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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
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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Ban, Sakkaline Rd, ຫຼວງພະບາງ, Laos
Part of Sofitel’s MGallery collection, 3 Nagas is an intimate French Colonial–style property with 15 rooms spread across two whitewashed villas. Seven are located in the circa-1898 Lamache House, which once held the official ice cream...
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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...