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.