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VIENTIANE – LUANG PRABANG

VIENTIANE – LUANG PRABANG

Code: PT-LAO02

Transportation: Car, Flight,

Price: From 16,200,000 VND

7 Days 6 Nights

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     You will be able to take delicious Lao flavours home with you after attending a tasty, aromatic and healthy Luang Prabang cooking class. Attend a whole day class, or for those with less time, evening classes are available. Have fun learning more about Lao cuisine and surprising your family and friends when you cook your favorite dishes at home. Learn how to cook spicy Lao papaya salad with our experienced local chefs.

Day 1: Arrival – Vientiane (D)
 
Upon arrival at Wattay International Airport, welcome by your local guide and transfer to hotel.
 
Half day city tour: WatSisaket, with its thousands of miniature Buddha statues, the former royal temple of WatPrakeo, which housed the famous Emerald Buddha statue, That Luang Stupa, stopping along the way to take some photos of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. Overnight in Vientiane.
 
  
                                            WatSisaket                                               WatPrakeo                                         That Luang Stupa
 
 
Day 2: Vientiane – Luang Prabang – Half day city tour (B,L,D)
 
Transfer to Wattay Airport for flight to Luang Prabang. On arrival, welcome by your local guide and transfer to hotel to freshen up before going on a bicycle-tour to see some of the highlights of Luang Prabang: 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 WatVisoun and the shrine of  WatAham.
 
 
                                                   Royal Palace Museum                                                                     Wat Xiengthong
 
 
End the day by climbing up Mount Phousi to explore the sacred gilded stupa and to enjoy the panoramic view of the city as well as the sun setting over the Mekong River.  Descending the mountain, you 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 living next Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
 
 
 
 
Day 3: Luang Prabang – Cooking Class (B,L,D)
 
Optional: wake up 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. 
 
Back for breakfast at your hotel, then participate to 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 amongst fish ponds and tropical gardens.
 
Your today menu will include:
 
Varieties of jeow: the fundamental Lao spicy dipping sauces
* Mok Pa, a popular dish of fish steamed with herbs in banana leaves
* Tamarind’s speciality: lemongrass stuffed with chicken & herbs
* Orlarm, Luang Prabang’s eggplant based speciality: delicious & unusual
* Dessert course: a surprise!
* And of course you’ll learn the art of perfecting sticky rice and its eating etiquette.
 
After the cooking class and dinner, back to town where you may join a Sunset Cruise (Nava Mekong) on the Mekong River /or/ just relax at your hotel. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
 
Day 4: Luang Prabang – Elephant Village + Kuang Si Fall (B,L,D)
 
A 45 minutes' drive will lead you to Elephant Village, to experience elephant riding through the teak forests and along the riverside.  These elephants were once employed in the logging industry.
 
From the Elephant Village we drive on to the stunning KuangSi Falls where you will have the opportunity to cool off with a refreshing swim in the topaz pools below the falls, walk along the forest trails and visit the Bear Sanctuary, home to Asian Bears rescued from poachers in the forests of northern Laos.
 
 
                                                            Elephant Village                                                                      KuangSi Falls
 
 
Back to Luang Prabang in late afternoon, free time to explore the night market, dine in one of the many restaurants in town or relax at the hotel. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
 
Day 5: Luang Prabang – Ethnology Centre – Ock Pop Tok (B,L,D)
 
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 Lao population. The Centre also have a shop where you can purchase quality gifts, souvenirs and a café where you can enjoy a coffee and cake.
 
Continue to the Ock Pop Tok Living Crafts Centre & Shop, where you can see the silk weaving process and purchase some exquisite examples of traditional Lao textiles. The Centre has a restaurant where you can enjoy traditional and fusion dishes with the gentle melody of weaving looms humming in the background.
 
 
 
End the day at Yen Sabai Book and Arts Centre where you have the opportunity to participate into a traditional Paper Stenciling class (only available on 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.
 
Back to hotel. Free time to relax or self-explore. Overnight Luang Prabang.
 
Day 6: Luang Prabang – Living Land Farm (B,L,D)
 
Coachtrip 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 pick vegetables from the organic garden or catch fish to cook for your natural, organic lunch where you can sample a variety of local rice products.
 
Back to Luang Prabang. Option: participate to a local petangue game and enjoy a few Lao Beer, experience a spa treatment or massage /or/ just relax at the hotel. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
 
Optional quotation: petangue game and spa treatment or massage.
 
Day 7: Luang Prabang – Departure (B)
 
After breakfast, free until transfer to airport for departure flight.
 
Including:
 
- A/C vehicle (from 4s up to 45s, up to the size of your group) with driver.
- 3* hotel in double / or / twin occupancy with breakfast
- Entrance fees
- Local English speaking tour guide
- 2* 500 ml bottles of drinking water + 1 wet tissue/ person
- Full meals as mentioned (L: lunch, D: dinner)
- Travel insurance
 
Excluding:
 
- Drinks in meal, personal expenses, tips ...
- Extra payment for single occupancy
- Visa entrance fees
- International airfare + Airport tax

 

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