Enjoy an enriching day out in Vientiane, skipping the tourist sites and focusing on the community. Meet with Buddhist monks to better appreciate their role in society. Understand the struggles facing people with disabilities and see how wartime atrocities from 50 years ago still impact the Lao population.
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The first visit is to Wat Sok Pa Luang, an oasis of tranquillity located near Vientiane’s city centre. This temple is home to more than a dozen monks of all ages and backgrounds, many of whom live here due to their families’ financial struggles. After making a donation of fruit or other foods, sit down for a chat with the monks. Learn about their daily lives- the role they play in the community and also their personal stories of growing up in Laos. This is a fascinating way to connect with the Buddhist culture.
Another stop will be made at the Lao Disabled Women Development Centre, a not for profit organization advocating for the rights of disabled Lao women. Meet with some of the participants and be inspired by their drive to improve their lives. Learn more about the activities of the centre and how they promote vocational training as a way to be self-sufficient.
The final visit of the day is to COPE. The American-Vietnam conflict has had a lasting effect on Laos due to the large number of unexploded ordinances (UXO) left behind. COPE provides rehabilitation services for those affected by landmines and other UXO. Their informative centre provides a greater understanding of the war’s impact on Laos both in the past and the present.
Having gained a better understanding of Lao culture, the tour comes to a close.
Our services include:
– Transport in an air conditioned vehicle
– English speaking guide
– All entrance fees
– All permissions and local taxes
– Drinking water and cold towel
Our services do not include:
– Meals and drinks (other than water)
– Personal expenses
– Personal travel insurance
– Tips (optional)
– Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusion above
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