|Name||Focus Textile Laos|
|Code||Focus Textile Laos STD Jan14 - Sep14
Focus Textile Laos SUP Jan14 - Sep14
Focus Textile Laos DLX Jan14 - Sep14
|Duration||6 Days/5 Nights|
|Tour Type||private Roundtrip|
|Destinations||Luang Prabang – Nong Khiaw – Luang Prabang|
Move from the royal capital into village life! Highlights include
- Visiting the splendid temples of Luang Prabang.
- Spending days learning about rural village life first hand.
- Cruising the Nam Ou river and the Mekong.
DAY 1: Luang Prabang City Tour (-)
We will visit the former King’s Palace in the world heritage town of Luang Prabang, perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. The tranquility and charm of this town with its splendid natural scenery and cultural sights, like the Wat Xieng Thong, make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Laos. Later we’ll visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham. In the evening, climb up to the top of Phu Si Mountain for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa. From this awe-inspiring vista, take in the beautiful sunset view of the city and the Mekong River. At the Night Market, you can find a lovely collection of handmade textiles crafted by local and hill-tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang.
DAY 2: Ock Pop Tok weaving center (B,L)
Ock Pop Tok (East Meet West) is set in a tropical Mekong garden (Luang Prabang), it’s opens doors to learning about Lao textiles and crafts. Bringing alive our concept of east meets west, the LCC is a place where you can meet silk weavers, craft artisans and silkworms and learn about textiles and take classes.
*)The Natural Dyes Class is an introduction to silkworms and silk types. In this class, students have a hands on experience with natural dye preparation and complete 3 color dyes. At the end of class you will take home 3 dyed silk skeins. Many of the natural dyes used are grown in the surrounding garden.
*)The Half Day Weaving Class is an introduction to weaving on a loom. Each student is assigned a loom and has a guide and a weaver to help them learn the art of weaving. Students will select two colours and will create a placemat sized piece with a Lao motif. Lunch Included
DAY 3: Luang Prabang – Nong Khiaw (B,L)
The drive to Nong Khiaw will take you out of Luang Prabang and into the magnificent landscape of northern Lao PDR. Along the way we will visit the village of Ban Na Nyang, which is famous for its traditional cotton weaving. Almost every household has its own weaving loom where families create beautiful scarves, tablecloths, and ornate wall hangings. The art of cotton weaving in Ban Na Nyang has been passed from generation to generation for almost 300 years. The local population at Ban Na Nyang belongs to the Tai Lue (Lü) ethnic group, which migrated to this area from the Yunnan Province during the 18th century. In Yunnan, the Tai Lue are officially part of the Dai ethnic group.
After visiting Ban Na Nyang we will continue to Nong Khiaw,
From here we will cruise north along the Nam Ou river which has carved its way through some of the most beautiful and remote landscapes of Laos. During this journey we will stop to visit a few local villages where no roads or cars have access. The river is a major part of life for the people of these villages as means of food and transportation. The first stop will be in the Village of Ban Sopcham. This village is known for its craft production of silk. You can experience the process of silk making from the initial stages to the final product. The village continues to follow the ancestral way of producing silk and weaving by hand loom a craft handed down from generation to generation.
The second stop will be at Muang Ngoi, a more popular tourist destination because of its natural setting amongst the surrounding limestone mountains. One of the earliest Tai principalities in Laos was centered at Muang Ngoi. By the 12th century AD there were settlements in the area that were part of a chain of Tai Mueangs along the Nam Ou River. The current town dates from the 15th century and is the old district capital.
Back to Nong Khiaw for overnight in a bungalow near the Nam Ou river.
DAY 4: Nam Ou cruise to Luang Prabang (B,L)
The boat ride from Nong Khiaw to Luang Prabang offers spectacular views and a unique look into traditional daily village life along the river. As we cruise down the Nam Ou and approach the Mekong we will arrive at the famous Pak Ou caves. These two caves are filled with hundreds of Buddha images of all styles and sizes. Both caves are accessed by stairs. The lower cave, known as Tham Ting, is naturally lit; the upper cave, Tham Phum, is deeper and darker, so watch your step. Overall, the boat trip back journey to Luang Prabang is relaxing, with some light activity. We will arrive back at Luang Prabang in the late afternoon.
DAY 5: Elephant Experience – Baci Ceremony (B,L)
We will pick you up at about 8am and proceed to the Elephant Park Project area about 15km (9 miles) outside of town and in the middle of green, natural surroundings on the banks of the Nam Khan river. You will be introduced to our protected Asian elephants and go out for a scenic ride. Enjoy the new perspective and the wonderful natural scenery on this 1-hour jaunt. A stunning landscape, tranquility and the lush environment provide a relaxed journey on the back of the elephant. Lean back in your seat and enjoy…
On the ride, you make your way through forests and along the Nam Khan river. The ride brings you to and from the amazing Tad Sae waterfalls where you have a chance to swim or to take a short walk in the forest. In the dry season (February to August) we walk through rice paddies, on the river bank, and into a nearby village. Bring shoes that can get wet, sun protection, pocket money for tips, a swimsuit, towel and long trousers! Lunch in a simple local restaurant is included.
You will be hosted at Dien Sabay restaurant where you will begin your evening with a “Baci,” a spiritual blessing ceremony. The Ceremony will be performed by the chief of the village and special arrangements will be made for the occasion. This will be followed with one of Lao’s favorite dishes; the Sindad. The Sindad is a local BBQ where you will be your own chef, grill your own meat, cook your own vegetables and simply enjoy!
DAY 6: Departure (B)
Free leisure before transfer to the airport for departure
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