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7 Secrets of Galangal - 6 Days

7 Secrets of Galangal

Laos · Private Tour · 6 Days
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Delight on the balanced and savory cuisine of Laos while you travel exploring the country's marvelous temples, serene countryside, charming folklore and awe-inspiring nature.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Luang Prabang
Day 2 - Pak Ou Caves & Luang Prabang
Day 3 - Luang Prabang Countryside
Day 4 - Luang Prabang → Vientiane
Day 5 - Vientiane Villages
Day 6 - Vientiane

What is included

  • Domestic flight Luang Prabang - Vientiane
  • Private transfers and transportation
  • 5 nights accommodation at luxury hotels with breakfast
  • Meals as mentioned in this itinerary
  • Activities mentioned in this itinerary
  • Entrance fees at all visiting sites and boat rides
  • Sightseeing with local English speaking guides
  • Cold towels and water on sightseeing days

What is NOT included

  • International flights
  • Meals not mentioned in this program
  • Drinks and water at included lunches and dinners
  • Tips and personal expenses
Did you know you can make this trip even better? Customize this tour

day
1
Luang Prabang

Upon arrival Luang Prabang airport, your guide will meet you and lead you to your hotel.

Afternoon Textile Workshop

The Ock Pop Tok Living Crafts Centre is a well-documented gallery where weaving and dyeing techniques of silk are showcased to curious visitors. Learn more about silkworms and receive a brief introduction to the different natural dying methods. You will partake in a hands-on activity and prepare two dye sources yourself after which you dye white scarves in your chosen colours. Meet with the local weavers, who will give you an introduction to traditional weaving techniques. End your visit with a stroll around the garden and enjoy a cocktail with Lao canapes before returning to your hotel.

Baci Ceremony

Baci ceremonies are an integral part of Lao culture. Held to celebrate a special event, a marriage, a homecoming, or a departure, it is based on an ancient belief that the human being is a union of 32 organs and the kwan (or soul) watches over each of them. The Baci ceremony re-aligns the kwan and the body. A village elder will wrap a white cotton thread around your wrist while chanting an invocation to strengthen the power of the blessing. In Laos, white is the color of peace, good fortune and warmth. Enjoy this authentic experience in a local family home and feel refreshed and enlightened by taking part in this ancient practice.


Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant in Luang Prabang before being transferred to your hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Hotel Sofitel Luang Prabang

Garden Suite Luang Prabang

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2
Pak Ou Caves & Luang Prabang

Market Visit and Laotian Cooking Class

After breakfast, visit to the local morning market where the chef will point out typical Asian herbs, vegetables and unique Lao snacks such as the Mekong seaweed or dried bamboo shoots. This is a brilliant way to learn more about the traditions of Lao cuisine and see what Lao people eat on a daily basis.

Back at the hotel, enjoy an informative open-air cooking class in the middle of an organic vegetable garden. The chef will explain the different ingredients and seasonings you cook with today and then, because it is a hands-on affair, you will have fun and cook alongside the chef and work with ladles, pans and woks.

Learn the secret techniques of the local cuisine as you are guided through a step by step process and engage in the preparing of delicious Lao meals with the support of our knowledgeable Chef. 

At the end, enjoy the freshly prepared food on a table in the hotel’s restaurant overlooking the mountainous scenery of Luang Prabang.


Luang Prabang half day cruise to Pak Ou Caves

In the afternoon, embark on a 2-hour cruise in a long-tail boat on the Mekong River and visit the mysterious Pak Ou Caves. En route, typical Laotian villages are barely visible behind thick foliage. Wooden canoes bobbing by the shore attached to bamboo poles can be seen everywhere while floats mark the location of nets and fish traps. Arrive at Pak Ou and explore the sanctuaries which consist of two large caves. Both repositories house thousands of Buddha images, which range from mere centimetres to two meters in height.

Cruise back to town and observe the picturesque limestone formations and the friendly local children playing in the river. Stop at Ban Muang Keo village and observe local weavers and whisky distillers honoring their timeworn traditional crafts before returning to Luang Prabang by car or by the same cruise with light snack provided en route.


