Somdy Rattanasuvannapon

Growing up in a little village right above Kuang Si Waterfall, Somdy was exposed to the beauty of the jungle from a very young age. He learned about traditional Lao herbal medicine from his father and relatives and developed a keen interest in everything that nature provides us with. Herbal teas, medical treatments, snake and mosquito repellents, or simply roots, herbs and vegetables to use for cooking are his speciality.

Growing up so close to Luang Prabang, a beautiful UNESCO heritage town, Somdy chose to be a tourguide. He has been leading tours all through Laos ever since. In building the Herb Center close to Kuang Si Waterfalls, a dream came true and he is happy to share it with you.

Come join us for this extraordinary tour that takes you to Somdy's former home in the middle of the jungle and right next to the world renowned waterfalls of Kuang Si.

The Herb Center

The newly built house on stilts in the immediate vicinity of the jungle around Kuang Si Waterfalls houses a small restaurant on the ground floor and an exhibition about the local flora and herbal medicine in Laos on the first floor. This is also where the tour starts.


3 houses made of bamboo are planned to be built on top of the hill on the premises of the Herb Center and Garden. Here, you will enjoy the beautiful view on the surrounding mountains, the tranquility and peace of the slow life in the countryside of Laos.

The Garden

Wander on the small paths through our Herb Garden that spreads the hill around the Herb Center. Here you can discover some of the most common plants used in Lao herbal medicine and read about their effects.