LAOS – Luang Prabang – A Taste of Laos

Theme

Classic, Gastronomy

Country - City

Laos - Luang Prabang

Market segment

Thematic Leisure

Price Level

$

Max pax

20

Seasonality

All year round

Arrival city

Luang Prabang

Departure city

Luang Prabang

Description

Eating is an important part of Lao culture and a time when families and friends come together after a hard day of work. This evening, taste buds will be awakened through the tasting of a selection of popular Lao dishes on a gastronomic walking tour near the city center. The adventure will start with a delicious bowl of one of the Lao staples – Khao Soi or Pho. This is one of the most popular meals, not only in Laos but in all of Southeast Asia. Then come the steamed buns, with egg and pork, called Salapao. For those wanting something a bit more refreshing there is also Namvan, a sweet dessert type drink especially popular when the weather is hot. After these first couple of stops there will be a little bit of walk, along the road, through the temple, and into the smaller streets where some tasty Namejun (Spring Rolls) and Tam Makteng (Cucumber Salad), popular dishes often shared among friends as they enjoy an evening drink, will be waiting. The final walk will be to the night market area where the culinary adventure will end with some tasty Kaojee and Khao Nom Kok!

 

Selling points

  • A simple activity showcasing some of the popular local foods in Luang Prabang.
  • An ideal activity to do in the evening before visiting the famous night market.
  • The walk takes guests to parts of the town they may not visit otherwise.
  • Ideal for FIT groups of up to 20 pax.

 

Time And Transportation

From To Km By Duration Road condition
Luang Prabang Center (Night Market Crossroads) Tour Starting Point 1 Walking 5 minutes Good

Duration

  • The activity should start between 17:00 and 18:00. Start times are quite flexible.
  • The approximate duration would be about 2 hours, depending on how long clients spend at each stop.

Min pax

1

Max pax

20

How to sell it

  • To be sold as an evening walking food tour before finishing at the night market where clients will be left to explore by themselves or where they will have a pick-up to return to their hotel.
  • An ideal evening activity which can be done on any day during a stay, though it is recommended to do at the start of a stay to avoid them visiting the night market area multiple times.

Why this activity

  • Developed to provide an FIT version of the “Street Food Dinner at the Night Market”.
  • Developed to let clients taste some of the typical Lao food that they most likely won’t try at the restaurants during their stay.

Good to combine with

  • Any daytime activity so long as it finished before 5pm.

Do not combine with

  • Any other evening activity.

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Competitor comparison

  • Most of our competitors offer a type of food tour. None are quite the same.

Pros

  • A cheap activity that can be added to most programs.
  • Adds value to a visit to the night market – it is a unique way of arriving here.

Cons

  • The guide has to take care of everything on spot and be flexible and improvise in case there are any issues with any of the stops.
  • Most suppliers cannot be booked and the availability of their products cannot be guaranteed. Luckily there are many alternatives in the same area.

Information

  • Distance of the walk – approximately 2 kilometers.
  • The drink at the end, either at the night market or by the Mekong, is not included in the program text as it can be a nice surprise for the clients and it will appear that they are being invited for a special “free” extra.

Alerts

  • In the rainy season it is still possible but guests should bring an umbrella.

Price range

$

Quotation guideline

On ERP:

  • Luang Prabang > Activity > A Taste of Laos

For the transfer please use the same transfer you would use to send clients for dinner and back to their hotel afterwards.

Inclusion

  • STOP 1 – Khao Soi or Pho (Noodle Soup) – optional 1 per person or 1 for sharing between 2 pax.
  • STOP 2 – Namvan (sweet dessert drink) – 1 drink with 5 ingredients per person and Salapao (steamed pork buns) – 1 serving of 2 pieces per pax
  • STOP 3 – Tam Makteng and Naemjum (Cucumber Salad and Spring Rolls) – 1 plate of each per 4 pax
  • STOP 4 – Kaojee (grilled rice pancake on a stick) – 1 piece per pax
  • STOP 5 – Coconut pancakes or Coconut waffle – 1 serving per pax
  • STOP 6 – Visit of the street food street. No food included.
  • STOP 7 – Beer, fruit shake or soft drink – 1 serving per pax

 

Exclusion

  • Easia Guide.
  • Transfers to the starting point and from the finishing point.
  • Any other food or drinks not included in the program.

