Itinerary: Jan. 6-19. 2014
Day 1: Sun. Jan. 5: Arrive at airport to check in 1 1/2 to 2 hours prior
Day 2: Mon. Jan. 6: Transit Depart after midnight aboard Eva Airways for
Day 3: Tues. Jan. 7: Tai Pei/Bangkok/Vientiane (B,L,D) You arrive in Tai
Pei and make a transfer for your flight to Vientiane, Laos. You apply for
entry visa upon arrival and meet your Laotian local guide, and are
transferred to our Hotel. In the evening we visit a famed local
restaurant that features Laotian specialties and a folk dance performance.
Day 4: Wed. Jan. 8: Vientiane (B) Breakfast, morning meditation and
discussion at hotel. After breakfast begin our day in our private bus
with a guided tour of the National Museum for an overview of Laotian
history. Then we visit Wat Sisaket--the house of thousands of graceful
Buddha images, and Wat Pakeo, the original home of the revered Emerald
Buddha. In the afternoon we visit Wat Sok Pa Luang temple, famed for
instruction in Vipassana meditation. A forest temple, well-known for its
herb garden, and their herbal steam bath, perfumed by thirty two
medicinal herbs that soak the skin as they waft through the wooden
floor. Afterward we will enjoy a cup of herbal tea in the simple,
open-air pavilion. Afterward, a talk with a resident monk who will lead
us in a walking meditation through the garden.
Day 5: Thur. Jan. 9: Vientiane (B) Breakfast, morning meditation and
short discussion at hotel. Today we visit the Pra Thatluang stupa, where
the the relic of Lord Buddha is kept, and then on to the colorful market
with a wide array of woven silk textiles. Continue to the Les Artisans
Laos center and school in Vientiane to see the trainees learning and
working, and invite you to support them by purchasing their crafts. Our
final visit is to the Cooperative Orthonic and Prosthetic Visitors Center
to review their programs creating prosthetic limbs for Laotians with
missing limbs, mainly due to US cluster bombs from the Vietnam war. Group
dinner at the Makphet training restaurant for street children,
Day 6: Fri. Jan. 10: Vientiane/ Luang Prabang (B) Morning meditation at
hotel. Depart for a flight to Luang Prabang, A beautiful French- Colonial
style World Heritage town registered by UNESCO. Check into our Guest
House in the ancient capital of the Lao Kingdom, beautifully situated
between two rivers, and surrounded by forest enshrined hills. Here time
appears to have stood still, giving the visitor an vision of the old
Asia. After checking into your guest house, we will take a walking tour
through the historic neighborhood in which you will be spending your next
8 nights. Finally we conclude on the Mekong River, visiting the Wat
Xieng Thong, built by the local king in 1560 and considered the most
beautiful and important in Luang Prabang. Join the local monks and
novices in their late afternoon chanting in the Wat. Evening meal of
Day 7: Sat. Jan. 11: Luang Prabang (B) At dawn we will offer food to the
many monks who file down our street each day, outside our guesthouse with
their begging bowls in the daily sacred ceremony of alms-giving. You are
invited to offers alms to the monks on other mornings as well. Transfer
by local vehical to our first Yoga class, overlooking the Nam Khan River.
Tour of several important local temples: Wat Visoun, a temple for the
Vietnamese migrants, and Wat Ahman, where giant puppets representing the
ancestors of the local people (Grandmother and Grandfather) are stored. In
the afternoon we enjoy a meeting with the Abbot of Wat Nong and hear
about its history, and then begin our regular afternoon chanting at Wat
Nong, which will become our regular “meditation hall” during our visit.
Then we have our own gathering to discuss our impressions. Evening dinner
at the Night Market.
