"Small Steps Today Makes A Greener World Tomorrow! "

A project where people from around the world come together to discover and share experiences and knowledge with the Lao community to make a more sustainable way of life.

Our Mission and Aims

Our Mission Statement

Sae Lao is a sustainable development project located in Nathong Village, near the city of Vang Vieng, Laos. The project consists of a small organic farm, a farm-to-table restaurant, a community center that provides daily English classes, and a volunteer project for international visitors. Sengkeo Frichitthavong, a native of Vang Vieng, founded the project in 2008 and still oversees its operation.

The mission of the Sae Lao project is to provide a holistic model for sustainable development in order to manage natural resources and people in an efficient, effective, and equitable manner. The program is based on two key ideas:

  1. Sustainability is holistic and must include sustainable technologies, education, job training and opportunities, and community involvement.
  2. The best methods for creating lasting change are to lead through example and improve the lives of community members through sustainable developments.

Volunteer With Us

We urgently need long-term volunteer for financial accountant, any one interested please get more information on long term opportunities


Do you want to experience a different side of Laos? Come and join the team at the SAE LAO Project and work side by side with local people to make Laos a more sustainable place.

We welcome volunteers of all ages and nationalities. All that we ask is that you come with an open mind, a responsible attitude, a willingness to help and an eagerness to interact with people.  Minimum requirement is 2 weeks.  We only excepting volunteers once a week every Monday.  For the convenient make sure that you are in Vangvieng by Sunday.


The SAE LAO Project is located in the quiet Nathong Village, 7km outside of Vang Vieng, near the tourist attractions of Poukham Cave and the Blue Lagoon.  SAELAO is under 158 HG on this MAP.

The project is located in pristine, green surrounds consisting of about 3 hectares, including a pond, forest and fields.



Getting There

If you are planning to volunteer with us, once you arrive in Vang Vieng town make your way to our guesthouse where we will arrange transportation to the SAELAO Project. The guesthouse is called Sengkeo Guesthouse, located on the main road of Vang Vieng next to Sisoumang temple (located on 193-HJ onthe Vang Vieng map).

Alternatively, you can catch a tuk-tuk from Vang Vieng to the Blue Lagoon, which is located next to Sae Lao. Tuk-tuks are quite expensive and cost about 150,000 kip for a whole group (approximately US$20).