Important notes

  • For the cash advance please refer to tab 3 on this excel file. On this tab you can see the amount of cash you need to provide to the guide for each group size as well as what the guide needs to order and the amount that the guide needs to pay at each stop.
  • When you brief the guide you can use this map to explain the route.
  • For this activity there are 7 stops:
    • STOP 1 – Khao Soi or Pho (Noodle Soup) – optional 1 per person or 1 for sharing between 2 pax. The guide can choose the shop but we recommend the one opposite Bounteu shop near the roundabout.
    • STOP 2 – Namvan (sweet dessert drink) – 1 drink with 5 ingredients per person and Salapao (steamed pork buns) – 1 serving of 2 pieces per pax. This is next to Bounteu shop.
    • STOP 3 – Tam Makteng and Naemjum (Cucumber Salad and Spring Rolls) – 1 plate of each per 4 pax. This is the Old House Restaurant and Bar on the small street near Utopia.
    • STOP 4 – Kaojee (grilled rice pancake on a stick) – 1 piece per pax. This can be bought from the street stall next to the police office at the crossroads at the night market.
    • STOP 5 – Coconut pancakes or Coconut waffle – 1 serving per pax. These can be bought at the entrance to the street food street at the night market.
    • STOP 6 – Visit of the street food street. No food included. This is to let clients see and take photos but not eat as it isn’t the cleanest place.
    • STOP 7 – Beer, fruit shake or soft drink – 1 serving per pax. The guide needs to see on-spot with clients if they would like to have a drink near the night market or near the Mekong.
  • We only need to inform the suppliers at STOP 2 and STOP 3 of the approximate time and group size so that they can prepare. See contact details in the “contact” section below.
  • After this activity the guide can coordinate the final location with the client’s pick-up (if they will have one). If they do not have a pick-up and will travel back to their hotel by themselves then the guide can escort them to the night market and finish the activity with them there.

Special Guide notes

  • The guide should explain a little bit about the food at each stop.
  • The guide should check with clients if they want the noodle soup spicy or not spicy.
  • The guide should be friendly and talkative with the clients, he is part of the experience of seeing local places with a local person.
  • Just before leaving STOP 2 the guide should call STOP 3 to let them know the group is on the way and that they should prepare the table and food.

 

Different Choicess

Contact

  • STOP 1 – Khao Soi or Pho (Noodle Soup) – The guide can choose the shop but we recommend the one opposite Bounteu shop near the roundabout. No need to book.
  • STOP 2 – Namvan and Salapao. This is next to Bounteu shop. Phone – 02078080000
  • STOP 3 – Tam Makteng and Naemjum. This is the Old House Restaurant and Bar on the small street near Utopia. Phone – 02052257292
  • STOP 4 – Kaojee. This can be bought from the street stall next to the police office at the crossroads at the night market. No need to book.
  • STOP 5 – Coconut pancakes or Coconut waffle.These can be bought at the entrance to the street food street at the night market. No need to book.
  • STOP 6 – Visit of the street food street. No food included. This is to let clients see and take photos but not eat as it isn’t the cleanest place. No need to book.
  • STOP 7 – Beer, fruit shake or soft drink. The guide needs to see on-spot with clients if they would like to have a drink near the night market or near the Mekong. No need to book.

English

Luang Prabang Food Tour

Eating is an important part of Lao culture and a time when families and friends come together after a hard day of work. This evening your taste buds will be awakened as you taste a selection of popular Lao dishes on a gastronomic walking tour near the city center. You will enjoy a delicious bowl of one of the Lao staples – Khao Soi or Pho. This is one of the most popular meals, not only in Laos but in all of Southeast Asia. You will also try the steamed buns with egg and pork called Salapao. If you’re craving something a bit more refreshing you could try Namvan, a sweet dessert type drink especially popular when the weather is hot. From here you will walk a short distance, along the road, through the temple, and into the smaller streets where you will try Namejun (Spring Rolls) and Tam Makteng (Cucumber Salad), popular dishes often shared among friends as they enjoy an evening drink. Your final walk will be to the night market area where you will end your culinary adventure with some tasty Kaojee and Khao Nom Kok!

 

Notes: The starting time can be adapted but it should ideally start between 5pm and 6pm. Capacity 20pax.

French

Tour culinaire à Luang Prabang

La nourriture tient une place de choix dans la culture laotienne et le repas est un moment privilégié pendant lequel la famille et les amis se rassemblent après une longue journée de dur labeur. Pendant cette soirée, vous éveillerez vos papilles en goûtant une sélection de plats populaires laotiens au cours d’une promenade culinaire près du centre ville. Vous dégusterez un délicieux bol de Khao Soi ou de Pho. C’est l’un des plats les plus populaires de toute l’Asie du sud-est, pas seulement du Laos ! Vous goûterez également le Salapao, un petit pain à l’œuf et au porc, cuit à la vapeur. Si vous avez envie de quelque chose de plus rafraîchissant, laissez-vous tenter par du Namvan, une boisson sucrée comme un dessert, particulièrement appréciée quand il fait chaud. Vous continuerez à pied en suivant la route et passerez un temple avant de vous aventurer dans des rues plus étroites où vous pourrez manger des Namejun (rouleaux de printemps) et du Tam Makteng (salade de concombre), des plats populaires souvent partagés entre amis autour d’un verre en soirée. Vous reprendrez votre tour en direction du marché de nuit où l’aventure culinaire se terminera par un goûteux Kaojee et du Khao Nom Kok!

