Educational Cooking Vacations Laos

Come and join Hmong Travel in this amazing trip to Northern Laos that offers to explore rich and hidden culture, nature, history, and ethnic lifestyle and traditions. Most importantly, experience the delectable flavors of Lao cuisine and get the chance to cook local dishes as well. You will tour various fantastic tourist attractions and learn of ancient facts and stories. So what are you waiting for? Take this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and discover a different, yet amazing, side of the world.


  • 1 cooking class
  • All entrance fees and travel permit
  • Services of an English-speaking guide
  • Cultural excursions in the major tourism areas of Laos
  • Air-conditioned transportation
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily meals


9 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 8
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Athena Hotel

Featuring free Wi-Fi and a restaurant, this hotel offers accommodation in the city of Pakse. It is located 300 meters from the Vietnam consulate, 400 meters from the Wat Phabat, and 700 meters from the Pakse Hospital. The rooms are air-conditioned and include a private bathroom. Each features a flat-screen television and a private balcony. Some units also have a sitting area for your convenience.

There is a 24-hour front desk service, concierge, free parking, outdoor pool, and garden. Laundry, shuttle, and room services are also available. Pets are not allowed in the property. The nearest airport is Pakse International Airport (PKZ), which is three kilometers away.

Barchiang Golf and Resort

Showcasing an outdoor pool and spa center, this resort is located in Pakse in the region of Champasak. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free Wi-Fi is featured and free private parking is also available on-site. Each room is air-conditioned, fitted with a television, and equipped with a private bathroom with a shower. Some rooms include a sitting area for your convenience. Views of the mountains, pool, or garden are featured in certain rooms.

There is a 24-hour front desk, a shared lounge, and a gift shop at the resort. The International Bus Station KM 2 is 3.4 kilometers away, the Champasak Stadium is 3.9 kilometers away, and the Pakse International Airport (PKZ) is 8 kilometers away from the property. The resort is also rated for the best value in Pakse. Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in the city.

Little Eden Hotel

This hotel is located on the north-western tip of Don Det, an island in the middle of the Mekong river belonging to the Si Phan Don group of islands. Its excellent location gives guests the perfect mix for exploring both the sunrise and sunset sides of the island. Little Eden is situated a stone's throw away from the tourist port and services that line the sunrise side. With a large panorama, the hotel also sees many fantastic sunsets where guests can take in the vistas.

Little Eden is about quality and comfort. Guests can enjoy beautiful, high-class hotel rooms that are spacious, exceptionally clean, and comfortable. With attention to detail, these rooms are a step above the rest and feature double beds with mosquito nets and a modern bathroom. The gauze-wired windows and tinted glass make these rooms even more comfortable, ensuring that insects are kept out and the rooms remain cool.

The hotel has a large riverside restaurant featuring not only spectacular panoramic views across the archipelago of Si Phan Don but also an extensive menu with European delights and unique and special Lao flavors. With a Belgian-Lao couple owning and managing the property, your needs are sure to be met as each of them brings the best of both worlds to the table.

Little Eden also has a bar, car park, mobile phone reception, tour desk, 24-hour electricity, wireless internet, and daily housekeeping services. The hotel also offers a laundry service, and is one of the only properties on the island to use a washing machine. Aside from English, the staff's spoken languages include French, German, Thai, Dutch, and Lao.

Sanctuary Pakbeng Lodge

Sitting on the banks of the Mekong river, this hotel is located midway between the World Heritage town of Luang Prabang and the town of Ban Houayxay, the main border crossing between northern Thailand and northern Laos. Both towns are reachable by boat within a day. The lodge also faces the Mekong Elephant Camp which is dedicated to the protection of elephants, and offers a wonderful opportunity to discover the life of an animal important in Lao culture.

Stay a few days in this protected area off the beaten track where you can enjoy a comfortable atmosphere, picturesque sunrise and sunset views over the Mekong, and the comings and goings of the different boats that dock near the lodge's beach. The hotel is also an ideal starting point for walks into the forest to see villages which are off the main tourist trail. Your visit will be one of relaxation but also of unusual encounters and an immersion into the traditional way of Lao life.

