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Taste of Laos

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The Lao cuisine is very special with a mild taste and mainly related to the Thai cuisine Isan region but with fewer ingredients. The Lao love to eat and any excuse can be used for a party. They are very social people and love nothing better than to sit with friends and family and share food and often alcohol. Lao cuisine has many similarities to Thai with lots of aromatic herbs and spices such as lemon grass, chilies, ginger, and tamarind used to flavor dishes. Sticky rice, Kao Niao is the main ingredient in Lao cuisine, usually served with fermented fish and a fish sauce similar to that used in Vietnamese cuisine called Nam Pa. Chicken and pork dishes are also popular but beef is expensive in comparison. Soups served with noodles, bamboo shoots, and fresh vegetables can be found everywhere. Try out yourself and don’t forget to tell your chef to make it not too spicy!

Departure & Return Location

Luang Prabang (Departure – Return)

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Transportation in private
  • Boat trip as stated in above sights
  • English speaking guide
  • Admission fee to indicated sights
  • Meals: daily breakfast at hotel
  • Gov’t tax and service charge
  • Luggage handling and drinking water

Price Excludes

  • Visa stamping fee on arrival
  • Accommodation in twin shared room (quote separately as above)
  • Domestic airticket as stated only
  • Int’l air tickets to/from Laos
  • Travel Insurance in all kinds
  • Lunch or dinner unless where stated
  • Single room (quoted separately)
  • Other foreign language guide
  • Peak tourist season or special event rates
  • Child or adult in triple sharing room
  • Tip, drinks and other personal expenses

Complementaries

  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • T-Shirt
  • Entrance Fees
What to Expect

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival – Luang Prabang

At the airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Free at leisure on your discovery. Overnight in Luang Prabang

Include dinner at Lao BBQ restaurant on the Nam Khan.

Day 2Luang Prabang – Banana Boat

This trip first takes you across the river to the steps of LongKhoune Temple, over 200 years old; it has shady grounds and interesting architectural details and paintings. Next to this temple is a cave, depending on how much you like lairs depends on how far you’ll venture inside this labyrinth of interesting relics and formations. From the cave, you walk back through the temple grounds to a track that leads to the steps of Chomphet Temple. Climb the steps for a panoramic view of Luang Prabang. The boat awaits you at the steps to take you downstream, past mountains of lush vegetation to a small village, Ban Thin Som. You get off at this village, and the captain organizes local transport for you to get to Kuangsi Waterfalls. Take the path to the waterfall, visit the Bear Rescue Area(Bear Sanctuary), and swim in the natural pools. Your driver waits and takes you back to the ship – where you can relax with drinks and snacks and enjoy the late afternoon light on the Mekong. (B)

 

Include a traditional Lao picnic lunch on this tour.

Day 3Enchanting Engelberg

This morning we drive to Ban Phong Van, 5 km outside Luang Prabang on the road to the Kwang Xi waterfall, among lush rice fields and overlooked by wooded hills and mountains, join in a living rice farm where they grow organic vegetables, salads, herbs, and rice and supply leading restaurants and hotels in Luang Prabang. Coming here, you will be shown how rice is grown on the farm, experience the life of a farmer, and try your hand at some of the activities. Or view it all from the comfort of our traditional Lao rice house balcony, which is surrounded by rice terraces and our organic vegetable farm. All the family can join in, and there are great photo opportunities. Artisans du Mekong in Ban NongXai is located 20 minutes by boat or 15 minutes by minibus from Luang Prabang, Ban Nong Xai is a local village that produces traditional mulberry paper and textile. Artisans du Mekong was created to support local families who can show to the clients their skills in weaving or mulberry saa paper. Some workshops are organized to show the process of mulberry paper and also for textiles. This beautiful place with two traditional houses shows the clients the                                                                                                                  

final product like saa paper album, different textile or rattan basket. Artisans du Mekong can also organize a Baci ceremony inside the house or in the garden with dinner and traditional dances. (B)

 

Leave out Artisans du Mekong to give a free afternoon and include a Baci ceremony and traditional meal on this night or a more upmarket Lao dining experience.

Day 4Luang Prabang – Lao Cooking Class - City tour

Day time cooking class: 09:00am – 03:00pm:

We’ll start with a visit to the major food market; explain the local produce and what it is used for.  Then we’ll take you to ‘Tamarind Gardens’ to cook and eat:

  • Varieties of yellow: the fundamental Lao spicy dipping sauces
  • Mok Pa, a popular dish of fish steamed with herbs in banana leaves
  • Tamarind’s specialty: lemongrass stuffed with chicken & herbs
  • Alarm, Luang Prabang’s eggplant-based specialty: delicious & unusual
  • Dessert course: a surprise!
  • And of course, you’ll learn the art of perfecting sticky rice and its eating etiquette.

 

After that, visit the Royal Palace Museum, which hosts a range of interesting artifacts.  We then head to the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture.  We also have time to visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrines of Wat Aham and Wat Mai. The tour ends after a visit to the famous Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textiles made by local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. (B)

 

Free time after the cooking class, as it is going to be 4 pm by the time they get back to the hotel.  Have a free evening for shopping and exploring.

Day 5Luang Prabang – Departure

Depending on your flight, you may have time at leisure before you will be transferred to the airport in time for your departing flight. (B)

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