Volunteer in Laos

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Laos: Volunteer in Laos

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Hi, I am Teo Ee Huat, a lecturer in Ngee Ann Polytechnic and I lead students annually on a study trip to Vientiane and Vang Vieng in LAO PDR. This year I am going with 13 students and two other staffs on a 7days 6 nights (15 – 21 June 2017) study trip. The cost excluding Air Asia plane tickets is around $500 Singapore dollars per person.

 

Program highlights:

 

Experience taking overnight train from Bangkok to Nong Khai (bordering Lao PDR)

Experience taking short train from Nong Khai (Thailand) to Thanaleng (Lao PDR) across the friendship bridge

Visit COPE to learn about the effect of Vietnam’s war on Lao PDR

Visit Lao National Museum to learn about the history of Laos.

Visit Night market at Vientiane to immerse in local culture

Enjoy the scenic views of karst limestone formations across Vang Vieng town

Cycling experience to Vang Vieng Organic Farm

Learn about the various projects initiated by NGOs at Vang Vieng

Experience padi plantation, earth brick making, and bamboo cutting

Chill out at night explore the nightlife at Vang Vieng town

Optional:

Experience tubing and kayaking down the Namsong River at Vang Vieng town

Experience ziplining (flying fox) and taking hot air balloon over Vang Vieng town

LAO/Thai massage

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Trip Programme:

 

Day 1 (15 June 2017 / Thursday):

Meet at 3pm at T1 Changi Airport to take Air Asia flight to Thailand/Don Muang Airport

(Plane ticket self-purchase)

 

Arrival at Don Muang Airport at 18.35pm Thailand time

Clear immigration

Dinner at Don Muang Airport

Walk to Don Muang train station to take overnight train

Board overnight train at 9.30pm

 

Day 2 (16 June 2017 / Friday)

Arrival at Nong Khai Train Station at 7.30am

Simple peanut butter sandwich breakfast at 8.00am

Clear Thai immigration

Board train to Thanaleng (LAO PDR) train station

Arrival at Thanaleng train station

Clear Lao immigration

Board minivan to Avilla Prasouk Hotel, Vientiane

Arrival at Avilla Prasouk Hotel at 9.30am Lao time

Leave luggage at hotel (check in at 11 am)

Visit Lao National Museum.

Visit Morning Market (Talat Sao Market)

Check in Avilla Hotel at 11.30am

Lunch at street side café

Visit COPE (Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise) Visitor Centre

[Optional: Visit That Luan / Victory monument]

Dinner at street side café

Visit night market

[Optional: Traditional Massage]

Back to Avilla Prasouk Hotel at 10.30pm

Night out

 

Day 3 (17 June 2017 / Saturday)

Breakfast at Avilla Prasouk Hotel starting from 7 am

Check out at 8.30am

Take minibus to Vang Vieng (3.5 hours journey with ½ hour break in between) at 9 am

Arrival at Vang Vieng Boutique hotel at 1.30pm

Cycling to and explore Vang Vieng Organic Farm and Vang Semai Village

Dinner at street side café in Vang Vieng town at 7 pm

Explore Vang Vieng town at night

Night out at 10.30pm

 

Day 4 (18 June 2017 / Sunday)

Breakfast at Vang Vieng Boutique Hotel starting 7 am

Tuktuk to SAELAO Project site at 8.30am

Rice planting / Making earth bricks / Cutting bamboo (whole day at SAELAO Project site)

Lunch at SAELAO Project site

Dinner at street side café at Vang Vieng town at 7 pm

Explore Vang Vieng town at night

 

Day 5 (19 June 2017 / Monday)

Breakfast at Vang Vieng Boutique Hotel starting 7 am

Option 1: Cycling to Vangsemai village and surround villages

Option 2: Tubbing/Hot Air Ballooning (morning) / kayaking/ziplining (afternoon) at Namsong river

Lunch (own time own target)

Dinner at street side café at VangVieng town at 7 pm

Explore VangVieng town at night

 

Day 6 (20 June 2017 / Tuesday)

Breakfast at VangVieng Boutique Hotel starting at 7 am

Depart for Vientiane by minibus (3.5 hours journey with ½ hour break)

Arrival at Vientiane by 1 pm

Lunch at street side cage at Vientiane

Rest and relax (shower: Optional) at Avilla Prasouk Hotel

Depart for Thanaleng Train station at 4 pm via tuk-tuk

Clear Lao immigration at Thanaleng Train station

Train to Nong Khai at 5.30pm

Clear Thai immigration at Nong Khai at 6 pm

Packet Dinner (Fried Rice)

Board overnight train at Nong Khai at 6.30pm

 

Day 7 (21 June 2017 / Wednesday)

Arrival at Don Muang Train Station at 5.05am (yes, 5.05am)

[Option to take train all the way to Hualongpoon Train Station at the heart of Bangkok and spend extra day in Bangkok on your own]

Check in and clear immigration at Don Muang airport at 6 am

AirAsia flight back to Singapore at 7 am

Arrival in Singapore at 10.30am Singapore time

 

Reviews

  • I had a amazing trip with a group of friendly and warm tour mates. Carly was such an assuring tour leader. Excellent and safe Vietnamese driver, Jerry. well spoken English Vietnamese guide Tommy. I enjoyed myself very much and look forward for another trip!

  • Excellent short trip with beautiful verdant countryside and charming local tribal people not corrupted by tourism yet . Be prepared for long drive on narrow winding mountain roads.

  • Best trip ever ! Everyone laughed and enjoyed the hols as if we have known each other all our lives instead of meeting for the first time ! Everyone kept their cool when faced with an unforseen delay . The scenery at Ha Giang is simply superb . There are so many small towns within the mountains with... Read more Best trip ever ! Everyone laughed and enjoyed the hols as if we have known each other all our lives instead of meeting for the first time ! Everyone kept their cool when faced with an unforseen delay . The scenery at Ha Giang is simply superb . There are so many small towns within the mountains with so many minority races living together . Their costumes are so colourful and the ladies' headgears are so lovely to gawk at . If I could , I would love to go again . Highly recommended for gungho people with "throw everything to the wind" attitude . Fantastic local guide and driver (Tom & Jerry) and pats on the back for Carly (Singapore guide) too . Thanks .........rosse and raymond . Read less

  • Georgina was great in: 1) giving reminders so that people can un-RSVP for others on wait list to get a spot. 2) giving clear instructions, photos, links on how to get to the meeting point, 3)explaining why everyone had to be on time and what the program is expected to be and when it might end. ... Read more Georgina was great in: 1) giving reminders so that people can un-RSVP for others on wait list to get a spot. 2) giving clear instructions, photos, links on how to get to the meeting point, 3)explaining why everyone had to be on time and what the program is expected to be and when it might end. Late evening slot was a good idea as we got to see the night installations at The PathFinder portion, but food stalls already closed upon exit. There are toilets inside the exhibit in Fort Canning Center itself. Cleaner than the mobile toilets outside. Thank you for helping to get us tickets when it is so difficult to do so. Read less

  • My wife, son and I never regret of signing up this trip. My 8 year old son enjoyed the walk on the rocky beach. Best moment of the walk was that we came closed to the corals, crabs ???? and ???? shrimps. Thank you threeplaygrounds!