Lao Evening - traditional storytelling and dinner

Why is Mount Phusi called Mount Phusi? What has it got to do with mushrooms and the Ramayana? Who forged the ancient city of Luang Prabang, and what is his story? If you are curious to discover the answers to these questions, Garavek is the place for you! Garavek is a new company based in Luang Prabang, with the aim of promoting and preserving the local traditional stories - myths, legends, and folktales. Every evening, from 6.30-7.30pm, they present a selection of traditional Lao stories in their intimate theatre in Luang Prabang & historic old town.

The stories are told in English, by a Lao storyteller, with the live musical accompaniment of the khene - the quintessential Lao folk instrument. After the performance, transfer to Tamarind, one of the best Lao restaurants in the country. Choose between a typical Luang Prabang meal, a buffet of all the local specialties, or be adventurous and try foods usually only found in local markets & private homes or out in the jungle. After dinner, return to your hotel with your private car and guide.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Luang Prabang → Pak Ou Caves29 km 50min
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  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Hotel Sofitel Luang Prabang

Garden Suite Luang Prabang

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3
Luang Prabang Countryside

Kuang Si Waterfall visit

After breakfast, depart for a 1- hour drive south to one of Luang Prabang’s most picturesque sights, the Kuang Si waterfall. Stop en route at Phou Si market where you can observe locals trading in fresh produce and taste some exotic fruits. Once at the waterfalls, take a leisurely hike through the national park towards the Kuang Si waterfalls and pass by the Asian Bear Rescue Center.

For the more adventurous, continue to the top of the main waterfall. Swimming in the refreshing waters is possible, although between November and January the water temperature is very cool. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the tranquil surroundings of the park before you transfer back to your hotel by private vehicle.

Rice farming experience

Spend an afternoon on a community based living rice farm situated in the idyllic countryside, surrounded by mountains and rice paddies. Experience the life of a farmer and try your hand at some of the activities. All can join in and there are great photo opportunities. Or just view it all from the comfort of the traditional Lao rice house balcony, which is surrounded by rice terraces and an organic vegetable farm. During the experience, you will also have the opportunity to learn more about bamboo weaving, blacksmith work and sugar cane processing. Towards the end, join a tour of the organic garden with an explanation on how natural herbs are used in traditional medicine.

Luang Prabang Lao evening food corner

In the early evening, head to Luang Prabang's famous night market. Walk through the market and head towards the small side streets where vendors offer food buffets and different local snacks. Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells while your guide explains the different cooking methods or ingredients to you. After looking and sampling, head to a famous local restaurant for Sindad BBQ, a BBQ at your table type of Laos traditional way of cooking which is very popular with the locals. The guide will assist you with your food order and recommend some of the restaurant's specialities. After dinner, head back to your hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Luang Prabang → Kuang Si Waterfall29 km 45min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Hotel Sofitel Luang Prabang

Garden Suite Luang Prabang

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4
Luang Prabang → Vientiane

After breakfast, our guide will pick you up at your hotel lobby and transfer to the airport for your flight to Vientiane. Upon arrival Wattay International Airport, your guide will meet you and lead you to your hotel.

Vientiane city tour

Enjoy a visit to all of essential landmarks the small and charismatic city of Vientiane has to offer. A world apart from other frantic Asian capitals, Vientiane still remains a quiet and pleasant town. During your touring, stop for lunch at local restaurant in Vientiane.

Start at Wat Sisaket, which is the only temple left intact after the Siamese invasion of 1828. See thousands of Buddha statues lined up before visiting Wat Phra Keo, which is a religious museum that displays a collection of art representing Lao and Khmer artefacts. Continue with a visit to the most popular Wat in town, Wat Si Muang, before visiting the Patouxay monument, Laos version of the Arc de Triomphe. 

End the day at That Luang, a gold-covered large Buddhist stupa in the centre of Vientiane. Since its initial establishment, suggested to be in the 3rd century, the stupa has undergone several reconstructions as recently as the 1930s due to foreign invasions of the area. It is generally regarded as the most important national monument in Laos and a national symbol.


