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Host: Si

Luang Prabang, Laos

USD
$22-$48 per person

Traditional Laotian food and culture in a rural farmhouse

Host offerings
  • Rural farmhouse
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit
  • Food tour

Meet Si

Si received his education and learned English as a monk. His parents, who were unable to read and write, wanted their son to be educated and sent Si to a temple far from their countryside home to study. Si was determined to use that opportunity and learned to read and write, taking extra English classes as a monk, and then starting work directly after high school. He now works in operations for a travel company in Luang Prabang. He is a friendly young man who warmly welcomes you into the house that he built for his family. Si is a member of the Tai Lue tribe, a people of the lowlands and one of three tribes in Luang Prabang. He lives in a modest, rural home along with his mother, Tailu, who was orphaned during the war, and his wife, Nee, who is from the Sang Hai village, along with their young children.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-4 guests) Learn about food, culture and everyday Laotian living as you share a meal with this welcoming and relaxed family in their home. At the entrance to the home is Si's mother's loom, upon which she weaves traditional cloth that she sells in the local market. After a tour of their home, sit down together to enjoy a traditional home-cooked Laotian meal prepared by Nee.

Cooking experience: (1-4 guests) Learn to cook traditional Laotian cuisine from Nee, Si's wife who learned to cook watching her grandmother cook traditional Laotian family favorites. Nee learned to cook as a way to integrate into her in-laws' family. You will learn to cook a simple everyday meal that includes dishes such as peeng pa (charcoal-grilled fish) or jao nam poo (green chili sauce with crab), bamboo shoot soup (a rainy season favorite cooked with pumpkin and green leafy vegetables) or ort lam (pork soup with vegetables), and khua mak fak (stir-fried pumpkin with pork) eaten with sticky rice. You will chop, stir and cook on wood fire as you learn to cook three dishes from scratch. Some dishes may also be prepared using electric heat. Your cooking class portion of the experience will last 2.5 hours. After cooking, enjoy the Laotian meal you helped prepare at the family's indoor or outdoor dining table (weather dependent). Please note that this cooking experience takes place outdoors in the family's traditional outdoor kitchen, and it may be hot and sunny; we encourage you to dress appropriately in warm-weather clothing.

Market visit: (1-6 guests) Meet Nee at the Phosy Market, Luang Prabang's largest fresh market, and discover local fruits and vegetables that you might not have seen before. If you have selected a meal or cooking lesson with your experience, pick up a few ingredients for your lunch before returning to Si and Nee's home to learn to cook an everyday Laotian meal in their home.

Notes: Please note that this is a modest, rural experience which gives you a wonderful glimpse of rural Laotian everyday life. The bathroom in Si's home does not have a western style toilet but an eastern one. Also, please note that this experience is only available on the weekends on Saturdays and Sundays.

Languages spoken: English

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Si

$22-$48 USD

per person
100% VETTED
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  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Credit card is not charged until the host confirms your booking
  • Private experience
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$28 $22 Not offered
Cooking Experience + Meal
$46 $40 Not offered
Market Tour
$34 $26 $22
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$48 $40 Not offered
Alcohol
$3 per person
Transportation
$24 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$28 $22 Not offered
Cooking Experience + Meal
$46 $40 Not offered
Market Tour
$34 $26 $22
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$48 $40 Not offered
Alcohol
$3 per person
Transportation
$24 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:00am-2:00pm
Market Tour
4:00pm-5:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:00am-2:00pm

Meet Si

Si received his education and learned English as a monk. His parents, who were unable to read and write, wanted their son to be educated and sent Si to a temple far from their countryside home to study. Si was determined to use that opportunity and learned to read and write, taking extra English classes as a monk, and then starting work directly after high school. He now works in operations for a travel company in Luang Prabang. He is a friendly young man who warmly welcomes you into the house that he built for his family. Si is a member of the Tai Lue tribe, a people of the lowlands and one of three tribes in Luang Prabang. He lives in a modest, rural home along with his mother, Tailu, who was orphaned during the war, and his wife, Nee, who is from the Sang Hai village, along with their young children.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-4 guests) Learn about food, culture and everyday Laotian living as you share a meal with this welcoming and relaxed family in their home. At the entrance to the home is Si's mother's loom, upon which she weaves traditional cloth that she sells in the local market. After a tour of their home, sit down together to enjoy a traditional home-cooked Laotian meal prepared by Nee.

Cooking experience: (1-4 guests) Learn to cook traditional Laotian cuisine from Nee, Si's wife who learned to cook watching her grandmother cook traditional Laotian family favorites. Nee learned to cook as a way to integrate into her in-laws' family. You will learn to cook a simple everyday meal that includes dishes such as peeng pa (charcoal-grilled fish) or jao nam poo (green chili sauce with crab), bamboo shoot soup (a rainy season favorite cooked with pumpkin and green leafy vegetables) or ort lam (pork soup with vegetables), and khua mak fak (stir-fried pumpkin with pork) eaten with sticky rice. You will chop, stir and cook on wood fire as you learn to cook three dishes from scratch. Some dishes may also be prepared using electric heat. Your cooking class portion of the experience will last 2.5 hours. After cooking, enjoy the Laotian meal you helped prepare at the family's indoor or outdoor dining table (weather dependent). Please note that this cooking experience takes place outdoors in the family's traditional outdoor kitchen, and it may be hot and sunny; we encourage you to dress appropriately in warm-weather clothing.

Market visit: (1-6 guests) Meet Nee at the Phosy Market, Luang Prabang's largest fresh market, and discover local fruits and vegetables that you might not have seen before. If you have selected a meal or cooking lesson with your experience, pick up a few ingredients for your lunch before returning to Si and Nee's home to learn to cook an everyday Laotian meal in their home.

Notes: Please note that this is a modest, rural experience which gives you a wonderful glimpse of rural Laotian everyday life. The bathroom in Si's home does not have a western style toilet but an eastern one. Also, please note that this experience is only available on the weekends on Saturdays and Sundays.

Languages spoken: English

Traveler reviews

This is a new host who does not yet have any reviews. You can see reviews of our other Luang Prabang Traveling Spoon experiences on TripAdvisor:
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$28 $22 Not offered
Cooking Experience + Meal
$46 $40 Not offered
Market Tour
$34 $26 $22
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$48 $40 Not offered
Alcohol
$3 per person
Transportation
$24 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$28 $22 Not offered
Cooking Experience + Meal
$46 $40 Not offered
Market Tour
$34 $26 $22
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$48 $40 Not offered
Alcohol
$3 per person
Transportation
$24 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:00am-2:00pm
Market Tour
4:00pm-5:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:00am-2:00pm
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