Laos is one of the most popular destinations for travelers who come from Western countries. In addition, if you are a big fan of handicraft and little things, add these villages to your bucket list and visit whenever you can.
1. The Ban Phanom village – a must-see destination for handicraft lovers
Ban Phanom is a traditional textile village situated 6 kilometers from Luang Prabang. People in the village are proud of their products because it was said that their products were supplied to the royal family in many centuries. Nowadays, these products are purchased and displayed in tourist attractions as well as night markets. If you want to buy a scarf, a shawl or embroideries but your budget is running out of, don’t worry, people are quite friendly, so try to bargain.
Every morning, this village welcomes hundreds of tourists, especially 9 – 10 am. Therefore, remember to avoid this time in order to enjoy your expedition in the perfect way.
The best transportation to get this village is tuk-tuk – a special car in Laos. It takes you about 10 minutes to travel from the center of Luang Prabang to Ban Phanom and just cost around 12$, the driver will wait for you until your family finishes the trip. If you are an adventurer, let’s make the trip by bike and enjoy your own adventure.
Besides visiting this village, don’t forget to take times to enjoy some unique temples, ancient architecture and learn about people’s lives as well as the rich history.
2. The Ban Xang Khong Village – home of special papers
Ban Xang Khong is an outskirt village which located 5 kilometers from Luang Prabang. This village is famous for making a special type of paper which can keep natural colors for about 3 years without any chemicals. Visiting here, you can witness how this paper is produced from flowers. If you are a big fan of lanterns, photo frames or bags, this village is your next destination.
Like the Ban Phanom village, you can take a tuk-tuk to get the Ban Xang Khong, but why don’t you spend a day in this unique village? Don’t surprise if villagers invite you to come to their homes because they’re so friendly and easy-going. You can try their local foods and traditional alcohol once in your life, it is noted that this alcohol is quite strong. At night, let’s enjoy stars and peaceful atmosphere – things you hardly admire in large cities. If you need some local buddies to go with you, consider this Luang Prabang Village Tour.
3. The Ban Chan village – where you can make a teapot on your own
If you are keen on decorative pots, ashtrays and lamp covers in your hotel in Luang Prabang, let’s take a ferry and travel to the Ban Chan village.
The Ban Chan village is pottery – making village where the village’s lamps in Luang Prabang old towns are produced. Visiting here, you can listen to pottery’s story and witness the pottery-making process. It would be more interesting if your whole family can participate in making jars or vases, especially your children. Let’s encourage them to make their own toys, animals, plates or bowls. Don’t hesitate to negotiate with villagers for the best prices.
It takes you about 2$ to get a ferry and after that, you might take some minutes for walking in order to come to this village. If your time and your budget allow, don’t forget to visit temples and try to experience zip – lining at Green Jungle Park. Flying in a forest might be the best feeling you have ever had.
4. The Ban Hat Hien Village – the village of the blacksmith
Have you ever watched war films and wondered how to produce weapons? Visit this village and answer your childhood question.
Situated a short distance from Luang Prabang center, this village has been making machetes which almost family has at least one. Due to economic growth, there are 4 – 5 families have kept the traditional occupation. Visiting here and you can understand how to forge a sword, hand knives or agricultural tools. You might not cost in order to visit here, but it takes you about 7$ to take a tuk-tuk to get this village.
5. The Ban Na Ngan village – where you can learn how to dye cloth
This beautiful village located 3 km from Luang Prabang and home of the Thai Lu ethnic group. Like other villages, people also use traditional methods to make products and use natural ingredients extracted from plants to dye cloth, so colors are authentic and impressive. Let’s visit this village and feel the real colors.
One day, if you have had enough of busy and noisy cities, let’s book flight tickets and travel to these villages to enjoy traditional cultures, local foods, and simple happiness.