Ban Phanom
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Hand-weaving Of Cotton And Silk Is A Trademark Of This Village
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Marni K
San Jose CA419 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This review is for the handcraft center in Ban Phanom Village. This is a really extraordinary place to visit. When you enter the very large room, it almost looks like a bazaar with over a dozen women sitting with piles of their wares all around them. But it turns out that in the back there are multiple looms where different women are working every day. So you can see the beginnings of a textile piece being made on the loom and then go out front and purchase something similar.
The quality of the work being sold is absolutely extraordinary. My mind was absolutely exploded by the quantity, quality, and variety of goods offered. I walked around the room, looking at different pieces, made by some of the different women, and eventually bought a few as gifts, because not only are they stunningly beautiful but they are also amazingly affordable. I had been to the night market a few nights previously and similar work was much more expensive.
If you’re willing and able to take a 10 minute drive outside the city to visit this center, you will be able to buy handicrafts from women who have been weaving for decades. But remember to bring cash! There is no ATM in the village, and credit cards are not accepted.
If you’ve read this far, I will tell you that I have been collecting woven clothing and scarves in the United States for over four decades, made by some of the most talented weavers in the country. I was able to find silk scarves in Laos that was so intricately designed and executed that I would have never been able to afford them in my home country. I bought a few scarves at the center and then return the next day with more cash because everyone I know is going to have one of these scarves and it was such a treat to meet the women who made them and feel that in some small way I was helping to support them.
Written 31 October 2023
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,576 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
At only 3 kms out of the city's center (just 10 min by tuk-tuk), on the banks of the Nam Khan River, you will find the weaving village of Ban Phanon - the royal weaver of Luang Prabang's Court! You will see entire families working on their looms and weaving Lao traditional cotton and silk wares. The ancient art of weaving will be in front of your eyes! The whole village works on co-operative basis and its production is on sale right on the spot. A little haggling is always possible, if you feel like doing so ... There are other nearby weaving villages, as Luang Nam Tha and Sam Neava. Their products can also be found at Luang Prabang's Morning and Night markets. As a curiosity, while in Ban Phanon, it will be possible to visit the tomb of France's legendary explorer Henri Mouhot. He was the first occidental naturalist to explore the ruins of Angkor in Combodia. His memories - "Voyages dans les Royaumes de Siam, de Cambodge et de Laos", published posthumously, helped to popularize Angkor in the West. Henry Mouhot died of malaria in Naphan, near Ban Phanon, in 1861. Enjoy!
Written 9 October 2020
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Prasas P
Nakhon Pathom Province, Thailand169 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Family
This village used to be the Royal Weaver of the Luang Prabang Court. The people still keep their weaving skill and the place has become a "must" for lover of hand-woven cloth.
The building is much better than in 2001 but it has lost its charm of laid back atmosphere.
Still it carried many great pieces of hand-woven silks. The price had gone up quite a lot, but it still was a great bargain. The same quality of weaving can easily ask for much higher price in Vientiane. The design is still unique of Thai Leu one.
Written 15 February 2018
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JudithEve
Sunny Isles Beach, FL220 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Couples
Two different ways of getting there one through the roads by car or tuk tuk or the more interesting way by walking across the bamboo bridge next to the restaurant Silk Road.
The village is genuine, there are people weaving and making paper. It definitely touristy but then what isn’t. The walk through the village is charming and gives you a small glimpse of village life. You can find some beautiful
products for sale for very fair prices.
Written 9 January 2018
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ameyajoshi
Pune, India601 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
While the architecture is a gem, there isnt much to see at this place and can be avoided.
Large ground with handicraft on the sides and the structure in middle
Written 3 November 2017
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RealTravelPro
Salzburg, Austria169 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
This temple might be smaller than some others in LP but it is just as magical. We attended the evening prayers of the monks in the main hall after we were told that this temple might allow visitors to attend the prayers/chanting if they follow the right etiquette. Make sure to ask before entering or do so quietly through the side doors following the common etiquette of wearing appropriate clothing and correct sitting. Or you can just listen from the outside sitting on the door steps. It was a wonderful experience to listen to the chanting of the monks.
Written 15 May 2017
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ffrige
shanghai457 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
Absolutely not worth the detour. Nothing to see at the village. You'll find all their stuff and much more at the night market. The only nice side attraction is the temple on the way to the village, which is a nice site indeed.
Written 11 April 2017
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Wonder A
Singapore422 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Couples
Ban Phanom is located some 4 km north of Luang Prabang. This handicraft village was once the former royal weaving village.
Written 1 April 2017
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InaraKent
Brisbane, Australia19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Couples
A short motorbike ( or bicycle ride if you are keen) ride out of Luang Prabang takes you to the traditional craft centre where an interesting time can be had bargaining and laughing with the women selling traditional Lao scarfs, embroideries and shawls
Written 1 January 2017
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Chatt215
Bangkok, Thailand135 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Solo
This village a famous for hand loom weaving. You will see the incredible technique fo hand loom weaving into vibrant multicolor textile in diffrent patterns. A remarkable handicraft of Luangpabang.
Written 5 August 2016
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