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73/5, Luang Prabang, Laos
The shamanic Tai-Lao people mastered the ikat tie-dye technique centuries ago, weaving a single, continuous silk thread into exquisitely patterned scarves. This three-day class gives the literal ins and outs of the process, from cocoon silk...
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79 Sakkaline Rd, Luang Prabang, Laos
Passa Paa, a sister shop to Ock Pop Tok, sells handicrafts inspired by Hmong batik, traditionally an indigo cloth covered in intricate symbols. In the studio, you can watch artists silkscreen updated versions of those designs onto everything from...
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Sakkaline Rd, Luang Prabang, Laos
The 3 Nagas MGallery by Sofitel, a boutique hotel, occupies three renovated UNESCO World Heritage buildings. Built in 1898, the buildings were first used by the royal court, then converted to an ice cream shop before becoming a hotel. Learn to...
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Sakarine Road Luang Prabang, Luang Prabang 06000, Laos
The restaurant Le Cafe Ban Vat Sene represents both sides of modern Laotian culture: Large white umbrellas offer a hint of Paris, while Buddhist metal gongs nod to the national religion. Order a lip-puckering tarte au citron with an espresso made...
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Ban Mano Rd, Luang Prabang, Laos
From November to April, low waters in the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers reveal islets like Cucumber Island, which turns into Luang Prabang’s biggest play- ground. A one-minute, 60-cent ferry ride will get you there—watch for the brightly painted...
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Luang Prabang, Laos
In Laos, the colonial past is often channeled into innovative cultural fusions. At Chez Matt, two blocks from 3 Nagas, you can drink a glass of French red while enjoying contemporary works by Asian artists, such as the bold abstracts of Savann...
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Pak Beng, Laos
Pakbeng is a much needed break during a 2-day Mekong slow boat cruise. It's a nice place to finally stretch your legs, refuel on Laap and recharge with a good night's sleep.
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Huay Xai, Laos
While in Laos I did a jungle trek into the Bokeo Reserve, then spent three days ziplining from treehouse to treehouse. We would sleep up in the canopy and every morning and evening our meals would come zipping in.