What is Laos Buffalo Dairy?

 

A social enterprise started by two families who decided to have a mid-life crisis with a “Purpose rather than a Porsche”!  The first and only buffalo dairy in Laos, producing a wide array of artisanal cheeses & products; including mozzarella, blue cheese, feta and ice-cream to name but a few. Offering visitors to Luang Prabang a unique opportunity to try these delicious cheeses and “get up close and personal” with beautiful buffalo and other farm animals. Visitors to the Dairy are helping support the rental of buffalo providing local farmers an additional income stream, improved feeding, veterinary care and breeding program to revitalize the local buffalo genetics. Visitors also help fund workshops for local farmers on animal care, organic methods for feed production and how to milk a buffalo, so they can improve the nutrition of children in rural villages.

 

 
 
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Option 1: Scheduled Tour through mini - farm

Tour Details:

  • Join a scheduled tour of the farm every 20 minutes starting on the hour from 10am until 5pm

  • Cuddle up to our beautiful buffalos at 450 kilos or feed Ferdinand, the friendly buffalo at just 750 Kilos!  They love to eat, not only grass but bananas as well!

  • After eating, our buffalo’s next favourite activity is having a bath.  You’ll get to wash them and give them a scrub.  It’s like a “day spa” for buffalo!

  • Hands on milking demonstration! Learn how to milk a buffalo and why buffalo milk is so good for you. 

  • The Buffalo may be the stars of the show but our playful pigs, cheeky chickens and rollicking rabbits are also plenty of fun for the young and young at heart!

 

USD 6.25 / 50,000 Kip per person

Opening Hours: 9.30am – 5.30pm, Monday - Sunday

Tour time - approx. 45 min

 

Child Entry Policy

One adult paying entry fee can be accompanied by 2 children under 12 free

50% of entry fee per additional child

 

 
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Option 2: Guided Tour through mini - farm

Tour Details:

  • A trained guide will be ready to show you around the Dairy and answer any questions

  • Cuddle up to our beautiful buffalos at 450 kilos or feed Ferdinand, the friendly buffalo at just 750 Kilos!  They love to eat, not only grass but bananas as well!

  • After eating, our buffalo’s next favourite activity is having a bath.  You’ll get to wash them and give them a scrub.  It’s like a “day spa” for buffalo! 

  • Hands on milking demonstration! Learn how to milk a buffalo and why buffalo milk is so good for you. 

  • The Buffalo may be the stars of the show but our playful pigs, cheeky chickens and rollicking rabbits are also plenty of fun for the young and young at heart!

  • Nobody can resist a giggle when bottle feeding our very cute calves!

  • Relax in the café and enjoy the home-made ‘cake of the day’ served with delicious ice cream and tea or locally grown coffee

 

USD 12.50 / 100,000 Kip per person walk in price

Same day booking - Minimum 1 hour advance notice preferred 

Opening Hours: 9.30am – 5.30pm, Monday to Saturday

Tour time - approx. 1 hour

 

Child Entry Policy

One adult paying entry fee can be accompanied by 2 children under 12 free

50% of entry fee per additional child

Any food ordered for children additional

 

 
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Option 3: Exclusive Farm & Production Facility Tour plus Cooking Class

Tour Details:

  • Selfie Time! In your boots and overalls we provide before entering the production side of the farm. Don’t forget to bring socks.

  • The small group allows for an in-depth look at the history and running of the farm and production facility with one of the co-founders of the farm.

  • Help move the herd to the milking stalls and watch the team in action.  Of course there will be some hands on milking practice whilst you discover all the benefits of buffalo milk

  • After milking it’s time to wash and scrub the buffalo

  • At 450 kilos our buffalos love to eat and you’ll be shown what’s involved to keep our hungry buffalo happy.  One of your jobs will be distributing bananas

  • Bottle feed our cuddly calves still in the nursery

  • Visit maternity and perhaps see a new calf only hours old

  • A fun tractor ride will take you to see our always playful chickens, pigs and rabbits

  • Special mozzarella cooking class and other tasty dishes with our international chef          

  • Enjoy a full breakfast or dinner

    • Breakfast: Fresh farm yogurt, muesli & seasonal fruit; cream cheese, home-made jam & baguette; mozzarella & ham omelette; cheesecake; barista coffee, tea or hot chocolate

    • Dinner:  Ricotta stuffed tomatoes; deep fried mozzarella; green salad with feta; trio of delicious specialty ice-cream; wine or tea / coffee

  • Optional (evening tour only) – Join in nightly ritual of “bringing home the buffalo” at the nearby local village and watch the sunset over the mountains or Mekong River depending on where your buffalo were wandering that day!

  • Take away some home-cooked buffalo cookies and mozzarella. Although your tummies may be a bit full after your meal!

 

USD 200 per person

Minimum 2 pax, maximum 5 pax

Available Mon – Sat either 7.30am – 10.30am or 3.30pm – 6.30pm

Minimum 24 hours’ notice required

No refund within 48 hours of tour date

 

Other facilities at the farm:

  • Full café menu with our range of cheeses made on site daily.

  • Outlet to purchase cheese

  • Children’s playground

  • Bathrooms

 

 

Contact Details:

To schedule a tour, reach us at: +030-969-0487

Or email us at: info@laosbuffalodairy.com