Into the Spiritual Heart of Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang Wat Xieng ThongAssisted by our expert guides, guests are introduced to the deeply spiritual nature of this serene country.  We visit the ancient temple of Wat Mano or Wat Thatluang in Luang Prabang where a senior monk is renowned for dispelling evil and has performed a number of important ceremonies to protect local people from bad spirits.  Later in the day we stop at a meditation centre to learn more about this calming practice before transferring to a nearby village.  Here we board a boat to cross the Mekong River to an ancient temple located in the middle of a tranquil forest.  At the temple we sit down with the monks and novices to learn more about their daily practices.  Later in the day we visit a riverside fishing village to meet locals and discover the laid back traits of rural Lao life.  Don’t forget your camera as it is a great opportunity to capture a deeper reflection of Lao Culture.  Guests are welcomed in the village with a traditional Laotian Baci ceremony.  ‘Baci’ plays an important role even today to welcome or farewell, bring good luck and ward of bad spirits for any major event in the life of local people.

A stay in Luang Prabang is included in World Discovery’s ‘Laos Discovery’ tour

Traditional Textiles in Laos

Ock Tock ClockRenowned textile boutique shop Ock Pop Tock continues to lead the field in Luang Prabang in the production of traditional Lao textiles.   The store offers textiles and material which are either made in Luang Prabang or at its Living Crafts Centre, in collaboration with rural Lao artisans through the company’s Village Weaver Projects.  The main objective is to keep the traditional weaving techniques alive for future generations as well as displaying the unique beauty of Lao textiles.

A variety of textiles are on display, each coming with motifs crafted from generation to generation by local master weavers to give an insight into the culture and history that influence the designs.  Both traditional and more modern designs are featured in the showroom and include intricate wall hangings, silk scarves, pillow collections and also showcases its latest range of modern hemp and cotton garments designed for both men and women.

World Discovery’s Laos Express tour includes 3 nights in Luang Prabang.

Lao, French and Persian Inspired Azerai Hotel Opens in Luang Prabang

Two-thirds of Laos is covered in rugged mountains, and within these mountains you will find some of Asia’s most charming towns and cities.  Luang Prabang is one of the lesser known and beautifully preserved living heritage sites in the world.  The peninsula town is located in the north of Laos, 388 kilometres from the capital Vientiane.  Formerly the capital of Laos, it has a spiritual soul that many are drawn to and is recognised as a cultural and religious centre for Theravada Buddhism.  It is also a town that is home to a growing number of refined, architecturally respectful and excellently serviced hotels.  The new Azeri Luang Prabang is one of them.

The first buildings on Azerai Luang Prabang’s unique site were unveiled over 100 years ago in 1914, on French National Day. They were designed as French officers’ quarters and were later adapted by the Laos government.  The 53 room hotel seen here today was inspired by the town’s traditional Lao and French colonial architectures, built around a leafy courtyard with a 25-metre pool, surrounded by comfortable loungers and an old shade-bearing Banyan tree with a sacred legacy.

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Laos – Asia’s forgotten gem

Plain of JarsIn French colonial times Laos was considered the earthly paradise of South-east Asia, a vast landlocked Tahiti just awaiting its Gauguin.

Despite the turmoil of the late 20th century, Laos retains today the easy going peaceful atmosphere that so captivated the French, and its friendly gentle people are keen to welcome visitors to their beautiful country. You’ll soon understand why travellers affectionately know Laos P.D.R as “Laos – Please Don’t Rush”.

World Discovery’s brand new Undiscovered Laos tour includes not only the relatively well known cities of Vientiane, the capital, and Luang Prabang with its gilded temples, but also takes in the more remote and little visited region of Northern Laos, well off the normal tourist track.

Discover authentic hilltribes living in simple villages amidst stunning mountain scenery, enjoy gentle treks through ricefields and forested hillsides, and visit an elephant camp where you’ll discover the privileged role elephants play in Lao culture.

Your ultimate destination is the Plain of Jars, home to one of the most unusual and mysterious archaeological sites in Asia, where a profusion of enormous 2,000 year-old stone jars – some of them up to 4 metres high – have puzzled experts since excavations began in the 1930s.

Call us on 01306 888799 or contact enquiries@worlddiscovery.co.uk for further details.