Focus on Food! Luang Prabang, Laos

Price under review as itinerary is being refined post the most recent tour

Do you love great food like we do? We’ve found the balance between delicious dinners and short tours.

FOCUS ON FOOD will appeal to people who like to experience great food in amazing settings at an easy pace. You also have plenty of time to mooch around the cafes and shops of the UNESCO listed old town.

All breakfasts are included. Lunches and dinners in the itinerary are mostly a la carte and high end.

Accommodation options are at Villa Somphong – a quaint guesthouse overlooking the river or upgrade to the Victoria Hotel which has a reputation for excellent locations.

This small group tour has a maximum of twelve people.

New Tour Dates!

January 14 – 22, 2025!

Please email jim@focustours.com.au to reserve your spot!

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 accommodation at Villa Somphong or upgrade (ask us for currenct rates) to the Victoria Hotel

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All breakfasts

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Six dinners. One High Tea. Four lunches. Including tips on organised activities

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All tours and entrance fees in itinerary, airport transfers, dinner transfers etc.

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 during own time or optional activities

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Drinks during supplied meals

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 a short stroll to your welcome dinner overlooking the river.

After dinner we wander through the night market and see locals display their clothes and trinkets. Pick up a bargain to take back home as gifts.

Inclusions:

Airport pick up 

Orientation

Dinner 5:30pm (open menu, main and dessert)

Night market stroll

Day 2

Pak Ou Caves with lunch

Pak Ou Caves are home to thousands (4000+) Buddha statues, located on the rocky cliff with faces overlooking to the Mekong river. Those Buddha images follow various of positions such as meditation, peace and nirvana. Most of the statues were made of wood; and the rest of them were made of resin and even earthenware and animal bones

Baci ceremony and help cook dinner

With a local family, you will take part in a “Baci” ceremony, which is a local custom performed when a mother has recovered from childbirth, when a sick person has been cured, or when monks are entering the temple. The ceremony can take place any day of the week and all through the year, but preferably before noon or before sunset.

It’s Laos tradition for guests to help cook dinner! Using the bamboo plant as a key ingredient you’ll help make dishes such as bamboo shoot soup, bamboo shoot steamed in banana leaf, and bamboo shoot dip and more.

After your dinner enjoy a show of traditional music performs by local musician in the Hmong traditional costume. As you listen to the music, admire the breathtaking views of the rice fields surrounding the building. 

After this final experience is finished, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Inclusions:

Breakfast

Depart hotel 9am to Pac Ou Cave escorted river tour with lunch

Depar hotel 4.45pm in tuk-tuk to Baci ceremony, hands on cooking plus dinner and music

Day 3

Old town walking tour including Wat tour. Royal Palace Tour 

Depart from hotel on foot to explore the delightful UNESCO old town. See the old French Colonial buildings alongside the Laos traditional homes.

Break for lunch.

1pm depart from your hotel and go by tuk-tuk to the Royal Palace. It houses a lot of interesting historical items. Every item tells a story…so you will learn quite a lot about Laos history and about the former Laos royal family.

Dinner. 

Tonight’s dinner is French Artisan Cuisine in a UNESCO classified two – story wooden house.

Inclusions:

Breakfast 

Depart hotel 8:00am and 1 Pm. Guided walking tour of the old town. and Wat Xieng Thong

Depart Hotel by tuk-tuk 6:30pm Dinner (Open menu main and dessert)  

Day 4

Kuang Si Waterfalls with lunch

Morning departure to the 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

Dine at a tranquil restaurant. Here you will enjoy high quality food whilst watching the waters cascade past your table. Even have another swim here!

Free evening

Inclusions:

Breakfast 

Depart hotel 9:am in air con van and entry to waterfall. 

Lunch at amongst the cascades. (Open menu main and dessert)

Day 5

Laos Cooking Class and Market Tour

Today you’ll spend the day immersed in Laos food! Shop for ingredients at the local market and learn to cook some typical Laos dishes

Free evening

Inclusions:

Breakfast 

Depart hotel 8:45am for Laos Cooking Class (with lunch) 9:00am – 3:00pm. 

Day 6

High Morning Tea 

Depart the hotel at 10.30am for a stroll through the backstreets of the UNESCO listed old town

Our high tea (sweet) will be served in an art deco air con setting

Late afternoon Mekong River Cruise

Relax as you get to enjoy the sunset from the comfort of an armchair with a drink and dinner. Amazing photo opportunities. (4:30pm-6:30pm)

Inclusions:

Breakfast

Depart hotel 10.30am for walk to our High Tea

Depart Hotel 4.10pm on foot for sunset River Cruise with dinner

Day 7

Ock Pop Tock Short Tour and lunch

Optional extra – dyeing, weaving or Batik workshop 9am – 12pm

Today we depart for lunch at Ock Pop Tock Living Craft Center.

Late morning, you will enjoy a 20 minute tour of the beautiful Living Crafts Center where you will learn about Laos textiles from the silkworm to the finished product. 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.

Have a look at the shop knowing that every purchase helps Laos people.

Catch the Ock Pop Tock tuk-tuk back to town at your leisure

Free afternoon 

Dinner

Tonight you’ll take a tuk-tuk ride to a Swiss style restaurant in a traditional Laos house in the suburbs

Inclusions:

Breakfast

Depart hotel at 11:30am to Ock Pop Tok Living Craft Center for a short tour.

Lunch at Ock Pop Tok. Open menu main and dessert

Dinner. Depart hotel by tuk-tuk 6:00pm. Open menu main and dessert

Day 8

Free day

Optional extra – Mandalao Elephant Conservation Center

Simply mooch around the delightful old town’s café’s and shops. Perhaps a massage or facial?

Farewell Dinner

To finish our tour we depart for our our final group dinner. Tonight’s dinner features Laotian Family Cuisine specialties from all regions of Laos. We Dine under the stars surrounded by a UNESCO classified lily pond, immersed in  tropical ambiance.

A great way to celebrate our time together with newly made friends.

Inclusions:

Breakfast

Farewell dinner. Open menu main and dessert.

Depart hotel 6:00pm

Day 9

Depart Luang Prabang.

Get on board our air con van for transportation to your flights. 

Inclusions:

Breakfast 

Transportation to airport by air con van

Remember, at Focus Tours, we focus on the detail so you don’t have to

Optional extra activities

Walk up Phousi Hill, elephant preservation, massage and beauty treatments, coffee or rice cultivation tours, textile classes, shopping and volunteer English conversation sessions

Single supplement Villa Somphong 500AUD

UPGRADE TO THE LUXURIOUS VICTORIA HOTEL (Ask about current rates). Per person twin share.