Luang Prabang Culture Experience 5 Days 4 Nights

Destinations: Luang Prabang icon-16 Traditional Arts & Ethnology Center icon-16 Ock Pop Tock Living Craft Center icon-16 Alms Giving icon-16 Pak Ou Caves

Luang Prabang, a Shangri-La of golden temples and pampered refinement, a former royal capital full of Laotian outstanding cultural features. If you wish to understand every quintessence of this charming city, let join this tour without hesitating as we will follow an unique route along Luang Prabang streets. You will discover Laos ritual ceremony include the Baci and the Alms giving, take a brief walk from the Traditional Arts & Ethnology Center to the Ock Pop Tok Living Craft Center where you can gain some worthful skills such as silk dye, textile weaving or Hmong Batik drawing technique. The trip definitely will give you high value experiences in Luang Prabang.



Highlights of Luang Prabang Culture Experience 5 Days 4 Nights:



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Brief

Day 1: Luang Prabang Arrival

Day 2: Traditional Arts & Ethnology Center

Day 3: Ock Pop Tock Living Craft Center

Day 4: Alms Giving − Pak Ou Caves

Day 5: Luang Prabang Departure

Itinerary

DAY 1: LUANG PRABANG ARRIVAL

Welcome to Laos: after a long time on airplane, you will reach Laos – the Country of Elephants

In the afternoon

  • On arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to check in the hotel
  • After a soft rest, your city tour begins with a visit to the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture
  • Late afternoon, you will climb up to the top of Mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a panoramic sunset view of the city and the Mekong River
  • Then you will join a private Baci ceremony at a local family. The Baci ceremony as a traditional ritual of the Lao people expresses the spirituality of the country and is a highly memorable experience and a deep insight into Lao culture for the participants

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In the evening

  • Dinner will be served at local family house which gives you the best chance to have first experience of local life and culture

Meals included: __/__/Dinner

Overnight in Luang Prabang

DAY 2: CULTURE EXPERIENCE AT TRADITIONAL ARTS & ETHNOLOGY CENTER

In the morning

  • After having breakfast at the hotel, you will first visit Royal Palace Museum, which hosts a range of interesting artifacts
  • From there, you will transfer to Traditional Arts & Ethnology Center, the collection of diverse Lao ethnic groups. You will stroll around to visit the center to understand more about the Lao diverse ethnic culture
  • After that, you will join the seminars of “Ethnic Diversity and Cultural Change in Laos”. This fascinating 60-minute presentation and question-and-answer session gives background on Laos’ ethnic communities, their history, and their cultural practices, including livelihoods and crafts. Guests have an opportunity to learn about lifestyles in ethnic villages, and are shown unique artefacts fromTAEC’s collection that are not accessible to the general public. The seminars are led by one of the two TAEC Founder/Directors, either Thongkhoun Soutthivilay, a Luang Prabang-native who worked at the Luang Prabang National Museum for 10 years, and who has attended trainings and conferences in the US, Thailand, Netherlands, Japan, and Brunei; or Tara Gujadhur, an American who has worked in Luang Prabang for over 10 years, with a background in anthropology and sustainable tourism development
  • Lunch will be served at a local restaurant

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In the afternoon

  • After lunch, you will drive out of the city to visit Ban Xangkhong, the Thai Lue village, which is famous for its arts and crafts
  • Here, you will join the demonstration of the process of making the Saa paper, which is the special handmade paper of Lao people, made from mulberry tree. The demonstration will take about 01 hour, then you can try making some products from the paper such as lantern, handbag, or book. You can bring what you do back home as the souvenir
  • If time permits, you can visit some traditional textile looms, and the nearby Ban Xienglek
  • Next, you will be transferred back to your hotel late afternoon

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Overnight in Luang Prabang 

DAY 3: OCK POP TOCK LIVING CRAFT CENTER

In the morning

  • After having breakfast at the hotel, you will transfer to Ock Pop Tok Living Craft Center, which is set on the grounds of stunning tropical garden on the Mekong, it’s the perfect place to learn more about this unique Lao art
  • First, you will join 2.5–hour hands-on workshop & learning experience, which is the great introduction to the world of Lao textiles where visitors get to try a bit of everything and dye their own scarf

