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Laos's Greatest Block: Luang Prabang's Sakkaline Road

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Along Sakkaline Road in Luang Prabang, 16th-century temples sit beside French colonial villas, Parisian-style cafés, and boutiques reinventing traditional textiles. By Jeanine Barone. This appeared in the Jan/Feb 2016 issue.
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73/5, Luang Prabang, Laos
Ock Pop Tok is a center that trains Lao craftswomen to make modern clothing and accessories using traditional textiles. Luang Prabang’s balmy climate (the mercury rarely drops below 75F during the day) is the perfect excuse to stop by Ock Pop Tok’...
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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, 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...