Northern Laos

This is a fair-trade silk farm that offers interesting free visits including a complete introduction to the silk-weaving process from cocoon to colourful scarves. If you're feeling inspired you can sign up for a half-day dyeing or weaving course (US$20). Find the farm off Rte 7 just west of the main bus station.

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Nearby Northern Laos attractions

1. Xieng Khouang Provincial Museum

2.57 MILES

One of the most interesting provincial museums in Laos, Xieng Khouang Provincial Museum was funded with help from the German government. Downstairs are…

2. Jar Site 1

2.85 MILES

The biggest and most accessible, Site 1 of the Plain of Jars features over 300 jars relatively close-packed on a pair of hilly slopes pocked with bomb…

4. UXO Information Centre (MAG)

2.86 MILES

Decades after America's Secret War on Laos, unexploded bombs and mines remain a devastating problem throughout this region. Visit the thought-provoking…

5. Fresh Food Market


This market stocks exotic fruits you won't typically see elsewhere in Laos, such as Chinese pear. Other local delicacies include nok ąen dąwng (swallows…

6. Jar Site 2

10.15 MILES

Site 2 of the Plain of Jars is a pair of hillocks divided by a shallow gully that forms the access lane. This rises 700m from the ticket desk in what…

7. Jar Site 3

11.86 MILES

The 150-jar Site 3 of the Plain of Jars sits on a hillside in pretty woodland near Ban Lat Khai village. The access road to Lat Khai leads east beside a…

8. Bomb Village

16.56 MILES

The Hmong double-village of Ban Tha Jok/Na Kam Peng has recycled old war junk into practical objects, hence the nickname 'Bomb Village', with cluster-bomb…