Enjoy a sleep-in and late breakfast at your hotel before starting the days activities.
Today your guide will be an English speaking monk who give you an inside view into Lao culture and traditions.
Buddhism has existed in the area now known to us as Lao People’s Democratic Republic for over six hundred years. Today you will receive answers to all the questions about Laos and its unique culture whilst exploring contemporary Lao Buddhism, its practices and traditions.
Your guide and private car will pick you up at your hotel at 0930 and transfer you to a temple known for over 450 years as a centre for Buddhist education. There, you will meet your tour guide – an English speaking monk who will host an educational session on Lao culture and traditions. You will learn about the relationship between Buddhism and Lao history, society, meditation, and any other topic that may interest you.
After the workshop enjoy lunch at Makphet, a vocational restaurant working to train street children in the hospitality industry. The fresh, delicious food is served in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
In the afternoon you will travel to one of the last remaining forest temples in Vientiane. There, you will take a private yoga lesson in the shade of the temple’s trees, learn about the temple’s herbal gardens, try the traditional sauna, practice meditation and then indulge in a traditional Lao massage.
In the evening you will have the unique opportunity to experience one of Laos’ oldest traditions, The Baci. The purpose of the Baci, which is a mix of Animist and Buddhist beliefs, is to call back escaped spirits to the body. This is something that is very important before major events such as weddings, births, travel, welcoming friends and farewells.
Overnight in Vientiane.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch