LAOS- Luang Prabang – Self-Guided 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. An evening self-guided exploration of Luang Prabang’s cuisine is a great way to discover new and exotic flavors and see the city from a different perspective.

Theme

Classic, Family, Gastronomy, Self-Guided Tours, Sustainable

Country - City

Laos - Luang Prabang

Market segment

Thematic Leisure

Price Level

$$

Level of difficulties

LEVEL 0

Max pax

10

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. A self-guided exploration of Luang Prabang’s cuisine is a great way to experience the city from a different perspective. 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 and providing a different perspective of the city.
  • An application with a GPS route, points of interest with in-depth information, and suggestions to help travelers explore Luang Prabang on their own and at their own pace.
  • 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 those looking for more freedom in a tour.

Time And Transportation

From To Km By Duration Road condition
Starting Point (Night Market Crossroads) Khao Soi 1 Walking 15 minutes Good
Khao Soi Salapao and Namvan 0.3 Walking 5 minutes Good
Salapao and Namvan Naemjun and Tam Mak Taeng 0.6 Walking 10 minutes Good
Naemjun and Tam Mak Taeng Khao Jee and Khao Nom Kok (End Point) 0.8 Walking 12 minutes Good

Duration

  • The duration depends on how long is spent at each restaurant or food stall.
  • The average duration based on previous groups is around 2 hours, though it completely depends on the travelers.

Min pax

1

Max pax

10

How to sell it

  • Best included in a self-guided tour program to Laos or combined with other destinations.
  • Good to include if travelers have time to themselves and want to try something new.
  • A food tour is the best way to experience the cuisine of a city.
  • This can be sold as a standalone activity (think expats when the borders reopen), included in a hybrid guided/SGT tour, or as one of the components of the 4D3N or 7D6N SGT modules

Why this activity

  • Developed as one of the first products in our self-guided project.

Good to combine with

Other self-guided products in Luang Prabang:

If travelers include Vang Vieng in their self-guided itinerary we suggest including:

If travelers include Vientiane in their self-guided itinerary we suggest including:

If travelers include Hinboun in their self-guided itinerary we suggest including:

If travelers include Nong Khiaw in their self-guided itinerary we suggest including:

Do not combine with

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Competitor comparison

  • No competitors currently offer self-guided tours.

Pros

  • Easia Signature
  • Cheaper to sell than a conventional food tour as there is no guide and no transport.
  • It puts Easia ahead of our competitors and shows that we are innovators as nobody else sells this type of tour in Laos.
  • Easy to operate as travelers basically take care of themselves.

Cons

  • Travelers need to have a basic knowledge of technology.
  • There is no guide to assist with on-spot issues such as closed restaurants or missing street-vendors.

Information

  • Distance: 2.7 kilometers
  • If travelers did not want to walk then it is also possible for them to rent a bicycle or motorbike and do it that way. Please note that we decided to create this as a walking tour as we believe that is the best way to experience the tour as well as a good way to build up an appetite between stops, so if they decide to do it any other way it is at their own risk and expense.

Alerts

  • Travelers should be advised to stay close to the side of the road and be aware of traffic that may be approaching from behind. They should also be warned that when they need to cross the road they should take their time, don’t expect anyone to stop at a crossing and to always look both ways – even on one-way streets!
  • On this tour travelers will be responsible for paying for their own meals and drinks.

Important information

  • We recommend this tour be started between 17:00 and 18:00.

Price range

$$

Quotation guideline

Roadbook Template Trip

  • https://protracer.mhikes.com/5f8865f28aabe9.86390725/travels/template/4998/details

ERP module

  • Tour Classification: S41-Easia Active
  • Language: English
  • Tour Type: FIT
  • Tour Name: SGT – Luang Prabang – Food Tour – 1D – ENG
  • Tour Code: 210211034454

Sales should add the SIM card and internet package if necessary.

On this tour travelers will be responsible for paying for their own meals and drinks. The costs they will have to pay will be as follows:

  • Khao Soi – 15,000kip/person
  • Salapao – 5,000kip for 2 pieces
  • Namvan – 5,000kip/person
  • Naemjun – 25,000kip/plate (can be shared)
  • Tam Mak Taeng – 18,000kip/plate (can be shared)
  • Khao Jee – 3,000-5,000kip/piece
  • Khao Nom Kok – 5,000kip/serving

Inclusion

  • Self-guided program downloadable to the Roadbook app on the travelers’ phones.

Exclusion

  • Meals and drinks.

Different Choicess

English

Luang Prabang Self-Guided 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 should be between 5pm and 6pm.