The lodge has 20 superior rooms in two buildings bordering the Mekong. The deluxe rooms are perched on a hill facing the Mekong and provide a spectacular panoramic view. The suites are located on the upper building of the lodge, at the top of a hill facing the Mekong. They offer an incomparable view of the sunrise. The hotel has a reception area, boutique and travel desk, botanical garden with orchids, bars, restaurants, and an area for playing petanque, volleyball, and badminton.

Services include cleaning, ironing, luggage portering and storage, free Wi-Fi access in public areas, fire extinguisher access, and a night guard. You can also avail of massage sessions and participate in a weaving workshop. You can also book group activities like elephant rides, mini-treks, regional cuisine cooking lessons, and Baci ceremonies, and witness a traditional dance show. Aside from English, the staff's spoken languages include French, Lao, and Thai.

Sunway Hotel

This is a three-star hotel and the right choice for visitors who are looking for a combination of peace and a convenient position from which to explore. It is an affordable and comfortable hotel located in the town of Luang Prabang, just about a 10-minute drive from the Luang Prabang International Airport (LPQ), and a five-minute drive from many famous attractions including the Luang Prabang night market, Royal Palace, and Mount Phou Si.

Sunway Hotel offers three types of rooms for all guests to choose from - twin, double, and triple or family bedrooms. All rooms come with free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen television, air-conditioning, an-en suite bathroom with free toiletries, a hairdryer, refrigerator, and minibar. Most also have a terrace where guests can have tea or coffee, and relax and immerse themselves in the atmosphere of Luang Prabang's daily life, watching the city occupied by people traveling to work and schools.

Thavonsouk Hotel and Resort

This hotel is located in Vang Vieng, a tourist-oriented town located two hours from the capital city of Vientiane, and five hours down from Luang Prabang. It offers different rooms that have views of either the garden or the river. Standard room amenities include a shower, cable television, adjustable air-conditioning, a private balcony, and complimentary drinking water. You can also book traditional Lao massage sessions during your stay in this hotel.

Vientiane Garden Hotel

This hotel is conveniently located in the heart of the city, nestled with many shops and restaurants, and situated in a quiet peaceful corner just a few minutes from the Mekong riverside, which offers you a perfect stay. This newly-renovated hotel boasts of extremely spacious rooms that offer panoramic garden and swimming pool views from your window, brand new and western-style bathrooms, and comfortable beds.

All rooms feature air-conditioning, a minibar, an electronic safe deposit box, a 32-inch LCD television with cable programming, and free wireless internet access. With 40 en-suite, exclusive guest rooms, the Vientiane Garden Hotel offers cosmopolitan elegance and comfort to suit all needs, from business to family, leisure, and adventure. Enter a world that is complete in every way. Be looked after by a dedicated team who will make your stay in Vientiane, and Laos, a truly special one.


Day 1 - Ban Houayxay and Pakbeng

Upon arrival in Ban Houayxay, there will be a border checkpoint. You will then meet your guide and cross the Mekong River. Your overnight stay will be at the Sanctuary Pakbeng Lodge.

Day 2 - Luang Prabang

After breakfast, you will take a six-hour boat trip to the city of Luang Prabang. During this part of the trip, you will visit the Pak Ou caves. In the evening, you will experience a Lao cuisine cooking class taught by a restaurant owner. Your overnight stay will be at the Sunway Hotel.

Day 3 - Luang Prabang

You will wake up around 5:30 a.m. to witness a local alms-giving ceremony for the monks. Have breakfast at the hotel then visit the Royal Palace museum, Wat Xieng Thong, Kuang Si Falls, and a Hmong village. You will end the day with a climb up Mount Phou Si for sunset-viewing. Your overnight stay will still be at the Sunway Hotel.

Day 4 - Vang Vieng

You will take a seven-hour drive to Vang Vieng. Along the way, you will stop to visit minority villages, and at Phou Khoun Phieng Fa for the best view and photo spot. Your overnight stay will be at the Thavonsouk Hotel and Resort, located right by the Nam Song River.

