Published/Last edited or updated: 1st December, 2018
From designers putting a chic new spin on traditional motifs to elephant slippers that have reached cult status, here's a rundown of souvenirs you should consider buying if you're shopping in Luang Prabang.
The absolute must buy here are handmade elephant slippers. Soft and cushy, wearing them at home will instantly make you nostalgic for Laos. And do yourself a favour: buy extra pairs. We’ve met many past visitors who lament that they should have bought more. Slippers start at 25,000 kip and price goes up with size. And of course, it's "Discount for you!" if you buy more.
The Luang Prabang Night Market is on the main street (Sisavangvong Road) every night, from 16:30 till 21:30.
Laos is the most heavily bombed country, per capita, in the world. From 1964 to 1973, more than 270 million submunitions from cluster bombs were dropped over the country. An estimated 30% of the “bombies” did not explode, leaving the country with a devastating UXO problem that kills and maims people every year. With support and training from NGOs, villages are collecting bombs and using the scrap metal to make jewellery, key chains, spoons and rings. You can buy a “bomb bracelet” for 20,000 kip at Ma Te Sai, a shop located in Ban Aphai that supports villages and handicraft in Laos. Here you can also find stunning naturally dyed, hand woven ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 800 words.)
Cindy Fan is a Canadian writer/photographer and author of So Many Miles, a website that chronicles the love of adventure, food and culture. After falling in love with sticky rice and Mekong sunsets, in 2011 she uprooted her life in Toronto to live la vida Laos. She’s travelled to over 40 countries and harbours a deep affection for Africa and Southeast Asia. In between jaunts around the world, she calls Laos and Vietnam home where you’ll find her traipsing through rice paddies, standing beside broken-down buses and in villages laughing with the locals.
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