Come meet elephants... explore ancient temples... savor Lao cuisine... sip a Beerlao by the Mekong... learn about Lao culture... take a river cruise... and more! Restoration Laos invites you to discover Laos in comfort, and help support our work clearing explosives: all profits from this adventure support the work of our bomb-clearing team.
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Luang Prabang is a place to stroll by the riverbank, to drink rich local coffee in local cafes, to enjoy expert massage, to wander through the World Heritage district, and to explore the newer parts of town away from the old royal center. It's a place to shop for silk and handicrafts, to read a book you've meant to get to, to climb a sacred hill at sunset. It's a place both to do and to dream.
Luang Prabang is the former royal capital of Laos. Explore shady streets of French Colonial villas, visit ancient temples that remain centers of religious and civic life, take a cruise up the Mekong river to a sacred cave filled with thousands of Buddha images, and watch the morning alms giving as monks process silently through the breaking dawn to receive their day's food from their neighbors
Take a jungle hike with friendly elephants, and learn about elephant conservation in Laos. Visit rescued moon bears, and cool off in turquoise waterfalls. Enjoy the gardens where the Nam Khan river meets the mighty Mekong. Nourish your eyes and your spirit with the profusion of flowers in every courtyard and street side.
Savor Lao cuisine, and learn to prepare Lao meals even after you're home! Lao food is fresh, spicy (but they're happy to tone it down for Westerners), and delicious. Learn to make sticky rice, spring rolls, or other specialities, and enjoy some of the best meals you've ever had at the best restaurants of Luang Prabang.
We meet in Bangkok, Thailand on January 21, 2024. After a night in an airport hotel we fly onwards to Laos on the 22nd. The trip ends at the Luang Prabang airport, where we'll help you catch your flight on January 29.
This trip introduces travelers to the wonders of Laos, and raises funds for the bomb-clearing work of Restoration Laos (all profits go to that work). This is not a commercial tour, but a group of friends old and new traveling together.
The cost for the trip is $2495 per traveler. We will also invite a contribution to Restoration Laos, in an amount of each traveler's choosing.
The trip cost is based on double occupancy. For a single room, there would be an additional charge of $1000.
Airfare is not included. Airfares vary constantly, but $1200 should be pretty close. Of course, treat this as only a starting point estimate. Let us know if you need help!
One night an airport hotel in Bangkok, as we gather and prepare to travel to Laos.
7 nights at a luxury hotel looking over the Mekong River in Luang Prabang
Breakfast each morning at the hotel
3 dinners out in the historical center of Luang Prabang
A visit to an elephant sanctuary- we will spend half of a day at the sanctuary which will include a walk through the jungle with the elephants and a delightful lunch afterwards
A Mekong River Cruise
A Lao cooking class
An excursion to the Moon Bear Sanctuary and waterfalls
A guided tour of the Wat Xieng Thong Temple
A chance to learn about unexploded ordinance contamination in Laos and how it is being addressed
Transfers to/ from the airport
Round trip airfare to Luang Prabang with a stop in Bangkok, Thailand (We will assist you in choosing the best flight)
Insurance (see below)
Massages- you can find amazing massage options for 10.00 all the way up to 60.00 depending on where you go and what you are looking for.
Personal expenses: laundry, souvenirs, meals not listed above--the obvious stuff.
Activity Level: We have planned this trip to be accessible to people who are at least moderately active, and able to walk comfortably and safely on uneven surfaces (like the woven bamboo slats on the Nam Khan bridges!) If climbing long flights of haphazard steps down to river boats and up to temples would be difficult, this might not be the trip for you: few facilities in Laos are accessible for people with mobility limitations.
Health: If you have health issues, you probably shouldn't travel to Laos. Medical services are basic at best, and serious illness or injury would require medical evacuation to Thailand. Every traveler must have a comprehensive travel health insurance policy, including medevac coverage for the trip, as well as cancellation coverage in the event that you need to cancel last minute. We will require a copy of your policy before departure so we have it during the trip.