Textile Tuition, Luang Prabang, Laos

$2500 per person twin share at Villa Somphong. In the old town right on the river.

This tour would suit people interested in learning about Laos textile techniques along with some relaxation, sightseeing and exploring the UNESCO listed old town on foot.

Those not attending textile classes ($1900) might like to have a look at our other ‘Timeless Luang Prabang’ Tours to get an idea of what else is available during the day. Focus Tours staff will be available to help you to book any additional activities you may wish to explore. Luang Prabang is a delight in itself so you may find mooching around or a hotel pool visit quite enough to fill in your day!

Tour Dates

Dec 27, 2021 – Jan 4, 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 accommodation

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ALL breakfast

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All transport in Luang Prabang, airport transfers etc.

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Two group dinners in old town. Lunch near waterfall

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All lunches when at classes

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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Meals not identified on intinerary

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Drinks and snacks

Day 1

Arrive Luang Prabang. Evening orientation, night market walk and welcome dinner

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, homewares and trinkets for sale. Pick up a bargain to take back home as gifts.

From here it’s a short stroll to your welcome dinner at a delightful restaurant

Inclusions:

  • Airport pick up and assistance with luggage. (All)

  • Orientation. (All)

  • Night market. 5pm (All)

  • Dinner at local restaurant 6pm (All)

Day 2

Ock Pop Tok Textiles awareness 1.5-hour seminar – From silk worms to Nagas. Free afternoon

Hosted by Ock Pop Tok’s cofounders, Veomanee Duangdala & Joanna Smith. This is a 1.5-hour presentation illustrating the journey of a Lao textiles from the creation of silk to the weaving process and the meaning of motifs.

Seminar structure:

Introduction to Ock Pop Tok, our mission, initiatives and current events.

A brief history of silk textiles.

How to reel silk worms and make silk thread.

Natural dyeing & dye sources; audience participation assisting with a demonstration of dyeing silk.

Refreshments Break – Lemongrass tea and for the adventurous Saa Kii Morn (medicinal tea made from silkworm poo), Dtor Morn (fried silk worms)

Weaving techniques – the three main techniques used in Lao; Supplementary, Tapestry & Ikat. (Depending on time participants can try themselves on one of our looms!)

Use of textiles in Laos – showcasing samples of different textiles, discussing their function and the meaning of motifs – what is a Naga?

The weavers at work – a walk through the Ock Pop Tok weaving area to watch our skilled artisans at work.

Discussion – time for questions and answers!

Inclusions:

  • Breakfast (All)

  • Transportation to Ock Pop Top and seminar (All)

Day 3

NON TEXTILE GROUP MEMBERS HAVE FREE TIME

Ock Pop Tok Textiles class. Natural dyeing and weaving

This class offers the opportunity for students to explore the techniques used in Ikat weaving. The class involves wrapping the silk and natural dyeing process of the weft threads, which render the pattern, followed by weaving your own Ikat Scarf (180 cm) to take home.

Colours and patterns are customisable!

Inclusions:

  • Breakfast (All)

  • Transportation to Ock Pop Tok, lunch overlooking the Mekong River and classes 

Day 4

NON TEXTILE GROUP MEMBERS HAVE FREE TIME

Ock Pop Tok Textiles class. Natural dyeing and weaving

Inclusions:

Breakfast (All)

Transportation to Ock Pop Tok, lunch overlooking the Mekong River and classes

Day 5

Waterfall tour with lunch at tranquil Carpe Diem Restaurant

Morning departure to waterfall with lunch. Pack your swimmers as we head out of town in our air con van to Kuang Si waterfalls. Layer after lay 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.

Free evening

Inclusions:

  • Breakfast (All)

  • Transport in air con van and entry to waterfall (All)

  • Lunch at Carpe Diem restaurant (All)

Day 6

NON TEXTILE GROUP MEMBERS HAVE FREE TIME

Ock Pop Tok Textiles class. Natural dyeing and weaving

Inclusions:

Breakfast (All)

Transportation to Ock Pop Tok, lunch overlooking the Mekong River and classes

 

Day 7

NON TEXTILE GROUP MEMBERS HAVE FREE TIME

Ock Pop Tok Textiles class. Batik or bamboo weaving

In the Batik class each student will create a wax resistant, Hmong-style design on hand-loomed hemp, together with the legendary Mae Thao (Grandmother) Zuzong, the resident Batik Teacher. This class is a full day to create a larger textile piece!

In the bamboo weaving class Join our master bamboo weaver and learn about the many uses of bamboo in Laos.

Choose from one of the two options of products to make yourself and take home. Half day class students will weave a placemat or traditional fan.

Inclusions:

Breakfast (All)

Transportation to Ock Pop Tok, lunch overlooking the Mekong River and classes

Day 8

Free day. Final group dinner

Free day to please yourself. Simply mooch around the delightful old town, café’s and shops. Perhaps a massage or facial? If you want more action head out to the Mandalao elephant conservation center, the buffalo farm or butterfly farm. Or just have a swim at a resort pool (outside the old town). Focus Tours can help you book any of these optional extras.

To finish the day at 6pm we have our final group dinner starting with sunset drinks at Viewpoint restaurant. Viewpoint and international and Lao cuisine in a stunning location. A great way to celebrate our time together and newly made friends.

Inclusions:

  • Breakfast (all)
    Final group dinner including sunset drink (all)

Day 9

Depart Luang Prabang

Inclusions:

  • Breakfast (All)

  • Transportation to airport and help with luggage and check in.

Optional extra activities

Walk up Phousi Hill, sunrise alms giving to Monks, cycle or kayak, elephant preservation, massage and beauty treatments, coffee or rice cultivation, cooking class and shopping