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In Luang Prabang, everything has a story. From Mount Phousi to the Nam Khan River to the town itself, there’s a legend behind how they came to be. And don’t forget the popular Lao folktales of trickster Xieng Mieng or the first king Fa Ngum. Garavek gives visitors the opportunity to hear these stories in English.

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It’s a simple two-man show, with an animated, engaging storyteller accompanied by a musician on the khene, a bamboo instrument with two rows of bamboo reeds in a hardwood sound box. This instrument could be called the sound of Laos; no folk music is without it and it is integral to Lao culture.

The stories really do come alive. Photo taken in or around Garavek, Luang Prabang, Laos by Cindy Fan.

The stories really do come alive. Photo: Cindy Fan

For an hour and a half, these stories come alive and it’s refreshing to see any sort of stage performance in Luang Prabang. Theatre, music and dance—once a fixture of the royal court—has slowly been lost over the years. Music is not written down, it’s passed down aurally and there are very few books on Lao folktales. This small company is trying to preserve the tradition, so it feels good to give them some support.

Garavek has a daily performance from 18:00-19:30 in an intimate air-conditioned theatre with 30 seats. Tickets are 50,000 kip and there are some drinks available ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 100 words.)

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