A Hands-on Introduction to Laotian Cuisine

A Hands-on Introduction
to Laotian Cuisine

The Lao cuisine shows similarities with its neighbours in terms of the use of ingredients
and preparation. We have teamed up with one of the best chefs in Luang Prabang that
will show you some of the secrets that define true Laotian gastronomy.

WHY THIS TOUR?

Inspired by local ingredients, spiced up by influences from the region, and flavoured to capture the essence of Laos in its mildest form, food and culture are permanently etched in what defines the country. With its strategic location in the northern mountain ranges, Luang Prabang has emerged as a culinary haven over the years picking and merging influences from ethnic minorities and the Mekong.

Added to its distinctive cuisine are its colonial influences during the time the French-controlled the country from south to north. Each dish has its own story, each ingredient its function, and all this is encapsulated during a hands-on cooking class, led by leading master chefs.

TRAIL ITINERARY

A Hands-on Introduction to Laotian Cuisine

08:00 - 15:00

A tuk-tuk will pick you up from your hotel, right after breakfast, and transfer to one of the leading cooking schools in Luang Prabang for a taste of Lao cooking.

After an introduction from the chef, you will visit the local fresh food market, to learn about the local ingredients and fresh produce grown in the area. Your chef of the morning will explain carefully where to look for when picking the elements for a good Lao dish. Return to the restaurant to begin your cooking adventure, which will become your lunch in the end. Not only the use of spices and herbs are explained, but also how to cut and prepare the different ingredients spices and vegetables are part of this course. Each participant will be assigned to its cooking station, complete with all the tools one need to get chopping, cutting and cooking.

During these morning hours, the culinary team will also teach you the history of Lao cooking and its influence from the neighbouring countries. Then feast on a delicious lunch of the exotic dishes which you have prepared together; the latter is always a special moment with your classmates. The cooking school we’ve chosen for this excursion has been based on excellent reviews from customers as well being founded on the meticulous cooking skills of one of Luang Prabang’ s finest chefs around. An informal meeting of passionate Laotian food-minds and those keen for a deep-dive in its very palatable selection of local deliciousness comes to an end with showcasing, and tasting, your final result.

After your own cooked lunch, a tuk-tuk will bring you back to your hotel, where you will arrive at around 3 pm.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A full day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Joint tuk tuk transfers with a professional driver
  • Use of a cooking station, complete with all utensils, ingredients, and recipes
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Lunch at the cooking school is included (food only)

EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travellers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on joint / Seat-In-Coach basis only with English-speaking local chefs.
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside Luang Prabang. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside this area such as Kuang Si, along the Ou and Nam Khan River, Nong Kiau and Luang Prabang International Airport are excluded.
  • Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions. Featured menus for cooking classes may vary from season to season, depending on the availability of certain ingredients.
  • Any example inside the description serves as an indication of what customers may learn to make. We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this cooking class; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of dishes.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pickup and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.

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