Laos vacation, cultural tour

Price
US $2930including domestic flights only
Duration
13 Days
Type
Tailor made
More info
Price includes internal Laos flight, accommodation on twin/double basis, airport transfers, private touring with English-speaking Guide and meals as stated (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
Make enquiry

Description of Laos vacation, cultural tour

Price information

US $2930including domestic flights only
Price includes internal Laos flight, accommodation on twin/double basis, airport transfers, private touring with English-speaking Guide and meals as stated (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
Make enquiry

Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Travel guides

Laos
Put simply, Laos is beguiling: the mysterious neighbour of Thailand, a country that sees 10 times more foreign visitors annually, but has not one ounc...
Asia
Asia is massive: a whopping great sprawl of a continent with some 4.4 billion people living across it – that’s more than the population of every other...

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

Our local Laos agent has been operating socially and environmentally responsible trips to the country for many years and has a wealth of experience and expertise in the region. They have a strong responsible travel ethos and a realisation that tourism can change local lives for better and for worse. With this in mind our agents have established a responsible travel ethos creating authentic travel experiences which mutually benefit locals and visitors.

The Free the Bears Fund (FTB) is an Australian, not-for-profit organisation established with the sole purpose of helping to protect, preserve and enrich the lives of bears. In Laos, FTB works with the Luang Prabang Provincial Agriculture and Forestry Office and the Provincial Tourism Office to create a safe home for rescued bears that were illegally captured from the wild as young cubs. They are also lobbying against bear bile farms which are still legal in Laos. Visitors to Laos can visit the FTB education center and the bear sanctuary while also visiting the Kuang Si Waterfalls.

The Vat Phou Cruise aims to support the local communities they visit and pass through and to minimise their impact on the region. In order to achieve this they offer meals to the temples in the area as alms for the monks and on the village stops the cruise donates and encourages guests to donate towards the purchase of books and stationery for the local school. All food scraps are donated to local villagers as feed for their livestock and the onboard chefs buy produce from the local communities. All recyclable materials – cans, bottles, plastic – are recycled.

People

Our ground agents support many local charities in Laos including the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre (TAEC) in Luang Prabang which is visited on this trip. The center is dedicated to the collection, preservation and interpretation of the traditional arts and lifestyles of the country’s many and diverse ethnic groups to help safeguard the regions heritage for future generations. The center has a permanent collection of ethnic artifacts from 30 ethnic groups and offers a fair-trade scheme for local artisans: on average 50% of the fair-trade shop income goes directly to the artists and provides over 500 families from ethnic groups in 12 separate provinces with an extra income.
Other charities financially supported in Laos by our local agents include MAG, the Mines Advisory Group. Laos has the unenviable record of being the most bombed country in the world per capita with at least 30% of bombs dropped remaining unexploded and thus still a huge threat to the lives of local people. MAG works hard to clear land of unexploded ordnance making it safe for use and opening it up to residents as farming land.

Alongside MAG, our local agents also support COPE, the Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise located in Vientiane. This is a locally run, not-for-profit organisation founded to help victims of unexploded ordnance with rehabilitation and the provision of orthotic and prosthetic devices.

Fair salaries are paid to all employees and regular training is provided to support future career development. Only local guides who are aware of local customs and cultures are employed which not only keeps the funds paid to staff within the local community but also helps avoid any potential cultural clashes between visitors and locals. All guides are also required to sign an agreement with our ground agents agreeing not to take visitors in their charge to unplanned sites such as schools, orphanages etc or to ask for donations or tips. Guides are required to turn off vehicles when idling to minimise unnecessary emissions and where possible, eco-friendly modes of transport are opted for such as their collection of electric bikes used for Luang Prabang city tours.

Popular similar vacations

Laos vacations, tailor made

Laos vacations, tailor made

From £2980 12 days including UK flights

Explore the beautiful Golden Triangle area

Laos vacation, Luang Prabang and the Plain of Jars

Laos vacation, Luang Prabang and the Plain of Jars

From US $990 - US $1050 7 days including domestic flights only

World Heritage sites of Northern Laos

Northern Thailand and Laos cultural vacation

Northern Thailand and Laos cultural vacation

From US $2340 - US $2390 14 days including domestic flights only

Overland tour from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang