Textiles and craft of Cambodia and Laos...
Siem Reap - Luang Prabang
10 DAY INDEPENDENT TOUR
Be inspired by the temples of Angkor and the enchanting World Heritage town of Luang Prabang and its gorgeous textiles. Starting in Siem Reap, the gateway to the awe inspiring temples of Angkor you'll discover an emerging textiles scene where natural dyes & traditional weaving methods are being revived. You'll take a lesson in water hyacinth weaving and visit a unique Khmer silk farm and take a shibori and natural dyes class. You'll travel to Luang Prabang with its historical temples, textile galleries and amazing craft markets, where you'll take part in lessons with the locals including Hmong embroidery, silk weaving and natural dyes.
Explore the Temples of Angkor
Visit a silk farm and natural dyes forest in Cambodia
Visit traditional silk and textile villages in Laos
Explore World Heritage Luang Prabang
Take a workshop and experiment with Khmer natural dyes
Take a class in Laos silk weaving and natural dyes
Take a class in Hmong applique
Take a workshop in water hyacinth weaving
DAY 1: SIEM REAP
Today is arrival day. We will collect you from the airport when you arrive. The day is free to explore. There's a get together meeting tonight to meet your travel companions and go over the itinerary for the tour before we take a stroll through Pub Street and the colourful market area of town.
DAY 2: SIEM REAP
See how textile were used back in the days of Angkor when you explore the ruins and spectacular carvings of the ancient city of Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple, Terrace of the Elephants and Leper King, Ta Prohm Temple and the amazing Angkor Wat.
DAY 3: SIEM REAP
We make a visit to Institute for Khmer Traditional Textiles [IKTT], a unique forest project established to revive ancient traditional natural dyes and weaving techniques before making a visit to the beautiful 'women's' temple of Bantaey Srie. This afternoon we visit the visit the Artisans d’Angkor silk farm and weaving centre and drop in to visit the Mekong Quits outlet.
DAY 4: SIEM REAP
A highlight of our time in Siem Reap is a visit a unique water hyacinth weaving project on the lake where we take a hands-on class with the local ladies on our floating class room.
DAY 5: SIEM REAP - LUANG PRABANG
Theres time to explore the Old Marekt for silks before ee take a short flight to the charming UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang, Laos.
DAY 6: LUANG PRABANG
For early risers your day begins at dawn as you witness the daily procession of orange robed monks through the town. Our tour of Luang Prabang today takes in the Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre, Wat Visoun, and the colourful Wat Xieng Thong. We visit local weaving and paper making villages to meet the local women and weavers in their homes.
DAY 7: LUANG PRABANG
Today is a hands-on day we try our hand at making traditional natural dyes and learn traditional silk weaving from a master weaver.
DAY 8: LUANG PRABANG
Today we spend time with some local ladies earning Hmong embroidery techniques and wander though the laneways of this World Heritage town checking out textiles and craft shops.
DAY 9: LUANG PRABANG
Today is free for you to explore the town for last minute shopping.
DAY 10: LUANG PRABANG
Your tour ends today after transferring to the airport.
INDEPENDENT GUIDED TOUR DEPARTURES
Depart daily - from $2550 per person twin share
Independent guided tours are open to everyone with a love of textiles. These tours are run at a time to fit with your travel dates. These tours are not escorted by Narelle but are guided by local professional English speaking guides.
9 nights hotel accommodation
Daily Breakfast, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
O/W Economy Flight Siem Reap to Luang Prabang
Local English speaking guides
Australian tour leader (based on min 6 travellers)
Arrival & departure transfers
Water hyacinth weaving, silk weaving, natural dyes & embroidery classes
The style of accommodation indicated in the itinerary is a guideline. On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms at our preferred accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.
is this tour for me?
To truly experience the tour programme and destination, you need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing stairs and periods of standing. The tour will be of interest to anyone who enjoys textiles, historical ruins and photography. Please request a tour brochure for full tour activities.