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  • Here is the workshop structure:
    • Meet the Silkworms – an explanation of the worms’ lives; some interesting facts regarding sericulture; Guests prepare mulberry leaves and feed the worms
    • Preparing Natural Dyes – a brief introduction to natural dyes; guests are invited to prepare two dye sources sourced from plants growing in the LCC gardens; guests dye white scarves in their chosen colours
  • Refreshments Break: Fruit platters and Lao-style drinks
    • Meet the Weavers – an introduction to the looms and the different weaving techniques
    • Ikat Weaving Demonstration – guests are invited to try weaving and spinning on our demonstration looms
  • Lunch will be served at a local restaurant

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In the afternoon

  • After lunch time, you will have the option to join 01 of the following classes (not included in the price):
    • Natural Dye Class: You will be taught the secrets of natural dye preparation and try mixing them yourself, with many of the ingredients coming from the surrounding gardens. By the end of the class you will have 3 dyed silk skeins to take home as souvenirs
    • Weaving Class: One of the expert weavers will be your personal tutor to help you master the impressive art of weaving. As a novice you will select just two colors and create a placemat with a Lao motif. You can witness the Lao ladies weaving incredibly intricate patterns and truly appreciate their skill having tried yourself!
    • Hmong Batik Drawing Class: The Hmong Batik Class is an introduction to Hmong culture. Each student will create a wax resist, Hmong style design on hand loomed hemp. Due to time constraints it is not possible to complete the dye portion of the process. The natural hemp renders a beautiful finished piece
    • Bamboo weaving class: Join the master bamboo weaver and learn about the many uses of bamboo in Laos. Half day class students will weave a placemat or traditional fan
  • After that you will finish the day at Silk Road café overlooking the Mekong river, and admire the sun setting behind the mountains
  • Transfer back to your hotel late afternoon

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Overnight in Luang Prabang

DAY 4: MORNING ALMS GIVING – MEKONG CRUISE − PAK OU CAVES

In the morning

  • An early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of Alms (ubiquitous sticky rice) from the faithful residents. This tradition is very unique in Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the procession
  • From there, you will take a short visit to the morning local market near the Royal Palace. At the market, you can find anything from rice, to fresh vegetables, to steamed fish, frogs, and anything else that might be the day’s catch, just set up on the ground, this is what the locals do every day. This is really the chance for you to get a real flavor of the local culture
  • After having breakfast at the hotel, you will board a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which gives us a panoramic view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious of Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims
  • Along the way, you will stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where they make the local rice wine
  • Lunch will be served at a local restaurant

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In the afternoon

  • After lunch time, you will take the cruise further onto Nam Ou river, and make a stop at Ban Vanglae, home to the lovely Nam Ou Riverside Resort, where you spend the rest of the day to relax by the inviting pool or walk around the nearby village

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Overnight at Nam Ou Riverside Resort

DAY 5: LUANG PRABANG DEPARTURE

  • After having breakfast at the hotel, you will be free to stroll around the resort and the nearby village, or just relax at the inviting pool before taking the departure flight

Meals included: Breakfast/__/__

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What's Included & Excluded

Included:

  • The accommodation in twin/double basis with breakfast (central location, highly recommended on Trip Advisor)
  • Experienced English speaking local guide
  • All entrance fee and sightseeing tickets as listed
  • Delicious meals with local food and tastes as listed (others are upon your request)
  • Air-conditioned transfer during the whole tour
  • Complimentary 1 bottle of water each day
  • Service charges and government tax
  • Flight ticket or bus ticket from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap

Excluded:

  • Meals, Beverages which are not specified in the program
  • Any unclarified flight tickets
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Any personal expenses
  • Any gratuities and tips to driver and tour guide ($3-5/person/day for both guide and driver)
  • Bank fee
  • Any surcharge for holiday

Price

Price is different in different period of time so please contact us for the best price for your travel time

Children Policy:

AGE RANGE ROOM SHARING BED REQUEST CHARGE
Kid < 5 years old 2 adults Existing bed FOC
Kid < 5 years old 2 adults Extra bed 50% tour price
5 =< kid =< 12 years old 2 adults Existing bed 50% tour price
5 =< kid =< 12 years old 2 adults Extra bed 75 % tour price
Kid =< 12 years old 1 adult Existing bed 95% tour price
Kid >= 12 years old Any Existing bed 100% tour price
Policy for flight tickets will be issued by the Airlines

*S.R.S: Single Room Supplement. If you want to have your own room, you will pay extra amount for this.
*At the time of quotation, Travel Sense Asia reserves the right to adjust prices to take account of unusual movements in currency markets, hotel and transport costs as a result of inflationary price pressures in oil and other commodity markets.

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Useful information for travel in Vietnam

What’s the difference between 3, 4, and 5 -star hotels?