Tuk Tuk dinner with the locals

Let us take you out for an adventurous dinner safari by Tuk Tuk, the three-wheeled taxis of Laos. Enjoy a meal at a bustling Vientiane evening food market where hordes of hungry locals pick up their takeaway dinners. Visit the market to explore the interesting, traditional Lao food on offer. Select some delicious dishes to try (we can help you choose if you can’t decide) and enjoy your authentic feast while watching the busy market around you. After dinner we’ll take a short walk to downtown, past some local petanque courts, to visit the well-known intersection that becomes thriving roadside dessert and drink markets at night.

You can try hot soy milk, fresh juices, and other unusual local beverages such as rosella or longan drinks. There are also carts selling delicious traditional Lao sweets, many made with coconut or sticky rice, and Lao-style roti with banana and coconut milk. Return to your hotel with your guide and by Tuk Tuk in the late evening.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Luang Prabang → Vientiane 45min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Settha Palace Hotel

Deluxe Room Vientiane

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5
Vientiane Villages

Nam Ngum hill tribe visit

After breakfast, leave for a two hour drive to Nam Ngum reservoir, located 100 kilometres north of Vientiane. Make a stop at a Hmong village and visit the local market en route. Continue the drive and visit the archaeological site of Vang Xang, which dates back to the 11th century. Arrive at the Nam Ngum Reservoir around midday and enjoy a picnic lunch by the lake. The reservoir is created by a huge dam that blocks the streams of the Nam Ngum River, the second largest river in Laos and originating close to the Plain of Jars.

Boat tour along fishing villages

In the afternoon, take a boat trip on the lake and venture out past numerous small islands. Visit fishing villages and learn more about the traditional Lao way of fishing. Disembark and visit Ban Keun and Ban Bo villages where salt is extracted the traditional way. Observe the process and try to strike up a conversation with the local villagers or feel free to ask your guide more questions about the way locals live in the countryside.

Return to Vientiane in the late afternoon. 


Tonight, enjoy dinner at local restaurant in Vientiane before transferred to your hotel for your relaxing.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Vientiane → Nam Ngum Reservoir100 km 1h 45min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Settha Palace Hotel

Deluxe Room Vientiane

day
6
Vientiane

Live Lao for one day - 7 hours

After breakfast, our guide will pick you up at your hotel and you well then go on an insider’s safari around Vientiane by Tuk Tuk. We’ll take you off the beaten path to a few places that only locals know. You will get to know more about Laos and Vientiane, and experience the everyday lives of the Lao people.

Some of the exciting activities and stops during your tour will include: 

  • See how kao larm (sticky rice and coconut snack roasted in bamboo tubes) is made and try some fresh from production 
  • Visit a local fresh food market and observe the market activity with a traditional Lao coffee
  • Visit the workshop of a family-run silversmith producing intricate traditional and modern pieces
  • Enjoy lunch at a secret Lao restaurant hidden down a residential lane-way, popular with both locals and expats
  • Visit the COPE Visitors Centre where you will get to know more about the ongoing challenges with unexploded ordinance (UXO) that Lao people face on a daily basis
  • Visit Simeuang Temple and learn to make traditional Lao Buddhist banana leaf and wax flower offerings.

Return to your hotel with your guide and by Tuk Tuk in the early afternoon. 

Then, you will transfer to Wattay International Airport for your departure flight to next destination.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodations

Luang Prabang
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Hotel Sofitel Luang Prabang

Garden Suite
Vientiane
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Settha Palace Hotel

Deluxe Room

Price for luxury experience

Customizable private tour
Prices per person2 pax
Double Sharing
1 Apr 2018 - 30 Sep 2018$2250
1 Oct 2018 - 31 Mar 2019$2595
1 Apr 2019 - 30 Sep 2019$2358

Photos

Tamarind Cooking Class, Luang Prabang
Green Papaya Salad
Kuang Si Falls, Luang Prabang
Rice Farming Experience, Luang Prabang
Coconut Rice Cake
Wat Phra That Luang, Vientiane
Baci Ceremony, Luang Prabang
Traditional Market

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