  • Short hiking at the falls is possible
  • There is an option to visit the Laos Buffalo Dairy if time permits. Please ask the driver to stop for a short visit
Customer reviews

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This was a fabulous day. We started off with a short class on bamboo, then moved into another class with a master weaver where we prepared the bamboo and then learned how to weave a simple piece. We each created a simple bamboo woven creation to take home. Then we had a very nice cooking class and we ate the delicious food we made. Finally it was off to Kwang Si Falls, which are spectacular. Our host was knowledgeable and fun. We give this tour our highest recommendation.

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March 29, 2023

We had a wonderful day and would recommend it to everyone. We were picked up punctually at our hotel. Then we went to Somsay's home, where we were warmly welcomed by his family. Somsay speaks very good English and taught us about the relevance of bamboo in Laotian culture. You can tell that it is also very close to his personal heart and he shared some beautiful stories from his childhood with us. It gives you a wonderful insight into local life. Afterwards, we were able to have our own experience with a master weaver. We laughed a lot with him and not only because of the offered Lao Whiskey. We were surprised how diverse bamboo can be used in the kitchen at the cooking class with Somsay‘s wife! The tasty lunch was rounded off with traditional music. Afterwards, a transport to the Kuang Si waterfalls was organised, where we could spend as much time as we wanted. Most beautiful waterfalls and not too cold to jump into the water. From there we went back to the hotel. Very well organised.

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March 29, 2023

If you’re going to do anything in Luang Prabang, it should be THIS tour with The Bamboo Experience. I’m not joking - my experience was just so incredible!! The tour guide, Somsay, is so knowledgeable and can speak English well. His intentions behind his company is to share local Lao culture and emphasize how bamboo is an important part of this. You will learn how to weave with a local master weaver who truly is masterful in his craft. Then, you will cook a traditional Lao dish with his mom! They will explain what ingredients they use to create the dishes and you will cook alongside them. I also ate the food with Somsay the traditional way - WITH YOUR HANDS! And he was lovely to talk to. The lunch follows up with traditional Hmong dance and music. Then, off to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfalls!!! This was just such a perfect day and such an amazing tour guide!!! Somsay’s passions for Lao culture and supporting local people really showed during this tour. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

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March 29, 2023

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