The Laos Culture Week is a fantastic way of introducing yourself to the country and area before embarking on further travel. Based in Vientiane, this week will let you get to know the culture, customs and language of Laos. During their stay, participants will visit all of the highlights that the city, and its surrounding landscape, have to offer.
Vientiane is a small, clean city without much western influence. It is quite unlike most Southeast Asian cities in a number of ways. Culturally, travelers can expect to find a friendly and laid-back atmosphere.
During the Laos Culture Week, travellers will get to know the area’s culture through language and cooking lessons, as well as through the activities you take part in and the landmarks you visit. The National Museum and Buddha Park are just two among a number of landmarks that will impart their own distinct impression on you. Travellers will visit temples, where they can learn about Lao Buddhism. On the first day of the Laos Culture Week participants will be brought to the Cope Centre, which is Vientiane’s number one tourist attraction according to TripAdvisor. This centre’s aim is to teach and create awareness about the devastation caused by cluster bombs. The Cope Centre is located in a medical rehab centre, which has links to many other projects.
Participants are based in the city of Vientiane for the duration of the culture week and will be able to enjoy both its culture and lifestyle. The Mekong River runs through the city, and travellers can relax or walk on its banks, or if they’d prefer, they can walk through Vientiane’s cosy downtown area. Bicycles are also available for travellers to use if they’d like to see the area that way.
The aim of the Laos Culture Week is to offer our participants an introduction to Laotian customs and culture. This introduction will give them a decent understanding of the Laotian culture and will help them to settle into the local lifestyle. This is the best preparation for participants who are joining another more specialised program after.
Start the week with breakfast followed by a sightseeing trip around Vientiane, including a visit to the morning market, followed by lunch. You will also visit a tourist information centre and the Patuxai Victory Monument. At 15:00 you will have a cultural introduction before dinner in the evening.
On Tuesday, you will visit the Wat Sisaket, Haw Phra Kaew and Wat Si Muang Temples. After lunch you will then make a Mak Beng flower offering at one of the temples before having dinner.
On Wednesday, you will have a language class in the morning before heading off after lunch to visit Buddha Park. You will be free to explore the area and take in the culture before having dinner in the evening.
On Thursday, you will visit the Wat That Luang Golden Pagoda. Enjoy the culture of this famous landmark before stopping for lunch. After lunch, you will take part in a cooking class, trying your hand at creating some local dishes. Be sure to follow the instructions carefully, as it will also be your evening meal.
Start Friday with breakfast followed by a visit to the Lao National Museum. After lunch you will head to a meeting where you will learn about the projects on offer before visiting some of the placements to get a better idea of them. After the visits you will enjoy an authentic dinner at the night market.