Day 8: Sun. Jan. 12: Luang Prabang (B) Breakfast followed by meditation
at Wat Nong and short discussion at guest house. Then a visit to the
morning market to view the local produce and other exotic items, followed
by a visit to the National Museum housed in the former Royal Palace. The
collection of former sovereign artifacts and treasures reflect the
richness of the Lao throne from the early Kings to last sovereign. Across
from the palace, we scale the holy Phousi mountain, climbing 238 steps,
and providing an overview of Luang Prabang town and visiting the stupa at
After wards we will have lunch at a charming cafe overlooking the Nam
Khan River. Afternoon free to explore Luang Prabang or have a spa
treatment, and then back to our local Wat to participate in afternoon
chants. In the evening, visit the night market with a chance to sample
Day 9 Mon. Jan. 13: Luang Prabang (B,L) Breakfast followed by morning
meditation at Wat Nong and short discussion at guest house. Then, a fun,
educational and supportive visit to the local Elephant Camp, established
as an NGO in 2003 to offer a retirement community for retired elephants
from the logging industry. We take a leisurely kayak ride down the river,
viewing stunning scenery, and concluding at the Camp, where we take an
elephant trail ride to the Tad Sae waterfall and have a picnic lunch,
and meet with a Camp official to hear about their work. Arrive back in
Luang Prabang in the afternoon in time to chat with some of the
neighboring novices about their lives inside a monastery. Adjourn to Vat
Nong for chanting.
Day 10 Tues. Jan. 14 Luang Prabang (B) Transfer for morning Yoga, then
return to hotel for breakfast followed by morning meditation at Wat Nong
and short discussion at guest house. Excursion to visit the Akha Hill
tribe people and an ethnic Hunan village of weavers, and then a local
pottery village. Afternoon return to Luang Prabang for lunch, free time,
and further meetings with novices to hear about their lives. Evening
performance of traditional dance and music at the Palace.
Day 11 Wed. Jan. 15: Luang Prabang (B, L) Breakfast followed by morning
meditation at Wat Nong and short discussion at guest house. This morning
we gather at for a fun and fascinating cooking workshop in the history
of local delicacies with fresh ingredients, while learning to prepare
local delicacies. We work our way through several courses, culminating
with a group lunch. Free time or time for meetings with novices to hear
about their lives. Afternoon chanting at our local Wat.
Day 12 Thur. Jan. 16: Luang Prabang (B) Transfer to Yoga space for morning class. Breakfast followed by morning meditation and short discussion at guest house. Excursion by boat up the Mekong up to its juntion with the Nam Ou river where we’ll visit the Pak Ou holy cave, housing thousands of Buddha's brought by devotees. Following this, we continue on to Ban Shanghai distillation village, where they produce alcohol from sticky rice. Lunch by the Mekong River. Free time or futher meetings with novices to hear about their lives. Late afternoon we join the monks and novices for their late afternoon chants at the Wat Nong temple.
Day 13 Fri. Jan. 17 Luang Prabang (B,D) Breakfast, followed by morning
meditation and short discussion at guest house. Then an excursion overland
to a beautiful short trek to the stunning Kuangsi waterfall, and perhaps
the falls. In the late afternoon, our final chanting meditation with our
friends at Vat Nong.
Day 14: Sat. Jan. 18: Free Day to do last minute shopping, take another excursion, wander along the river or whatever you wish. Evening meal of Laotian food and a traditional Baci (blessing) ceremony to wish you luck and happiness in the coming year.
Day 15: Sun. Jan. 19: Luang Prabang (BLD) Transit Return to the USA (arriving the same calender day) or book our optional 5 day, 4 night package to Angkor Wat in neighboring Cambodia.
- RT Airfare SFO/Vientiane/Luang Prabangi/USA.
- All transfer, airport to hotel
- One-way airfare, Vientiane to Luang Prabang.
- 3 nights in Vientiane Laos
- 9 nights in Luang Prabang Laos
- Guided tour of National museum, Wat Sisaket, Wat Sok Pa, with guided
meditation, Pra Thatluang Stupa in Vientiane Laos.
- Visits to two prominent NGO’s that support victims of land mines.
- Walking tour through historic Luang Prabang.
- Visits to Wat Xieng thong, Wat Visoun, Wat Ahman. Buddhist Monasteries,
and the Wat atop Phousi mountain.
- Visit to the Luang Prabang morning market and the old Royal Palace, now a
- Visit by kayak to an Elephant Camp with a ride to Tad Sea waterfall and
included picnic lunch.
- Visit to Hill Tribe people of ethnic Hunan weavers and then a pottery
- Evening performance of traditional dance and music at the palace.
