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LAOS ADVENTURE SCHOOL TOUR

LAOS ADVENTURE SCHOOL TOUR

Our Laos school tours allow students to discover an authentic side of Asia; a diverse and unique country that has remained largely unaffected by the development of Western culture. Traditions that have disappeared throughout Asia are still alive in Laos, and students will have the opportunity to explore all aspects of the country from the cultural centre of Luang Prabang, to the bustling markets of its capital Vientiane, as well as outdoor adventure that takes full advantage of its pristine environment. Our student tour in Laos combines cultural immersion, vivid nature, and community service projects that will help students make the connection between Laos' complex past, developing present, and hopeful future. Students will have a better understanding of it's distinct culture, and the chance to take part in wildlife conservation projects.

Trip code : LSC391

Duration : 14 days

Destination : Laos

Travel Dates : As required

  • Visit Luang Prabang a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Cycle through unspoiled countryside and sample local delicacies
  • Hike through the jungle and swim in pristine waterfalls
  • Sample local buffalo ice-cream and learn how to milk a buffalo
  • Support local communities and contribute to a local school / orphanage
  • Get up close and personal with Elephants at the Elephant Centre
  • Support the conservation efforts of the Free the Bears protection program for sun and moon bears
  • Participate in local community project
  • Kayaking and tubing in Nam Song
 
Departure from Australia
On arrival at Luang Prabang airport, students and teachers will be welcomed by our local guide and transferred to the hotel for check in and briefing about your Laos program

Then we will head out to explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site, start with a visit to Wat Xieng Thong – “The Monastery of the City” before we make our way to the city’s oldest and prettiest temple Wat Visoun. Our next stop is the National Museum also known as the former Royal Palace. Then continue to Houen Chan Heritage House to learn more about Laos culture. In the evening, we will attend Baci Ceremony at local house and welcome dinner.

Overnight in Luang Prabang. (L,D)
This morning, we will explore the city by bike we will head out to Pak Ou Village from Luang Prabang. After approximately 25 kilometres of cycling in both smooth and rough road, we reach the village of Ban Pak Ou.

After a short rest, we cross the Mekong River to Pak Ou and Thamting Caves, located on the Mekong riverbank. We visit the interesting and mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by devoted pilgrims.

We then embark on a traditional boat downstream the Mekong River with our bicycles. On the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where you can sample the local produce of Lao rice wine. Our next stop will be Ban Xang Khong, famous for Saa paper making.

We then return to Luang Prabang, climb up to the top of Mount Phousi for a panorama view of the city and Mekong River.

Evening is free to visit Night Market. Overnight in Luang Prabang Approximately: 2hours cycling/2 hours boating
This morning, we drive to the nearby valley southeast of Luang Prabang.

We arrive at the Long Lao Village where we begin our hiking tour. Before trekking we can explore the life and culture of this village where Khamu and Hmong people live.

Continue trekking into the mountainous Lao countryside of Luang Prabang. Hiking along you will pass orchards, rice fields, and vegetable gardens.

In the afternoon you will arrive at the crystal clear Kuang Si Waterfall. An exciting forest trail leads you to the end of your trek and your reward - the welcoming and refreshing pools of Kuang Si Waterfall where we will have plenty of time to relax and swim.

While in the Kuang Si Waterfall park, you should visit the Kuang Si Bear Rescue Sanctuary. You can find great information about Asian sun and moon bears and the Free the Bears protection program.

Experience the new Lao Buffalo dairy. The diary provides income and a sustainable future for the Lao people involved. Learn how to milk a Buffalo, cuddle a Buffalo for the perfect selfie and try some incredible ice cream. The Buffalo may be the stars of the show but the playful pigs, chickens and cute rabbits are also plenty of fun for the young and young at heart!

We’ll return late afternoon by vehicle. The tour concludes late afternoon in Luang Prabang.

Total trekking distance is 9 km (5.5 mi), approx 3.5 hours of medium difficulty, slippery when wet. The trek is mainly flat. There is a rocky section up and down a small hill approx 20 minutes.
Get up early in the morning, students and teachers will join the local people with their daily Morning Alms Giving. This tradition is unique in Laos and some other countries in the Southeast Asia. The offerings are normally sticky rice, flowers, fruits and sometimes money.

Afterwards, we return to the hotel for breakfast.

