Laos Culture and Food Tour


Destinations: Laos

Destination Services: English-speaking guide, 7 nights accommodation, All land transfer arrangements as specified in the itinerary, All entrance fees for sightseeing and visits as mentioned in the itinerary

Stars: 4 Stars

Days: 8 days

RMB:From 12,240


D1LUANG PRABANG ARRIVAL

 

Today, you will take an international flight to Luang Prabang.

Your local guide will welcome you at Luang Prabang International airport. Private transfer to your hotel, where a welcome drink will be served.

Check in and make yourself comfortable in your room.

Meals:Breakfast/Own arrangement  Lunch/Own arrangement Dinner/Own arrangement

HotelSofitel Luang Prabang (Garden Suite Room) or similar 4 star hotel

D2LUANG PRABANG – MUANG LA

After breakfast, leave Luang Prabang early for Muang La by car (221km, about 5 hrs), passing beautiful mountainous landscape.

Arrive Oudomxay and transfer to That Phouxay overlooking the city and surroundings.     

Late lunch at the Muang La Lodge and check into your room for some relaxing time after the road.

Possibility of massage (at own account)

Dinner and accommodation at your resort

Note: the Muang La Resort is well-known for its incredible food, developed by a Swiss chef who created his menu by combining his European savoir-faire with fresh and tasteful Lao ingredients.

Meals:Breakfast/Hotel  Lunch/Hotel Dinner/Hotel

Hotel:Muang La Lodge (Deluxe Garden View Room) or similar 4 star hotel

 

D3MUANG LA – MLR 20

After breakfast at your lodge, walk for around 30 minutes along the banks of the Nam Pak to the Khamu village of Wang Wanh where the villagers make snacks from the fibres of local plants. You will be welcomed by a local family in their rice fields surrounded by hills and you immerse yourself in discovering the different stages of cultivating rice from choosing the right seed to planting them and harvesting them…

After a morning of fun, enjoy your lunch at the farm ‘sala’ from where you will have a wonderful 360° panorama of the valley.
Then, you will cross the river on a bamboo raft to go to the Khamu Village of Vieng Kham. The villagers here are well-known for their weaving skills.

Continue to the village of Muang La to visit the local school (closed on Sundays) and the temple of Chiao Pha Kham Sing, which house a sacred Buddha and is now a place of pilgrimage for Buddhists.

Dinner and accommodation at your hotel

Meals:Breakfast/Hotel Lunch/Local restaurant       Dinner/Hotel
Hotel:Muang La Lodge (Deluxe Garden View Room) or similar 4 star hotel

D4MUANG LA – NONG KHIAW

Breakfast at your hotel.

Around 2½ hours after leaving Muang La, you will arrive in Muang Khua where you will embark on a superb river cruise. The descent of the Nam Ou from Muang Khua to Nong Khiaw, is without doubt one of the most picturesque cruises in the region! From the comfort of your private boat, you will see numerous villages dotted along the banks of the river and some stunning limestone formations as the sheer cliffs rise from the water’s edge.

Picnic lunch on the one of the sandy beaches along the river or on board.

Dinner and accommodation at your hotel.

MealsBreakfast/Hotel  Lunch/Local restaurant Dinner/Hotel

HotelMuang La Lodge (Deluxe Garden View Room) or similar 4 star hotel

D5NONG KHIAW- LUANG PRABANG

Breakfast at your hotel

Depart by car towards the village of Pak Ou. Along the way, you will see daily activities of local people.

The caves of Tham Ting and Tham Phoum are a revered religious sight housing hundreds of Buddha statues.

After your visit, have lunch in a local restaurant before continuing by boat to to Luang Prabang.

Check-in to your hotel

Enjoy a relaxing massage at the end of the afternoon.

MealsBreakfast/Hotel  Lunch/Own arrangement Dinner/Own arrangement

HotelSofitel Luang Prabang (Garden Suite Room) or similar 4 star hotel

D6LUANG PRABANG

Early in the morning observe Tagbat, the daily alms giving ceremony for monks. This ritual is truly part of Lao people’s life and offers a memorable experience. Your guide will explain how to follow the strict customs and rules involved.

After alms giving, return to your hotel for breakfast

 

This morning, start your visit with Vat Xieng Thong at the tip of the peninsula. The oldest and most beautiful temple of the UNESO World heritage town dates back from the 16th century. The roof sweep low to the ground and glass colored panels adorn the walls of the chapels. See the residential neighborhoods of the peninsula, before continuing to the Royal Palace Museum hosting the most important treasures of Laos’ recent past. The visit will continue to Vat Mai temple.

Finish you morning visit with the TAEC museum (closed on Mondays) a rich ethnographic museum.

