Cultural Enrichment Around Luang Prabang
Meaningful encounters happen when tour operators empower local villagers to have a stake in offering culturally enriching tours for visitors from Luang Prabang.
Khiri Travel Laos is now offering a culturally enriched tour to two villages around Luang Prabang. Through hiring additional local guides in each village, we can offer a deeper insight and more meaningful encounter for your clients. In addition, your visitors will be able to watch and/or participate in traditional craft productions and try on traditional dress.
When surveying a village in Laos, most tour operators walk through to take pictures and then carry on. This often leaves travelers disappointed and locals irritated without having created a meaningful experience for either of them. Khiri has trained our guides to interact in a friendly and respectful way with the locals during such visits. However, we now go one-step further to more fully involve several villages in the tour – to the benefit of all involved.
We have highlighted the importance of several different villagers being involved in offering these tours and encouraged the village chiefs to create a certain rotation scheme. In addition to this, part of the money from our tour is going to the village fund, from which all villagers receive some economic benefit.
In one of the villages, visitors can see rice production tools, try on some traditional dress and watch or try a craft production such as making baskets or silk weaving. In another, your clients will see a blacksmith at work and hear somebody playing on the khen, a traditional instrument.
In both villages, our guides, working with the villagers, will communicate interesting facts about traditions, religion, and the villagers’ daily customs. One village has an interesting mix of people from two different tribes, the Hmong and Khmu.
This tour will now create a larger benefit to both your customers and the locals. The visitors are experiencing a more meaningful encounter through their interactions and sharing cultural exchanges. Along with the additional income, the villagers will enjoy the opportunity to practice and/or learn some conversational English.
For more information or bookings for this tour, Luang Prabang or Laos in general, please contact to [email protected]