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King of Thailand’s Funeral Ceremony: Advice for Tourists Oct 2017

Thailand is building up to what will be a historic period with final preparations under way for the funeral of the late King. The Royal Cremation Ceremony will be held in Bangkok from October 25-29. It will be a sad time for Thai people, but the country will remain as welcoming as ever for tourists

Weaving Classes in Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang Weaving Class

  Weaving in Luang Prabang & Textiles in Luang Prabang Join us and enjoy some of the finest handicraft experiences in Luang Prabang, Laos. Living Craft Center is offering weaving presentations, weaving courses, natural dyes, Lao batic and more… Visit the Living Crafts Center, an interactive weaving center in Luang Prabang, and learn about silk

Seeds of Culture – From Living Plants to Handicrafts at TAEC Luang Prabang

Traditional Arts and Ethnology Center Luang Prabang, TAEC, announces internationally curated exhibition   “Seeds of Culture: From Living Plants to Handicrafts” The Luang Prabang based Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre (TAEC) has opened a new exhibit entitled, “Seeds of Culture: From Living Plants to Handicrafts”. This exhibit features the Job’s tears (Coix) plant, indigenous to

Hmong New Year | A Celebration of Colors

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Hmong women in Phonsavan | Photograph by Cyril Eberle This is a remarkable story about the third largest ethnic group in Laos — the Hmong people — celebrating their biggest festival of the year. This colorful event showcases the fascinating culture and history of this group of people expressing their unique identity. Phonsavan market and

Silk Dyeing 101 at Ock Pop Tok

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This past weekend I took a silk dyeing class at Ock Pop Tok’s Living Crafts Centre. The day was gorgeous, the sun was shining, and the skies were the brightest blue. As I walked into their cafe to wait until the class began, I was handed a complementary fruit tea. I was told that it was some snake

TAEC: Help Preserve Cultural Diversity!

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It was extremely hot and sunny during my first two weeks here in Luang Prabang, a rarity during the ‘rainy season’. For my first weekend, I decided to cool off from the mid-day sun and experience some cultural diversity by visiting the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre. While some may think that the TAEC is

Rice is Life – Living Land Farm in Luang Prabang Laos

Laos Luang Prabang Living Land Farm Rice is Life

Rice is Life Learning how to grow sticky rice at the Living Land Farm near Luang Prabang Living Land Farm The other morning I went to the Living Land Farm just outside of Luang Prabang to experience the Rice is Life program. It was fantastic! Our small group met with Mr. Laut Lee – a phenomenal farmer and

Project Kajsiab – Helping Women and Children in Bokeo Province Laos

Kajsiab Family Project Initiative helping mountain village people in Bokeo Province, Laos History The Kajsiab Family Project is a grassroots initiative in the Bokeo Province of Laos aiming to help the local mountain people of that region. The word kajsiab means ‘a flower that blooms, a heart that opens, a love that suddenly springs’. But the

Fly in Style, Lao sport planes meets Lao Silk

Lao Fashion Ministry of Silk

Lao Society Lifestyle Magazine Fashion & Planes in Laos   Do you ever have the dream that you are flying; your stomach, heart, and mind intertwined in an aerial tango? Do you ever dream of Laos; the karst jagged limestone peaks giving way to the undulating terrain that caresses the Mekong River?     Now

Preparing for Lao New Year (Pi Mai Lao) in Luang Prabang

Laos New Year Pi Mai Lao

Experience the Lao New Year in Luang Prabang   I arrived in Laos about a week ago to find the country buzzing with excitement for the upcoming Laos New Year – called Pi Mai Lao, Boun Pi Mai, the Water Festival, or Songkran, as it is known as in Thailand. Knowing very little about the

HMONG NEW YEAR in Laos

Hmong New Year Luang Prabang, Laos

The Lao Hmong New Year in Luang Prabang   “Easy.  Just follow the crowds in traditional dress,”  instructs Jua, one of my Hmong friends, when I ask how to find the Hmong New Year celebrations in Luang Prabang, Laos.  Turns out it really is that simple.  One crisp Saturday morning in early December I crest

A wedding in laos : cotton yarn and red rose

A wedding in Laos  Cotton yarn and red rose Legend says that there is a heavenly garden where each individual has a tree whose branches kiss those of their soul mate. The lovers are predestined by Nene (karma of love) and when the time came the couple is sent to earth, their wrists bound with a

Luang Prabangs Secrets Vol 1, Alms Giving

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Luang Prabang Secrets Vol. 1, Alms Giving When you live and work in a place abroad, like Luang Prabang, you look at your new home with different eyes. You will easily find a different view on daily life and will fell different about what you like and dislike. Living abroad, especially in a place like

Awk Phansaw Festival, it’s like Christmas and the America’s Cup all in one

Lao Awk Phansaw Festival The Full Moon Festival of Lights   Thousand lights, merit making, boat race, decorated temples, banana-leaf boats – see Laos changed! Also known as Ok Watsa (Awk Watsa), this festival celebrates the end of the Buddhist Lent (Vassa). Lent lasts three month during rainy season. Monks focus on meditation, reviving their