Private Handicrafts, Ceremony and Sign Language Tour

Private Handicrafts, Ceremony
and Sign Language Tour

Get a glimpse into the lives of inspirational women at LDWDC (Lao Disabled Women’s Development Centre).
Join in a handicraft workshop, learn sign language, receive a traditional blessing
and savour an authentic Lao lunch.


Be part of the drive to empower Lao women with a visit to the Lao Disabled Women’s Development Centre (LDWDC). This non-profit organisation is run by Lao women with disabilities, for their female compatriots with disabilities. LDWDC provides the women with vocational training and guidance in life skills, enabling them to live independent lives.

Every day at the centre is a hive of activity with all sorts of handicrafts and training in action, whether it be sewing, weaving, recycling or paper making. You can also experience a traditional baci ceremony. A visit to LDWDC is an eye-opening and joyous experience that gives a deeper understanding into the lives of these inspirational women.


Private Handicrafts, Ceremony and Sign Language Tour

10:00 - 13:00

On arrival at LDWDC, you will most probably hear the word surn – this is the Lao word for ‘sit’, and the locals use it when inviting guests to join them in their homes for meals and other activities. It is a way of welcoming guests – and you can guarantee you will receive a warm welcome here. After meeting several of the trainers and students, you will be invited to surn with the paper product team. These skilled artisans will show you how to turn recycled newspapers into beautiful handicrafts to take home.

You then get the unique chance to learn sign language with a hearing-impaired person. To bring good luck to the rest of your journey, take part in a traditional baci ceremony. This centuries-old ceremony calls upon the spirts to bring health, wealth and happiness, and it involves tying delicate white cotton strings to bless the recipient.

Relax over a delicious, traditional lunch made with fresh vegetables from the garden. After your meal, there is free time to stroll through the garden, or play a game of pétanque before heading back to your hotel.




  • A half-day tour with a professional English-speaking local hiking guide
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges.
  • lunch is included at a local restaurant (food only)


  • 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 travelers, 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)


  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply;
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside Pakse. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside this area such as Ngam Num Lake, Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge, and Vientiane International Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.
  • We will always make the effort 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 pick-up 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.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sun’s rays are still very powerful.
  • The protection of the country’s flora and fauna is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities for guests that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles.
  • 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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