6D5N LAO CUISINE AND CULTURAL
DAY 1: LUANG PRABANG (D)
You will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Depending on when you arrive activities can be arranged for the rest of the day. Nestled in a stunning setting amid forested mountains, this sacred city of golden temples and saffron robed monks provides endless opportunities for sightseeing. In the evening, enjoy a special Baci ceremony at tamnaklao restaurant before dinner.
DAY 2: LUANG PRABANG COOKING CLASS (B/L)
This morning you will learn the secrets of Lao cuisine at Tamarin restaurant. Begin by visiting the colorful and vibrant Phou Si Market with an expert chef, who will help you to select the ingredients you need for the lesson. Then, collect fresh herbs from an exotic jungle garden. The chef will explain the differences between the various cuisines of Southeast Asia and distribute printed recipes so you can impress your friends at home. After the class, enjoy the delicious feast you have prepared.
DAY 3: LUANG PRABANG – SILK DYEING CLASS (B)
A visit to the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Center will give you an insight into the daily lives of the ethnic minorities in Northern Laos. After your visit, take a trip to a local weaving centre where you can experience a half-day traditional silk-dyeing lesson. Make your own souvenir hand-dyed silk scarf as a memento. After the lesson, you can enjoy a drink while watching the sun set over the Mekong.
DAY 4: LUANG PRABANG – BAN XENG MOUK – BAN NONG TOUK – BAN LONG LAO (B/L)
We leave Luang Prabang at 8:30 and after a 40 minutes drive on a “dirt” road to the south-east we arrive in Ban Xeng Mouk, a village well known for its small pineapple and vegetable plantations. Here we spend some time to learn more about life in this rural lowland Lao and Hmong community. Our following trek leads us first for about half an hour through paddy fields and pineapple gardens before entering dense mixed growth jungle with a remarkable diversity of tree species.
After 2 hours of an up-and-down hike though the forest we reach the first peak of the mountain range. Here we enjoy the great views of the surrounding landscape, the fresh air and the sounds of birds and insects, while resting for a typical local picnic lunch. Again walking up and down, we soon reach after 20 min another peak, after which our trail is heading down on the backside. The forest is a bit more sparse here, but chances to see tracks of wild animals are good.
Home-stay in Bamboo house Khmu StayOn the way we pass a tiny settlement of 5 Hmong families. Getting here takes us about one and a half hours. However, we leave this village quickly behind us and follow a trail of secondary growth. After an hour or so the forest opens up and we approach Ban Nong Touk, surrounded by small corn and rice fields.
The last leg of the day is a half hour walk to Ban Long Lao, where we will stay overnight. Here we have the opportunity of getting more insights into the culture of the two ethnicities, Hmong and Khmu, who live here in a mixed settlement as in Ban Nong Touk.
Note: This 5-6 hour walk can be done throughout the year.
DAY 5: BAN LONG LAO – KUANG SI WATERFALL – LUANG PRABANG (B/L)
After breakfast, we follow a trail that reaches some forest with steeper parts. A cave is explored on the way, which during the Second Indochina War, served as a bomb shelter for the villagers living in this valley. One more hour of trekking takes us to the crystal clear water of just one of the springs that feed Tad Kuang Xi a beautiful pool full of big sacred fish. After descending from the top of the waterfall, a Lao-style lunch is served in the lush forest setting around the waterfall.Kuang Xi Waterfall The afternoon is spent bathing and relaxing by the turquoise pools below. It is worth to drop by at the Bear Rescue Center close to the entrance gate, where more than 10 animals, Sun Bears and Malayan Black Bears, are cared for after they’ve been rescued from bile farms or wildlife traffickers. Also walk around nearby Ban Thapene, a Khmu village that lies nestled around some of the 0most beautiful pools of Tad Kuang Xi. We return to Luang Prabang by Songtheaw.
DAY 6: DEPART LUANG PRABANG (B)
The day is at leisure until you are transferred to the airport for your onward flight.
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