Laos Textiles Retreat
7 to 10 day Independent textile tour
These tour are specially designed for people who love textiles, craft and local culture. Go on your own, or with a group of friends. Partners with no interest in textiles will find also LOTS of activities to fill in their time while you are indulging your creative spirit.
Take your pick or try your hand at a number of hands on classes. 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. Take a private tour of local weaving and textile villages, temples and museums.
Day 1: Your guide and driver will collect you from the airport when you arrive your day is free to explore the neighbourhood and get your first look at the amazing nightly craft markets.
Day 2 : Today you take a tour of Luang Prabang temples and museums and make a visit to nearby silk weaving and saa paper making villages.
Days 3 to 6: Explore your creative side over the next 3 days and select from a number of hands-on classes including: Ikat weaving & traditional Laos weaving; Hmong reverse applique and/or Hmong traditional cross stitch; Making natural dyes; Hmong Batik; Bamboo weaving.
There's also plenty of spare time to explore the amazing markets and shopping around town.
Day 7: Your tour finishes today after breakfast.
Add a traditional home stay in a Tai Lue weaving village or fly down to the capital city of Laos to extend your creative getaway.
Starts and finishes: Luang Prabang, Laos
Departs: daily with a minimum of 1 person
Cost: From $1999 per person twin share
+ $600 single supplement
Weaving Villages - 4 day/3 nights
Travel by private car to a traditional Tai Lue village around 3.5 hrs north of Luang Prabang town. Learn how the ladies of the village spin, dye and weave their unique cotton textiles and take a hands on dyes class. Spend 2 nights in beautiful Nong Khiaw and take a ride up river to visit remote weaving villages. From $565 pp twin share
Vientiane City - 3 days/2 nights
Fly from Luang Prabang to the capital city of Vientiane. Visit the famous Carol Cassidy textiles studio, 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. From $450 pp twin share