Laos holiday, Luang Prabang and the Plain of Jars

“A week of Laos loveliness, travelling in a small group around some of the most sublime cultural sites of SE Asia. And all focusing on local people, transport and food. Laos is all about local. ”

Highlights

Luang Prabang | Boat trip on Mekong River | Pak Ou Caves | Lao arts and handicrafts | Kuang Si waterfalls | Phonsavan | Plain of Jars | Hmong village of Ban Son Boom | Vientiane

Description of Laos holiday, Luang Prabang and the Plain of Jars

This one week Laos holiday that starts in Luang Prabang and ends in the capital city of Vietiane is a carefully crafted itinerary that opens up the array of historic and cultural wonders that Laos has to offer. All set in stunning, often totally untouched scenery such as the Central Highlands, Mekong River and waterfall filled jungles.

We will spend two days enjoying the sights and sounds of Luang Prabang, the ancient capital and now UNESCO World Heritage Site, thanks to its plethora of magnificent temples and resident monks, fine collection of French-Indochinese architecture and all round beating heart of Laotian culture. It is also enveloped by mountains and at the confluence of the Nam Khan and Mekong Rivers. In fact this tour opens with a river trip down the Mekong, where we will visit the extraordinary Pak Ou Caves, brimming with bright golden Buddhas that have been gifted by pilgrims.

We also spend a couple of days in NE Laos, exploring the countryside and small villages around Phonsavan, which is also gateway to the Plain of Jars, a fascinating series of giant stone jars perched on hills over hundreds of square kilometres around the town, the ancient origin of which is entirely unknown.

Our Laos holiday finishes in the modern capital of Vientiane, where we have a day and night to explore its very much traditional feel, with quaint markets, the stunning Buddhist That Luang Stupa , especially when it glows at sunset, as well as plenty of places to enjoy Laos’ other best kept secret – its superb cuisine.

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Laos holiday, Luang Prabang and the Plain of Jars

Environment

Whilst on this tour we visit the Mines Advisory Group (MAG). Laos is the most bombed country in the world per capita, with more than 270 million cluster submunitions dropped on it during the Vietnam War from 1963 to 1974 and we will learn about the valuable work of this group.

In Vientiane we will visit the excellent COPE exhibition centre, highlighting a major problem many of the local people face daily in the form of unexploded ordnance.

Information: Providing suitable, relevant information for our customers; to help them to gain a wider understanding of our style of tourism that focuses on learning, genuine interaction with the local communities, reciprocity and cultural exchange processes. To be aware of the potential impact of tourism on the local society, culture and environment, and to behave and dress appropriately with a respect and appreciation for local customs, mores and traditions and a respect for the ecology of areas visited. Our guides and leaders thus facilitate communication of our values to both travellers and local communities, educating them in sustainable tourism practices

Group sizes: By limiting groups to small sizes we aim to reduce the impact on both local communities and the environment whilst allowing for greater genuine interaction with said communities. It also results in a higher guide/customer ratio thus greater facility for supervision and individual assistance and allows us to use smaller hotels and restaurants and employ the services of more genuinely ‘local’ operators perhaps not otherwise well equipped for larger groups.

Destinations: We combine the well known tourist sites with many off-the-beaten-track, rarely visited destinations thus diverting tourist revenue and contact with responsible tourism into areas not usually benefiting as well as providing a more authentic view of the region visited.

Instruction: By explaining our methods and the reasons behind them local agents, guides and hotels are encouraged by us to adopt further responsible tourism practices themselves and guides and drivers are provided with additional training in this respect.

Community

This trip benefits and strengthens the local communities through capacity and confidence building so that they have total control over tourism development in their area. We provide community information to tourists, to help them to gain a wider understanding of this type of tourism that focuses on learning and a cultural exchange process and we inform our travelers how to behave appropriately with an appreciation for local customs and regulations. We also buy and use local products and services in order to support and stimulate the local economy.

We use local public transport where possible to minimise demand for special tourist vehicles and fuel. We choose small-scale locally owned accommodation and homestays where available and local restaurants and markets for dining, retaining revenue in local communities. Our tour leaders facilitate communication of our values to travellers and local communities, educating them in sustainable tourism practices. We employ local guides to aid travellers' understanding of local culture and etiquette. Our small group size allows travellers to experience cultures at first hand, offering greater opportunity for cross- cultural understanding.

Local products: As much as possible we aim to employ local personnel, (guides, drivers, agents etc), use local restaurants and smaller privately owned accommodation. Customers are also encouraged to buy and use local products and services as much as possible in order to support and stimulate the local economy.

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