- Boat excursion up the Mekong River to Pak Ou holy cave and then to a
- Excursion by car and trek to Kuansi Waterfall and visit to further Hill
Tribe villages on return to Luang Prabang.
- 3 Yoga classes in Luang Prabang.
- Optional meditation session most every morning.
- Services of Made Surya, tourism professional
- Laotian guide during entire tour.
- Chanting with local monks most afternoons in Luang Prabang and a meeting
with the local Abbot.
- Almsgiving morning ritual in Luang Prabang.
- Guided tour of the Luang Prabang Night Market.
- A pretour packet of information.
- Most meals
- Visa fee on arrival and airport departure tax.
- Additional activities
- Tips and laundry
Trip Cost and Fees: $4555.00. Price without air deduct $1650.00. The trip price is based on two persons sharing a twin-bedded room with private bath. Hotels have hot water,
western toilets, swimming pools. Also included, full breakfasts,
excursions and seminars listed in the itinerary, services of local guides,
and pre-trip information. Open-ended flight ticket. Price may rise due to
petrol hikes (airlines). Minimum 8 participants. Maximum 16.
Deposit: A deposit of $350.00 per person is required to hold space.
Checks may be sent to Danu Enterprises, PO Box 156 Capitola Ca.
95010. Final payments are due 6 weeks prior to departure.
Cancellations and Refunds: For the land portion a cancellation fee of
$75.00 is assessed up to point of final payment, after which 50% will be
charged. After air tickets have been issued there is an additional
penalty. No refunds will be made after Dec. 15 2013 except for amounts
recoverable. Trip cancellation and emergency evacuation insurance is
recommended. Any one who leaves the trip at any time, for any reason, is
on their own. Air fare rates may rise, due to tax fluxuations.
Roommates: Single travelers may sign up for accommodations desired on a
shared basis and can choose a roommate from among other trip members if
circumstances permit. If a roommate is unavailable, the participant will
be notified of the adjusted price for a single supplement: $495.00.
Transportation: Round trip air transportation will be on regularly
scheduled airlines flights between San Francisco, LAX and Vientiane Laos.
Ground only package available. Flights fill up quickly as it is High
Season. Ground only status does not include transfers to and from airport
Meals: Meals as designated in the itinerary B: Breakfast L: Lunch
D:Dinner. Tour leader will also join group at best local restaurants and
make suggestions. Many vegetarian options.
Sightseeing and Excursions: All sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary
will be carried out by air-conditioned motor coach.
All admission fees are
Passport, Visa, and Health requirement: A passport, valid six months from
the date of entry with proof of onward passage required. Visa on Arrival.
No inoculations are presently required.
Arrangements: Trip package by Danu Enterprises,
PO Box 156 Capitola Ca. 95010.
(888) 476-0543. E-mail :email@example.com.
Trip Organizer: Judy Slattum is a professional tour organizer and has
been leading study tours to SEAsia since 1985.
Adrianne Vincent: Meditation and Yoga Instructor Adrianne Vincent is an
Integrative Medical Educator, Bodywork Practitioner, Meditation Teacher,
Buddhist Ritual Minister, and LGBT community advocate.
She graduated with an A.B. in the History of Art from the University of
California at Berkeley, where she focused on Feminist Studies and the
History of Art. She also studied at Stanford University and the University
of California Santa Cruz.
She has integrative medical private practices in both California and
Massachusetts. Adrianne is a Founding Community Member of the Spirit Rock
Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA, and a Founding Member of the Institute
for Health and Healing (IHH) at the California Pacific Medical Center
(CPMC) in San Francisco, CA. She has been practicing vipassana mindfulness
meditation since 1980, and yoga since 1975. She has been teaching
meditation, bodywork and yoga in North America, South America and Asia
>Adrianne is a member of Spirit Rock in California, as well as the Harvard
Episcopal and Buddhist communities. She is from a multi-religious and
multi-ethnic family and believes in the importance of integrating
different spiritual beliefs with depth, meaning and fluidity, and
offering ritual spaces that are both sacred and personal.
Call toll free 888-476-0543 or email for further information.
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