Laos Culinary Delights

  • Destination: Laos
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Price: $1440

Combine your love for food with your passion for travel on this unique culinary tour. Learn the secrets of Laos’ world famous cuisine, as you explore the landscape, meet the people and delve into the history of the country – finding inspiration in the favorite local dishes.

Day 1

Arrival in Luang Prabang

Upon arrival at the airport in Luang Prabang you are greeted by a guide who will then escort you to the hotel. After a short rest, we visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun, the shrine of Wat Aham and Wat Mai. We then climb up to the top of Phousi Mount for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred gilded stupa as well as enjoy the beautiful sunset view of the city and the Mekong River. From here, we explore the Street Night Market, where you can find a lovely collection and handmade textiles made by local and hill tribe people.

Accommodations: Villa Maly or Similar, Villa Santi Resort & Spa or Similar

Day 2

Luang Prabang Cooking Class

We start the day by meeting at a restaurant and before transferring to the local market.
Learn more about the market while taking in the amazing sights, sounds and aromas of this busy place. We will have the opportunity to interact with the local sellers and purchase some of the ingredients to be used in the cooking lesson. You will be transferred to a picturesque lakeside pavilion where you will be introduced to the Laos kitchen.The chef will give you an introduction to all the fresh ingredients you have just bought from the market.Enjoy the tastes of your newly discovered recipes for lunch.  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

Accommodation: Villa Maly or Similar, Villa Santi Resort & Spa or Similar

Day 3

Luang Prabang – Elephant riding

08:30 – 09:00 am depart your hotel for a tour of the Elephant Village. The camp manager will greet you and conduct a short briefing before our elephant ride.  Enjoy a one and a half hour walk through a unique natural jungle valley and limestone cascades to the Elephant Jungle where a boxed lunch will be served. Visit Tad Sae Waterfall and relax on a boat trip on the Khan River back to the   Elephant Village.  We should arrive back in Luang Prabang around 4pm.  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

Accommodation: Villa Maly or Similar, Villa Santi Resort & Spa or Similar

Day 4

Luang Prabang – Flight to Vientiane

The National Museum at the former Royal Palace, which displays a lovely collection of the artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture, dates back from the days of the early king through the last sovereign. The National Museum and Central Market are not to be missed! Today, we visit these sights before catching a flight to Vientiane. After checking into hotel, we continue exploring the capital city and famous sacred structure of That Luang Stupa. We’ll stop for a photo opportunity of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph.  Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Mercure Vientiane Hotel or Similar, Green Park Boutique hotel or Similar

Day 5

Vientiane – City Tour & Cooking Class

We begin by visiting the major sights of the capital including the oldest Wat Sisaket, with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image.Meet at Full Moon Cafe at 10:00am to begin your epicurean experience.Travel to a garden on the Mekong River and begin preparations for a wonderful lunch. learn the secrets of making perfect sticky rice. Lao cooking is light and fragrant and you’ll be able to customize your dishes to your own palate. While dining you’ll also learn about Lao culture and etiquette.. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

Accommodation: Mercure Vientiane Hotel or Similar, Green Park Boutique hotel or Similar

Day 6

Vientiane – Flight to Pakse – Bolaven

After breakfast, you will fly to Pakse. Upon arrival, take an excursion by car to visit the highlights of the fascinating Bolaven Plateau. The Bolaven Plateau, was formed by an ancient volcano and is famous for its agricultural products including many coffee and tea plantations. The plateau has a number of tribal villages; some of them still practicing Stone Age culture. They use extremely primitive agriculture tools and conduct frequent spiritual ceremonies.The first stop is the Phaseum Resort. Here you will visit the Tribal Villages Museum to learn about the tribal architecture and life of the southern Laotian tribes. Continue to Tadlo on the northern edge of the Bolaven Plateau. Tadlo is touted as an eco-friendly resort near the Xeset Waterfall. After lunch at Tadlo, continue on visiting Alack and Nge Tribal Villages. Drive back to Pakse, via Paksong with stops to visit the impressive Tad Fane Waterfalls and a tea & coffee plantation. Dinner at the hotel.  Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: La Folie Lodge or Similar, Daosavanh Resort & Spa Hotel or Similar

Day 7

Pakse – Wat Phou – Khong Island

On the way to Kohong Island visit Wat Phou, the most important Hindu sanctuary of the Khmer Empire. We then continue on to Nagasang, and then cruise by boat to the beautiful Island of Ban Khone, where you can sometime see Irrawadee dolphins. Overnight in Ban Khone. Meals: Breakfast

Accommodations: Hotel in Ban Khone

Day 8

Khong Island – Khong Phapheng Waterfall

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before cruising by boat and to Khone Phapeng Waterfall, which spans 14km across the width of the mighty Mekong River. This waterfall is listed as the world’s widest waterfall it is quite impressive especially during the rainy season when the water in running fast and furious. Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodations: Hotel in Ban Khone

Day 9

Khong Island – Don Daeng

Enjoy breakfast then transfer by car and boat to Don Daeng. Overnight at La Folie Lodge on Don Daeng. Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Don Daeng

Day 10

Don Daeng – Pakse – Departure

Breakfast at the hotel then transfer by boat to Pakse. If time permits, visit Pakse before transferring to the airport for your departure flight. Carry home your stunning memories.

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Inclusions
• Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
• Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
• Boat Trip on Mekong River
• Vientiane & Luang Prabang Cooking Class
• Service of English speaking guides in every location
• Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
• Meals as mentioned in the itinerary