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SPICY LAOS 7 DAYS 6 NIGHTS

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SPICY LAOS 7 DAYS 6 NIGHTS

You will be able to take delicious Lao flavours home with you after attending a tasty, aromatic and healthy Luang Prabang cooking class. Attend a whole day class, or for those with less time, evening classes are available. Have fun learning more about Lao cuisine and surprising your family and friends when you cook your favorite dishes at home. Learn how to cook spicy Lao papaya salad with our experienced local chefs

DAY 1

. Arrival – Vientiane

Upon arrival at Wattay International Airport, you will be met by your local guide and transferred to your hotel. Time permitting (depending on your arrival time). You are seeing the major temples of Vientiane including the oldest, Wat Sisaket, with its thousands of miniature Buddha statues, and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. We also visit the national icon of Laos, That Luang Stupa, stopping along the way to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph, from there you visit COPE Center. The COPE was created in response to the need to provide UXO survivors with the care and support they required, namely by way of orthotic and prosthetic devices. This museum was set after in 1997 to help covering the victim during Indochina war. Overnight in Vientiane. Read more

Vientiane, 1 night
DAY 2

Vientiane – Luang Prabang

This morning you will be transferred to Wattay Airport for your flight to Luang Prabang. On arrival, you will be met by your Local Guide and transferred to your hotel. We will give you time to rest and freshen up before we head off on bicycles to see some of the highlights of Luang Prabang including a visit to the Royal Palace Museum, which hosts the city’s oldest temples, the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roof sweeping low to the ground, representing classical Lao architecture, the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham. We end the day by climbing up Mount Phousi to explore the sacred gilded stupa and to enjoy the panoramic view of the city and the sun setting over the Mekong River. Descenting the mountain your will find yourself in the midst of the famous Luang Prabang Night Market, where you can find a unique selection of handmade textiles and handicrafts locally made by both ethnic Lao and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang Read more

Luang Prabang, 1 night
DAY 3

Luang Prabang – Cooking Class

Optional: This morning you have the option and opportunity to rise early and participate in the daily morning ritual of Alms Giving, you will experience saffron-clad monks collecting offerings or ‘Alms’ from faithful local residents. This tradition is unique to Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the daily procession. Following breakfast at your hotel you will embark on a full day cooking class by starting at the local market where your chef will explain the different herbs and spices used in Lao cooking and purchase ingredients for today’s dishes. From the market you will head out to Tamarind Gardens Cooking School set out of town amongst fish ponds and tropical gardens. Your menu today will include:  Varieties of jeow: the fundamental Lao spicy dipping sauces  Mok Pa, a popular dish of fish steamed with herbs in banana leaves  Tamarind’s specialty: lemongrass stuffed with chicken & herbs  Orlarm, Luang Prabang’s eggplant based specialty: delicious & unusual  Dessert course: a surprise!  And of course you’ll learn the art of perfecting sticky rice and its eating etiquette. Following the class, and with full stomachs, we will head back to town where you will have the option of joining a Sunset Cruise (Nava Mekong) on the Mekong River, taking just a relaxing at your hotel. Overnight in Luang Prabang Read more

Luang Prabang, 1 night
DAY 4

Luang Prabang – Elephant Village + Kuang

This morning we head to Elephant Village approximately 45 minutes’ drive out of Luang Prabang, to experience elephant riding through the teak forests and along the riverside. These elephants were once employed in the logging industry but now enjoy a much easier life in the village. From the Elephant Village we drive on to the stunning Khouangsi Waterfall where you will have the opportunity to cool off with a refreshing swim in the topaz pools below the falls, walk along the forest trails and visit the Bear Sanctuary, home to Asiatic Bears rescued from poachers in the forests of northern Laos. Returning to Luang Prabang late afternoon you have the evening free to explore the Night Market, dine in one of the many restaurants in town or relax at the hotel. Overnight in Luang Prabang Read more

Luang Prabang, 1 night
DAY 5

Luang Prabang – Ethnology Centre – Ock P

Today is a day for the culture and handicrafts enthusiasts, beginning with a visit to The Art and Ethnology Centre to learn about the culture and history of some of the diverse ethnic groups that make up the rich tapestry of the population of Laos. The Centre also have a shop where you can purchase quality gifts and soveniors and a café where you can enjoy a morning coffee and cake. Next we move to the Ock Pop Tok Living Crafts Centre & Shop, where you can see the silk weaving process in action and purchase some exquisite examples of traditional Lao textiles. The Centre also has a restaurant where you can enjoy traditional and fusion dishes with the gentle melody of weaving looms humming in the background. We will end our culture and handicrafts day at Yen Sabai Book and Arts Centre where you have the opportunity to participate into a traditional Paper Stenciling class (only available Monday – Friday). Using traditional stenciling tools and patterns for the murals at Wat Xiengthong you will create your own paper stencil as a reminder of your visit to Luang Prabang. Returning to the hotel the rest of your afternoon and evening is free to relax or explore. Overnight Luang Prabang Read more

