- Walking along the small street of Luang Prabang and admire the local life
- Watching the daily morning alms giving in Luang Prabang
VARIOUS ACTIVITIES ON SITES
- Gentle city visits of the ancient town of Luang Prabang
- Join the seminars of “Ethnic Diversity and Cultural Change in Laos” at Traditional Arts & Ethnology Center
- Join the demonstration of the process of making the Saa paper in Ban Xang Khong
- Plenty of crafting activities at Ock Pop Tock Living Craft Center
- Leisure cruise along the Mekong River to the mysterious Pak Ou caves
- The countryside of Luang Prabang
- The untouched nature along Mekong River
- Attending the daily morning alms giving in Luang Prabang
- Visit various temple and museum in the ancient town of Luang Prabang
- Learning about the culture of Laos at Traditional Arts and Ethnology Center and Ock Pop Tock Living Craft Center
Luang Prabang – Baci Ceremony – Traditional Arts & Ethnology Center – Ock Pop Tock Living Craft Center – Pak Ou caves – Nam Ou Riverside Resort
Day 1: Arrival in Luang Prabang - City Tour - Baci Ceremony
Pick up at the airport; then join the short orientation city tour of the ancient town of Luang Prabang. Late afternoon, join the holy Baci Ceremony, and share the dinner with the host family. Spend the night at the hotel in Luang Prabang
On arrival at the Luang Prabang airport, you will be met and transferred to check in the hotel.
After a soft rest, your city tour begins with a visit to the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture.
Late afternoon, we climb up to the top of Mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a panoramic sunset view of the city and the Mekong River.
Late afternoon, join a private Baci ceremony at a local family. The Baci ceremony as a traditional ritual of the Lao people expresses the spirituality of the country and is a highly memorable experience and a deep insight into Lao culture for the participants.
Dinner will be served after that for you to share with the host family. This is the best chance for you to have first experience of local life and culture.
This is the best way for you to start the “5-day Luang Prabang Culture Tour”
Overnight in Luang Prabang
Day 2: Culture Experience at Traditional Arts & Ethnology Center
In the morning, we will visit the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Center, and join the seminar of “Ethnic Diversity and Cultural Change in Laos”. In the afternoon, visit Ban Xang Khong, and join the demonstration of the process of making the Saa paper.
After breakfast at the hotel, you will first visit Royal Palace Museum, which hosts a range of interesting artifacts. From there, we transfer Traditional Arts & Ethnology Center, the collection of diverse Lao ethnic groups. We will stroll around to visit the center to understand more about the Lao diverse ethnic culture.
After that, we will join the seminars of “Ethnic Diversity and Cultural Change in Laos”
This fascinating 60-minute presentation and question-and-answer session gives background on Laos’ ethnic communities, their history, and their culturalpractices, including livelihoods and crafts. Guests have an opportunity to learn about lifestyles in ethnic villages, and are shown unique artefacts fromTAEC’s collection that are not accessible to the general public.
The seminars are led by one of the two TAEC Founder/Directors, either Thongkhoun Soutthivilay, a Luang Prabang-native who worked at the Luang Prabang National Museum for 10 years, and who has attended trainings and conferences in the US, Thailand, Netherlands, Japan, and Brunei; or Tara Gujadhur, an American who has worked in Luang Prabang for over 10 years, with a background in anthropology and sustainable tourism development
The ethnic sample lunch will be served at TAEC Café.
In the afternoon, we will drive out of the city to visit Ban Xangkhong, the Thai Lue village, which is famous for its arts and crafts.
Here, we will join the demonstration of the process of making the Saa paper, which is the special handmade paper of Lao people, made from mulberry tree. The demonstration will take about 01 hour, then you can try making some products from the paper such as lantern, handbag, or book. You can bring what you do back home as the souvenir.
If time permit, we can visit some traditional textile loom, and the nearby Ban Xienglek.
