Textiles and Craft of Laos - textile tour
8 day small group textile tour
Special Departure November 2019
$3,150 AUD per person twin share
Escorted by Narelle this tour is a great way to enjoy the best of textiles, culture and hands-on craft in beautiful Laos. Wander the quaint laneways of UNESCO World Heritage Luang Prabang and explore the amazing temples, textile galleries and craft markets. This tour has been designed to fit in with Singapore Airlines flights into Laos from Australia - just let us know if you would like us to arrange your flights.
Day 1 (Sat) Narelle will collect you from the airport when you arrive and assist you with hotel check-in. Your day is free to explore the local neighbourhood and get your first look at the nightly craft markets.
Day 2 (Sun) Your day starts at dawn when our local guide will take you to experience the sacred alms giving ritual that takes place every morning and sees hundreds of orange robed monks pass silently through town collecting alms from the locals. You will also take a walk through the fascinating morning market where the locals go to get their fresh produce each day. After breakfast we will then take you on a tour of Luang Prabangs sites including the oldest temple - Wat Visoun and the most beautiful temple of Wat XiengTong adorned in beautiful mosaics and stencilling. We finish our morning at the Royal Palace to get an insight into the history of the town, before enjoying a lunch of local delicacies.
This afternoon we leave the town behind and head out to some of the weaving villages on the outskirts of town, where theres lots of opportunity to buy from the local weavers and cooperatives see how they weave their beautiful Lao silks.
Days 3 & 4 (Mon, Tues) Over these 2 days you will get to try your hand at a variety of textile crafts. You will take a class in natural dyes where you collect your dye stuffs from the local garden and prepare the dye pots and spend an afternoon with a master weaver learning how to weave on a traditional silk floor loom. You will also try your hand at traditional Hmong batik and traditional bamboo weaving.
Day 5 (Wed) This morning we make our way to The Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre where we tour the museum to learn more about the ethnic minority groups of Lao. We also take a fun class in traditional Hmong cross-stitch embroidery at the museum. If embroidery is your thing you may also like to opt in for an afternoon class to learn how to create Hmong flower cloth (reverse applique embroidery).
Day 6 (Thurs) This morning we travel outside of town to an organic family farm where we join master noodle maker Khongsi, as she soaks, grinds, steams, ferments, pounds, rice transforming it into a traditional dish, Khao Poon. Khao Poon, a traditional Lao fermented rice noodle, always eaten fresh on the day it is made.
After enjoying the khao poon lunch we travel onto Kuangsi Falls. The falls at this time of year are in full flow - depending on the water levels you may be able to take a dip before we head back to town.
Day 7 (Fri) Today is totally free for you to soak in the atmosphere of beautiful Luang Prabang, relax or explore the shops and markets scattered through the town. If you are looking for more hands on classes theres opportunity to try your hand at Katu backstrap weaving, paper jewellery making or perhaps immerse yourself in the Lao cuisine by taking a cooking class.
Day 8 (Saturday) Your tour ends this morning after breakfast and transfer to the airport.
Starts: Luang Prabang
Finishes: Luang Prabang
Dates: 2th November - 9th November
Departs: with min of 6 and max of 8 pax
Cost: $3,150 per person twin share*
Add $340 if you would like a single room
*Does not include your international flight
Inclusions: 7 nights accommodation; daily breakfast; 4 lunches; private guided city tour; all classes and workshops detailed in itinerary; arrival transfer; information pack.