Lao Wine Making Workshop

Brewing With Local Khmu farmers

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$21.00 per guest
Hosted by Phengkeo Vanila

Highlights

  • Experience and try your hand at the process of making Lao Hai, the sticky rice wine of the Kamus
  • Bring a home a bottle of pre-made Lao Hai for your own consumption
  • Visit a local farmer's house and see authentic traditional life
  • Bring home a traditional bamboo straw used for drinking Lao Hai
  • Make your own fire and try using the traditional wind machine to control the fire

Inclusive of:

  • Entire experience and all tools and materials you need
  • English Speaking Facilitator
  • A bottle of Lao Hai
  • A special straw for drinking Lao Hai

Not Inclusive of:

  • Additional Drinks and Food
4.6 Out of 5
24 Reviews
Francesca Smith United Kingdom
5
11 May, 2019

We really enjoyed the wine making experience. It was so different to anything we’ve done before and defiantly not like a...

Prem Anand Vasudevan
4
27 Apr, 2018

Great experience in learning hands on wine making

$US 21.00 per guest
2 hours
1 - 8 guest
Cancellation Policy: Moderate

Full refund available for cancellations made up to 24 hours prior to booking start time.

More About This Experience

Lao wine, or better known as 'Lao Hai', is a sweet rice wine produced by the Khmu hill-tribe for Pimai Lao (Lao New Year) and other festivals. It has a immensely smooth, naturally sweet flavour. It's sweetness and lingering aroma comes from fermented sticky rice, which is steamed before being mixed with crushed rice husk. It is then placed in traditional earthen jars known as 'hai', for 3-4 days before it can be drank. It can also be kept up to a year and generally the longer the mixture is left the sweeter the wine becomes. Traditionally, it's drunk communally (and often competitively) through thin, hollow river reeds. As the wine is drunk, water is added to maintain an even balance of water and alcohol. In this course, you will learn how to make it on your own, as well as start a fire and keep it burning with a traditional wind machine! Then try out a jar of it on your own before bringing home a little bottle for future consumption. Try making your own straw with the hollow river reeds too! There's good reason for it to be the happiest drink in Laos. Note: Bring your own bottled water

Additional Information:

  • Pick up will be via a tuktuk
  • Journey time from Luang Prabang hotels is around 15-25mins
  • There might be other people on the same experience
  • Bring your own water
  • Experience is at a local farm house

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Your Local Host

Phengkeo Vanila

Coming from a family of farmers, Phengkeo has been making and drinking Lao hai since she was a little girl. Bringing happiness to entire villages is something that makes her very happy. She hopes that foreigners ca...

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24 reviews from people who took this experience

Francesca Smith United Kingdom
5
11 May, 2019

We really enjoyed the wine making experience. It was so different to anything we’ve done before and defiantly not like any other wine you’ve seen or tried before. I’d defiantly recommend this for any travellers it’s good fun and decent price

Prem Anand Vasudevan
4
27 Apr, 2018

Great experience in learning hands on wine making

Seth Tuengel
5
3 Mar, 2018

I felt like I really learned about Laos and the personal story of my host, Phengkeo.

Melisa Z Laos
5
11 Jan, 2018

We had a great time learning to make crossbows, lao-hai (Khmu rice wine) and fish with nets. Som Leth, our guide, was very helpful not just as an interpreter but also as a source of information about his country and culture. He even invited us into his home for lunch! I would recommend BA for anyone keen to do something different while on holiday.

Harvey Goldfine Laos
4
4 Jan, 2018

This was a very hands on experience, mostly preparing the rice for fermentation. We also made bamboo drinking straws. The wine that day for sampling was quite good but the samples sent with us packed in bamboo was not very good when we had it the next day.

US$ 21.00 per guest
24 Reviews