In the morning, your driver will transfer you to the pick-up point of Anouvong. Soon after embarkation, meet a writer and retired consultant to UNESCO on heritage preservation – Mr. Francis Engelmann, who will share some of his expertise on the country’s rich cultural heritage, the turbulent history, and the day-to-day life of the Lao people.
Soon after the lecture, we arrive in the village of Muang Keo where you get the chance to observe local weavers honoring their timeworn traditional crafts.
From here, we take a short and easy trek to the famous Pak Ou Caves, located directly on the Mekong’s rocky shore and opposite the mouth of the Ou River. There are two spacious limestone grottoes which house approximately 4,000 sacred Buddhist statues and images.
At the cave, meet a local “medicine man” of the nearby local village. Take a small trek leading into the jungle while our local expert shares his knowledge about nature in this area. In the village, we can see households with traditional weaving and the ‘the art of local whisky distillery.
Time permitting, continue to another gem of a local village. The locals earn parts of their leaving with basket weaving.
Meanwhile, the culinary team is in full preparation for a very special evening. On a nearby, very beautiful peaceful sandbank our chefs invite you to a BBQ dinner. Some villagers join to entertain you with some classic traditional dance and music performances.
Meals: (B, L, D)