Creative Photography Luang Prabang, Laos tour

$3500 per person twin share

We’ve found the perfect balance between organised short tours, downtime, and opportunities to  completely indulge in your photography.  With a maximum of 12 like-minded photography enthusiasts, it’s enticing to saunter through colourful markets observing traders displaying their unique and unusual wares, mooch around in cafes sharing photo tips with your fellow travellers or spend time in the unique shops in this picturesque UNESCO old town.

Without feeling rushed, the emphasis is on finding and perfecting great travel photos and developing your creativity. And with the charm and fascination of Luang Prabang at your fingertips, you will easily discover its allure through your camera lens !

The itinerary allows time in the evenings for working on your photos. Even if you have never edited a photo before, you can learn how to enhance your already sensational photos. We will share and discuss photos, culminating in a slideshow of trip favorites.

All breakfasts are included at your hotel Villa Somphong. Lunch and dinners included in the itinerary are mostly a la carte and high end.

About the photographer on the tour:

Hi I’m Llewelyn and I have a passion for travel and photographing my adventures! I’m also a teacher. I’ve often wondered why I come home with thousands of photos. The simple reason is because, with digital technology, I can. But when I really thought about it, I realised that I see my travel THROUGH my lens. It’s my extra pair of eyes!

And through my lens it’s important for me to capture the essence of a place – the detail, colour, textures and patterns that will be true reminders of the magic of a place. 

Now I was a purist for a long time-never editing any photos-until someone showed me the difference that a few small tweaks can make. A great photo can become a stunner in no time at all!

On this tour, let me help YOU find the essence of Luang with your camera lens, look for and capture fascinating shots using more original perspectives and then get you hooked on editing!

Tour Dates

Jan 16, 2022 – Jan 24, 2022

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Pay a 20% deposit per item

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance

What is included in this tour?

Items that are included in the cost of tour price

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All accomodation at Villa Somphong or Victoria Hotel (both located in the old town)

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All breakfasts

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All meals as stated in itinerary

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All transport in Luang Prabang, airport transfers etc.

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Entry to stated attractions

What is not included in this tour?

Items that are not included in the cost of tour price

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International Airfare, Travel insurance and Laos Visa

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Tips

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Drinks during supplied meals

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single supplement adds $560 at Villa Somphong

Day 1

Arrive Luang Prabang.  Enjoy a 20-minute drive in an air con van then settle in to your hotel. You’ll be helped out with all practicalities. Take a shower and relax before the night market stroll as we watch the locals display their clothes and trinkets. No need to rush to take photos as this market is on every night!  Pick up a bargain to take back home as gifts. From here it’s a short stroll to your welcome dinner at Blue Lagoon. They offer you succulent dishes of meat, fish and Laotian food. Their speciality originates from Switzerland: Rösti with “Zürich-Geschnetzelte”, Cheese fondue and many other fusion Menu items created by the Chef.

 

Inclusions:

  • Airport pick up and assistance with luggage.

  • Orientation.

  • Night market. 5pm

  • Dinner at Blue Lagoon 6pm

Day 2

Walking Wat tour (1 hour)

This short tour is with a profit-for-purpose social enterprise. Ex Monks transitioning from temple life to layperson life take you around a local wat (1 hour). A guided tour of a local temple, focusing on Buddhist culture, architecture, appropriate temple etiquette and the daily life of Novices and Monks. This is your opportunity to find out everything you would like to know about Buddhism in Laos. Great to know the story behind your great photos!

Evening Mekong river cruise with finger food. Relax as you get to enjoy the sunset from the comfort of an armchair with a drink and snack in hand. Amazing photo opportunities. (4-6pm)

Inclusions:

  • Breakfast

  • Wat (Temple) tour 9am

  • Mekong sunset river cruise 4-6pm

Day 3

Morning market walk.

Early (7am) rise to watch the local food market come alive as the Laos people go about their business like always. Great photo opportunities with the early morning light.

  • Free afternoon

Tonight’s dinner is at a funky restaurant called ‘Popolo’ (‘People’ in Italian) Full of energy, Popolo creates a funky and friendly place where you have a lot of fun! Their menu offers Mediterranean cuisine with delicious twist and wood-fired pizza.

