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Ban Nam Chan Lanten village

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Sixteen kilometres from town along Route 3 is Ban Nam Chan, the only Lanten ethnic village in Bokeo province.

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Fair Trade Laos worked with the village in establishing a handicraft group and they have set them up to accept visitors so you are free to walk around and explore. At their modest visitor centre there’s information about Lanten life and customs and if you’re lucky, they will have some of their handmade products for sale. Don’t worry, it is not touristy at all and you will see glimpses of daily village life and learn more about this fascinating and rare group.

The Lanten are known for their cotton weaving, embroidery and natural dyes – especially the dark indigo the women use for the traditional jackets they wear daily. They also make bamboo paper, which is an incredibly labour intensive process but the final product is used in important religious ceremonies. Stop by the village and there’s a good chance you’ll see the thin sheets of bamboo pulp drying in the sun.

To get to Ban Nam Chan, hire a tuk-tuk. The price will depend on the number of people and how long you plan to stay. Expect to pay around 100,000 kip round trip.

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