Have lunch at the TAEC museum where you will discover the Lao ethnic cuisine. (Closed on Mondays)

This afternoon, excursion by car to Kuangsi waterfall 32 kms to the west of Luang Prabang. Short walk through the forest to the waterfall. After enjoying the scenery, take a swim in one of the nearby clear pools. If time permit, on the way to Khuangsi waterfalls, you will have the possibility to stop at Ock Pop Tock weaving center and to learn more about silk and cotton weaving. Silk is an integral part of lao culture, ritual and daily life.

Diner at L’Elephant, which serves of the finest cuisine in Luang Prabang.

Accommodation at your hotel

MealBreakfast/Hotel  Lunch/TAEC museum Dinner/L’Elephant

HotelSofitel Luang Prabang (Garden Suite Room) or similar 4 star hotel

D7LUANG PRABANG

Food has always been very important in the Lao Culture.

This morning, you will cook Lao food and learn about the habits and customs at the heart of Lao cuisine.  Cooking Lao-style always means using fresh ingredients as well as some intriguing and perhaps unfamiliar flavours.  You will mix your ingredients in a mortar & pestle, and cook over an open fire.

First you will start with a visit to a large food market where your guide will show you various local products and explain what they are used for.  Then you will go to ‘Tamarind Gardens’ to cook and eat.

Vegetarian options are available. (join-in activity)

Return to your hotel around 3 pm.

At the end of the day, a BACI CEREMONY will be organised for you in a Local house. Baci is a specific ceremony in Laos that has been practiced for hundreds of years. The term commonly used is “sou khuan” which means “spirit enhancing or spirit calling”. The ceremony involves the tying of white cotton strings around person’s wrists and prayer saying or well-wishing for the person that the ceremony is intended for. BACI is held on many different occasions or events like a birth, a wedding or before travelling for instance…

Dinner at Blue Lagoon

MealsBreakfast/Hotel  Lunch/Cooking Class Dinner/Blue Lagoon

HotelSofitel Luang Prabang (Garden Suite Room) or similar 4 star hotel

D8LUANG PRABANG – NEXT DESTINATION

 

Breakfast at your hotel

Transfer to the airport for check in and take flight back home.

End of our services

MealsBreakfast/Hotel  Lunch/Own arrangement Dinner/Own arrangement

Includes:

  • Accommodation with meals as specified in the program
  • All transfers and tours mini-van, coaster and bus with English local speaking guides
  • All entrance fees for sightseeing and visits as mentioned itinerary
  • Traditional boat fare as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Services charges, room tax and baggage handling

 

Excludes :

  • Personal insurance
  • Lao visa fee upon arrival
  • Any air ticket to/in/from Laos
  • Early check/ Late check-out at your hotel/resort/lodge
  • Expenditure of a personal nature, such as drinks, souvenirs and laundry etc.
  • Others not mentioned nor specified above not to be included in the tour prices.

 

Terms and Conditions:

CHILD POLICY:

Up to 24 months old, sharing twin room with 2 adults:

  • Free of charge, sharing bed with adults
  • Crib upon request, rate to be determined on a case-by-case basis
  • Extra bed rates upon request

02-12 years, sharing twin room with 2 adults:

  • 25% discount with extra bed and breakfast
  • 50% discount without extra bed and without breakfast

NOTE: Maximum 04 children are allowed at reduced rates, per party.

 

Payment

Full payment is due 14 days prior to departure. Thomas Cook China reserves the right to release all services in case of payment default.

 

Cancellation Policy

If any cancellation is received following a booking, the following general cancellation policy will apply:

  • Between 46 days prior to arrival : 20% of total amount is due
  • Between 45 and 31 days prior to arrival : 50% of total amount is due
  • Between 30 days and 1 day prior to arrival: 100% of total amount is due
  • 1 day or No-show: 100% of total amount is due

 

Additional cancellation fee apply to the:

Hotels and guide:

Cancellations Policy refer to the hotel/guide proposed and please note each hotel/guide apply different policy for different season (high season/peak season/festive season period). This is will be advised upon booking.

Specific additional cancellation policy may apply to groups.

Will be made clear case by case

 

Force Majeure

Thomas Cook China will not be liable for performance delays or for non-performance, due to causes beyond its reasonable control, including but not limited to acts of God, actions by any government authority (whether valid or invalid), fires, floods, windstorms, riots, explosions, natural disasters, wars, sabotage, labor problems (including lockouts, strikes and slowdowns), or court injunction or order.

 

Tips & Advice

  • Please make sure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your departure date and has a minimum of 2 blank pages available for visa and stamps.
  • Please check in advance if you require a visa for the country you are visiting. You may contact your local embassy for assistance.