Luang Prabang, 1 night
DAY 6

Luang Prabang – Living Land Farm

This morning we head out to Living Land Farm, a working community farm aprroximately 5kms outside the town. There you will learn all about the rice growing process and have an opportunity to participate in seasonal farm activities such as identifying viable rice seeds, ploughing with a buffalo, hand planting, weeding and harvesting rice and threshing rice seed. You may be picking vegatables form the organic garden or catching fish to cook for your all natural, organic lunch where there will be a variety of local rice products for you to sample. We will return to Luang Prabang late afternoon. Overnight in Luang Prabang Read more

Luang Prabang, 1 night
DAY 7

Luang Prabang – Departure

After breakfast, you are free until transfer to airport catching your departure flight.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
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Hotel
Day 1
Location Vientiane
Day 2
Location Luang Prabang
Hotel Sada Hotel
Day 3
Location Luang Prabang
Hotel Sada Hotel
Day 4
Location Luang Prabang
Hotel Sada Hotel
Day 5
Location Luang Prabang
Hotel Sada Hotel
Day 6
Location Luang Prabang
Hotel Sada Hotel
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Vientiane
Hotel Lao Plaza
Day 2
Location Luang Prabang
Day 3
Location Luang Prabang
Day 4
Location Luang Prabang
Day 5
Location Luang Prabang
Day 6
Location Luang Prabang
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Vientiane
Day 2
Location Luang Prabang
Day 3
Location Luang Prabang
Day 4
Location Luang Prabang
Day 5
Location Luang Prabang
Day 6
Location Luang Prabang

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Accommodation in twin shared basis
  • Private, Airconditioned Transport
  • Boat trips as stated in the itinerary
  • English speaking guide
  • Admission fees to sites stated in the itinerary
  • Meals: As indicated in above itinerary = B, L, D
  • Cooking class
  • Living Land farming activities
  • Gov’t taxs and service charges
  • Luggage handling
  • Drinking water

Package excludes

  • Visas and Immigration fees on arrival
  • Alms Giving - Additional charge US$10.00/person
  • Domestic airticket
  • Int’l air tickets to/from Laos
  • Travel and/or Medical Insurance
  • Lunch or dinner unless stated in the itinerary
  • Single suppl. room accommodation (quoted separately)
  • Child or adult in triple share accommodation
  • Foreign language guides other than English
  • Peak Season or Special Events Surcharges
  • Tip, drinks and other personal expenses

REVIEWS

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Kristine, United States

We did a group tour through Saigon with Mr. Typhoon. He was very funny and informative. The tour showed up promptly to pick us up, and, we saw the main sights and attractions in HCMC. Mr. Typhoon was engaging, and, wanted to be sure that everyone was educated and had a good time. The pace of the activities was well timed out. The tour itself is exactly what it advertises to be, but, it's less immersive than some of the other tours offered (for example, a walking food tour or a cooking class). I would recommend it to get a feel for the city, and the tour company did an excellent job. Read more

Tammie, United States

Convenient booking, responsive staff, but very crowded group tours My friend and I used this tour group for 2 tours in Hanoi- Halong Bay and a city tour within Hanoi. Booking was convenient in that the staff were very responsive by email, though they do ask that you pay in person in advance of the trip, so we had to make our way to their office to pay them the day before our tour; otherwise you can pay online but you'd be charged a transaction fee of 3.5%. We paid extra to have them pick us up at our hotel which was far from the Old Quarter. However, on the way back from one of our tours, because of logistical issues, they couldn't drop us off directly at our hotel, even though this was the original agreement and we had paid extra for this. Instead they put us in a taxi to take us back to the hotel, which would have been fine except that they didn't use one of the more reputable taxi companies in Hanoi and instead we got a very sketchy taxi driver, which was what we were trying to avoid in the first place by paying the tour group extra to pick us up and drop us off directly at our hotel. Our tour guides spoke English well and seemed very nice. They definitely crammed A LOT of people into the group tours, though. For the Hanoi city tour, we had 14 people in what appeared to be a 12 seat van, and I think the tour guide was sitting on the floor of the van during the whole trip. So, expect to be in a big group if you choose to do group tours, though the group tours are considerably cheaper than the private tours, which is why we chose them. We did shop around a few tour groups prior to booking with this one, and it did seem that this company had competitive rates and their office location and staff seemed to be the most professional of the ones we considered. Read more

Ryan, United States

We booked a private tour (just the 2 of us) of the Cu Chi Tunnels through our hotel and Fabio was our guide. He was fantastic! Great English and very knowledgeable. He took us away from the crowds. We were so impressed with him that we booked a further 2 tours and specifically requested him as our guide. Nothing was too much trouble. We were able to use the time as we needed. He found us somewhere to get our laundry done, found us a bakery and delivered us to the train station after our full day Mekong Delta tour. Do yourself a favor and get Fabio!! Read more

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