 

Remarques : l’horaire peut être adapté mais dans l’idéal, l’activité devrait commencer entre 17 heures et 18 heures. Capacité 20 personnes.

Spanish

Tour gastronómico por Luang Prabang

Comer es una parte importante de la cultura laosiana y supone un momento en el que las familias y los amigos se reúnen y pasan tiempo juntos después de un duro día de trabajo. Esta noche, sus papilas gustativas despertarán de su sueño con una degustación de una selección de platos populares de Laos durante un tour gastronómico por una zona cercana al centro de la ciudad. Disfrutará de un delicioso bol de uno de los platos estrella de Laos: Khao Soi o Pho. Esta es una de las comidas más famosas, no solamente en Laos, sino en todo el sureste asiático. También probará los bollitos al vapor con huevo y cerdo llamados Salapao. Si su apetito le lleva hacia algo más refrescante, puede probar el Namvan, una bebida dulce que se toma como postre y es especialmente popular cuando hace calor. Desde aquí, caminará una breve distancia por la carretera, atravesando un templo y llegará a unas callejuelas más pequeñas, donde probará Namejun (rollitos de primavera) y Tam Makteng (ensalada de pepino), platos populares que a menudo se comparten entre amigos mientras toman algo por la noche. Su paseo final será en la zona del mercado nocturno, donde finalizará su aventura culinaria con unos deliciosos Kaojee y Khao Nom Kok.

Notas: la hora de salida puede adaptarse, pero lo recomendable es que sea entre las 5:00 y las 6:00 de la mañana. Capacidad: 20 pax.

Italian

Tour gastronomico di Luang Prabang

Mangiare è una parte importante della cultura del Laos, oltre a essere un momento in cui famiglie e amici si incontrano dopo una dura giornata di lavoro. Questa sera le vostre papille gustative verranno risvegliate mentre assaggiate una selezione di famosi piatti laotiani in un tour gastronomico a piedi vicino al centro città. Vi gusterete una deliziosa ciotola di uno dei piatti Lao di base, il Khao Soi o Pho. Questo è uno dei pasti più popolari, non solo in Laos ma in tutto il sud-est asiatico. Proverete anche i panini al vapore con uovo e maiale chiamati Salapao. Se desiderate qualcosa di un po’ più rinfrescante, potete provare Namvan, una bevanda dolce da dessert particolarmente popolare quando fa caldo. Da qui camminerete per una breve distanza, lungo la strada, attraverso il tempio e nelle strade più piccole, dove assaggerete il Namejun (involtino primavera) e il Tam Makteng (insalata di cetrioli), piatti popolari spesso condivisi tra amici mentre si godono una serata a bere. La vostra ultima passeggiata sarà verso l’area del mercato notturno, dove finirete la vostra avventura culinaria con alcuni gustosi Kaojee e Khao Nom Kok!

 

Note: L’ora di inizio può essere adattato, ma dovrebbe idealmente essere tra le 17:00 e le 18:00. Capacità 20 persone

German

Kulinarische Entdeckungsreise in Luang Prabang

Essen ist ein wichtiger Teil der Kultur in Laos und die Zeit, in der Familien und Freunde nach einem anstrengenden Arbeitstag zusammenkommen. An diesem Abend werden Ihre Geschmacksknospen gefordert, wenn Sie eine Auswahl populärer laotischer Gerichte bei einem gastronomischen Rundgang in der Nähe des Stadtzentrums probieren. Sie werden zunächst eine Schüssel mit einem köstlichen laotischen Hauptnahrungsmittel genießen – Khao Soi oder Pho. Dabei handelt es sich um eines der bekanntesten Gerichte, nicht nur in Laos, sondern in ganz Südostasien. Zudem probieren Sie die gedämpften Hefebällchen mit Ei und Schweinefleisch namens Salapao. Wenn Sie sich nach etwas Erfrischenderes sehnen, sollten Sie Namvan probieren, ein süßes Dessertgetränk, das vor allem bei warmem Wetter beliebt ist. Anschließend laufen Sie eine kurze Strecke auf der Straße, durch den Tempel und auf kleinere Straßen, wo Sie auch Namejun (Frühlingsrollen) und Tam Makteng (Gurkensalat) kosten können – beides sind populäre Gerichte, die sich Freunde gerne bei einem Getränk am Abend miteinander teilen. Als letztes gehen Sie zu dem Gebiet, wo der Nachtmarkt stattfindet. Dort endet auch Ihr kulinarisches Abenteuer mit etwas leckerem Kaojee und Khao Nom Kok.

 

Hinweise: Die Startzeit kann angepasst werden, sollte aber idealerweise zwischen 17 und 18 Uhr liegen. Kapazität: 20 Personen.