Transfer back to your hotel late afternoon. Overnight in Luang Prabang
Note: TAEC closes on Monday
Day 3: Ock Pop Tock Living Craft Center
Join the full day activities at Ock Pop Tock Living Craft Center. In the morning, join the 2.5–hour hands-on workshop & learning experience: Silk Road Experience. In the afternoon, join the plenty of activities to practice what you learn in the morning. Ending the day at Silk Road café overlooking the Mekong river, and admire the sun setting behind the mountains
After breakfast, we will transfer to Ock Pop Tok Living Craft Center, which is set on the grounds of stunning tropical garden on the Mekong, it’s the perfect place to learn more about this unique Lao art.
First, we will join 2.5–hour hands-on workshop & learning experience, which is the great introduction to the world of Lao textiles where visitors get to try a bit of everything and dye their own scarf.
Here is the workshop structure:
- Meet the Silkworms – an explanation of the worms’ lives; some interesting facts regarding sericulture; Guests prepare mulberry leaves and feed the worms.
- Preparing Natural Dyes – a brief introduction to natural dyes; guests are invited to prepare two dye sources sourced from plants growing in the LCC gardens; guests dye white scarves in their chosen colours.
Refreshments Break: Fruit platters and Lao-style drinks
- Meet the Weavers – an introduction to the looms and the different weaving techniques.
- Ikat Weaving Demonstration – guests are invited to try weaving and spinning on our demonstration looms.
The lunch will be served at the Silk Road Café.
In the afternoon, you have the option to join 01 of the following classes (not included in the price):
Natural Dye Class
You will be taught the secrets of natural dye preparation and try mixing them yourself, with many of the ingredients coming from the surrounding gardens. By the end of the class you will have 3 dyed silk skeins to take home as souvenirs.
One of the expert weavers will be your personal tutor to help you master the impressive art of weaving. As a novice you will select just two colours and create a placemat with a Lao motif. You can witness the Lao ladies weaving incredibly intricate patterns and truly appreciate their skill having tried yourself!
Hmong Batik Drawing Class
The Hmong Batik Class is an introduction to Hmong culture. Each student will create a wax resist, Hmong style design on hand loomed hemp. Due to time constraints it is not possible to complete the dye portion of the process. The natural hemp renders a beautiful finished piece.
Bamboo weaving class
Join the master bamboo weaver and learn about the many uses of bamboo in Laos. Half day class students will weave a placemat or traditional fan.
Ending the day at Silk Road café overlooking the Mekong river, and admire the sun setting behind the mountains
Transfer back to your hotel late afternoon. Overnight in Luang Prabang
Day 4: Morning Alms Giving - Mekong Cruise - Pak Ou Caves
Wake up early to join the daily morning alms giving along the streets of Luang Prabang. Then take the cruise along the Mekong River to visit the mysterious Pak Ou caves. Cruise further on Nam Ou river to the Nam Ou Riverside Resort, where we will spend the night
An early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of Alms (ubiquitous sticky rice) from the faithful residents. This tradition is very unique in Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the procession. From there, we will take a short visit to the morning local market near the Royal Palace. At the market, you can find anything from rice, to fresh vegetables, to steamed fish, frogs, and anything else that might be the day’s catch, just set up on the ground, this is what the locals do every day. This is really the chance for you to get a real flavor of the local culture.
After breakfast, we board a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which gives us a panoramic view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious of Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. Along the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where they make the local rice wine.
In the afternoon, we will take the cruise further onto Nam Ou river, and make a stop at Ban Vanglae, home to the lovely Nam Ou Riverside Resort, where we spend the rest of the day to relax by the inviting pool or walk around the nearby village.
Overnight at Nam Ou Riverside Resort
Day 5: Departure
Free to relax or explore the nearby village before transferring out to the airport to take the departure flight
You are free to stroll around the resort and the nearby village, or just relax at the inviting pool before taking the departure flight finishing your “5-day Visit Luang Prabang”