Threads and stitches of Laos...
9 DAY - SMALL GROUP TOUR Maximum of 10
With its charming lane ways, gorgeous textile galleries and amazing craft markets, the beauty of Luang Prabang will stay with you long after you've returned home. Wander through the town with like minded travellers and discover quaint galleries and craft shops and be stunned by the colour of the nightly tribal craft markets. Explore charming Vientiane with its colourful temples, wide avenues and bustling markets.
Try your hand at traditional silk weaving
Experiment with traditional natural dyes
Take a class in Hmong embroidery
Explore the ancient temples of Luang Prabang and Vientiane
Explore traditional weaving and craft villages
Visit Carol Cassidy Textile Studio
Visit the amazing Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre
Luang Prabang (5N) - Vientiane (3 N)
DAY 1: LUANG PRABANG
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 the colourful craft markets held each night.
DAY 2: 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 Wat Visoun, colourful Wat Xieng Thong and the Traditional Arts & Ethnology Musuem which showcases the textiles and cultures of the ethnic minority groups of Laos. We visit local weaving and paper making villages to meet the local weavers in their homes.
DAY 3: LUANG PRABANG
Today is a hands-on day as we try our hand at making traditional Laos natural dyes and learning traditional silk weaving techniques from the master weavers.
DAY 4: 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 5: LUANG PRABANG
The day is free to further explore the town or the option to take a cooking class, a bamboo weaving, Hmong batik or maybe a backstrap weaving class. For the adventurous there's also an option to visit an elephant conservation park and trek to the local waterfalls.
DAY 6: LUANG PRABANG - VIENTIANE
Your morning is free before you take a short flight south to Vientiane, the capital of Laos.
DAY 7: VIENTIANE
Escorted by a local English speaking guide you'll discover the hidden charms of Vientiane, one of the quietest capital cities in the world, far removed from the bustle and hustle of other Asian capitals. You'll visit the serene Wat Sisaket, and beautiful Wat Phra Keo and the iconic gold stupa of That Luang, the holiest site in Laos. You will also explore the city's textile galleries including the Carol Cassidy studio and drop in to the COPE and Lao Disabled Women's Development centres.
DAY 8: VIENTIANE
Today is free for you to explore the city markets or perhaps take the opportunity to perfect your weaving and dyeing skills with a visit to the Houey Hong textiles training centre.
DAY 9: VIENTIANE
Your tour comes to an end today after you transfer to the airport.
Tour Dates & Prices
9 DAY SMALL GROUP TOUR DEPARTURES
26th Nov 2017 $3450 pp twin share + $390 single supplement
11th Mar 2018 $3450 pp twin share + $390 single supplement
11 Nov 2018 $3525 pp twin share + $405 single supplement
INDEPENDENT GUIDED TOUR DEPARTURES
Depart Daily From $2099 pp twin share
Independent guided tours are open to anyone with a love of textiles. These tours 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.
8 OR 9 nights hotel accommodation
Daily Breakfast, 2 lunches
O/W Economy Flight Luang Prabang to Vientiane
Local English speaking guides
Australian tour leader (based on min 4 TO 6 travellers)
Arrival & departure transfers
Silk weaving, natural dye & embroidery class
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 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 short walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing stairs and periods of standing. The tour will be of interest to anyone who enjoys textiles, historical temples, architecture and photography. Please request a tour brochure for full tour activities.