This time, we are about to travel in the opposite direction from the north to the south of Laos with Pakse and Luang Prabang. During the journey, there will be the combination between natural sightseeing, the tradition unspoiled beauty along the way and taking delicious Lao flavours home with you after attending a tasty, aromatic and healthy Luang Prabang cooking class. These 7 days are summary of the most valuable, exotic destination in Laos. This time, Laos will make you surprised!
Day 1. Arrival – Vientiane
Day 2. Vientiane – Luang Prabang – Half Day City Tour
Day 3. Luang Prabang – Cooking Class
Day 4. Luang Prabang – Elephant Village + Kuang Si Fall
Day 5. Luang Prabang – Ethnology Centre – Ock Pop Tok
Day 6. Luang Prabang – Living Land Farm
Day 7. Luang Prabang – Departure
Day 1: Arrival – Vientiane (D)
Your expert guide will meet you at Luang Prabang International Airport while your private transportation brings you directly to your chosen hotel. Overnight in Luang Prabang
Day 2: Vientiane – Luang Prabang – Half day city tour (L)
This morning you will be transferred to Wattay Airport for your flight to Luang Prabang. On arrival, you will be met by your Local Guide and transferred to your hotel. We will give you time to rest and freshen up before we head off on bicycles to see some of the highlights of Luang Prabang including a visit to the Royal Palace Museum, which hosts the city’s oldest temples, the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roof sweeping low to the ground, representing classical Lao architecture, the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham.
We end the day by climbing up Mount Phousi to explore the sacred gilded stupa and to enjoy the panoramic view of the city and the sun setting over the Mekong River. Descenting the mountain your will find yourself in the midst of the famous Luang Prabang Night Market, where you can find a unique selection of handmade textiles and handicrafts locally made by both ethnic Lao and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang
Day 3: Luang Prabang – Cooking Class (L)
Optional: This morning you have the option and opportunity to rise early and participate in the daily morning ritual of Alms Giving, you will experience saffron-clad monks collecting offerings or ‘Alms’ from faithful local residents. This tradition is unique to Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the daily procession.
Following breakfast at your hotel you will embark on a full day cooking class by starting at the local market where your chef will explain the different herbs and spices used in Lao cooking and purchase ingredients for today’s dishes. From the market you will head out to Tamarind Gardens Cooking School set out of town amongst fish ponds and tropical gardens.
Your menu today will include:
And of course you’ll learn the art of perfecting sticky rice and its eating etiquette.
Following the class, and with full stomachs, we will head back to town where you will have the option of joining a Sunset Cruise (Nava Mekong) on the Mekong River, taking just a relaxing at your hotel. Overnight in Luang Prabang
Day 4: Luang Prabang – Elephant Village + Kuang Si Fall (L)
This morning we head to Elephant Village approximately 45 minutes’ drive out of Luang Prabang, to experience elephant riding through the teak forests and along the riverside. These elephants were once employed in the logging industry but now enjoy a much easier life in the village.
Day 5: Luang Prabang – Ethnology Centre – Ock Pop Tok (L)
Today is a day for the culture and handicrafts enthusiasts, beginning with a visit to The Art and Ethnology Centre to learn about the culture and history of some of the diverse ethnic groups that make up the rich tapestry of the population of Laos. The Centre also have a shop where you can purchase quality gifts and soveniors and a café where you can enjoy a morning coffee and cake.
Next we move to the Ock Pop Tok Living Crafts Centre & Shop, where you can see the silk weaving process in action and purchase some exquisite examples of traditional Lao textiles. The Centre also has a restaurant where you can enjoy traditional and fusion dishes with the gentle melody of weaving looms humming in the background.
We will end our culture and handicrafts day at Yen Sabai Book and Arts Centre where you have the opportunity to participate into a traditional Paper Stenciling class (only available Monday – Friday). Using traditional stenciling tools and patterns for the murals at Wat Xiengthong you will create your own paper stencil as a reminder of your visit to Luang Prabang.
Returning to the hotel the rest of your afternoon and evening is free to relax or explore. Overnight Luang Prabang
Day 6: Luang Prabang – Living Land Farm (L)
This morning we head out to Living Land Farm, a working community farm aprroximately 5kms outside the town. There you will learn all about the rice growing process and have an opportunity to participate in seasonal farm activities such as identifying viable rice seeds, ploughing with a buffalo, hand planting, weeding and harvesting rice and threshing rice seed.
You may be picking vegatables form the organic garden or catching fish to cook for your all natural, organic lunch where there will be a variety of local rice products for you to sample.
We will return to Luang Prabang late afternoon. Overnight in Luang Prabang
Day 7: Departure
After breakfast, you are free until transfer to airport catching your departure flight.
Price: on request
- Hotel accommodation by twin share basis with daily breakfast
- Ground transportation by private, air-con vehicle
- Regional ENGLISH speaking guide
- Sightseeing with admission fees
- Private boat trips as programmed
- Mineral water and cold tissues on tours
- International air tickets arrival to and departure from Laos
- Visa stamping on arrival to Laos (US$ 30 per person)
- All other meals & beverages are NOT mentioned in the program
- Personal expenses and Tips
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