- Explore the hidden spots of Vientiane in a comfortable “Tuk Tuk”
- Taste some local delicacies sold by typical street food vendors or at the market
After being picked up by a private tuk tuk, stop for a favorite local sweet snack, “Kao larm” – a sticky rice and coconut snack in bamboo tubes. See how this delicious snack is made and sample this tasty treat! Continue to a local fresh food market to discover the amazing diversity of Lao food, and take in the bustling market while enjoying a traditional Lao coffee.
Visit the workshop of a family-run silversmith producing intricate traditional and modern pieces. See how these pieces are formed and how this traditional craft is being preserved in the family. For lunch, go behind the scenes in the kitchen of a popular local restaurant that provides training and support for street youth, and then relax and enjoy the delicious Lao lunch you have seen being prepared.
After lunch, head to the COPE Visitors Centre and learn about the ongoing challenges with unexploded ordinance (UXO) that Lao people face on a daily basis. Discover the amazing and inspirational activities developed to support people affected by UXOs. Next, visit a temple and learn to make mak beng and pasaat peung, the traditional Lao Buddhist banana leaf and wax flower offerings. Then, carry your new creations to Wat Simueang, one of the city’s most popular local temples, to learn more about Lao Buddhist traditions.