The Silk Road Safari

A Peek into Lao Textile Tradition & Heritage

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$75.00 per guest
Hosted by Tuktuk Safari

Highlights

  • An insider's visit to the best textile boutiques and small scale producers in Vientiane
  • Have some hands-on experience with the craftswomen and machines used to produce these amazing works
  • Experience Hmong Cross stitch embroidery which you can learn and bring home

Inclusive of:

  • All activities listed in the description
  • Pickup & Dropoff from Hotel via Tuktuk
  • English Speaking Guide
  • Lunch

Not Inclusive of:

  • Tips & Gratuities
  • Other additional purchases
4.7 Out of 5
4 Reviews
alliep P Laos
5
15 Sep, 2017

We had a really interesting day with Ere: he introduced us to many different examples of Lao textiles and we were able t...

Pippa Tet Laos
5
4 Aug, 2017

We had a great tour with Ere and the guys at Tuktuk Safari. A great way to get around Vientiane and learn more about Lao...

$US 75.00 per guest
6 hours
2 - 8 guest
Cancellation Policy: Moderate

Full refund available for cancellations made up to 24 hours prior to booking start time.

More About This Experience

A textile and handicraft tour fit for the most discerning of shoppers and artisans! Lao weaving and handicrafts are renowned for their beauty and there are so many different ethnic designs and traditions to explore. Come with us on a journey through the textile traditions of Laos ? from the loom to the boutique. First we stop off for a peek at a boutique that specialises in traditional indigo textile products, which luckily just happens to be next to one of the best coffee shops in Vientiane. Then we visit the Lao Textile Museum where you can admire a range of different traditional, antique textiles created by different Lao ethnic groups. Learn more about these pieces and their uses, and try your hand on a traditional Lao loom. We'll then visit one of Vientiane's premier weaving houses to see modern day weaving and textile production first hand. We'll also visit the showroom to see the incredibly beautiful finished products. Then a break for lunch at a very popular French cafe that only the locals know about, where you can relax before a hands-on afternoon of exploring traditional handicrafts. After lunch, visit the Hmong Sisterhood handicraft cooperative, a locally based non-government organisation providing support and vocational training for young Hmong women, and learn how to draw the intricate wax patterns used for creating Hmong Ikat (or batik). The women will guide you in crafting your own traditional Hmong cross-stitch embroidery which you'll get to take home, and you can try on some amazing traditional Hmong costumes. At the end of the tour we can either drop you at the Morning Market where you will find some of the best handicraft shopping in town. Or we can drop you back to your accommodation. Either way, we'll give you our special insiders' map of Vientiane highlighting the best handicraft and textile shops in town so you can keep shopping to your heart's content! Details You'll need to bring sunscreen and a hat. Please wear comfortable clothes suitable for travelling in a tuk tuk. Tour runs from 8.30am to approx 2.30pm. Pick up and drop off at your accommodation. Please be ready at the front of your hotel at 8.30am sharp for pick up. The tour can be run any day from Monday to Saturday depending on availability. Tour does not run on Sundays. A minimum of one full days notice (24 hours) is required to set up this tour, due to the nature of the activities involved. Please provide as much notice as possible for your trip. This tour may be cancelled or altered up to one full day (24 hours) before departure time. Full payment will be required for any cancellation less than 24 hours before this time. Pricing $75 USD (600,000 kip) per person $45 USD (360,000 kip) per person for children 12 years and under (Please use the add-on section for child bookings) The price includes all transport by tuk tuk, all activities, water, English speaking guide, and lunch. It does not include any additional drinks or food purchased and no unplanned stops are possible.

Additional Information:

  • Wear comfortable clothes
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat

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Tuktuk Safari

Husband and wife team, Ere and Peta founded Tuk Tuk Safari to help visitors get the most out of their time in Vientiane. They love living in Laos and have a passion for showcasing the secret attractions that Vienti...

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4 reviews from people who took this experience

alliep P Laos
5
15 Sep, 2017

We had a really interesting day with Ere: he introduced us to many different examples of Lao textiles and we were able to meet many different Lao people and see different facets of Lao culture. It was a really interesting tour for our whole group! Ere was a great tour guide; translating for us, making sure we understood what was happening, and answering our many, many questions :-) I can't wait to do the next tuk tuk safari tour next time I am in Vientiane!!!

Pippa Tet Laos
5
4 Aug, 2017

We had a great tour with Ere and the guys at Tuktuk Safari. A great way to get around Vientiane and learn more about Laos and culture. They have a great variety of tours and activities (farm visits, temples, food places etc) and it's really nice to to go with a guide who can translate and also explain the significance of what is happening to foreigners. Highly recommend for any travelers to Vientiane!

Richard Laing Laos
4
13 Jun, 2017

We went on the Silk Road Safari with Tuk Tuk Safari. The day started off well and just got better and better. Ere is an entertaining, knowledgable and very friendly tour guide. He is a pretty good tuk tuk driver, too. The places he took us to were amazing and we would never have got to them by ourselves.

US$ 75.00 per guest
4 Reviews