After breakfast, we transfer to visit Elephant Village Camp for an educational tour:

Option 1: General tour about Elephants

09:00am: We start with a briefing from your tour guide about Elephant Village and elephants in general

Elephant Feeding: Get up close and personal with elephants, you may even get to see some young calves

Visit Elephant Hospital: Meet our elephant doctor and learn about elephant health and checkups

Local surroundings: Learn about the traditions and lifestyle of nearby villages and farms

Visit Museum: Learn more about elephants and their plight for survival

Dung Paper: Learn about how elephant dung paper is made

Basic Mahout Training: Learn how to command elephants using the local language

The tour is finished around 11:30 11:30 Lunch: Enjoy a lunch buffet overlooking the Namkhan River

Option 2: Dung Paper making (max 10 pax per day)

09:00am: Welcome greeting by your guide and participate in a short briefing about elephants

Elephant Feeding: Get up close and personal with elephants, you may even get to see some young calves

Tour camp: Visit our elephant museum and elephant hospital to learn more about the plight of elephants in this changing environment

Collect Dung: Walk around the camp to collect elephant dung

Learn About Dung: Learn why elephant dung makes good paper

Paper Dung Making Workshop: Make your own paper using local tools and processes

Make Souvenir: Make a souvenir from dung paper to take home with you

Lunch: Dine at our Elephant Camp restaurant. Buffet lunch served with coffee / tea and drinking water (vegetarian options available)

Afternoon, we transfer by boat to visit Tad Sae Waterfall and have time to relax , have a short hiking or a swim.

Come back Luang Prabang by late afternoon. Overnight.
This day we head out to a local school/ orphanage for full day community service works. Remark: The project activities as well as name of local school/orphanage will be advised, prior to group arrival.

Below are suggested activities:

- Building new classroom

- Clean-up & re-paint classrooms

- Upgrade toilet, repaint the wall

- Produce hygiene information posters/ brochures

- Building new playground for students

- Teach English to student

- Play football or other games with students

- Give out donations & books

- Hand on painting pictures

After breakfast at hotel, we will take 6-hour driving to Vang Vieng (200 KM). Along the way, we will stop at Phou Pheng Fa – the highest peak in the area. We will be arriving in Vang Vieng at around noon.

In the afternoon, we will explore Tham Jang caves and Blue Lagoon. Free time to swim or attend other activities on your own. Overnight in Vang Vieng
This morning we will transfer around 10km North to the ethnic Khmu village of Viengsamay, after an introduction to the basics of kayaking we shall set off down the beautiful Nam Song river.

We continue traveling downstream to Tham None (Sleeping cave). One of the biggest caves in Vang Vieng, it was used as a rescue shelter for the villagers during the Second Indochina War. Today it is home to a family of bats and the ‘Magic Stone’ of Vang Vieng. During the rainy season we will swim through the entrance to the cave.

The final leg of the journey is a gentle paddle which will return us to Vang Vieng.

Approximately: 15 minutes transfer, 2 hours kayaking, 1h caving

After that, transfer to Vientiane (4 hours driving). We will arrive Vientiane in the early evening. Transfer to hotel for checking in and overnight
This morning, we will explore Vientiane and outskirts we will visit the oldest temple Wat Sisaket home to thousands of Buddha images from many countries. Continue to Wat Prakeo, the former royal temple of the Lao monarchy and originally built in 1565 and home to the Emerald Buddha image.

We then head to the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa and have a short stop to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph.

After lunch in a restaurant in town, we drive out of the city to visit the Buddha Park where hundreds of man made Buddhist and Hindu sculptures are displayed. Then transfer to visit COPE Centre and learn about their important role restoring dignity and mobility to war victims

Overnight in Vientiane.
Today we say goodbye to Laos and take flight to Hanoi/Bangkok then connect flight to Australia
Welcome home

ITINERARY OPTIONS:

ADVENTURE: Introduce your group to wilderness adventures, it's people, their culture, and their way of life. Our itineraries include: trekking, kayaking, hiking, home stay or stay in a camp etc.

Ideal for ages 13 - 21

PARTICIPANTS WILL NEED:

  • Good level of fitness
  • Strong interest in the chosen subject
  • Engaging outdoor activities/learning
  • Keen to try local cuisine
  • Sense of adventure
  • Competent swimming ability

COMMUNITY SCHOOL PROGRAMS

These programs include: building houses, school rooms and kindergartens for communities. Other activities include visiting orphanages, children's hospitals and disability/rehabilitation centres.

DURING THE TOUR:

Our local English speaking tour guide and drivers are highly trained and experienced, with safety being their number one priority. Our staff are available 24/7 to provide any necessary support for your group. We guarantee students to always be located within the same area in hotels.

Please contact us on +61 8 7226-1898 or 1300 739 652 for the price.

Price depends on the below:

- Projects your group would like to participate
- Desired outcome/Learning objectives for students
- Accommodation level
- Travel date
- Group Size
- Duration of the tour
- Sightseeing

You'll need a visa to enter Laos. If you're visiting Laos for tourism, you can get a 30-day tourist visa on arrival at a number of locations, including the International Airports in Vientiane and Luang Prabang and at some land border crossings. To apply you'll need two blank pages in your passport and two recent passport-size photos.

Some travellers to Laos choose to travel by road to Thailand to renew their visa for Laos. Since December 2016, Thailand has limited this practice by restricting the number of visa exemptions it will grant for entries to Thailand by land to two per person per calendar year. This restriction doesn't apply to arrivals in Thailand through international airports. Use only official border crossing points to enter Laos and make sure you get an entry stamp on arrival. If you don't, you could be fined or detained. Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the date you intend to return to Australia. Lao immigration authorities may refuse you entry, or fine you, if you have less than six months' validity.

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