Grab 3 friends with a love of textiles, craft and local culture. Stay in a quiet villa in the centre of the ancient town of Luang Prabang with the night markets and fabulous restaurants at your doorstep. Spend 3 days indulging your creative side when you take part in a series of hands-on craft and textile classes. Take a private tour of local weaving and textile villages, temples and museums. You'll end your stay in Laos in charming Vientiane with its wide avenue's, temples and markets.
Day 1: Today is arrival day - your personal guide and car will collect you at the airport. Your day is free to relax and explore the neighbourhood of your villa located in the heart of the historic centre of town. Tonight you get your first look at the amazing night craft markets.
Day 2 : For early risers your day starts at dawn as you watch the daily procession of hundreds of monks silently wind their way through the streets to temple, collecting alms along the way. After breakfast your guide will take you on a tour of some of Luang Prabang temples and museums including the beautiful temple of Wat Xien and the fantastic Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre. This afternoon you'll make a visit to nearby silk weaving and saa paper making villages.
Days 3 to 7: Explore your creative side over the next 4 days and select from a number of hands-on classes including: Ikat weaving & traditional Laos weaving; Hmong reverse applique; Making natural dyes; Hmong Batik; Bamboo weaving. There's also plenty of spare time to explore the amazing markets and shopping around town or maybe take a traditional Lao cooking class.
Days 8 & 9: On day 8 you'll take a short flight to the city of Vientiane where you'll visit the famous Carol Cassidy textiles studio, the iconic That Luang stupa and the cities ancient temples and markets. There's also an option to spend a morning or a day at a natural dyes and weaving training school to perfect your skills learnt in Luang Prabang.
Day 10: Your tour finishes after your transfer to the airport for your flight home.