Calendar Pages -- Visit to Attapeu, In Southeastern Laos



November 24th, 2006 to November 26th, 2006

Visit to Attapeu, In Southeastern Laos

Cost of trip: B17,500
Leader: khun Napat Sirisambhand, of Chulalongkorn University

The Thai Textile Society is planning a trip to the southeastern Attapeu Province of Laos to visit weaving villages of the Taliang and Sou minorities, visit early morning market to see the various local minorities, and enjoy the unspoilt scenery of the region. We’ll be guests of the Lao Women’s Union, a group that keeps the art weaving alive. Interested trip participants may try their hand in weaving.

Attapeu is best known for the Bolaven Plateau, sharing borders with Sekong in the north, Champassack in the west, Vietnam in the East and Cambodia in the South. The capital town Samakhi Xai is built in a loop in the river, opposite the confluence of the Sekong and Sekhamane Rivers, surrounded by large mountains and picturesque valley.

The cost of the trip is all- inclusive with the exception of the Lao visa and local airport tax (domestic flights).

No visa is needed for member countries of ASEAN (which includes Thailand). All other participants can get their visa at the border crossing at Chong Mek for US $33

If you are interested please book soon as the Lao Women’s Union will need our names and passport numbers for official use at Attapeu.

For more information and reservations please contact
Ruth Gerson rgerson@mozart.inet.co.th
Khun Bank info@thaitextilesociety.org

Attapeu Trip Itinerary: Friday 24th – Sunday 26th November, 2006

Date Time Activity
Tuesday
24 November
5.30 AM Meet Suvannabhumi Airport
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  6.30 Leave
  7.35 Arrive Ubon. Pick up by Minivan. Breakfast.
  9.00 Travel Chong Mek Border crossing
  11.00 Border Crossing Customs & Immigration. Travel to Attapeu by Bolovens Plateau. Lunch at Muang Pakxong.
  16.00
17.00
Arrive Ying Chokchai Hotel, Attapeu.
  19.00 Dinner at restaurant overlooking Sekong River
Wednesday
25 November
6.00 Visit Morning Market
  7.30 Breakfast at Hotel
  9.00 Welcome by Lao Women’s Union
  10.00 Visit Taliang Community at Ban Sai Samphan across Sekong River
  12.00 Lunch
  14.00 Visit Sou weaving village at Ban Haad Sai Kham
  16.00 Return Hotel
  19.00 Reception at Lao Women’s Union Office
Thursday
26 November
7.00 Breakfast at Hotel
  8.00 Leave Attapeu
  12.00 Arrive Chong Mek Border. Lunch, shopping at local market and duty free shops.
  14.00 Leave Chong Mek
  16.00 Arrive Ubon
  16.45 TG Plane for Bangkok