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Gay Group Trip: Laos Adventure

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TRIP SUMMARY

Still largely untouched by the modern world, Laos is one of the world’s best kept secrets. It is an inherently peaceful place, free from much of the word’s stresses, and containing effortless beauty, graceful people, and centuries-old traditions and culture. The pristine, lush landscape’s beauty is matched only by beautiful smiles at every turn.

time difference

TIME DIFFERENCE

6 hours ahead of the UK

flight time

FLIGHT TIME

15-18 hours direct from UK

Available Dates : 16th March 2018

Days 1 and 2 - Luang Prabang

Upon arrival in Luang Prabang you will be met by your guide and transferred directly to the city.   
    
This afternoon, visit with Vat Xieng Thong at the top of the peninsula. The oldest and most beautiful temple of the UNESO World heritage town dates back from the 16th century. The roof sweep low to the ground and glass colored panels adorn the walls of the chapels. See the residential neighborhoods of the peninsula, before continuing to the Royal Palace Museum housing the most important treasures of Laos’ recent past and climb up to Phousi Hill for sunset to enjoy the unique view over the city and its surroundings.  If you wish you can stop at the ethnic night market to do some shopping.

Early morning of day 2, we will participate in a Tagbat ceremony, the monks’ alms offering. This ritual is an important part of Lao people’s life and offers a memorable experience and great snapshots. Your guide will explain how to follow the strict customs and rules involved. After the ceremony you will visit a fresh food local market, and return to the hotel for breakfast.

After your breakfast, take time to enjoy a 4 hours private and comfortable cruise to simply admire nature, the landscape, and the traditional and simple life around the Mekong River.  You will stop for around 30 minutes to discover the famous sacred Pak Ou caves and the thousands of Buddha that were given by the numerous devotes coming there from centuries.  On your way back to Luang Prabang, when the boat slowly travels down the Mekong River, appreciate a delicious lunch on board.  Afternoon and dinner at leisure.

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Day 3 - Vientiane

This morning enjoy an architectural tour of the city with a French writer and historian, former UNESCO advisor and resident of Luang Prabang. Thanks to his studies and deep knowledge of Lao Culture and history Luang Prabang became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.  Francis will explain what makes this city so special. With him, you will discover the unseen and places that are not mentioned in guide books!

Lunch at Tangor, a French/Asian fusion restaurant with a contemporary twist.

Afternoon at leisure until your transfer to the airport from Luang Prabang to Vientiane.    

Upon arrival you will be met by your guide in Vientiane, and transferred directly to the city.

This evening, explore Vientiane by night! Start by a walk along the Mekong, the area has a vibrant atmosphere, with the crowd of locals and visitors coming to shop, exercise, eat and drink. Then continue to the night street food market to discover the Laotian authentic everyday food. If you wish to, you can end the evening in one of the bars of the capital, your guide will advise you about the best spot to enjoy the nightlife.
 

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Day 4 - Baci Ceremony

We discover Vientiane in a Jeep. The visit will start with Vat Sisaket, the oldest monastery in Vientiane, built in 1818. Continue to nearby Ho Phrakeo, the former Royal temple, now a Museum of Buddhist art and sculpture. Lunch at Makphet, a social enterprise restaurant.  After lunch proceeds to That Luang with its golden stupa in the characteristic banana flower shape – it is the most revered shrine in Laos. Stop at Patouxay (the Victory Monument) for a view of the city. 

Late afternoon, you will be invited to a local house, for a unique immersion in Lao way of life. You will participate to a Baci Ceremony.  The Baci is a leftover from the time before Buddhism and are celebrated for many occasions, births, marriages, deaths, but also the New Year, a journey, or sickness. During this ceremony, the shaman performing the ceremony chants a prayer and 32 good spirits are symbolically tied around the wrist of the attendants by means of white cotton. The three knots in the tread symbolize prosperity, health and good luck.  After the ceremony, you will be invited to share the dinner with your host. 

Day 5 - Departure

After you're final included breakfast, we're going to leave you to depart for your flight in your own time. We will inlcude a transfer back to the airport of course!













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