WHAT TO DO AROUND BAN DON KAO
ALM GIVING CEREMONY
Just 5 minutes from the guesthouse away is the daily alms giving ceremony of the monks in the early morning (mostly around 6 am). This is part of everyday life in this village.
In order to keep it away from negative tourist influences, I am very committed to the local people how my guests have to behave. The villagers thank me that my guests behave so mindful.
My guests are participating observers of a Buddhist ritual and prayer. They are properly dressed and watch the procession from the other side of the street. From this distance you can take wonderful photos or videos.
There is always an open invitation to join her in the early morning to go to the nearby fresh food market and see what the Lao people eat at home!
Very active as from 8 o’clock in the morning, its a typical passing spot for Laotians who come to buy and/or to sell. There’s a lot going on ! You can find many unusual foodstuffs like ox-blood which is proposed in gelatinous cubes, serpents, bats, grilled insects (worms, grasshoppers, bee’s larvae, crickets, butterfly chrysalis), giblets covered with flies, caramelised pork’s head, and all sorts of leaves and plants which are used to make the traditional dishes.
HANDYCRAFT & ARTISAN VILLAGE
On the way to the town, on the less frequented road along the shore, there is the craftsmen’s village with small shops selling handmade products.
THE INSIDER TIP
Our neighbour, the Tadam Restaurant is known for the best noodle soup far and wide and other traditional Laotian dishes. The restaurant is breaking full during lunch time exclusively Laotians to eat there with their colleagues.