We usually arrange centrally-located and Western-standard hotels. Five-star hotels are usually palatial with huge lobbies and comfortable rooms, their standards not quite matching the best of Paris or New York, but very close. Four-star hotels have quality facilities, but not as luxurious as five-star hotels. Three-star hotels meet the needs of most Westerners, but breakfasts have less choice. We also recommend some courtyard hotels or Vietnamese-style hotels with local features and architecture. These hotels have a good ranking, or positive feedback from our customers, and TripAdvisor. Usually, hotels in big cities, small cities, and rural areas are a bit different, even if they have the same star level. We try to use the best available hotel in each place.

What are train conditions like in Vietnam?

A soft sleeper is recommended for overnight and long-distance travel. Each soft sleeper compartment is enclosed, and contains four bunks, two on each side. The bunks are wider and more comfortable than hard sleepers, with decent bedding. Soft sleeper compartments may vary between trains. For route Hanoi – Laocai – Hanoi, it also has VIP cabin with 2 soft sleeper beds, please make quest if you prefer a private cabin. You may have both over-head storage and under-bed storage, or just under-bed storage. Fastest train is about 70kph. The railways is small here and it’s not as comfortable as train in developed countries.

Passport & Visa Requirements

You may be required for the visa to Vietnam. Please check the list of countries which need the visa to Vietnam in this links: Who need visa to Vietnam? Vietnam Visa is issued by Vietnam Embassy in your country or “Visa on arrival”. Travel Sense Asia will offer the free visa to Vietnam for you (except some difficult countries). You will need one clear page (per visa) in a full passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your departure from Vietnam.

Currency Exchange

As currency exchange rates in Vietnam fluctuate, we suggest you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com or www.vietcombank.com In 2015 the USD & VND has been around 22.500VND per USD. There are many ATM machines that accept both Visa and Master card, but these are limited to cities. We also recommend the use of cash and travelers checks in USD currency. Major credit cards are accepted in most shops, but they may charge a 2–4% transaction fee.

Tipping

It is customary to tip service providers in the travel industry in Asia, depending on the service. Tipping is expected — though not compulsory — and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your tour. Recommendations for tipping drivers (3 USD per person per day as a guideline) and local guides (8 USD per person per day as a guideline) would depend on the quality and length of the service. In additionally, you will sometimes use rolling boat, cyclo riding, porter which you should give a small tip to these local people.

Food

Eating is an important part of your Vietnam experience. Generally, breakfasts are included in the itinerary and offered by hotels. Travel Sense Asia recommend local Vietnam restaurants that are popular with local people for lunch. You can order dishes with the help of your guide. We usually leave dinner for your own choice — Western food can be found in most large cities. If you are vegetarian or you are looking for e.g. halal food, please feel free to inform your travel advisor, who can arrange a restaurant to fit your needs.

Vehicle

We use comfortable sedans or vans with air-conditioning. The comfort and safety of our customers is of utmost importance, so we ensure that all of the vehicles that we use are well maintained and always very clean. Our drivers take pride in their vehicles. Our car and van are always available space for a comfortable trip. Luggage – All clients are limited to two items of luggage each; a suitcase with a maximum weight of 20kg and one piece of hand luggage with a maximum weight of 7kg. It is essential that your luggage is lockable. Please note that authorities will only allow bottles onto the aircraft if they have been checked in as main baggage. Bottles in hand luggage may be confiscated.

What are train conditions like in Vietnam?
A soft sleeper is recommended for overnight and long-distance travel. Each soft sleeper compartment is enclosed and contains four bunks, two on each side. The bunks are wider and more comfortable than hard sleepers, with decent bedding. Soft sleeper compartments may vary between trains. For route Hanoi – Laocai – Hanoi, it also has VIP cabin with 2 soft sleeper beds, please make quest if you prefer a private cabin. You may have both over-head storage and under-bed storage, or just under-bed storage. Fastest train is about 70kph. The railways is small here and it’s not as comfortable as train in developed countries.

Electric

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In Vietnam the standard voltage is 220 V. The standard frequency is 50 Hz. The power sockets that are used are of type A / C / G. Below you find pictures of these power sockets and corresponding plugs. And we provide more information about the voltage and frequency. Climate – You will find a complete packing list and a helpful climate chart in the ‘Suggested Packing List’, which is included in the pre-departure information link sent within your deposit documentation. Seasonal weather patterns can be quite unpredictable. Up to the minute information on worldwide weather can be found on www.weather.com.


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