Inclusions:

  • Breakfast

  • Market walk 7.00am

  • Group dinner at Popolo (6pm)

Day 4

Kuang Si waterfall with lunch

Morning (10am) departure to waterfall. Pack your swimmers as we head out of town in our air con van to Kuang Si waterfalls. Layer after layer of cascading turquoise water. Great for a swim or simply relax, enjoy and take some great photos. Lunch is at the tranquil Carpe Diem restaurant. Here you will enjoy high quality food whilst watching the waters cascade past your table.

Inclusions:

  • Breakfast

  • Transport in air con van and entry to waterfall

  • Lunch at Carpe Diem restaurant

Day 5

Ock Top Pok Living Craft Center with lunch

Today you can enjoy a sleep in as we depart at 11am for Ock Top Pok Living Craft Center.

Enjoy a 20-minute tour of their beautiful Living Crafts Centre. You will learn about Laos textiles from the silkworm to the finished product (20 mins). Their knowledgeable staff will show you how natural dyes are made and introduce you to the most popular weaving techniques in Laos. You can wander through their weaving room and watch the experts at work creating masterpieces before your eyes. Here you will have the opportunity to capture some beautiful weaving shots, bursting with colour and detail. A photo like this really captures a travel moment!

Have a look at the shop knowing that every purchase helps Laos people. Then retire to the deck overlooking the Mekong for our group lunch. Why not try your hand at some food photography with the serene Mekong River as a backdrop?

Free afternoon and evening

Inclusions:

  • Breakfast

  • Transportation to Ock Pop Tok Living Craft Center and tour.

  • Lunch overlooking the river at Ock Pop Tok cafe

Day 6

Traditional Arts and Ethnology Center (TAEC)

10 am departure in for the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Center. Enjoy a 30-minute curator or Director’s tour providing insight into Laos’ ethnic cultures, traditions and customs.

This is a chance to learn from one of the creators of the museum’s exhibitions itself.

Enjoy a 20 min walk back and stop off for a bite to eat or return to the hotel by transport provided

Free afternoon or pool visit

Inclusions:

Breakfast

Transportation and Entry to TEAC

Transportation and pool visit

Day 7

Sunrise traditional alms giving ceremony

This morning at sunrise immerse yourself in a traditional alms giving ceremony. A procession of saffron-robed monks collect food offered by locals makes for unforgettable photos!  When you give food to a monk, it is believed you gain merit which will be carried over into your next life.

Perhaps enjoy a morning stroll before heading back your hotel for your breakfast.

After breakfast go on a guided tour of the Royal Palace Museum.  It houses a lot of interesting historical items. Every item tells a story…so you will learn quite a lot about Lao history and about Laos’ Royalty

Free afternoon

Inclusions.

  • Breakfast

  • Guided tour of Royal Palace Museum

  • Transportation and pool visit

Day 8

Walk up Mount Phousi

After breakfast walk to and climb up Mount Phousi (300 steps). Enjoy the panoramic view and snap away! Afterwards Simply mooch around the delightful old town, café’s and shops. Perhaps indulge in a massage or facial? If you want more action head out to the Mandalao elephant conservation center, the buffalo farm or butterfly farm. All great photo opportunities. We can help you with booking these optional extras.

To finish the day at 6pm we have or final group dinner starting with sunset drinks at Viewpoint restaurant. A great way to celebrate our time together and newly made friends. Afterwards, relive our beautiful journey through a slideshow of the group’s most memorable photos.

Inclusions:

  • Breakfast

  • Entry to Mount Phousi

  • Farwell pre-dinner drinks and dinner at View Point restaurant

Day 9

Depart Luang Prabang. Get on board our air con van for transportation to your flights. We’ll be with you every step of the way to help with luggage and make sure you check in smoothly.

Inclusions:

  • Breakfast

  • Transportation to airport and help with luggage.

Remember, at Focus Tours, we focus on the detail so you can focus on your photography.

Optional extra activities

Cycle or kayak, elephant preservation, massage and beauty treatments, coffee or rice cultivation tours, textile classes, cooking class shopping and volunteer English conversation sessions

UPGRADE TO THE LUXURIOUS VICTORIA HOTEL FOR AN ADDITIONAL $1000. Per person twin share.