Day 5 - Vang Vieng

After an early breakfast, you will visit fascinating places around the town such as the Tham Pha Chan cave. You will also kayak on the Nam Song River, see the sights, and visit the blue lagoon. Your overnight stay will still be at the Thavonsouk Hotel and Resort.

Day 6 - Vientiane

After five hours of driving, you will reach Vientiane, the capital of Laos. In the afternoon, you will have a city tour to see the That Luang, Patuxai, Buddha Park, and Wat Si Muang. Your overnight stay will be at the Vientiane Garden Hotel.

Day 7 - Pakse

After breakfast, you will take a break until your departure flight to Pakse. Your overnight stay will be at the Athena Hotel.

Day 8 - Bolaven Plateau

After breakfast, you will visit the local hill tribe villages of the Alak, Ghe, and Katu people. You will also see waterfalls and coffee plantations. Your overnight stay will still be at the Athena Hotel.

Day 9 Khong Island

After breakfast, you will drive to Khong Island and have a boat trip in Si Phan Don (which means 4,000 islands) to visit the Liphi Waterfalls. Your overnight stay will be at the Little Eden Hotel in Khong Island.

Day 10 - Pakse

You will have an early morning drive to Khone Phapheng Falls, and visit the Phou Asa mountain and Vat Phou in Champasak on the way. Your overnight stay will be at the Barchiang Golf and Resort.

Day 11 - End of tour

You will depart for Ubon Ratchathani Airport (UBP).

Included excursions

  • Boat trip in Si Phan Don to visit the Liphi Waterfalls
  • Boat trip to the city of Luang Prabang
  • Climb to Mount Phou Si for sunset-viewing
  • Kayaking on the Nam Song River
  • Stopover at minority villages and at Phou Khoun Phieng Fa
  • Vientiane city tour to see the That Luang, Patuxai, Buddha Park, and Wat Si Muang
  • Visit to coffee plantations and waterfalls in the Bolaven Plateau
  • Visit to Khone Phapheng Falls and Phou Asa mountain in Pakse
  • Visit to the local hill tribe villages of the Alak, Ghe, and Katu people
  • Visit to the Pak Ou caves
  • Visit to the Royal Palace museum, Wat Xieng Thong, Kuang Si Falls, and a Hmong village in Luang Prabang
  • Visit to the Tham Pha Chan cave and blue lagoon
  • Visit to Vat Phou in Champasak


This retreat will take place in the different historical, cultural, and tourism sites of Laos, a mountainous and landlocked country in Southeast Asia that has long been isolated from the outside world. Laos shares its borders with five other countries. A visit to Laos is, in many ways, a trip back in time. Travelers are drawn by its laid-back lifestyle that has disappeared elsewhere in the region. Even its capital city, Vientiane, feels like a relaxed riverfront town.

This country is highly appreciated for its mountainous terrain, monasteries, and colonial architecture that attracts people from various parts of the world. The major places to visit here are Vieng Xai, Pak Ou caves, Vat Phou, and That Luang. There are also many more fun places that will eventually win your heart. As the country opens up with an increasing number of roads and bridges being built, the amazing tourist attractions in Laos are becoming more and more accessible.


All three daily meals are included in the price of this retreat.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Capture photos of the sights and scenery
  • Enjoy the excursions and activities
  • Explore the surroundings
  • Meet and interact with the locals
  • Relax at your accommodation
  • See the stunning views
  • Take delight in various Lao dishes

Spa treatments

You can book massage treatments at an additional cost during your stay at the Sanctuary Pakbeng Lodge and the Thavonsouk Hotel and Resort. A 60-minute traditional Lao massage costs 80,000 LAK and a 60-minute traditional Lao oil massage costs 120,000 LAK at the Thavonsouk Hotel and Resort.

What's included

  • 1 cooking class
  • 3 daily meals
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • All activities and excursions as stated in the itinerary
  • All entrance fees and travel permit
  • Fresh drinking water
  • Services of an English-speaking guide
  • Third-party car insurance covering passengers
  • Transportation in a private and air-conditioned minivan

What's not included

  • Airfare costs
  • Any additional activities, services, or trips
  • Other drinks
  • Personal expenses

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 7 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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