Our 10-day itinerary allows students to explore the history, rich culture and impressive architecture of Luang Prabang, before heading to a developing village deep in the province. Engage with the local community through service projects, pottery workshops and cooking classes.
Students will visit various museums and centres in Luang Prabang, where they will receive lectures about the area’s history and culture, understand how wars affect peoples lives to this day, and how the local community makes use of their natural surroundings. Our itinerary includes hikes, bike rides and physically hands-on service projects to make the most of the outdoors and incredible natural surroundings.
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*Prices based on groups of 20 students with 2 free teacher spots.
On arrival at Luang Prabang International Airport, you’ll receive a special greeting and warm welcome by local people. Make your way to your accommodation and check in.
If time permitted, embark on a walking orientation tour of Luang Prabang old town to discover the history of Lanxang “The Kingdom of Million Elephant”. Pay a visit to the Heritage House, the only traditional house and the oldest building remaining in town. Finish the day off with a short hike up to Phousi mountain for incredible views of the surrounding area.
It’ll be full day learning about Laos’ history and culture today. First, visit the Traditional Art and Ethnology Centre and learn about the diversity of ethnicity in Laos with a talk from the founder and ethnological expertise. Next up is a visit to the Mine Advisor Group Center, where you’ll learn about Laos’ civil war and how the war is still affecting local people’s lives today. Finish the morning off with a visit to OCK POP TOK, The Living Craft Center where you’ll discover Laotian textiles.
After lunch, visit the National Museum and the former Royal Palace. Then, make your way to Wat Mai, the newest temple in Luang Prabang, followed by Wat Xiengthong. We will be sketching while we walk through the temples and hear about their history from your guide. We examine, via the medium of art, how the temple’s artwork reflects Laos’ transitions: from dynasty to dynasty, and seasons of plenty to seasons of drought.
It’s an early start today to participate in the daily morning ritual alms-giving ceremony, where the locals offer food to the saffron-clad monks. After breakfast, you’ll head to the morning market, where you can see diverse offerings such as dried buffalo skin, local tea, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings. Pick out some ingredients with the help of your Adventure Leader, to use during a cooking class! Learn to cook some local delicacies and enjoy eating your creations.
In the afternoon, hop on a bike and explore the outskirts of Luang Prabang City. You’ll cycle to a number of villages, stopping to explore the local rural lifestyle. Head back to your accommodation for a well-deserved rest, before enjoying a delicious group dinner.
Make your way into the countryside of Luang Prabang to the Pakxeng district. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by the local authority and the project manager, who is our village host for your stay here.
Replenish with lunch before this afternoon’s activities. Later, the local authority and Mr Chipseng, the rural expertise project manager, will give you a tour of the village and explain the projects currently underway in the area. Next, you will receive a briefing of the service projects you will be taking part in over the next few days.
In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner and learn traditional dance with the locals!
Day 5 & 6
It’s time to start your service projects! Over the next two days, you will take part in a community service project led by the village chief, our expert guide and project manager. The project will one or two of the following: building a water tank or community toilet (there is currently no water supply in the village), renovating classrooms and building tables, building games and sports equipment for the local children, or any other projects needed by the community. Please note, community service activities are subjected to change depending on the need during the time of the trip.
Congratulations, you have finished your service project! Today, you will teach some of the local children the basics of hygiene and sanitation. As the village is very remote and due to lack of education, many kids here don’t have a wide knowledge of hygiene and sanitation and might easily get sick. You will be teaching them how to wash hands and in what occasions should they wash their hands, what to do before eating fruits with rind, how to keep tableware clean and any other elementary hygiene knowledge.
In the evening, return back to your accommodation to rest before enjoying dinner and some free time.
This morning, receive a lecture of how the local experts have been using environment and nature and the negative impact from economy and industry growth; Spend the rest of the day participating in more service activities, such as school ground cleaning, village ground cleaning, plastic collecting and re-plantation.
After lunch, the project manager and local authority will wrap up by leading a reflection section to conclude the contribution you have made to the community. Students will have the opportunity to share what they have learned from the service projects.
In the late afternoon, it’s time to make your way back to Luang Prabang. When you arrive in the town, listen to a lecture about the laid-back lifestyle of the community, and the challenges that come with the new economy.
After breakfast, hop on board a boat and travel across the Mekong River. Get ready to explore a 400 year old Laotian village and try your hands at making some pottery. Starting off with a lecture from the pottery family about the history of this village, what material they use, the skill and technical process of creating each item of the pottery. Learn about the production of terra-cotta roof tile, jars for fermented fish, fermented sticky rice whisky, lamps, pots, bowls, vases and teapots.
Next, it’s time to get your hands dirty and create your own pottery, with the help of the family. After a creative day, make your way back to Luang Prabang in the late afternoon. Enjoy some free time to relax and play some games before the final dinner of your trip.
It’s time to say goodbye to our guides and trip leaders, before transferring to the airport. Leave excited to apply what you’ve learned from your experiences here, back at home!