Laos

Travel to Thailand & Laos with Noble Journeys

... enriching experiences for the discerning traveler!

See Sample Itinerary:  Thailand & Laos: Textiles at Their Source

We can create personal and customized programs based on your special interests.


scarf Thailand & Laos, two of Southeast Asia's most enchanting destinations. We begin the journey in vibrant Bangkok with a cruise on the Chao Praya River, a visit to the Royal Palace, Emerald Buddha, the Jim Thompson House and Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles. We fly to Laos, the enchanting but relatively undiscovered jewel of southeast Asia. We strongly suggest you visit before it disappears into westernization.

buddhasFrom the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang, filled with wats, lantern-lit streets, Indochinese architecture, saffron-robed monks to the capital of Vientiane, with many traces of its past French occupation, you will be captivated. We travel south to the Bolaven Plateau and on to visit the Katu weavers, renowned for weaving beads into their textiles. We'll meet artisans in their villages, enjoy workshops and meals with them.

With 68 ethnic tribes in villages deep in the countrysides and along the mighty Mekong, you'll see and experience ancient cultures still pursuing their craft and agricultural heritage, a rare opportunity in today's rapidly changing world.

Optional walks, hikes, biking and kayaking can be arranged as alternative activities on certain days.

Choose to extend your trip to Cambodia - the magnificent ruins of Angkor Wat and the beautiful local textiles and crafts add to this exceptional journey!

Join us on this unique journey through Thailand & Laos discovering and exploring cultures and crafts!

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Bangkok sightseeing including Thai silk entrepreneur Jim Thompson's House
  • Special visit to Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles
  • Visit cities of Bangkok, Luang Prabang, Vientiane, Vang Vieng, Salavan
  • Hands-on workshops with village artisans
  • Full day workshop and lunch at famed coop Ock Pop Tok
  • Special meeting with famous weaver Carol Cassidy at her studio
  • Important museum and gallery visits with curator-led tours
  • Visit COPE
  • Enjoy a tour of a coffee plantation on the Bolaven Plateau
  • Lectures, meetings and meals with coal dignitaries
  • Charming, comfortable hotels in local style
  • Optional extension to mystical Angkor Wat
  • Excellent shopping opportunities throughout the trip

See Sample Itinerary: Thailand & Laos: Textiles at Their Source