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Laos

is stunning

Group Travel in Laos

Laos is arguably the spectacular country in Southeast Asia. Our team has more than twelve years experience working with international high school students visiting Laos. With nearly three-quarters of the country covered in mountains, forests, rivers and waterfalls, this landlocked country greatly rewards those who venture off the trodden path. 

Students get an authentic experience learning about culture, nature and helping to develop communities. We bring students to work with local people in villages and homestays to support projects such as refurbishing schools, installing water sources, building community halls, contracting bathrooms and other community-driven projects. Outside of service, our programming takes students on touring and adventures all over Laos.

We custom design our journeys to meet your school’s requirements, so please contact us to discuss the type of experience you are looking for. As a general guide, here are some of the potential elements of your journey through Laos:

Laos At a Glance

Capital City

Vientiane

Population

7.1 million

Currency

Lao Kip (LAK)

Time Zone

Indochina Time (ICT), UTC +7

Languages

Lao is the official language, though many ethnic minorities speak dozens of different languages

How to say hello

Sabaidee

Service Projects

Infuse has developed various partnerships with communities and local non-government organisations in Laos. Some of our service projects that you could support include:

English Enrichment: Support extra-curricular English classes to support local students with their literacy.

Community Infrastructure Projects: Projects vary depending on the needs of the village. Previous projects include building bathroom facilities or refurbishing a primary school.

Elephant Conservation: You will be assigned an elephant to work with for a few days. You will work with the mahouts to learn elephant safety and basic commands, before giving the elephants some exercise on a ride around the ECC grounds. Every afternoon, the elephants are taken to bathe in Namtien Lake, where the centre is located. Trekking in and out of the forest of a morning and night your primary focus, as is the centres, is understanding conservation practices and caring for these majestic giants.

Cultural Exploration

With 50% of Laos’ demography being of ethnic minority, it has a very rich and diverse cultural makeup. Learn about the history and culture of the people of Laos while exploring places most foreigners never come close to seeing. You may like to incorporate some of the following experiences into your journey:

Luang Prabang: This resilient UNESCO World Heritage site is world renowned for its richly artistic architectural styles, which pay tribute to both classical Lao style and French influences from its colonial period. Luang Prabang is a spiritual centre for Lao Buddhism, and its clergy have shown dedication to their city’s value and beauty by passing building restoration techniques down to younger generations of monks.

Vientiane: Sample some French pastries and coffee at Joma café before visiting Wat That Luang, a national symbol, to get an introduction to Buddhism. Take a lotus flower and joss sticks in your hands as you walk three times around the stupa for best wishes for your journey.

Morning Alms: Rise early to the sound of the gong calling the monks to morning prayer, before heading out to the main street to give morning alms. Each day, the hundreds of Buddhist monks that live in the many temples of Luang Prabang file around town to collect offerings from townspeople looking to receive some good merit.

Cooking: You can have the chance to learn a new skill and dive deeper into local culture through a Lao cooking class! Learn about traditional ingredients and preparation methods as you try your hand making dishes in your wok. You’ll be surprised the difference one extra chilli can make to the seasoning!

Photography: Discover the sights and sounds of Laos while honing your photography skills under the guidance of professional photographers.

Temples: With hundreds of temples around Laos, there will never be a shortage of temples that take your breathe away!

Adventure and Challenge

Adventure and challenge is inherent to every journey, however, if you are looking to physically challenge your students through a specific activity, you may opt to include:

Local Night Markets: Test your bargaining skills while you try to pick up a good deal on some local handicrafts and souvenirs.

Kuang Si waterfall: Hitch a 4×4 ride up to Kuang Si waterfall. This is one of the best swimming holes in all of Southeast Asia, with cascading pools and brilliant turquoise water.

Kayaking: Hop in a kayak for a trip down the winding Nam Khong River.

Elephant rides: Head into an elephant camp to take a ride through the jungle and learn about these majestic animals.

Futsol & Soccer Matches: Visit a couple schools and universities to play a game of futsol or soccer with the local students.

Blue Lagoons: Just outside of the village Na Som you can soar on a rope swing and swim in milky blue water and explore limestone caverns.

Rice & Buffalo: Learn how to plant rice and till the land with water buffaloes.

Pak Ou Caves: Climb aboard a slow-boat down the Nam Khan River to explore the Pak Ou cave system. Set in the side of a limestone crag, these caves hold thousands of Buddha statues that pilgrims have left over the years.

Accommodations

There are various accommodation options that we can offer in Laos; it depends on the experience you’re seeking.

Hotels: A variety of 3, 4 & 5 star hotels in cities and towns

Homestays: Students can truly immerse themselves in Laos culture with a homestay experience.

Guesthouses/resorts: The most comfortable style of accommodation when in smaller towns and remote areas.

Country Management

Khamla Duangmala

Operations Director – Laos

Khamla was born in rural village of Sayaboury province. After finishing high school, he had the opportunity to study economics at university in Luang Prabang. Khamla manages Infuse’s programs and coordinates our community service projects. In 2019, he began collaborating with the local government to develop Saysathan district into an attractive tourist destination, and he continues to develop partnerships across Laos.

Sample Itinerary

Stay at the tranquil Mekong Service Base during a week long mix of adventure and culture

Day 1 Arrive in Laos

Touch down in Luang Prabang, where ancient temples, French colonial architecture, rich history, and unmatched beauty have earned the town UNESCO World Heritage status. Your program leaders will be waiting to greet you at the airport and will take you to our base house to get settled in.

Day 2 Conversation Partners and Laos Cultural History

Sit down with local teens and university students to learn about their lives and swap stories as you help them improve their English fluency through practice with a native speaker. Bike through the side streets and back roads of Luang Prabang, stopping at temples, small shops, the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Center, and the UXO Lao Visitors Center.

Day 3 Village Orientation and Service Work

Venture into the countryside to a Khmu hill tribe community, where Infuse students have worked to improve village infrastructure, build a primary school, and improve water access.

Day 4 Village Service

Dive in for another day of service, working hard as a team that includes locals who want to assist with the project. Afterward, relax with your new friends, play games, and start collecting your memories in a journal and settle into northern Laos living.

Day 5 Hike to Kuang Si Falls

Leave the village for a three-hour hike through the surrounding countryside, passing small villages, farmland, and rice fields before you arrive at the stunning Kuang Si Falls. Take a refreshing dip in the bright blue pools or hike to the top and enjoy the sweeping views across the valley of Luang Prabang. Enjoy a traditional Lao massage before returning to the base for another delicious Lao-style dinner and service reflection discussion.

Day 6 Morning Alms and Kayaking

Rise early to the sound of the gong, which calls the monks to morning prayer every day before they give morning alms. Kayak to Tad Sae Waterfall for a dip and snack before continuing down the river. Close out your program with a special Laotian dance performance by a troupe of local women before they show you a few moves.

Day 7 Goodbye Laos!

After one last French baguette and Lao coffee, head to the airport for your departing flight. You’ll no doubt leave with many amazing memories of your time in Laos!


Special Requests

Please chat to us if you have any special requests that you would like included in your journey.

There is nothing too big, small, or out-of-the-box that we can’t handle.

What Next?

Please contact us to start designing your journey!

We would be delighted to partner with your school to support the global education of your students.