Laos Handicraft Festival and New Arts Tour
Laos is especially known for its strong cultural connection with its neighbors. Influences derive from the Khmer, Thai, Vietnamese, Burmese, Chinese as well as the French and isolated hill tribes who shaped the cultural and religious diversity of this gem of Southeast Asia. More than 47 ethnicities occupy the lowlands while Hmong hill tribe people mostly inhabit the remote mountaintops.
Rituals like the alms giving and Baci ceremonies in Luang Prabang lure travelers from all over the world to observe and experience the Lao people’s enigmatic religious heritage first hand. Laos offers “The Calling of Rain” and “Contemplating the Bodhi Tree” portrayals of Buddha that cannot be found in any other Southeast Asian country. Khiri Travel Laos’ expert local guides are always available and able to translate and provide insightful explanations of these distinctive differences in your traveler’s native language.
Religious influences are also mirrored in the patterns, techniques, and styles of high quality Lao handicrafts. Every year over 200 artisans from all over Laos travel to Vientiane to exhibit their products at the Lao Handicraft Festival, which will be held in 2016 between 30 October and 5 November. This is an excellent time to visit the capital city to acquire textiles, jewelry, recycled products, pottery and many other cultural items that all make interesting souvenirs and contribute to sustainable travel. There are also tasty food products to try such as coffee, tea, oils and spices.
During the rest of the year, Vientiane betrays strong French influences in art galleries, boutiques and stylish cafes. This city offers both international delights as well as authentic Lao culture. Khiri Travel Laos can provide your clients with elaborate recommendations about what to do, see and eat during their stay.
Moreover, your clients can indulge themselves in Laos’ diverse art scene during Khiri Travel`s new “Wine and Arts Tour”, which allows enthusiastic guests to meet artist, Marie-Do Hyman Boneu. During a guided evening tour inside this unique atelier, guests can enjoy a glass of French wine and snacks while creating their own lotus leaf painting.
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