Luang Prabang Cultural Exploration

Half Day

  Luang Prabang

Half Day

Luang Prabang Cultural Exploration

  Luang Prabang

Experience the daily life of a Luang Prabang local on this unique and in-depth full-day city excursion. Along a journey through temples, riverside communities and artisan villages, discover the charms of three distinctive cultures: the H'mong, Khmu and Loa Loum. Make your own H'mong flute, cook traditional dishes in a family home and chat with monks in a historic temple. Your journey supports the local economy and livelihoods in Luang Prabang.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Getting an in-depth look at the daily life of Luang Prabang's three ethnic cultures: H'mong, Khmu and Lao Loum
  • Sitting down with a local H'mong family in their home to learn about their daily lives
  • Learn about the intricacies of traditional flute-making, one of the H'mong's most treasured practices
  • Visiting some of Luang Prabang's most iconic and religiously important temples
  • Interacting with monks and novices and learning about the role of Buddhism in Laotian life
  • Visiting a sleepy rural village on the banks of the Mekong that's home to Khmu and Lau Loum people
  • Chatting with local families and learning how to make a traditional river weed salad
  • Wandering around Luang Prabang and visiting its highlights

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • Tours as mentioned and air-conditioned transfers
  • Sightseeing and permit fees during guided times
  • Meals listed in the itinerary
  • Expert English-speaking local guide
  • Service charges and government VAT tax

ITINERARY

DAY 1

Luang Prabang Cultural Exploration

DAY 1 - Luang Prabang Cultural Exploration

Today, get ready for an in-depth look at the daily life of Luang Prabang’s three most prominent ethnic cultures: the H’mong, Khmu and Lao Loum. Start your journey at the home of a local H’mong family, one of many H’mong residents in Luang Prabang. Here, sit down with the family and your guide for a chat and learn about how resettlement efforts for ethnic communities like the H’mong changed the rhythm of their daily lives. Afterwards, follow the lead of your host as he walks you through the intricacies of traditional flute making, one of the H’mong community’s most treasured traditional instruments. The traditional art of flute-making is quickly disappearing in modern Laos, but your host is both a flute enthusiast and one of the most respected flute players in the city. Listen to how the flute is played before rolling up your sleeves to make your own!

After the workshop, head out by tuk-tuk toward a local temple in central Luang Prabang. As the home of three dozen ancient temples, Luang Prabang’s most pious Buddhist locals gather in temples like this one to make merit nearly every day. Spend your time here interacting with the monks and novices, and learn a bit about how Buddhism plays an important role in Laotian life. Then, head to the banks of the mighty Mekong River and travel onward to Ban Xienmene village. This sleepy rural community is home to the Khmu and Lao Loum minority groups, and remains a testament to traditional ethnic lifestyles in Laos. Chat with a local family before learning to make Laos Sa Mou or River Weed salad for a family lunch before heading back to central Luang Prabang for a city highlights excursion.

Wander the city alongside your guide and visit some of Luang Prabang’s most famous temples, including the arrestingly ornate Wat Xieng Thong and the magnificent Royal Palace. Then, head to the craft-making village of Ock Pop Tok to see how Laos textiles and handicrafts are made sustainably and responsibly here. Wrap up your journey with a visit to Big Brother Mouse, an organization devoted to promoting literacy in children and young adults. This is a perfect chance to strike up a conversation with a young local learning English before heading back to your hotel.

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