LAOS ANTIQUES TOURS
One of the five last remaining Communist countries on the planet, a trip to Laos is akin to taking a trip back in time. It was not so long ago that travel restrictions and scarce flights made journeying to this land-locked country infeasible. Now anyone armed with an e-visa and a budget air ticket can make the quick one-hour flight from Bangkok to what is often referred to as the “forgotten country”. Even so, visitors arrive in a trickle and there is still the sense of entering uncharted territory. Laos antiques tours are the perfect scenario for antiques buyers who are looking for new frontiers in sourcing. Like other countries that make up Indochina, there is a confluence of cultures left behind by its colonial history – like the coffee and French baguette sold on street corners as monks waft by on their morning alms rounds – there is a tantalizing mix of the familiar and peculiar – from folding French doors and architectural features to the exquisite textiles, silverware, wood carvings, paintings and splendorous temple adornments. Prepare to be enchanted not only by Laos’ sleepy towns, mystical mountains and the deep serenity of the mighty Mekong River but by the rich symbolism and intricate designs that imbue every aspect of its art and antiques.
Monday – Friday
Rendezvous in Bangkok with your Diva Guide who will ride with you on the short flight to Luang Prabang. Arrive in the late morning to be whisked away by our private driver to visit several by-appointment-only galleries and antique shops specializing in antique bronze, silver and textiles. End the afternoon with a visit to a weaving collective and learn about the various patterns and techniques used in weaving Laos textiles. Rest and relax at your hotel and take in dinner before heading out the Luang Prabang’s famous night market where your guide will expertly point out what is hot and what is not. Retire for a good’s night rest so that you are fresh for the early morning monks’ alms round and a walk through Luang Prabang’s fresh market to take in the local culture before carrying on to visit more antique shops that include a visit to a village just outside of town. As always, our Laos antiques tours Guide translates and negotiates on your behalf, maximizing your time on tour. We also liaise you with a shipper to get your purchases home.